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Government Business Living in Jacksonville Florida

The mission of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce's Small Business Center (SBC) is to assist the growth and development of Jacksonville's small businesses community by constantly assessing their needs, collaborating with service providers and offering technical assistance, mentoring and access to capital.

The SBC offers existing and start-up small business owners valuable tools and resources, including:
• The Business Information Center (BIC), a total business resource library housed at the SBC with computer software, Internet access, resources to create collateral, business and industry publications, and how-to books and catalogs:
Counseling and mentoring opportunities
Workshops for existing and start-up businesses

SBC 2005-06 Annual Report
SBC 2006 Economic Impact Report

For additional information or to set an appointment to access the Small Business Center, call (904) 366-6618, or e-mail shirley.moore@myjaxchamber.com

The Florida SBDC Network Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) helps businesses interested in obtaining contracts with the Department of Defense, other federal agencies, state/local government agencies and prime government contractors. For more information see: www.fptac.org

The Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce's PTAC staff, has over 32 years of federal contracting and small business experience. Click here for Bio

Get the powerpoint from the 4/8/09 Government Contracting Opportunities Webinar here

Our Jacksonville office offers the following programs and services:

Workshops on government contracting-related topics, including:

  • Selling To The Government - Learn how your business can register with, obtain certification from, and sell to the federal, state, and local governments.

  • Marketing To Government - Learn valuable information about marketing to the government; plus government contract basics.

  • Bid and Proposal Writing - Learn the guidelines for writing convincing, successful contract proposals and bids.

  • Doing Business With The General Services Administration (GSA) - This workshop is for participants wondering if their business should pursue a U.S. General Services Administration contract.

    Click here to view a list of PTAC workshops for 2009

    To register for Government Contracting Workshops, contact Shirley Moore, call 904.366.6618 or email shirley.moore@myjaxchamber.com


    Counseling is provided free of charge to business entities with primary or branch offices in the Jacksonville area, that are small businesses, or other than small businesses, profit or non-profit, that have the market or potential or are seeking the goods/services to federal, state or local governments, that will sign a hold-harmless agreement, may become a client of the FPTAC program. As a client, the business is eligible and will be afforded access to the services offered.

    With this assistance our clients received more than $48 million in contract awards in FY2008.

    To schedule a one-on-one couseling appointment, contact Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce PTAC Director, Barbara English, at 904.366.6650 or email barbara.english@myjaxchamber.com

    To expedite your counseling experience, please complete and sign our two page Intake Form (required to receive counseling services) and bring it with you to your conseling appointment or FAX to Barbara's attention at 904.366.6604. Click here to download the Intake Form.

    The Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce's PTAC office is proud to be a member of the Small Business Assistance Providers group. Click here to download a list of service providers.

    The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act offers increased opportunities for small businesses to contract with the government. Click here for a brief overview.

    What Clients Are Saying...

    " I would recommend highly PTAC for their for their assistance. Very helpful and willing to help all the way."

    "PTAC is outstanding! Keep up the good work!"

    “It's wonderful having someone to call when there's a need. Recently used PTAC's expertise in submitting a bid to a school board. Strongly recommend using PTAC.”

    “Focused and time efficient advice. PTAC was instrumental in our recent award of a General Services Administration Federal Supply Schedule Contract.”

    “PTAC has been a tremendous help to our company. The professional ‘can do' attitude, coupled with vast experience in contracting matters have helped us acquire new contracting opportunities. Use PTAC! Take advantage of the great opportunities and services they provide.”

    “Please use PTACs, they have a wealth of information.”

Our Purpose
Jacksonville Women's Business Center (JWBC) started operations in November 2004 to advance the success of women entrepreneurs at every stage of business development . Both aspiring and existing business owners gain access to education, capital, resources and networks to help them become more successful. Programs are designed to deliver these benefits in support of women as they launch and grow their businesses. The JWBC serves clients in Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties.

Supporting Women Entrepreneurs at Every Step
Jacksonville Women's Business Center is committed to supporting the woman entrepreneur at every stage of business development as she faces all types of business challenges while becoming increasingly successful.

  • Aspiring – Has an idea and a commitment to explore it

  • Emerging – Engaged in defining a market, developing products and services and building a business organization

  • Growing - Has experienced dramatic expansion success with evidence of developing professional management and systems

  • Accomplished - Proven processes, effective management and continuous profitable growth

Message from the Vice President and Director

Pat Blanchard
Sandy Bartow

The phenomenal growth of entrepreneurs, especially women entrepreneurs, is the most significant economic development with worldwide impact. Our community is no exception. Statistics show active and successful women entrepreneurs have a positive impact on the economy.

In the 1970s, women owned only six percent of all privately held businesses. Today, that number has grown to nearly 50 percent nationally. Promoting women business owners is a smart economic development strategy.

The number of women starting businesses and their success creating wealth and generating new jobs exceeds national averages. Yet, these entrepreneurs face multiple challenges launching and growing their businesses. Research and our own clients tell us repeatedly how important training, mentoring and networking are to them.

