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Clay Chamber to host JWBC entrepreneur program

The Jacksonville Women’s Business Center, a program of the Jacksonville Chamber Foundation, will present a

Pat Blanchard

Pat Blanchard

 complimentary program for men and women who want to start their own business at the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, Aug. 31, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

 “LaunchPads: Exploring Entrepreneurial Options” will explain the many paths to business ownership.  The workshop is free and open to the public, but an RSVP is required.  Register by visiting the events calendar at www.opportunityjacksonville.com or contact Duffan.Dickert@myjaxchamber.com for more information.

“This is an outstanding opportunity to talk with an expert panel of entrepreneurs about business ownership, including the pros and cons of purchasing a franchise or existing company, and starting a business from scratch or under the protection of an established corporate umbrella,” said Pat Blanchard, director of the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center and the facilitator for the program.  “Our panelists are successful business owners and will share their experiences about what worked, what did not work so well and the lessons they learned along the way.  This program is designed so the audience can ask tough questions and come away with honest, real-life answers.”

Sponsorship provided by Prudential and a grant from the Wachovia Foundation enables the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center to extend its services to aspiring business owners residing in Clay County.

The Jacksonville Women’s Business Center provides mentoring, training, consulting and networking opportunities to advance the success of women entrepreneurs at every stage of business development.  JWBC serves primarily aspiring and existing women business owners in a seven-county area, including Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns counties.  Some of the JWBC’s programs, such as LaunchPad, are open to mixed-gender participants.  The JWBC is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce.


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