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Northeast Florida Economic Opportunity Summit set for Sept. 9

The Northeast Florida Economic Opportunity Summit, sponsored by the First Coast African American Chamber of Commerce, will provide participants an opportunity to network, discuss employment opportunities, explore entrepreneurship, and attend self-improvement seminars. The event will be Sept. 9, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Jacksonville Public Library (downtown), 303 N. Laura St.

The theme of the day-long event, which is open to the public, is economic opportunity. Although registration is not required, some seminars can accommodate only a limited number of participants. Reservations for these seminars can be made by calling 904-652-1500.

Visitors to the summit will be able to:

·         Submit a business plan for an opportunity to earn a prize of $2,500, $1,500, or $1,000 in cash, along with statewide exposure for the business;

·         Network with city-wide service providers all in one location;

·         Learn how to become a part of the social entrepreneurship network and get both free and instant marketing for their businesses;

·         Plan to meet at least one future business partner such as a local small business owner, Blue Cross Blue Shield, CSX, and/or Jaxport;

·         Learn more about the community and business contributions of companies such as State Farm;

·         Gain insight on programs aimed at uplifting those who are unemployed or low income.

A number of workshops on marketing, networking, and other business topics are scheduled throughout the day, along with drawings for door prizes. (Winners must be present.)

For more information or to register (free), go to



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