JAX Bridges is a program of the JAX Chamber Entrepreneurial Growth Division. It is designed to connect small and medium-sized companies with opportunities to do business with larger corporations; as well as providing targeted entrepreneurial education support.
The program is designed to support the entire business community: startups; micro-enterprises; early stage growth companies; established companies; 2nd stage/high growth companies; and our corporate community.
The JAX Chamber Entrepreneurial Growth Division has had a longstanding Micro-enterprise Certification program which provides guidance and assistance to individuals who are working to become small business owners and build enterprises. This has been a great partnership between the City of Jacksonville, S.C.O.R.E., and the JAX Chamber. As these companies grow they have an opportunity to participate in the JAX Bridges program for growth opportunities.
Early Stage & Growth Companies
Early stage & growth companies are critical to the local economy for a number of reasons. The most important for the entrepreneurial community is that they serve three key functions: creating a wave, building a wave, or riding a wave to business success. The JAX Bridges program, through its entrepreneurial education, teaming, and matchmaking opportunities is positioned to assist these companies in leveraging new opportunities to assist in wave building.
Surveys have shown that the Northeast Florida market has a high volume of established and 2nd stage growth businesses. In the JAX Bridges program these companies are poised to make a dual impact. They can leverage opportunities from larger corporations as well as create opportunities for small companies through our Bridge to Business portal.
Capital Stream (coming soon)
Access to capital is a significant barrier to small business growth. The JAX Chamber in partnership with Ennis Pellum & Associates has established an educational program that prepares entrepreneurs for gaining access to capital. This certificate program qualifies entrepreneurs for special financing opportunities with participating institutions. We have also partnered with Atlantic Coast Bank to deliver a tool to assist entrepreneurs in managing working capital.