About the Program
Jacksonville’s ATHENAPowerLink® program, one of only 37 offered nationwide, targets women-owned businesses that are at least two years old and beyond the initial start-up difficulties. Participants are paired with a team of advisors who are experts in their field – attorneys, accountants, bankers, entrepreneurs, marketing and HR professionals and others. Only experienced advisors are selected for this program. Participants work with their advisors together and independently on predefined business goals.
In essence, the program “links” the business owner with a panel of unpaid advisers who agree to work with her for one year to meet her stated business goals and objectives. Business owners learn to network, access capital and implement best practices from these volunteer advisers.
The panels of advisers are chosen from local leaders and professionals in their fields. They bring expertise to the business and are hand selected based on the specific needs of the business owner.
Requirements to Apply
Applicants must complete an application, submitted during stated enrollment periods. To be considered, the company must meet all of the following criteria:
- The business must be at least 50 percent owned and actively managed by a woman
- Minimum of two (2) years in operation
- Minimum of two (2) full-time employees (including the owner)
- Annual revenues of at least $250,000 for retail or manufacturing businesses
- Annual revenues of at least $100,000 for service businesses
- Clearly defined company objectives and goals
Application period annually, April 15 to June 30; program begins in mid-September
Qualified applicants are required to submit a non-refundable fee of $100 with their application. Only checks and credit cards are accepted, made payable to the JAX Chamber Foundation/JWBC. Submitted applications are considered complete upon receipt of the non-refundable $100 fee.
Please submit 15 copies of your completed application by delivering or mailing them along with your application fee to:
Jacksonville Women’s Business Center
Attention: Pat Blanchard
3 Independent Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202
For information, email Pat Blanchard or call her at (904) 366-6640.
Please see the calendar for important AthenaPowerlink® deadlines.
Are you interested in being a volunteer mentor on an AthenaPowerlink® Advisory Panel? Click here to download a volunteer mentor form.