Developing Leaders

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A Launchpad for Emerging Leaders

NextUp JAX brings together Jacksonville’s emerging leaders between the ages of 21 – 40, to harness their talents and create initiatives that better the community. The program is facilitated as a regional effort to attract, retain, and engage Northeast Florida’s top talent.

Member Benefits

Benefits of membership include free or discounted events, networking opportunities with community business leaders, updates on key issues impacting our region, and much more.

Member Dues

The annual cost of membership is $50 for employees of JAX Chamber members (or $150 for non Chamber members). Dues support our goals, ideals and impact, and help underwrite our signature events and initiatives.

Hightower Emerging Leaders Fellowship

The Hightower Emerging Leaders Fellowship brings together talented professionals with prominent and influential Jacksonville leaders. Fellows build relationships and learn from Jacksonville leaders who are giving back to the next generation through roundtable discussions and leadership lessons.

NextUp JAX Committees

  • Community Engagement
  • Membership
  • Professional Development
  • Public Policy
  • Service and Giving
  • Social and Cultural

Small Business Leader of the Year

Each year the JAX Chamber salutes the entrepreneurial spirit of Jacksonville’s small businesses with the Small Business Leader of the Year (SBLY) Award. This Council nominates one of their members to represent them at the JAX Chamber’s Annual Breakfast and to compete as the #1 SBLY overall.

Want to nominate someone?

A nominee must:

  • Be a member of the JAX Chamber in good standing
  • Be an owner, partner or shareholder of at least 25 percent of the business
  • Be active in the day-to-day management of the company
  • Be established locally in the same business for at least three years
  • Demonstrate professional business acumen and leadership
  • Have gross revenues of less than 5 million dollars per year for the previous three years