Exciting New Venture Comes to Jacksonville

a-urban-2014-headshot From designing magical décor for weddings and spectacular events to the “Queen of Christmas”, Anne Urban has done it all.  Anne started her company, Destination Planning, when Jacksonville announced the Super Bowl was coming to town.  While business from the Super Bowl was good, she quickly realized “You don’t know what you don’t know!”   “My ah ha moment was meeting Sandy Bartow, then director of the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC), and getting her advice”. So what was her advice you may ask….

Learn as much as you can about running a successful business and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Anne immediately joined one of JWBC’s Business Advisory Councils (now known as Success Circles) a facilitated peer-to-peer mentoring roundtable. A year later, Anne was selected as one of three women business owners who received an advisory panel as part of JWBC’s inaugural ATHENAPowerlink® group. “From there I took every workshop and program JWBC had to offer,” says Urban.  Destination Planning was a qualified success, reaching over a million dollars in revenue by its second year.



11 Tips for Succeeding as an Entrepreneur

The entrepreneur faces many ups and downs. Entrepreneurship is hard — and failure is common. “There is a romantic notion of the entrepreneur. It’s a lot harder than it looks,” said Oregon Angel Fund’s Jon Maroney, who is also the co-founder of mobile developer FreeRange. Maroney was part of a recent panel discussion in Portland, Oregon,… Continue Reading

Start-Up Businesses Can Now Sell Shares Through Crowdfunding

For years, artists have been able to finance their projects through Kickstarter and other crowdfunding websites, basically soliciting small sums of cash from many people over the internet. This method of raising capital is now available nationwide to entrepreneurs seeking to fund their start-up businesses. In exchange for money, investors will own shares in a… Continue Reading

3 Essential Financial Statements for Your Small Business

Accurately tracking financial data is not only critical for running the day-to-day operations of your small business, but it is also essential when seeking funding from lenders or investors to take your business to the next level. In addition, keeping tabs of your finances can help ensure your products and services are priced right, identify… Continue Reading

Equal Pay for Equal Work – Myth or Reality

Equal Pay Day is the symbolic day, which reflects how far into the current year women must work to match what men earned in the previous year.  In 2016, Equal Pay Day will be observed on Tuesday, April 12. President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act in 1963. The very next year Congress passed Title VII of… Continue Reading

How March Became Women’s History Month

By:  Julia Zorthian First published in TIME magazine, 2/29/2016 Many things have come to womankind surprisingly recently: The right to vote. The right to own property. And, perhaps less surprisingly, the existence of Women’s History Month. Before women had the whole month, the U.S. recognized Women’s History Week; before that, a single International Women’s Day.… Continue Reading

Inventions Created By Women

There is an old adage that says “It’s a man’s world.”  Maybe, maybe not. But there is one fact that can’t be denied; many of our creature comforts and life-saving devices, that we take for granted today, were invented by women. We’ll probably never know how many women inventors there were. That’s because in the… Continue Reading

Take the Leap…

Have a great idea?  Now is the time to “take the leap” into entrepreneurship.  The Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC) offers a wide variety of programs for women entrepreneurs, from aspiring to accomplished. Unlock your true potential with one or more programs from JWBC. Check our Find a Program page to select a program that’s right for you.… Continue Reading

A taste of success. Then what?

by: Lorrie DeFrank In the 25 years since Lewis Hunter founded his accounting business, he’s become an expert in the pitfalls of business startups. In the 10 years that Hunter & Associates, P.A., has been a sponsor of Jacksonville Women’s Business Center’s Financial Matters program, he has helped many women avoid them. For most new… Continue Reading

Trust, but Verify: How Your Bank Can Help Prevent Fraud in and on your Business

The Jacksonville Bank is a long-time sponsor of the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center’s Financial Matters program. I recently sat down with Treasury Services Officer Debbie Dennis to discuss how a bank can help businesses fight fraud. “Let’s face it,” Dennis says, “Fraud is rampant and the bad guys are getting smarter and more sophisticated by… Continue Reading



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