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Advice for female entrepreneurs in Tampa Bay

Posted at 9:32 AM, May 04, 2016
Whether you're thinking of starting a business or already have one, we can all use some expert advice. Female business owners can face unique challenges. 
 
Christine Day runs the health food company Luvo and is the former CEO of Lululemon. Day shared her advice for women to succeed.
 
She said to leverage social media and digital presence to increase your reach, find communities to support and will support you in return, and don't sacrifice who you are or your family for your business. Day said many women are conditioned to please others and aren't willing to make other people uncomfortable, but women need to get used to being unapologetic.
 
"Pushing yourself to be bold, knowing when it is that you want to say no... to ask the questions, to advocate for yourself, to speak up, and we have to lead ourselves in order to lead our companies," Day said. 
 
This week, Hillsborough County is hosting a series of free activities for small business owners and budding entrepreneurs in conjunction with National Small Business Week. Local experts will provide resources, share tips, and answer questions for potential or existing entrepreneurs looking to take their businesses to the next level.
 
The activities, many provided by the Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County, will be hosted at Hillsborough County’s Entrepreneur Collaborative Center (ECC), 2101 E. Palm Ave. in Tampa.
 
A full list of activities is available below and on the ECC Events Calendar online. All activities are open to the public and provided at no cost.
 
Registration may be required for some activities. Register online or call (813) 204-9267 for additional details.
 
The city of Tampa also helps women and minorities through a business enterprise program. Find out information here.