Young Entrepreneur Program Application for HGM 2022

Contact Information

**Please note, JLT does not accept applications from multi-level marketing companies**

Product samples are strongly encouraged.  Please note that all samples will become the property of The Junior League of Tampa and will be used for its fundraising efforts.  Samples may be sent to:

The Junior League of Tampa

Attention Holiday Gift Market, YEP Coordinator

87 Columbia DriveTampa, FL 33606



Please limit essay responses to 500 words or less.


Holiday Gift Market is an intensive 3 ½ day retail shopping experience that takes place at the Florida State Fairgrounds Expo and Entertainment Halls. Attendance has peaked as high as 21,000 shoppers in past years. Vendors will set up their booths during the day Wednesday, November 9, 2022, in time to participate in a Preview Party Thursday night that begins at 6 PM and ends at 10 PM. From Friday, November 11th through Sunday, November 13th, shopping hours and special preview hours are from approximately 9 AM until 4:00 PM on Friday, 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.on Sunday.

* Exact times are subject to change. 

Please upload a Holiday Gift Market Business Plan and Photos that addresses all of the following:



  • Have you ever been to The Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market- If so why do you think your business is a good fit and how does your product compare to the other products sold at the market?
  • Is your business ready for the Holiday Gift Market? 
  • Have you ever been a merchant at a holiday or farmer’s market before? If so, please list the markets that you have participated in
  • What is your plan and strategy for booth design and showcasing your products? 
  • Will you have enough inventory and what amount of inventory do you anticipate will be enough? 
  • Will you be able to set up and staff the entire event- What is your staffing plan ?
  • Please include a rough draft or visual representation of your booth design. If you have past booth photos from similar markets please include, please also include representative product photos





YEP Deadline: July 24th, 2022

Winner Chosen: Early October

Market Dates: Setup November 9th, Market open November 10th-13th, 2022 

Thank you for your interest and submission! We look forward to getting your application and seeing you on social media. Social Media Handles for Promotion: @holidaygiftmarket @juniorleagueoftampa 


For questions regarding the online application process or the Young Entrepreneur Program, please contact the YEP Coordinator at