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Local SBA ‘Emerging 200’ class graduates

The first class of the Small Business Administration’s Emerging 200 Program (e200) has completed its course ofsbalogosmall study. Eleven small business owners who operate businesses in Jacksonville’s inner city were part of the program and will receive honors at the Nov. 16 graduation, which will be at 6 p.m. at the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce.

The goal of e200 was to identify 200 inner-city businesses across the country that show a high potential for growth and to provide them the network, resources, and motivation required to build a sustainable business within a designated inner-city geographic location.  SBA contracted InnerCity Entrepreneurs to conduct the training aspect of SBA’s Emerging 200 Initiative.  Jacksonville was one of the cities participating in this initiative together with an additional 14 cities across the country.

SBA North Florida District Wilfredo J. Gonzalez stated, “We are extremely proud to announce the graduation of the e200 Class of 2009…We are honored that Jacksonville has been given the opportunity to assist in increasing the employment rate of the inner city.  We thank these businesses for taking the initiative to assist in this very important venture for our city.”

The 11 local small business firms and their owners graduating from the e200 Class of 2009 are:

  • Glenda Allen, GA Janitorial Cleaning Services;
  • Rose E. Conry, Employment Resources & Solutions;
  • Joseph A. Hutchinson, Xeye Incorporated;
  • Larry M. Kates, Progressive Power Products, Inc.;
  • Young Kim, Advanced Technology Management, Inc.;
  • Falguni Kumar, Quizno’s Subs;
  • Chris Martoglio, The Contract Management Company;
  • Joanne T. Parks, Parks Place Daycare & Learning Center;
  • John Wondracek, River City Advertising; and
  • Vicky M. Zelen, Zelen Risk Solutions, Inc.

Suzie K. Lemen, CEO of Dynamic Corporate Solutions, Inc. was the local trainer subcontracted by InnerCity Entrepreneurs to deliver the e200 program in Jacksonville.   She worked with the small business owners over an eight-month period.  Each business was responsible for producing a three-year strategic growth plan with benchmarks and performance targets for their individual business. 

The e200 training focused on topics such as organization management, financial management, growth strategies and management, market development, and strategic planning. The program also included CEO mentoring sessions among the participants.  Participation in the e200 was offered free of charge to the participants. 

The e200 Jacksonville initiative is cosponsored with: The Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce Small Business Center, Jacksonville Women’s Business Center, SCORE, Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida, Beaver Street Enterprise Center, City of Jacksonville Equal Business Opportunity & Contract Compliance Division, and Jacksonville Urban League Entrepreneurship Center.

The graduation ceremony is open to the public.  Please RSVP/coordinate to Lola Kress, 904-443-1933 or lola.kress@sba.gov.


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