The Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC) ATHENAPowerLink® program assists business owners with increasing revenue, jobs and exposure in the community.
JWBC, a department of the JAX Chamber Foundation, presented the five newest graduates of the program at the ATHENA Celebration and Reception at the Jacksonville Main Library on August 22, 2012. The 2012 ATHENAPowerLink program graduates are:
- Gina Hill, president and owner, G.M. Hill Engineering, Inc.
- Liz Grenamyer, owner, Catering by Liz
- Suzi Lemen, owner, Idea Staffing
- Pam Gibson, president, Idea Staffing
- Nina Sickler, owner, Landmark Engineering
“The ATHENAPowerLink program is having a profound impact – not only on the participating entrepreneurs and their companies but on the business community as a whole,” said Emily Magee, co-chair of the ATHENA Governing Body and a partner at Foley & Lardner LLP. “Women entrepreneurs are the fastest growing segment of business owners, and mentoring and coaching programs like this one are playing a key role in their success and also helping to strengthen our local economy.”
The ATHENAPowerLink program is supporting the local economy with business growth and job creation as it assists women business owners in meeting their business goals and objectives. ATHENA graduates Gibson and Lemen attribute recent business growth and success to the ATHENAPowerLink program. Gibson said they received excellent legal, financial and marketing advice that lead to a 40 percent increase in revenue and a 69 percent in gross profit in year over year statistics.
Other ATHENAPowerLink program graduates also credit the mentoring program for helping them develop sound business practices and achieve business goals and objectives. Grenamyer has added two new employees to her staff. She has also experienced her best spring in five years and is on track to show an increase in sales for 2012. Hill has witnessed a 24 percent increase in revenue in year over year sales. She also attributes the ATHENA program for helping her to achieve professional recognition, including the 2012 Women Business Owners Entrepreneur of the Year Award.