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SBA North Florida District Office celebrates e200 graduating class

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) celebrated the graduation of the 2011 Emerging 200 (e200) class on Nov. 1. The graduation ceremony was attended by several community and business leaders. Guest speakers for the event included Mayor Alvin Brown; Bruce Ferguson Jr., CEO of WorkSource; and Brandon Mastrangelo, Senior Program Manager for Interise.

The Emerging 200 (known as e200) is an intensive training initiative to accelerate high-potential small businesses’ growth in America’s inner-cities. The comprehensive curriculum provides the tools to catapult participating companies to the next level and helps them emerge as growing, self-sustaining businesses in their community.

Developed by the SBA, e200 offers qualified business owners a powerful collection of benefits to accelerate growth, understand and explore financing options, diversify markets and expand networking. The training is supported by a coalition of local economic champions and mentored by business advisors with invaluable insight and expertise.

Jacksonville is only one of 15 cities that participate in the e200 program nationally. More information on the e200 program can be found at

“The e200 program is beneficial for the participants, as well as the host city. We have been privileged to be able to host the program in Jacksonville for the last three years. We hope to see this program continue and we hope that the graduates are able to use their experience in the program to grow their businesses” said Wilfredo J. Gonzalez, District Director.

The North Florida District Office congratulates the following graduates of the 2011 e200 class:

Bobby Baker – DB Civil Works

Sherry Harris Blue – Make It Happen Bail Bonds, Inc.

Ann M. Freeman – River City Security Services, Inc.

John W. Hager – Hager Construction Company

Raymond Hays – Producer’s Resource Center. Inc

Ryan Hernandez – Lasa Construction, Inc.

Melissa Hong – Visual Solutions, Inc.

Rodney Housand – ATSG Logistic Support Services, Inc.

Mariann Howard – Parallel Incorporated

James K. Johns – Solid Rock Engineering Consultants, Inc.

Maria A. King – A-Jax Company, Inc.

David C. Moorefield – DAK Resources

Barry Schuster – Universal Seating Company

Annie Wilson – Annie Wilson Homecare Services, Inc.

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