Jacksonville Women's Business Center is a community initiative that seamlessly blends the necessary ingredients to build a strong economy. Our organization leads eager and highly motivated entrepreneurs to the education and expertise they need to become profitable business owners. We offer no promises, but deliver effective action that leads to measurable progress.

We invite women entrepreneurs, or women dreaming of becoming business owners, to come to our center; and we urge all to support our work with their time, talent and treasure as we realize our vision to be the premier organization in Jacksonville helping women achieve entrepreneurial success and create community wealth.

Sandy Bartow
Vice President, Chamber Small Business

Pat Blanchard

To learn how you can partner with the Jacksonville Women's Business Center click here

National Statistics
Source: Center for Women's Business Research*

As of 2006, the Center estimates there are 7.7 million majority women-owned firms (firms at least 51% owned by a woman or women). Between 1997 and 2006 the number of majority women-owned firms increased from 5.4 to 7.7 million, an increase of 42%, almost double that of all firms (23%).

The new projections also show that there are 10.4 million businesses 50% or more owned by a woman or women that employ 13 million employees and generate nearly $2 trillion ($1.9) in revenues.

In 2006, majority women-owned firms are expected to generate more than $1 trillion ($1.1) in revenues and employ 7.2 million workers. Nearly three-quarters (74%) of all women-owned firms are majority women-owned.

The Overall Picture
• Nearly 10.4 million firms are owned by women (50% or more), employing more than 12.8 million people and generating $1.9 trillion in sales.
• Three quarters of all women-owned businesses are majority owned by women (51% or more), for a total of 7.7 million firms, employing more than 7.1 million people, and generating $1.1 trillion in sales.
• For the past two decades, majority women-owned firms have continued to grow at around two times the rate of all firms.

Businesses Owned by Women of Color
• Women of color own an estimated 1.4 million firms, employ nearly 1.3 million people, and generate $147 billion in sales (as of 2004).
• About 20% of majority women-owned businesses are owned by women of color.
• Women of color own 36% of all firms owned by persons of color (as of 2004).

Economic Leadership and Impact
• Women business owners' satisfaction with banking relationships has more than doubled since 1992 (35% vs. 82%).
• More than two-thirds (67%) of women business owners choose financial products and services based on their relationship and experience with a lender.
• Over half of all women business owners (57%) have a line of credit for their business and 41% have a commercial bank loan.
• An overwhelming majority of women entrepreneurs (86%) say they use the same products and services at home as they do in their business, and 68% do so consciously.
• Two-thirds (66%) of women business owners with $1 million or more in revenue rely on external accountants or financial specialists for financial advice.
• Annual expenditures by women-owned enterprises for just four areas—information technology, telecommunications, human resources services, and shipping—were estimated to be $103 billion in 2004.

Women as Employers
• Women-owned businesses spend an estimated $546 billion annually on salaries and benefits.

Women-Owned Businesses Without Employees
• Seventy five percent of all firms do not have employees; similarly, 81% of women-owned firms also are without employees, for a total of 5.4 million firms.
• Sales revenue increased 66% for women-owned firms without employees from 1997– 2004, compared to 42% for all such firms.
• Women-owned firms without employees generate more than $167 billion in annual sales (as of 2004).

Access to Markets
• Despite the fact that 60% of Fortune 1000 corporations spend more than $1 billion with outside suppliers annually, women-owned businesses account for only 4% of this market share (as of 2003).
• Women-owned businesses with $1 million or more in revenue are more likely than their smaller counterparts to have large corporations (34% vs. 12%) and government (31% vs. 8%) as their primary clients.
• Fifteen percent of women-owned businesses with $1 million or more in revenue say their primary market is international.

Nontraditional Industries
• The majority of women business owners in nontraditional industries (85%) believe there is no disadvantage to being a woman or that it is actually beneficial.
• Women business owners in nontraditional industries are more likely than men to have inherited their business from their mothers (17% vs. 2%) and more likely to plan to pass it on to their daughters (30% vs. 11%).
• Women-owned firms in nontraditional industries are just as likely to have $1 million or more in revenues as men-owned firms; also, 80% of women-owned nontraditional firms have employees—the same percentage as men-owned firms.

Characteristics of Women Business Owners
• Women business owners are prepared to face risk: most (66%) are willing to take above average or substantial risks for business investments.
• Women and men business owners have different management styles. Women emphasize relationship building as well as fact gathering and are more likely to consult with experts, employees, and fellow business owners.
• Women owners of firms with $1 million or more in revenue are more likely to belong to formal business organizations, associations or networks than other women business owners (81% vs. 61%).

Florida Fact Sheet
Source: Center for Women's Business Research*

Privately-Held, 50% or More Women-Owned Firms
• The 716,209 privately-held, 50% or more women-owned firms in Florida generate more than $152 billion in sales and employ 1,012,659 people.

