Women’s Business Centre opens in tribute to Helen Gordon Davis
On Monday, Congresswoman Kathy Castor led the opening of the Helen Gordon Davis Women's Business Centre in Tampa. The organization, which will fund and provide resources for women in the business world, stands as a tribute to the legacy of Helen Gordon Davis, the former state legislator from Tampa who fought for the rights of women and minorities during her tenure in Tallahassee.
"While women own nearly one-third of all firms, and the start rate of firms greatly outpaces that of men, the market share for revenues has not kept up, " Castor said, according to StPetersBlog. "I believe that entrepreneurship is a pathway to pay equity and that's not acceptable."
The Tampa business community has a long history of supporting the efforts and aspirations of female professionals. Earlier this month, On Point Executive Center announced its receipt of an award from the Tampa chapter of Dress for Success, a charity that provides professional attire to women seeking to enter the workforce. With a burgeoning national reputation as a commercial hub and extensive plans to invigorate Tampa's profile across industries and markets, the Centre makes a welcome addition to a community with a track record of advancing the interests of female executives.
Castor was responsible for spearheading the $750,000 grant the Women's Business Centre received from the Small Business Administration to finance its founding. Experts say the increasing number of female professionals in the area depend on the support of their communities. Davis was a champion of such causes, having created the first women's center in Florida in 1971. Fostering community among female leaders was a cornerstone of her work in the Florida House of Representatives, where she was reelected for six consecutive terms, and later in the Florida Senate.
With the help of civic efforts, more and more women will feel empowered to find office space in Tampa.