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Small Biz Expo to be at Orange Park Mall

Lenders, franchisors, Simon Property, Inc. representatives, and small business resource partners, will take part in the Small Business Expo Tour at the Orange Park Mall on Saturday, Jan. 29. The Expo aims to provide advice and resources to prospective and existing entrepreneurs who want to open or expand a small business.

Small business counselors from participating organizations such as Small Business Administration, Small Business Development Center, and SCORE will be on hand to provide tools, financing advice, and general education to assist prospective business owners. This event is sponsored by Simon Properties, Inc., U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Small Business Development Center at UNF (SBDC) and SCORE.

Free workshops, open to the public, begin at 11 .m. They include:

11 a.m.—The Fundamentals of Starting a Small Business

Noon—Franchising 101

1 p.m.—The Benefits of Starting a Small Business at Simon Mall

2 p.m.—Financing Options for Your Small Business

3 p.m.—How to Market within Your Small Business Budget

More than 20 exhibitors including representatives from all three Jacksonville-area Simon Malls, will be present. Participating Simon Malls include: Orange Park Mall, the Avenues Mall, and the Town Center Mall.

Registration is recommended for workshops and can be completed at

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