March served a great reflection on Women’s History Month honoring the path women have traveled to get to where we are today, but throughout the month of April we’re looking forward to the future of strong women in business, so let’s continue the conversation about the importance of women in leadership roles.
Join us as we discuss female leadership roles in businesses and communities, tips on how businesswomen can pull ahead in the workplace and business ownership, interesting facts and statistics about businesswomen and leaders, and how women can step up within their industries and lead a new appreciation of female-driven business.
The Sunshine State of Female Leadership
Did you know Florida ranks on many list of "top states" and "leaders in the nation" when it comes to women in business? While it may often seem that it's challenging for women in business to get a great start or get ahead, opening your business in the state of Florida holds many advantages. Click Here to view a collection of interesting and encouraging statistics about the "Sunshine State" of Women in Business.
Resources for Female Entrepreneurs in the Sunshine State
There's a reason that Florida is one of the leading states for women-owned businesses in the country. There are multiple resources available within our local Florida communities that take into account the unique needs of female entrepreneurs.
As part of our commitment to being your local bank that invests in you and your communities, we’ve compiled a list of some helpful resources our female businesses owners can take advantage of no matter your level of entrepreneurial experience. The majority of the resources in this list specifically cater to women, but there are a few options mentioned that are available to the general Florida public.
- The Florida Women’s Business Center – A local organization funded in part by the Small Business Association offering professional mentorship, news, events, and supportive services to females business owners throughout various counties in South Florida. Their “Business Women Rock” event is also incredibly popular for networking and development opportunities.
- weVenture – An Organization powered by the Florida Institute of Technology. Most of their services focus on business education that will “amplify womenpreneurs” in Florida. This Florida organization has been recognized by the SBA Women’s Center for Business with awards for their excellence for nearly four years. It is a great place for novices and seasoned professionals alike to develop solutions to their toughest business challenges.
- Business Owner's Toolkit. – This digital tool is a great resource to get questions answered about a variety of areas that can significantly affect the business operation of female leaders. Users can find case studies, business templates, and detailed material that makes applying solutions to their personal situation a breeze.
- Florida’s High Tech Corridor – A partnership spanning across more than 25 local economic development organizations, 14 community colleges, and the major universities in Florida, supporting the local technology industry through affordable funding, research and much more. A great grant resource for seasoned STEM companies with some opportunities for start ups as well.
- Women Business Owners of North Florida - A local network featuring meet ups, local economic trend reports, and much more to support female business leaders within the local northern region of Florida.
- Female Entrepreneur Meetups in Orlando - A list of fun opportunities to meet other female business owners within the Central Florida area. Many are separated based on expertise, particular business interest, and also casual interest as well. Those with busy schedules will enjoy the variety and commitment free options this presents for those still trying to get their feet wet.
LET'S DO LUNCH! JOIN OUR TWITTER CHAT WITH JULIE:
Whether you've been in business for many years or you're just starting out with a brand new passion project, it can be overwhelming to even know where to start or to find your most productive next step for your business or yourself as a professional. Take your first step toward learning more about being your best Women in Biz self on April 26th at 12pm EST, as Julie joins Seacoast’s Twitter (@SeacoastBankCom) to provide insight on her own experiences as both a business and community leader, to open a discussion up for women in business to share their thoughts on mentorship, the role of women in business today as well as in the future, and dive deeper into how we begin to make a meaningful shift in the involvement and profile of female leaders in the workplace. If you have a question you'd love to see answered during this chat, be sure to submit it to the form below. We can’t wait to learn more about your thoughts on the subject, so mark your calendars for April 26 at 12pm, and let’s do lunch.
Other upcoming events include:
- Orlando Business Journal Women Who mean Business Nominee Receiption: April 25
- Orlando Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Awards Luncheon: April 29
ASK A WOMEN IN BUSINESS MENTOR A QUESTION:
About Julie Kleffel
Julie Kleffel is Seacoast Bank's EVP, Small Business Banking Leader. She joined the Seacoast leadership team as a result of a merger between her former institution BankFIRST and Seacoast Bank. She is responsible for developing, implementing and overseeing the bank's small business banking strategies and initatives statewide. Prior to the merger, Julie was BankFIRST’s Executive Vice President and Commercial Sales Leader. She has over 19 years of overall banking experience.
As a fourth generation Central Florida native Ms. Kleffel has strong ties in the community. Ms. Kleffel currently serves as the Treasurer for the Garden Theatre, Executive Board Member for the Dr. Phillips YMCA, Finance Committee for the Central Florida YMCA, and Executive Director for the National Entrepreneur Center. She is a Lifetime Director for the West Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Previously she served as the Past President for the West Orange Committee 101, Past Chairman of the Roper YMCA, Past for Oakland Park Foundation Board, and Past Advisory Board Member for Westside VoTech. She is a graduate of Leadership West Orange.
A graduate of the ABA National and Graduate Commercial Lending Schools, Ms. Kleffel has also received the prestigious “Certified Lender Business Banker” designation from the Institute of Certified Bankers. She completed her professional education by graduating with distinction from the American Bankers Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania in 2009. Her graduate Capstone Strategic Project was published by the ABA immediately following her graduation. She has served as an Advisor and Advocate for the school since 2009.
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