Karen Mertes, author of “Plaintiff 101,” is also the founder of the non-profit Fulfill Your Destiny.
Christina Cann, the owner of Gulf Coast Sourdough & Wild Yeast Breads, is the latest recipient of Fulfill Your Destiny‘s Business Builder Grant. The grants are awarded to proven entrepreneurs who have experienced life changing events and are ready to take their business to the next level—while also giving back to the community.
The grant was awarded to Gulf Coast Sourdough & Wild Yeast Breads located in Seminole Heights. This bakery is woman-owned and founded on family-friendly principals as owner, Christina Cann, began the business with a 2-year-old daughter who tagged along as her mom made bread deliveries. Now a mother of two girls, Christina hires other mothers with young children to work at her bakery and makes it a priority to provide family-friendly work policies.
Sold at popular venues including the Farmer’s Market in St. Petersburg and Fresh Market in Tampa’s Hyde Park, the company’s bread continues to establish a strong customer following.
“Having our own business allows my family and I to spend more time together and that’s critical to me,” said Christina. “We believe that an integral part of our success is due to giving back to others.”
The bakery is frequently seen out and about in the community, giving baking classes at the Armature Works in Tampa, and donating regularly to area food banks and pantries, as well as to Metropolitan Ministries.
Their bread is in such demand that the company plans to open a storefront bakery located in Seminole Heights. The Business Builder Grant from Fulfill Your Destiny will fund the remaining external build-out costs for the new bakery. Christina says she is “deeply grateful” for Fulfill Your Destiny’s Business Builder Grant that will help her dream of a storefront bakery come true.