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Women’s Business Center recognized

The Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC), a program of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, was recently honored with an

Pat Blanchard

“Excellence in Coaching and Mentoring” award by the University of North Florida’s Division of Continuing Education at its 10th annual Excellence in Employee Development Awards.  The division presents the awards annually to companies, organizations, and individuals who have significantly advanced workplace learning and performance.

“We congratulate JWBC Director Pat Blanchard, Senior Coordinator Kathy Bolesworth, and all of our volunteers who contribute hundreds of hours mentoring to help local business owners grow and develop their companies for long-term success,” said Sandy Bartow, vice president of the Small Business Division of the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce.  “We applaud their tireless efforts with the JWBC’s outstanding programs, which are designed to support our community’s entrepreneurs and strengthen our local economy.”

The JWBC was nominated for the Excellence in Coaching and Mentoring award by Candace Moody, JWBC Advisory Board vice chair, a mentor and vice president of communications at Worksource.  “The JWBC is uniquely positioned to provide a number of very robust programs that offer the only relationship-based, customized coaching and mentoring opportunities in the community,” Moody said.

Formed in 2004, the JWBC is designed to support and advance aspiring and existing women entrepreneurs at every stage of business development.

“The JWBC offers numerous programs to assist highly motivated entrepreneurs and provide the information they need to become profitable business owners,” said Blanchard, who oversees and manages the JWBC’s training and mentorship programs as director.  “Our clients tell us repeatedly our mentoring and coaching programs have played a key role in their success.”

Upcoming programs include Financial Matters, mentoring arrangements that help small business owners enhance their financial management skills, and ATHENAPowerLink, a year-long program that concentrates on women-owned businesses that are at least two years old.  Small business owners may apply for Financial Matters April 1 to 30, and women who own businesses that are beyond the initial start-up phase may apply for the ATHENAPowerLink program April 15 to May 30.

More information about the JWBC is available at

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