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Jacksonville Women's Business Center Programs

►     ATHENAPowerLink® is Jacksonville’s premier mentoring program and one of only 35 licensed ATHENA cities in the nation. The program concentrates on women-owned businesses that are beyond the initial start-up difficulties, have been in existence for at least two years, and meet strict revenue and ownership criteria.  The program "links" the business owner with a panel of unpaid advisors, who agree to work with her for one year to meet her business goals and objectives.  Businesses are selected from a field of applicants by a governing body made up of volunteer community members. If awarded an advisory panel, the business owner is then linked with a group of local professionals, tailored to fit the company’s needs.

    Application period is twice a year:  spring cycle April 15-May 31;

    fall cycle October 15-November 30

 

Financial Matter$SM mentoring program is designed to link a woman business owner with a two- person mentor team consisting of an accountant and a banker/financial expert.  Over a six-month period (July- December), the mentoring team will educate the participant in using financial and accounting information to improve management decisions within a business.  If selected for the program, training is provided in cash flow management, management of accounts payables and receivables, inventory management, and how all financial statements are linked to one another.  After the initial orientation, mentoring teams meet once a month over the course of the program and attend topic-specific workshops. This program is designed to support existing relationships with accountants and bankers.

Application period is annually April 1-30. Program launches each July

 

► Marketing MattersSM is a sister program to Financial Matters, and is designed to link a woman business owner to a two-member mentoring team of marketing and public relations professionals. Over a six-month period, (January – June) mentors guide her through the process of developing and implementing marketing strategies unique to her business.   If selected for the program, training is provided in sales, technology, marketing, advertising and branding. After the initial orientation, mentoring teams meet once a month over course of the program and attend

topic-specific workshops.  At the end of the program business owners will complete a written marketing plan specific to their company.

Application period is annually November 1-30. Program launches each January

 

Advanced Financial Matter$SM mentoring program is for a woman business owner who has graduated from Financial Matters AND meets specific revenue and years-in-business criteria.  Mentoring process is the same as with Financial Matters except accountant and a banker/financial expert is hand selected and is experienced in their field.  After the initial orientation, mentoring teams can meet over a six-month period or cover the topics of discussion in three months; specific workshops are designed for participants. This program provides a much deeper drill down of financial issues for mentees who are poised for growth and may not meet criteria for ATHENA.

 Application period is annually July 1-August 1.  Program launches each  September

 

► Success CirclesSM (formerly known as Business Advisory CouncilsSM) is a facilitated, peer-to-peer mentoring roundtable made up of a group of dynamic women business owners. This mentoring program provides the members with a confidential and interactive forum to expand their business knowledge, develop and apply critical skills, and reach their business potential.  Each group meets monthly under the guidance of a paid professional facilitator.

    Open enrollment from September through June annually. Fees are prorated

 

Each participant can enroll in a group of women business owners who are at a similar stage of business development, revenue level or years in business.

Existing groups are:

  •          Outreach - annual gross revenues up to $1 million. Two groups, one each in Clay and in St Johns Counties.
  •          Childcare - for graduates of the “Developing Your Family Childcare” program
  •          Beaches - annual gross revenues up to $1 million.  Business owners are located in the beaches area OR prefer meeting in the chamber’s Beaches office vs. JAX Chamber building downtown.

     

►        Aspiring to Success Group is a facilitated, peer-to-peer mentoring roundtable made up of small business startups. This mentoring program provides the members with a confidential and interactive forum to expand their business knowledge, develop and apply critical skills, and reach their business potential. Entrepreneurs commit to this program because they are willing to give and take advice, openly and honestly;

to share ideas, brainstorm, network, and form a mutual support system of encouragement and accountability with other business owners in the early stages of starting their businesses. Participants arrive with issues and challenges and leave with resources, ideas and practical solutions.  

    Open enrollment from September through June annually. Fees are prorated

 

►  Women Executive Business Advisory Council (WEBAC) is a facilitated,

peer-to-peer mentoring roundtable made up of women from corporate and small business arenas. We have learned there is need for a program for women who do not own their business but hold executive positions within the company.  Furthermore, women that support a growing women-owned business face their own unique set of issues and concerns.  WEBAC’s mentoring program is designed to give its members a safe, confidential and interactive forum. 

 

Participants are willing to give and take advice, openly and honestly: to share ideas, brainstorm, network, and form a mutual support system of encouragement and accountability with other members. They arrive with issues or challenges and leave with resources, ideas and solutions to: overcome feelings of isolation; make better decisions; build confidence and develop a support system. Participation is by invitation only.  Those approached and approved will join a specific group of 6-8 women, either from the corporate OR entrepreneurial arena.

     Enrollment is annually in September; program runs year round

 

The Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC) is a program of the Jacksonville Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization. JWBC is partially funded by a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA's cooperation does not constitute or imply its endorsement of any opinions, products or services. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis or ability to pay. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. 

Contact Pat Blanchard, 904.366.6640

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