More than 120 Northeast Florida small business leaders participated in JAXPORT’s inaugural Small and Emerging Business Appreciation Day. The daylong seminar was held Tuesday at JAXPORT’s Cruise Terminal and connected area small businesses with valuable training and resources.
Business development experts from the City of Jacksonville, Florida Small Business Development Council, Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council and other area public agencies were on site offering valuable insights and advice. Topics covered included how to access capital, tools for successfully growing a business, ways to maximize a business’s online presence and more.
“As cargo volumes continue to grow, so does our ability to contribute to the economic success of our community,” said JAXPORT CEO Eric Green. “We are committed to ensuring that area small businesses are included in all of the growth opportunities that a thriving seaport creates.”
“JAXPORT has always been a good resource for us,” said Sheldon Gibbs, an event attendee and owner of The Gibbs Group, a Northeast Florida engineering and construction business that has completed contracting work with JAXPORT. “They offer knowledge and resources that you just can’t get anywhere else.”
JAXPORT promotes equal access to all procurement contracts. During the past four years, JAXPORT payments for work by certified Jacksonville Small and Emerging Businesses (JSEB) have topped $21.8 million.
If you’re a small business owner, connect with Brian Williams, JAXPORT SEB Programs Coordinator, by email or at (904) 357-3003.