Small Business Assistance Providers

The Office of Economic Development assists small business owners with financing through local, state and federal programs. It also guides businesses in using innovative financing alternatives. Contact Joe Whitaker at (904) 630-1624 or e-mail josephw@coj.net.

In addition to the Office of Economic Development, there are many partner resources within Jacksonville to assist small businesses. The following is a listing of these partners. Also, visit the business resource Web page for information on incentives, workforce training and financing programs.

Technical Assistance Providers

  • Beaver Street Enterprise Center - The core-city business incubator is a 25,000 square foot professional office facility offering modern workplace amenities for startup and existing business owners. The facility provides technical assistance, counseling and mentoring to its tenants. http://bsecenter.net/index.htm
  • Better Business Bureau of Northeast Florida - Provides reliability reports on local and national companies for use in selecting ethical business partners. Also provides dispute-resolution services to resolve conflict between a business and customer. http://northeastflorida.bbb.org/
  • E3 Business Group - Utilizes a combination of workshops, events, and outreach partnerships to share E3 concepts and build relationships with entrepreneurs across the country. http://e3businessgroup.us/index.html
  • Florida Export Directory – A new, web-based directory for small businesses in Florida to gain international market exposure. The directory is designed to bring buyers together with Florida suppliers of goods and services in a wide variety of industries. Enterprise Florida is offering exporters in Florida a free listing in the directory which includes contact information and the ability to receive e-mails from potential global buyers. www.FloridaExportDirectory.com
  • Jacksonville Entrepreneurship Center - Assesses the needs and capabilities of minority business owners in the Jacksonville area. Then those aspiring or current business owners are linked with resources, classes, training and counseling that will help them grow to the next level of success. http://www.eecjacksonville.com/
  • JAX Chamber Small Business Center - Provides counseling, assistance and workshops in the following areas: research for starting a business, access to capital and selection of business locations and expansion.             http://www.myjaxchamber.com/subnav/sub_smallbusinesscenter.aspx
  • Jacksonville Women's Business Center - Training, mentoring, consulting, networking women-owned businesses in all stages of development. http://www.jaxwbc.com/
  • Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) - Assists in securing contracts with local, state and federal government. Provides counseling free of charge to any Florida firm, but a minimal fee may be charged for special services or workshops, funded through the Department of Defense and the JAX Chamber. Contact: Barbara English, (904) 366-6650.  http://www.fptac.org/
  • SCORE - Offers confidential, one-on-one counseling by one of 40 local volunteers dedicated to helping to start and grow small businesses. Practical advice offered by retired business owners or managers with expertise in various industries. http://www.score.org/
  • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at University of North Florida (UNF) - Sponsors workshops on business start-up basics, a HELP desk and a business library for potential business owners. Certified business analysts meet with business owners at no charge to provide a confidential sounding board and can connect clients with helpful resources, provides management assistance with financial analysis, market analysis, business planning, management audits and more.  http://www.sbdc.unf.edu/
  • Small Business Resource Network - Helps small businesses achieve greater success by referring them to local and qualified accountants, attorneys, lenders, insurance professionals or business consultants who provide free information. http://www.sbrn.org/
  • U.S. Small Business Administration - Provides new and established business owners with financial management, technical and procurement assistance. The SBA is a federal agency established to aid, counsel and assist and protect the interest of small business and strengthen the overall economy of the nation. http://www.sba.gov/
  • Women Business Owners of North Florida - Provides support to women in all stages of business ownership. Hosts five to six monthly meetings for networking and business education. Does not directly provide any loans, grants, economic assistance or capital investment. Sponsor of Woman Business Owner of the Year awards program. http://www.jaxwbo.org/
Financing Sources for Your Business

  • Florida Business Development Corporation - Assists healthy, growing small businesses, secures long-term, below market, fixed-rate financing for acquisition of fixed assets. Also provides financial assistance and advisory services to companies considering the possibility of selling their business or contemplating an acquisition or merger. http://www.fbdc.net/
  • Florida First Capital Finance Corporation (FFCFC) - A statewide, non-profit certified development company that promotes economic development and job creation by working with the SBA and private-sector lenders to provide available and affordable financing to small businesses. FFCFC lends under the SBA 504 Loan Program, the state of Florida Recycling Loan Program and other small business assistance programs. http://www.ffcfc.com/
  • U.S. Small Business Administration - Provides new and established business owners with financial management, technical and procurement assistance. The SBA is a federal agency established to aid, counsel and assist and protect the interest of small business and strengthen the overall economy of the nation. http://www.sba.gov/
Education, Training and Workshops for Small Businesses

  • Beaver Street Enterprise Center - The core-city business incubator is a 25,000 square foot professional office facility offering modern workplace amenities for startup and existing business owners. The facility provides technical assistance, counseling, and mentoring to its tenants. http://bsecenter.net/index.htm
  • E3 Business Group - Utilizes a combination of workshops, events, and outreach partnerships to share E3 concepts and build relationships with entrepreneurs across the country. http://e3businessgroup.us/index.html
  • Small Business Workshops at the JAX Chamber's Small Business Center - Several workshops offered every month, providing access to specific topics related to every stage of running a business.
    http://www.myjaxchamber.com/doing-business/small-business-center/
  • Small Business Workshops at the Small Business Development Center at UNF - Offers several workshops on business start-up basics.
    https://www.sbdc.unf.edu/workshops.php
  • UNF Small Business Blog - From the Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida. Business topics for entrepreneurs. http://unfsbdc.blogspot.com/
Workforce Assistance

  • CareerSource - CareerSource provides recruiting assistance, labor market research and training partnerships. No-cost electronic job postings and career events hosted throughout the region. http://www.careersourcefl.com/
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