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JWBC celebrates Financial Matters graduation and first recipient of scholarship

The Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC), a department of the JAX Chamber Foundation, celebrated 17 new graduates of Financial Matters including Jennifer Jones, the first recipient of the Linda Larkin Smith Scholarship for a woman business owner from the artistic community.

The Financial Matters program links a woman business owner with a hand-selected pair of local, professional, volunteer mentors from the banking, accounting or financial industries. Business owners learn how to use financial reports and information as management tools.

The Financial Matters scholarship honors Linda Larkin Smith, JWBC Advisory Board member and financial planner, who died April 2010. Smith was vice president of investments at Raymond James & Associates, which is funding the scholarship and one of the first sponsors and mentors of the Financial Matters mentoring program in 2005. Smith’s family and colleagues from Raymond James & Associates attended the graduation.

Beginning April 1, JWBC will accept applications for Financial Matters. Qualified applicants can apply in April for the Linda Larkin Smith Scholarship. For information on The Financial Matters program qualifications and scholarship guidelines, visit or contact JWBC Director Pat Blanchard at 904-366-6640 or

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