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JWBC seeks ATHENAPowerLink® applicants

The Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC), a department of the JAX Chamber Foundation, is seeking applicants for its ATHENAPowerLink® mentoring program. The spring enrollment application period opens April 15 and runs through May 31, 2012.

JWBC announced the new co-chairs of the ATHENAPowerLink® Governing Body. David Sillick, Jacksonville Business Journal publisher, and Emily Magee, a partner at Foley and Lardner, are leading the program this year.

One of only 29 programs offered nationwide, Jacksonville’s ATHENAPowerLink® program targets women-owned businesses that are at least two years old and beyond the initial start-up phase. The program “links” the business owner with a panel of unpaid advisors who agree to work with her for one year to meet her stated business goals and objectives.

To qualify for the program, ATHENAPowerLink® applicants must also meet strict revenue criteria and have been operating their business for a minimum of two years. Participants for the program are selected from a field of applicants by a governing body of volunteer community members.

Those selected for the ATHENAPowerLink® program are matched with an advisory panel consisting of carefully selected members who are uniquely qualified to address the participant’s business needs and support them in implementing best practices. The members of the advisory panel are seasoned business leaders who share their expertise as personal advisors and mentors to help the participants meet their goals and objectives. The panelists have agreed to serve as unpaid advisors for one full year.

To learn more about the ATHENAPowerLink® program including how to become a mentor, visit the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center at www.jaxwbc.com.


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