Program begins in February and will focus on helping small businesses “scale up” and grow in 2015
ScaleUp North Florida, the new U.S. Small Business Administration program based at the University of North Florida, is accepting applications for the program’s first year, which will begin in early February. The program will help up to 50 growth-oriented and high-potential small business owners to scale up their businesses, create jobs and grow their bottom lines in 2015. Applications are being accepted through January 23, 2015.
ScaleUp North Florida is a year-long program which will provide small business owners with entrepreneurial education, management support, access to capital and strategic planning assistance in order to help their companies grow. To qualify for the program, businesses must be located in the Jacksonville MSA (Duval, St Johns, Clay, Baker and Nassau Counties), be in business for at least three years, have annual revenue of $150,000 – $500,000 and have a desire to grow their business. There is no charge to participate in the program.
In October, the University of North Florida was awarded one of only eight ScaleUp America contracts in the country. The program’s success will be measured by local economic impact, including jobs created, sales increased, new markets identified, capital accessed and a healthier bottom line for participating firms. The program application can be accessed online at www.scaleupnorthflorida.com, and questions should be directed to the program’s director, Jennifer Marko, at (904) 265-0750.
About ScaleUp North Florida: ScaleUp North Florida is a small business growth program of the U.S. Small Business Administration which is based at the University of North Florida. To learn more about ScaleUp North Florida, visit our website at www.scaleupnorthflorida.com.