Helping Businesses Grow and Succeed
The Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida helps businesses become more successful and meet the challenges of tomorrow. Whether you are starting a business, buying a business, growing a business, selling a business or looking for financing, we can help you!
Jacksonville Women Business Center started operations in November 2004 to advance the success of women entrepreneurs at every stage of business development. Both aspiring and current business owners gain access to education, capital, resources and networks to help them become more successful.
Online Women’s Business Center promotes the growth of women-owned businesses through programs that address business training and technical assistance, and provide access to credit and capital, federal contracts, and international trade opportunities.
Women Loan Programs provides loans up to $5000 for your first loan, and up to $10,000 for your second loan. Count Me In will take into consideration, type of business, prior experience, credit history, and how you intend to use the money.
National Association of Women Business Owners® (NAWBO®) is the voice of America's 10.6 million women-owned businesses. Since 1975, NAWBO has helped women evolve their businesses by sharing resources and providing a single voice to shape economic and public policy.
National Association for Female Executives-The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE), one of the largest women's professional association and the largest women business owners' organization in the country, provides resources and services - through education, networking, and public advocacy - to empower its members to achieve career success and financial security.
www.jaxwbo.org Women Business Owners of North Florida provides support to women in all stages of business ownership. The organization hosts monthly meetings for networking and business education. However, it does not directly provide any loans, grants, economic assistance or capital investment.
The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. MBDA is the only federal agency created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses in America.
Florida Minority Supplier Development Council (FMSDC) is a national organization with a membership of over 3,500 major corporations and 15,000 certified MBE (Minority Business Enterprise) suppliers. The purpose of the FMSDC is to provide major corporations and government agencies with easy access to minority owned and operated businesses.
The First Coast Black Business Investment Corporation (FCBBIC) was created out of the “Florida Small and Minority Business Act of 1985" in recognition of the fact that locally owned small and minority businesses provide a substantial foundation for community stability and contribute to the overall welfare of the Florida economy. The FCBBIC is one of eight investment corporations in the State of Florida with the direct responsibility of underwriting loans and investments to black owned businesses.
The Office of Supplier Diversity’s (OSD) function is to improve business and economic opportunities for Florida’s women-owned and minority-owned businesses. OSD’s efforts toward this goal can be categorized into the following primary functions, Certification of Minority Business Enterprises, Advocacy and Outreach, and Matchmaking Activities
The First Coast African American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) Internal Revenue Service designated tax-exempt organization. The Chamber relates and interprets government regulations, laws, policies, procedures, guidelines, principles and practices to the minority commercial and business community. It acts as a marketing and resource liaison for its members by encouraging and assisting the grassroots section of the community to participate and become involved. It also develops and implements programs, partnerships and strategic alliances. It informs businesses of incentives and tax credits available and targeted for under-utilized areas and under-served communities in Jacksonville such as Enterprise zones, HUB zones and Empowerment zones.
First Coast Asian American Chamber of Commerce (FCAACC) is a non-profit organization that aims to create visibility in the Asian American Community of the First Coast, facilitate training programs to its members on how to increase revenues and learn modern ways to be diversified in their business, to be able to participate in the mutually beneficial economic development of Jacksonville and most of all have a “voice” on socio-economic growth of the region. Envisioning to fully support the government programs, the Board of Directors & Executive officers are confident that the chambers may infuse a lot of economic-growth centered activities to initiate Asian countries to contribute specific trade & services from its professional members.
INDO US Chamber of Commerce of Northeast Florida (INDOUS) is a business organization just like any Chamber of Commerce in any city in the country formed by area Indian professionals and business owners to unite and serve area Indian professionals and business owners.
INDOUS membership is free and open to the professionals and business owners of North East Florida. IndoUS welcomes members from all ethnic groups, regardless of their country of origin.
First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce encourages and promotes sound, ethical, and successful business practice in the Hispanic community: to maintain Hispanic heritage through educational endeavors, and to promote business opportunities, through social interaction among the community.
In today’s market, the difficulty of obtaining a loan to start my business would have been ten-fold without the help of Marge and the SBDC.
The Florida SBDC Network is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.