Daily Archives: June 12, 2011

Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce:Women’s Business Center

Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC) started operations in November 2004 to advance the success of women entrepreneurs at every stage of business development. Both aspiring and existing business owners gain access to education, capital, resources and networks to help them become more successful. Programs are designed to deliver these benefits in support of women as they launch and grow their businesses. The JWBC serves clients in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties.

Supporting Women Entrepreneurs at Every Step
Jacksonville Women’s Business Center is committed to supporting the woman entrepreneur at every stage of business development as she faces all types of business challenges while becoming increasingly successful.

  • Aspiring – Has an idea and a commitment to explore it
  • Emerging – Engaged in defining a market, developing products and services and building a business organization
  • Growing – Has experienced dramatic expansion success with evidence of developing professional management and systems
  • Accomplished – Proven processes, effective management and continuous profitable growth

View the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center Programs & Services

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SBA Helps Small Businesses Develop an Export Business Plan

WASHINGTON – Small businesses interested in starting or expanding sales of their goods and services overseas have access to a new, free online tool that will gauge their readiness to export and help them develop an export business plan.

The Export Business Planner, developed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, offers a ready-made, customizable and easily accessible document that can be updated and referenced continuously as the business grows.

 

The Planner, located at www.sba.gov/exportbusinessplanner, allows users to:

• Determine their export readiness

• Learn about training and counseling opportunities

• Complete worksheets for global market research

• Obtain financing information and options

• Customize export marketing plans, and

• Access resources for exporters

 “Creating jobs through exporting is one of the nation’s top economic priorities, as the President indicated when he launched the National Export Initiative,” said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. “Giving exporters the tools to do their part in this effort is essential. The new Export Business Planner is one such tool and will serve businesses in the critical process of planning for their success.”

 The Planner is a PDF file that can be easily downloaded, accessed, customized, and updated every time you use it. It features an extensive compilation of export research and information, including quick links to websites, video profiles, training podcasts, trade statistics, contact information to counseling resources such as SCORE and SBDCs, a list of current SBA lenders and much more.

 The tool is organized in comprehensive chapters that are cross-linked and indexed for efficiency and easy access to related topics.

 The chapters include:

• Introduction to Exporting

• Training and Counseling

• Getting Started: Creating an Export Business Plan

• Developing your Marketing plan

• Financing your Export Venture

• Accounting Worksheets: Costing, Financial Forecasting and Product Pricing

• Utilizing Technology for successful Exporting

• Your New Marketing Plan: Summary, Timeline

• Updates, Transportation and Documentation

 A special, very useful feature of the Planner is the customizable worksheets, which provide templates for developing your export business plan, conducting business assessments and foreign market research, creating your marketing plan, costing and sale projections, goal setting and much more.

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Downtown Jacksonville Fourth of July Celebration

July 04, 2011
Downtown Jacksonville Riverfront

Happy Birthday, America! This star-spangled celebration features the First Coast’s most spectacular 4th of July fireworks display over the St. Johns River. You have to see it to believe it!

Fireworks Spectacular

Fireworks can be viewed from the Northbank and Southbank of the St. Johns River. The fireworks show will also be choreographed to a special patriotic soundtrack which can be heard on the Northbank and Southbank.

Boat Docking & Anchoring

  • Docking on the Northbank and Southbank and at the Metropolitan Park Marina is first-come, first-served in areas not marked as closed.
  • Docking is allowed for a maximum of 72 hours.
  • No anchoring between the Main and Acosta Bridge.
  • No anchoring west of the School Board Building to the Main Street Bridge.
  • No open flames or open flame grills allowed on boats at or on city dock.
  • No swimming in the marina or around the city docks.
  • For more information, contact the City Dockmaster: (904) 630-0839 or jsuber@coj.net.

For more information on the Fourth of July Celebration in downtown Jacksonville, call (904) 630-3690 or e-mail events@coj.net

Friendship Park Re Opens In Downtown Jacksonville Florida

June 18, 2011
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Friendship Fountain on the Southbank Downtown
A Make a Wish Dedication Ceremony, photos by the fountain, children’s activities and entertainment will be part of this special event.

Duval County Reading Initiative Launched

Mayor John Peyton helped launch “Read It Forward Jacksonville” at Matthew Gilbert Middle School, Tuesday, June 7.   A reading initiative aimed at raising the literacy rate for students throughout Duval County,  the project will involve partnerships between the Duval County School Board, the City of Jacksonville and business and community leaders to help teach Jacksonville’s children about the importance of reading.

In addition to Mayor Peyton, the launch featured Mayor-elect Alvin Brown, Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals, school board members and Sheriff John Rutherford.  At the launch, advanced technology that will be used to help students learn at home using reading tools on television was demonstrated.