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“I am forever grateful to my wonderful mentors from the JWBC who 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 increased our revenue by 25 percent in one year.”

Gina Hill

ATHENAPowerlink® Graduate


Northeast Florida’s premier mentoring program, ATHENAPowerLink®, is designed to increase the growth and profitability of women-owned businesses. In a recent national ATHENAPowerLink® survey, 93% of participants made significant changes to their businesses, and business owners experienced an average of 88% growth in sales and 38% growth in net income.

This internationally renowned advisory program guides women business owners in defining and achieving tangible goals by providing them with access to a team of experienced business advisors for one year. Participants of ATHENAPowerLink® learn to network, access capital and implement best practices from these volunteer advisors. Advisors are hand selected – based on the specific needs of
the participants – from local leaders and industry professionals that possess high levels of expertise.

The ATHENAPowerLink® program has an in-depth application process which includes business financials, plans, etc… to assist the selection panel in determining how to best accommodate each business owner. In addition, applicants are subject to an on-site visit to
see the business and observe employees and operations.

JWBC is the only organization in Northeast Florida licensed to offer the internationally acclaimed ATHENAPowerLink® program and is currently expanding upon the ATHENA International Suite of services to further promote women entrepreneurs in the Northeast Florida region.

Ideal Attendee/Target Audience

• Women business owners (at least 51% owned and actively managed by a woman)
• Minimum of 2 years in operation
• Minimum of 2 full-time employees (including the owners)
• Annual revenues of at least – $250,000 for retail or manufacturing businesses
– $100,000 for service businesses

Note: if a woman has a partner – or their spouse – we will work to bring them into the program as well.

For more information on how to apply, contact Anamaria Contreras, 904.366.6633.


The JAX Chamber Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 1978 and serves Northeast Florida in funding workforce development, leadership and entrepreneurial education programs in support of long-term regional prosperity.


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