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Women Leading Innovation in North Florida

2 local businesses submitted for national competition

Last year, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the launch of the 2016 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge and Summit, including a nationwide women’s business competition to highlight innovative products and services that help impact and empower the lives of women and their families.

The North Florida District Office, in conjunction with the Women’s Business Center of Jacksonville and weVENTURE based out of Central Florida, conducted local InnovateHER competitions. LaTonya Hopson, President of Top Notch Sports and Fitness and Frances Titus, Founder of Earth’s Love Tea Company were selected as their respective winners.

Top Notch Sports and Fitness created a fitness and health application that offers holistic solutions for maintaining good health. Not only does this application offer custom circuit routines for consumers, but it also sends daily health and fitness articles, provides beauty tips, and motivational messages or quotes, geared to women.

Earth’s Love Tea Company produces the first-ever lactation support instant tea to increase milk supply in nursing women. Company founder Frances Titus worked together with formulator Emily Ruff, Director of the Florida School of Holistic Living, to create this innovative new product. The instant tea consists of traditional Galatagogue herbs, which have been used throughout history to increase milk supply in nursing women.

Those entrepreneurs selected as winners of their local competitions will advance to the semi-final round.  From the semi-finalist pool, the SBA will select up to 10 finalists who will be invited to the National InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge and Summit in March in Washington, D.C. during Women’s History Month.  The finalists will pitch their products and ideas to a panel of expert judges and compete for $70,000 in prize money provided by Microsoft.

For more information on the challenge, including challenge rules, visit

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