The Center estimates that 173,658 of the 50% or more women-owned firms in Florida are employer firms. The number of these firms grew by 32.7% from 1997 to 2004. Employer firms are those firms that have paid employees. These are reported for privately-held firms, so they exclude publicly-held, foreign-owned and nonprofit businesses.

• Among the 50 states and Washington, D.C., Florida ranks 3rd in the number of privately-held, 50% or more women-owned firms in 2004, 3rd in employment and 3rd in sales.

• The time-use patterns of self-employed women differ substantially from those of men and of women employed in wage-and-salary work. A new study, recently released by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Office of Advocacy and three university researchers, indicates some unexpected statistics. Click here to read the Executive Summary

*Center for Women's Business Research is the premier source of knowledge about women business owners and their enterprises worldwide. The Center's mission is to unleash the economic potential of women entrepreneurs by conducting research, sharing information and increasing knowledge about this fast-growing sector of the economy. For more information, visit www.womensbusinessresearch.org

rograms and Services

Mentoring: Guidance given by trusted and expert advisors or peers
Entrepreneurs, by definition, are in business for themselves; but they don't have to be in business by themselves. At the Jacksonville Women's Business Center, mentors (businesswomen and men experienced in specific aspects of running a business) are strategically matched with clients to encourage and guide each business owner through the challenges of meeting their specific business goals. Click here to learn more about our mentoring programs .

Training : Learn necessary and practical business skills
Entrepreneurs, by description, are passionate about what they do. They aren't necessarily knowledgeable about all aspects of running a business effectively. At the JWBC, classes and workshops in management, marketing, finance, technology and procurement are presented by a faculty of business specialists who are the best in their fields. These experts share with clients their advanced perspectives on starting and growing a profitable business. Click here to learn more about our training programs

Networking: Find mutual support, access to resources and business referrals
Entrepreneurs, by character, are excited about seeing their businesses grow. Effective networking is primarily about building lasting relationships to grow future business. Networking events, sponsored by the Jacksonville Women's Business Center, provide opportunities for clients to get to know prospective customers, as well as vendors and service providers. Click here to read about JWBC's Business Women of Color Initiative SM - a great way to network.

Consulting: Access to expert business advice
Entrepreneurs, by nature, are strong-willed about what's best for their business, but they occasionally need and want direction. At the Jacksonville Women's Business Center, the staff and trained volunteers are available for meeting face-to-face, by phone or by email. Advice is available on topics including marketing, planning, procurement, debt or equity financing, employee issues and more.

To make a counseling appointment contact Shirley Moore at 904.366.6618 or shirely.moore@myjaxchamber.com

To expedite your counseling experience, please complete both pages of our intake form, (required for counseling services), sign it and bring with you to your counseling session. Click here to download the Intake Form.

Business Advocacy

Strengthening Northeast Florida

Key Legislative Issues | Government Affairs Committee | Government Links | Contact

Government Affairs Committee
The government affairs committee meets monthly and has almost 300 members. It prioritizes legislative issues, and using member feedback solicited by the government affairs department, creates State and Federal Business Advocacy Agendas that outlines issues that have an effect on the business community. Committee members work for a diverse cross-section of industries and organizations, and all Chamber members are welcome to join.

Following through with their support of the Business Advocacy Agenda issues, members travel to Tallahassee and Washington, D.C. to make the region's pro-business issues known to legislators.

The Government Affairs Committee works cooperatively with many organizations, including The Nonprofit Center for Northeast Florida, Jacksonville Children's Commission, Duval Teachers United, the University of North Florida, Florida Community College of Jacksonville, First Coast Manufacturers Association, Northeast Florida Builders Association, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Associated Industries of Florida, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Government Links
City of Jacksonville
City of Jacksonville, Mayor Peyton's Office

State of Florida
State Legislation Information
Governor Crist's Office

Federal Legislation Information
U.S. Government
President Barack H. Obama
United States Senate
United States House of Representatives
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

For more information about government advocacy in Jacksonville, or to participate on the government affairs committee, contact Jessica Deal at jessica.deal@myjaxchamber.com or (904) 366-6668.

Cornerstone Regional Development Partnership

The Cornerstone Regional Development Partnership facilitates the creation and retention of quality jobs and significant capital investment, resulting in a higher standard of living and a better quality of life in Northeast Florida. A division of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, Cornerstone works in partnership with the Jacksonville Economic Development Commission, JEA, the regional county partners — Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns, WorkSource, JAXPORT, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and 200 top private sector investor corporate entities in the Jacksonville area. For additional information, please visit www.ExpandinJax.com .

To view a list of current Cornerstone investors, click here .

To download a copy of the Angelou Economics Report, click here .

Jacksonville's central location, with access to three Interstate highways, three major rail lines, two deep water ports, four marine terminals, and a growing international airport has made Jacksonville America's Logistics Center.

Learn more about Intermodal Transportation here .