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Curious to See How Fulfill Your Destiny has Helped those in Need? Check Out a Few Recipients of the Business Builder Grants!

Over the years through partnerships with local businesses and Fulfill Your Destiny initiatives, the charity has been able to grants to individuals that have overcome obstacles and are looking to grow their business. Here are just a few of these inspiring winners of Fulfill Your Destiny’s Business Builder Grant:

Fulfill Your Destiny Awards $1,000 Business Builder Grant to Clemmie Perry, Women of Color Golf, sponsored by Independent Financial Services.


Clemmie Perry, founder of Women of Color Golf, was awarded one of Fulfill Your Destiny’s signature Business Builder Grants at its 5th Annual Spring Chari-Tea. “Just as the business was growing, I ended up losing about 50 percent of my hearing.” ~ Clemmie Perry, Women of Color Golf.  Read More

Fulfill Your Destiny Awards $1,000 Business Builder Grant to Wise Women Fitness

AMB sponsored FYD BBG at STCOC Annual Awards Dinner Feb 8, 2018At the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce 2018 Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner, Fulfill Your Destiny awarded one of its signature Business Builder Grants.  Maureen Gallagher, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of American Momentum Bank, one of Fulfill Your Destiny’s Star Sponsors and featured sponsor of this evening’s grant, joined in the presentation and awarding of this grant to a recipient that didn’t know in advance that she would be receiving one of Fulfill Your Destiny’s Business Builder Grants.  This made for a very exciting evening!  Read More

Two Veterans and Owners of Evado Cattle Company Receive a $1,000 ‘Business Builder Grant’ from Fulfill Your Destiny

builder grant 2Dan and Ericka Watson, both Veterans of our US Coast Guard and now owners of Evado Cattle Company, were awarded a $1,000 ‘Business Builder Grant’ at HCC’s 5th Annual Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Symposium.  Thank you to Pilot Bank, one of Fulfill Your Destiny’s ‘Star Sponsors’, for generously sponsoring this grant that was presented at the November symposium. Read More


For more information and see Who We’ve Helped, click here!

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Check Out Details for 2019’s Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea & Kind Words from This Year’s Event!

The next Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea will be held on Mar 30, 2019! 100 career women interested in supporting our greater Tampa Bay community through philanthropy will attend for a celebration of women for charity with tea.  It’s not just tea; its Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea!  

Here are some kind words from attendees from this year’s event and founder Karen Mertes:

“Great event – would love to be back next year!” 

“Diane McKelvey invited me in 2017.  I will come back and donate as generously as I can as long as you host this amazing event.  Thank you for what you do and the example you are!”  

“Karen – You are a God send!  Thank you for all you do!  Please put us down as a sponsor next year!”

“Love all you do!” 

“Karen, I would love to be a sponsor next year!  Please remind me next year!  As always, it has been a pleasure to attend and support Fulfill Your Destiny!” 

To lend a helping hand in the 2019 Spring Chari-Tea Event, please e-mail karen.mertes@yahoo.com or karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org.

For more about Fulfill Your Destiny’s Mission, click here!

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Look At What Donors Are Saying about Fulfill Your Destiny’s Annual Spring Chari-Tea Event!

Recently, Karen Mertes received these kind words from an individual that provided a product donation for Fulfill Your Destiny’s 2019 Spring Chari-Tea on Mar 30, 2019.
“I really appreciated speaking with you, and learning about your inspired Chari-Tea event.  What a beautiful mission, created through your life experiences.  I am very inspired by what you have brought forth…for the highest good——of All!  May your mission inspire and benefit others—always!”
To lend a helping hand in the 2019 Spring Chari-Tea Event, please e-mail karen.mertes@yahoo.com or karen@fulfillyourdestiny.org.

For more about Fulfill Your Destiny’s Mission, click here!

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Don’t miss Karen Mertes on CW44’s  ‘Bayside’ this Sunday!

Don’t miss Karen Mertes on CW44’s ‘Bayside’ this Sunday, March 4th at 10am! Karen will cover Fulfill You Destiny, the H.E.R.O. movement and the upcoming Annual Spring Chari-Tea Event!


Fulfill Your Destiny helps people whose careers have been altered by injury or other unforeseen circumstances.  Special consideration is given to survivors living with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Their vision is to create the H.E.R.O. – ‘Hands Eagerly Reach Out’ movement. When we dare to care, our hands eagerly reach out to help others in need. Learn more about Fulfill Your Destiny’s mission on this episode of Bayside!

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Business Builder Grants awarded to four Operation Startup members

The organizational team at Operation Startup is a unique blend of military, business and education experiences folded into dynamic personalities with tireless devotion to Veterans. Utilizing their technical skills and business acumen, this team tries to move the unmovable for every Veteran member of Operation Startup.

Check out Fulfill Your Destiny’s Grants for Start-up Members here!

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A few photos and kind words from Karen Mertes’ Commencement Address to South University!

Karen Mertes always jumps at the chance to inspire groups with her story. She recently spoke at South University in Tampa to the graduating class. Here is a snippet from the letter that Campus President James McCoy sent her —
“Your story of overcoming life’s challenges was an incredible message to our graduates, who will all face challenges/adversity in the years ahead. Additionally, your message was a source of inspiration to so many and provided a road map of how we all should promote ourselves.”

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Karen R. Mertes turned a life altering tragedy into a life purpose with her organization, Fulfill Your Destiny.  Karen is a Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) from our United States Air Force, serving as the Squadron Commander in two back-to-back command tours as well as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of a $169 million dollar budget at an overseas base.

karen Mertes AuthorIn 2007, Karen’s car was struck by a drunk driver traveling over 100 mph on I-75 resulting in Karen suffering a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).  Facing the consequences of this life-changing injury, this would be the genesis which led her to create Fulfill Your Destiny.  Its signature program awards ‘Business Builder Grants’ to local entrepreneurs desiring to take their businesses to the next level.


Karen is a highly regarded Professional Speaker; Award Winning, Best Selling Author; Certified Entrepreneur, Leadership and Business Consultant all to benefit Fulfill Your Destiny. Karen is the creator of Fulfill Your Destiny’s annual premiere event, Spring Chari-Tea held each year in March.


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In Honor of National Iced Tea Month, We’re Announcing the Date for 2018’s Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea Event!

Unknown-12Each year, Fulfill Your Destiny’s Spring Chari-Tea is a pleasurable way to celebrate Women’s History Month. March is also National Brain Injury Awareness Month and it’s when we celebrate the arrival of Spring. 

Ladies interested in supporting our community through philanthropy will attend for Great Food, Auctions, 50-50 Raffle, Surprises, Hat Contests, Prizes, ‘Your Choice’ Raffles, Free Gifts, and Fun!

Fulfill Your Destiny’s 5th Annual Chari-Tea will take place on March 24, 2018 at The Empress Tea Room 2:30 – 5:00 PM! For sponsorship, tickets or more information; please contact Karen Mertes at karen.mertes@yahoo.com or by phone at 813-481-9895.

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