Women’s Entrepreneurial Empowerment to provide business attire for women in need

A group of female entrepreneurs collaborate with Dress for Success Tampa Bay to spread its mission.
Founder Sabrina Farmer-Protic (pictured center) and the Women’s Entrepreneurial Empowerment will hold a clothing donation drive for Dress for Success on Saturday, Dec. 8. Pictured from left are W.E.E. members Tracy Crist, Patricia Evans, Chinyere Sam, Millie Cordero, Mica Shadle, and JoAnn Avery. Special to the Times | Tracy Crist with Beyond the Mirror Photography
Founder Sabrina Farmer-Protic (pictured center) and the Women’s Entrepreneurial Empowerment will hold a clothing donation drive for Dress for Success on Saturday, Dec. 8. Pictured from left are W.E.E. members Tracy Crist, Patricia Evans, Chinyere Sam, Millie Cordero, Mica Shadle, and JoAnn Avery. Special to the Times | Tracy Crist with Beyond the Mirror Photography
Published November 29
Updated November 30

Sabrina Farmer-Protic knows firsthand the struggles of starting a business, networking and gaining the proper exposure for it to succeed, especially for a woman.

In addition to working as an operations manager for BlueLinx, she started her own business called Ageless Technique as a side hustle, but initially struggled to get it running.

For this reason she started her own organization, Women's Entrepreneur Empowerment (W.E.E.) in November 2016 to foster empowerment, educate women on how to grow their business, successfully network, and to promote strategic business development and community enrichment.

“It started with me. I went to a lot of networking groups but nothing was happening and my business wasn't growing,” said Farmer-Protic. “You go and drink, eat, and collect business cards and nothing happens after that and I wanted to change that.”

The group has roughly 15 to 20 members that meet once a month to network and learn how to further develop their business.

The women will pause from their ongoing entrepreneurial pursuit to give back to the community at a Women’s Business Attire Donation Drive on behalf of Dress for Success Tampa Bay from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday (Dec 8) at the Body By Chinyere at Britton Plaza, 3802 S Dale Mabry Highway.

The event benefits women of all ages in need of professional business attire, offering them gently-used and donated professional designer dresses, suits, pants, and skirts all under $10.

All proceeds benefit Dress for Success Tampa Bay.

Other activities include professional headshots, personal training tips and opportunities to meet women entrepreneurs.

Farmer-Protic hopes to hold this event annually to benefit women in need.

“There are a lot of women that need it [professional attire] but can't afford it,” said Farmer-Protic. “I was a single parent for a while, so I know to maintain a professional attire can be daunting.”

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