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Venture Services

For more than 20 years the JAX Chamber has provided mentoring, entrepreneurial education, consulting and networking opportunities to advance the success of entrepreneurs at every stage of business development. This shift into Venture Services addresses how businesses can access capital, foster innovation in their own companies and grow talent from within by adding critical skills needed in this digital economy.

The Venture Services Division, through its programming, provides entrepreneurs and innovators with the critical skills needed to start and grow a business. It also offers services to enterprises through open innovation initiatives.

The Venture Services Division is composed of three core JAX Chamber programs:

JAX Bridges Entrepreneurship Program

A program of the JAX Chamber, Bridges, with over 1500 alumni, is a simulation that educates and connects entrepreneurs. We leverage entrepreneurial tools, unique learning strategies, and corporate relationships to deliver on our value proposition.

JAX Chamber Open Innovation Center

Our Open Innovation Center, an experiential program, leverages the relationship access of the JAX Chamber to work with core members of local industries to identify use cases that may be offered to a crowd of innovators for treatments and solutions.

Jacksonville Women’s Business Center

Partially funded through the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC) creates a new level of innovation. The JWBC provides women – both new and established business owners and leaders – programming that includes mentoring, education, entrepreneurial development, extensive resources, and dynamic networking that will ignite the enterprising spirit.

Getting Started

Small Business Online Orientation

Achieve Your Business Dreams

Online Counseling

JAX Bridges Updates

The JAX Chamber’s Small Business Online Orientation provides an overview of the programs and services available to entrepreneurs in Northeast Florida. This presentation, hosted by JWBC, introduces attendees to resource partners and includes a guided execution of the canvas

Perfect for aspiring and emerging business owners. This 4-part series is taught by a team of experienced entrepreneurs and business professionals. Our goal is to provide you with the knowledge and understanding of the business issues needed to be a successful entrepreneur. 

Online counseling offers free, confidential business advice from our advisors. Services are effective and kept strictly confidential. Our business counseling services are provided free of charge to businesses and entrepreneurs.

JAX Bridges is a program of the JAX Chamber Venture Services Division and is designed to be a key facilitator for supplier quality and development in Northeast Florida. It helps smaller companies grow and promotes supply chain diversification among corporations. 

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