Annually, merchants and business owners from all parts of the U.S. participate in The Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market presented by Publix. If you haven’t attended this annual shopping spree, it's because those in the know are greedily keeping this massive show a secret from you!  Imagine what it would be like like if Etsy and eBay combined, and you have The Junior League's annual Holiday Gift Market. 

Mark your calendars now, you want to be at the Florida State Fairgrounds Nov. 10th- 12th; ground zero for the greatest shopping event in Tampa Bay.  As a shopper you will find unique gifts, decor and more at incredible prices; however, if you are a vendor or entrepreneur there's an opportunity here.

This is not your grandma’s craft show. The annual Holiday Gift Market is home to events and entertainment with a shopping experience like no other.  Full of opportunity for shoppers looking to purchase unique items, Holiday Gift Market also features a program that gives female entrepreneurs a chance to propel their businesses to new heights. If you have a product and want to shine a spotlight on your business, the deadline to apply for The Junior League's Young Entrepreneurship Program grant is approaching!  

The Young Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (YEP), started in 2014, engages and empowers young women through a unique grant program. The program is open to women ages 40 and under at the time of application. You must be a majority owner in your business and have an original, unique product. 

The YEP program winner will receive a premium booth at the 2017 Holiday Gift Market and spotlight signage – a value of more than $1,000. Also, the winner receives special mention in the Holiday Gift Market shopping guide distributed to the 20,000 shoppers descending on the event ready to spend! The winner also participates in a variety of local media opportunities, enhancing brand exposure as the program launches their business towards success.

If you or someone you know is interested in applying, applications are due by August 1st. Apply online. You can visit The Junior League of Tampa's Holiday Gift Market  Facebook page to learn more about previous recipients of the YEP grant and their successes. There’s nothing to lose and everything to gain; the deadline is approaching (Aug 1), apply today! 

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