Fulfill Your Destiny’s Business Builder Grant Awarded to Jennifer Toles

Karen Mertes, author of “Plaintiff 101,” is also the founder of the non-profit Fulfill Your Destiny.

Jennifer Toles, the founder of Guided Life Care Planning Services, 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.

Guided Life Care Planning Services was founded by Jennifer Toles. She received a grant recognizing the company’s intent to “provide superior health care plans to community members.” The company aims to promote excellent care management and patient advocacy to improve the quality of life for clients while offering cost-effective services.

“Our goal is to be recognized for the highest quality healthcare, rehab and wellness services in the area,” said Jennifer.  She shared that Fulfill Your Destiny’s Business Builder Grant will be used to increase their company’s visibility and provide educational materials about the company’s services to heighten community awareness.

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Fulfill Your Destiny’s Business Builder Grant Awarded to Christina Cann

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.

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Fulfill Your Destiny’s Business Builder Grant Awarded to Debbie Caneen

Karen Mertes, author of “Plaintiff 101,” is also the founder of the non-profit Fulfill Your Destiny.

Debbie Caneen, the founder of Circle Pond Tiny Home Community, 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.

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The Tiny Home Community in Sun City Center provides affordable housing for seniors. Founder Debbie Caneen works for a senior retirement community with 400 “grandparents” under one roof who need assistance with bathing, dressing, housekeeping, and dining.

There are 22,000 seniors in Sun City Center, and no one under the age of 55 is allowed to live in Sun City.  This leaves approximately 3,000 people commuting in daily to meet the seniors’ needs.

“With no affordable housing in South Shore for my team members, it is becoming more difficult to recruit needed staff,” explained Debbie.  “When the opportunity presented itself to build small, affordable housing, I felt compelled to make it happen.”

The time was indeed right for the tiny community to begin development.

Today, Debbie is excited to share that more expansion for the community is planned in the form of a community garden designed to provide fresh vegetables at low cost to residents.  This will happen in part due to the funding that the project has received from Fulfill Your Destiny’s Business Builder Grant.

“The residents and I say a big thank you for making this possible,” said Debbie.

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Working Women of Tampa Bay Invited to Accept Hero Challenge from Fulfill Your Destiny

Karen Mertes, author of “Plaintiff 101,” is also the founder of the non-profit Fulfill Your Destiny.

Kelly Flannery, President of the South Tampa Chamber, joined Karen Mertes and Carolyn Eastman to encourage members of Working Women of Tampa Bay to register for Fulfill Your Destiny’s Hero Challenge at their recent meeting.

The subject of the meeting, “Why Gratitude is Good Business,” was a perfect inspiration to attendees to take “The Hero Challenge” and do one small act of kindness by December 30.

How do I register for the Hero Challenge?

Sign up here

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4 Holiday Gift Ideas for the Law Student in Your Life

The holidays are right around the corner! Here’s a list of great gifts you can find on Amazon for the law student in your life.

1. Coffee Mug ($9.27)


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2. Dress Socks ($10.99)

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3. Pencil/Pen Bag ($9.69)

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4. “Plaintiff 101” Book ($24.95)

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Meet Fulfill Your Destiny’s New Booster Group “Destiny’s Angels”

During a recent Chari-Tea fundraiser, Karen Mertes, CEO of Fulfill Your Destiny and author of Plaintiff 101, announced the creation of the first ladies booster group dedicated to furthering Fulfill Your Destiny’s work and mission.

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The group, known as “Destiny’s Angels,” is chaired by Pegge Barrier of 21st Century Financial. Members share their time and talent to help the charity serve deserving community members.

What does it take to be a Destiny’s Angel?

There are no dues for membership and new members are welcome. Members share a common desire to help others in big and small ways and meet monthly at each other’s homes for food and fellowship. At meetings, attendees make new friends, network, and determine which individuals (previously vetted by local charities) that the group will aim to help.

Destiny’s Angels uses its collective imagination, talent, and connections to brainstorm ways to provide help for community members who are experiencing unforeseen challenges and need a second chance. These individuals would otherwise fall through the cracks for traditional social services.

Interested in being an agent of change to help others in your community?  To learn more about Destiny’s Angels, contact membership coordinator Carolyn Eastman at carolynanneastman@gmail.com.

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Community Members Accepted Fulfill Your Destiny’s Hero Challenge! Watch the Video.

Karen Mertes, author of “Plaintiff 101,” is also the founder of the non-profit Fulfill Your Destiny. Now through December 30th, Fulfill Your Destiny invites you to take the Hero Challenge!

The saying “Hands Eagerly Reach Out” (HERO) to help others is a founding credo of the charity Fulfill Your Destiny. The organization even gives out H.E.R.O. awards to those who have demonstrated this spirit to support its work.

Join them as they turn this statement into a community-wide challenge.

Watch a heartwarming example below:

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Participants must register for the challenge (link below), and then share their completed act of kindness (anonymously or using a first name if they wish). Kindness Crusaders may team up with work buddies, clients, classmates, family, and friends and are encouraged to include a photo to inspire others on our social media.

All acts of kindness will be noted on our website and social media!

How do I sign up for the Hero Challenge?

Simply register below for the challenge of accomplishing one act of kindness.

Sign up here

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