Freelance Business Week Comes to Tampa Bay, September 14-18, 2020

According to a recent report by Freelancers Union, 57 million Americans performed freelance work in 2019, representing 35% of the U.S. workforce. And what this number looks like for 2020 remains to be seen, as many people affected by layoffs due to the pandemic begin to shift their focus as independent consultants and freelancers.

To connect the local freelance community, your fellow PR pros, Kevin Bakewell, APR and Paula MacDonald, APR are bringing Freelance Business Week (FBW) to Tampa Bay, September 14-18, 2020. Offered in a safe virtual environment, FBW is joining forces with other cities (including Austin, Miami and Buffalo) to bring a variety of business topics, networking opportunities and panel discussions to freelancers in all industries nationwide. The conference is free to attend.

In addition to Paula and Kevin serving as co-hosts and moderators, the program agenda includes Tampa Bay Chapter members Danielle Bayard Jackson, APR, Founder of TELL Public Relations and Karen Frashier, APR, Fellow PRSA, CEO of Advocate Marketing PR, as well as frequent national PRSA presenter Kami Watson Huyse, APR, Founder of Zoetica Media.

Conference organizers from the other participating cities will also bring their speakers to the virtual table to ensure a full week of valuable content relevant to independent workers.

Emily Leach, the founder of The Freelance Conference and the FBW concept, is guiding each host city and providing the foundational templates, tools and technology to connect independent business owners. The conference will also include a national panel on diversity and inclusion in the freelance industry.

To register for this free event and check out the current lineup of topics, visit

*Note: This is not a PRSA event.

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