Workforce Development connects young people with work experiences, provides industry internships for teachers, advocates for more college access points and engages employers in developing lifeline learning opportunities for their workforce. These initiatives help grow our region’s skilled labor, attracting new employers and advancing the economic health of our region and its residents.
“Workforce development is the ‘people part’ of economic development, and the essential factor in business expansion or relocation. We support the partnership of community organizations and industry leaders who are committed to building the regional talent pipeline.”
BRUCE FERGUSON, CEO
CareerSource Northeast Florida, Workforce Development Investor
“With the support of the Workforce Development Department, I am now providing brand support for a Fortune 500 company. I absolutely love what I am doing and look forward to potential growth opportunities with the company.”
GREG ALEXANDER, OPERATOR MANAGER
Rand Value Stream Leader, ACRO Service Corporation
The JAX Chamber Foundation develops tomorrow’s leaders today with programs such as Leadership Matters and ImpactJAX. Our programs prepare leaders for roles that bring positive change to Northeast Florida.
Jacksonville Women’s Business Center
The Jacksonville Women’s Business Center’s mission is to advance the success of women entrepreneurs at every stage of business development through mentoring-based programs like Financial Matter$, Marketing Matters, ATHENA PowerLink® and Success Circles.
“From an ATHENA PowerLink® Panel of Advisors to educational and mentoring programming, to developing life-long relationships, the JWBC’s fingerprints can be seen in nearly every aspect of my company. Since I was first introduced to the JWBC, our revenues have more than doubled, employee count has tripled and our future looks strong.”
ANN SABBAG, FOUNDER & CEO
Health Designs, JWBC Client and Donor
“I am forever grateful to my wonderful mentors from the JWBC who have spent endless hours helping and guiding me throughout the year. With their expertise, I created a more clearly defined business strategy and streamlined many of our current processes. As a result, we are more profitable and increased our revenue by 25 percent.”
GINA HILL, PRESIDENT
G.M. Hill Engineering, JWBC Client
Small Business Center
Since 1993, the Small Business Center has provided the Jacksonville community with training and counseling, providing the critical skills needed to start and grow a business. Through the Foundation, scholarships are provided for socially and economically disadvantaged participants.
“Being a part of the Small Business Center has not only built my knowledge base but it has built my confidence as a business owner. Knowing there are experts readily available to assist me has tremendously impacted the success of my business.”
LAUREN LITTLE, FRANCHISE OWNER
Edible Arrangements, SBC Client and Volunteer
“The Get Smart! Program made me think differently about my business and provided the opportunity to build relationships and learn from my mentors. The financial support given to the Foundation makes small business education affordable. I successfully sold my company and received strong support throughout that process.”
CHRIS KENNELLY, CEO/EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Kennetic Productions, Inc., SBC Client