Northeast Florida has a very supportive entrepreneurial ecosystem that works together to serve entrepreneurs at every stage. View a snapshot of the ecosystem. Through the JAX Bridges program, as the JAX Chamber prepares entrepreneurs to do business with larger companies we routinely route them to other resources such as the SBA, SBDC at UNF, Beaver Street Enterprise, and CoWork JAX to name a few. We also provide an online "Help Desk" .
Northeast Florida has a growing Startup Community with activities & organizations such as One Spark, Startup Weekend, iStart JAX, and Startup JAX Meetup. Our community continues to earn regional rankings for entrepreneurship and small business categories. Through its JAX Bridges program, the JAX Chamber can support these entrepreneurs with resources and access to build sustainable enterprises as they mature.
The JAX Chamber Entrepreneurial Growth Division has had a longstanding Micro-enterprise Certification program which provides guidance and assistance to low- and moderate-income individuals who are working to become small business owners. 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
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, build a wave, or ride 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 profitable 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.
There are nearly eight thousand second stage companies in Northeast Florida. The significance of these companies is the steady growth they provides in jobs and sales activity. They typically provide upwards of 33% of all employment. The JAX Bridges program is poised to assist in their growth efforts by providing improved access to capital and business opportunities.