Reasons to Celebrate

Earlier this year, Florida Trend reported:

Women are starting small businesses in Florida at a rate faster than the national average. The state has seen a 74% increase in the number of women-owned small businesses in the past 15 years, ranking Florida as the sixth fastest growing state for women-owned businesses.

Women-owned businesses have a tremendous impact nationally and right here in Northeast Florida, and JWBC has a powerful role in supporting our community’s female entrepreneurs.

  • As of 2013, it is estimated that there are over 8.6 million women-owned businesses in the United States, generating over $1.3 trillion in revenues and employing nearly 7.8 million people. Between 1997 and 2013, when the number of businesses in the United States increased by 41%, the number of women-owned firms increased by 59%.
  • The State of Florida ranks 4th in the nation for the number of women owned businesses, and exceeds the national growth trend by 11% (59% nationally vs. 70% in Florida).
  • According to there are over 6,000 women-owned businesses in the Jacksonville MSA, 7% of which have annual revenue in excess of $1 million and employ nearly 34,000 people.

Since 2004, we’ve served women-owned enterprises in Northeast Florida who are contributing to these amazing achievements. In our first 10 years, we’ve helped women achieve their goals through business ownership. Our clients reach definable outcomes:

  • Become Independent
  • Create Jobs
  • Build Wealth
  • Give Back
  • Lead with Influence

But, we don’t create this kind of  impact alone. We rely on the involvement of volunteer mentors and individual funders.

More than 8,200 Clients Served

graduation2“Our revenues increased by 20% over the last year, and as a comparison, franchise-wide, 77 shoppes are cumulatively up only 4%. In addition we have added three new employees.”

Dana Stallings, Kilwins Chocolate, Fudge & Ice Cream, ATHENA Graduate

Over 400 Volunteers

graduation1“I really enjoyed working with [my mentee and fellow mentor]. The process and the program were very rewarding for me. Please include me as a volunteer for the next program.

Joanne Kazmierski, JAXPORT, Mentor


In Excess of 65 Individual Funders

workshop“It’s important to us that we engage when we make a contribution; we don’t like to simply write a check. The fact that we got to provide mentors and interact with the business owners added a tremendous amount of value for us.”

John Hirabayashi, President/CEO, Community First Credit Union

Join us October 16, 2014. We can only celebrate our 10th Anniversary one-time and we’d love to celebrate it with you!

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