Founded by the National Urban League * Business Roundtable * Stonehenge Capital LLC * Small Business Administration * Urban League of Greater Cleveland
"Growing small and medium-sized minority owned businesses is one of the best ways to close the wealth gap in America."
Marc H. Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League
Welcome to the Jacksonville Entrepreneurship Center
What does the Entrepreneurship Center do?
The Entrepreneurship Center assesses the needs and capabilities of minority business owners in the Jacksonville area. Then those aspiring or current business owners are linked with resources, classes, training and counseling that will help them grow to the next level of success. Each person contacting the JEC will receive an initial assessment of their needs. Then they will be matched to the appropriate resource or service that meets those needs.
Who sponsors it?
The Entrepreneurship Center is part of a national program developed through a partnership of the National Urban League, the Business Roundtable, and the White House National Economic Council. In Jacksonville, current sponsors are the Jacksonville Urban League, National Urban League, and Stonehenge Capital LLC.
How can I get assistance with my business?
Simply contact the Jacksonville Urban League through our Hotline number, 904-566-0078 or through our online on the Resource Navigator
One on One Coaching and Guidance
The one on one mentor sessions provide the client with business support and guidance. JEC staff and coaches assess the situation and assist the client determine what their next steps should be. The benefits to the client are access to resources and opportunities to develop new skills or enhance existing ones. The JEC will combine direct entrepreneurial skills development and assistance from business mentors with targeted resource referrals to insure that the assistance received by the client is specific to their needs.
What kind of services are offered by Resource Partners?
Many resources are available in the Jacksonville area to help start or expand businesses. The list below highlights the most frequently requested services:
How much do services cost?
- Business planning
- Financial resources and assistance
- Legal services
- Libraries and research organizations
- Management issues and training
- Manufacturing, high tech and life sciences development
- Nonprofit development
- Office, laboratory and meeting space
- Product development
- Regulatory compliance
- Selling to the government and large corporations
- Tax services
- Technical assistance
Do I have to meet a certain set of standards to get help?
The initial assessment and matching is free. There may be fees for counseling, training classes, etc.