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March 2024

Monday March 4

8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
SCORE: Get the Most Out of Your Mentor

Your path to business success is certainly challenging. As you know, SCORE offers free, confidential mentoring to help you start or grow your small business. But not everyone takes full advantage of this free resource. This session will explore ways that you can maximize the benefit to you and your business based on years of real-life mentoring experience.

Cost: Free
To register, follow this link >>https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a00000Ciqgu

Tuesday March 5

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
SCORE: How Do I Develop a Product or Service to Sell?

Some people want to run their own business but have not identified a product or service to sell. Others have a product idea but don’t know how to build it so customers will want to buy it.

This seminar will cover generating new product ideas, building product concepts, and discuss methods of tailoring your product to the right target market. This will include:

• Generating product ideas and concepts.
• Functions, tasks and pain points.
• Creating insight statements.
• Translating insights into product concepts.
• Defining a successful product or service.
• Defining the value proposition.
• Testing the feasibility of a new product concept.
• Launching a new product or service.

Cost: Free
To register, follow this link >>https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a0000074rGs

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
SCORE: Funding Your Non-Profit

You will learn about:

  • Legal status
  • How to lay a comprehensive financial foundation
  • How to build an outreach strategy
  • How to identify sources of funding that you are comfortable with
  • How to identify people who support your vision
  • Traditional fundraisers
  • And Much More!

Pre-Registration is required for this FREE event. To register, follow this link >>https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a10Vt000000AvTF

Wednesday March 6

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
SCORE: Tax Boot Camp for Small Business Owners

This seminar is specifically developed for small business owners who have little to no experience or understanding of the role and impact of income taxes on their businesses. It is facilitated by experienced Tax Professionals and is designed to provide ideas and tax strategies that can be shared with one’s tax advisor.

Cost: Free
To register, follow this link >>https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a0000074q29

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
UNF Entrepreneurship Programs for Veterans: Facilitated Startup Program
Adam W. Herbert University Center, Adam W. Herbert, University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA

Veteran and military spouses are invited to register for The Facilitated Startup Program, a free, 10-week, cohort-based program that provides the tools needed to successfully launch andoperate a business.

The facilitators of this Program are experienced business owners that will complement their knowledge and skillset by bringing in guest speakers to enable participants to learn from their respective experiences.

Participants will be connected to resources, networking opportunities, and mentors to assist with the development of their business. A business “pitch” competition will be the culminating event for the Program.

The Program will start January 24 and end March 27 and will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:30 pm in the Adam Herbert University Center at UNF, except for two Zoom sessions.

Workshops will include Government Contracting (February) and Website/Social Media (March).

You must register to attend the cohort and workshops.

For more information contact: Diane Denslow at ddenslow@unf.edu or Gregory Grant at GGrant@coj.net.

This program is sponsored through Veterans Florida and the UNF Military and Veterans Resource Center. To register, follow this link >>https://www.eventbrite.com/e/facilitated-startup-program-tickets-768604024327

Thursday March 7

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Jacksonville Women's Business Center: Customer Development
Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), 100 LaVilla Center Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32204, USA

This 4-part Customer Development program will teach business owners the practice of gaining customer insights to generate, test, and optimize ideas for products and services that provide the value that customers seek.
Participants will be introduced to the Customer Journey Canvas Model, and the principles that guide the Customer Development Model.

This 4-Part Workshop Series in-person from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, February 22
  • Thursday, February 29
  • Thursday, March 7
  • Thursday, March 14

Location: Open Innovation Center / JTA Headquarters Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) (100 LaVilla Center Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32204)

Fee: $ 99.00
To register, follow this link >>https://jaxchamberfoundation.org/jacksonville-womens-business-center/events/customer-development-3/

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
SBDC: QuickBooks: Chart of Accounts and Reporting Basics - Webinar

Your chart of accounts will dictate how certain other reports are structured (like your profit/loss report, etc). So you want to think logically about how you want those reports to look and make sure your accounts are also organized in that manner. You will likely end up making adjustments to the structure and grouping of these accounts as you start using QuickBooks to make them more useful for you. This is intended to be a demo and a live interactive session in your QuickBooks Online file. We will also cover the basics of reporting. Presented by Linda Forde, CPA and QuickBooks ProAdvisor, of The Forde Firm.

Cost: Free
To register, follow this link >>https://events.blackthorn.io/en/6g3Q8Wa7/quickbooks-chart-of-accounts-and-reporting-basics-webinar-5a1e6g4ToJn/overview

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
SCORE: Nonprofit Board Roles and Responsibilities

Learn how to develop a committed and supportive Board of Directors.

A strong nonprofit board is essential for organization-wide success. Join us for guidance on:

• How to successfully induct new board members.
• Defining board member roles.
• Understand the board’s collective and individual fiduciary responsibilities.
• Identify resources for support.
• Understand the key questions to ask before joining a board.
• Understand the time commitment involved with being a board member.

Cost: Free
To register, follow this link >>https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a000009oLxa

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
JAX Chamber: After Hours at the PLAYERS Championship
5360 Palm Vly Rd, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082, USA

Presented by the JAX Chamber and
St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce

Join us on March 7to celebrate THE PLAYERS Championship.Thisannual networking event, co-hosted with the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce, is right around the corner!

Please note this event sells out every year.Purchaseyour tickets early to secure your spot.

Add a touch of TPC Sawgrass excitement to your eveningby participatingin the iconic 17th Hole Challenge.

Location:
TPC Sawgrass
Stadium Village
5360 Palm Valley Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082

Cost:
Chamber members $50
Non-Chamber members $60
NextUp JAX Members $40

*Limited ticket availability*

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
SCORE: How to Develop Your Three Year Financial Forecast

Developing a monthly financial forecast can be the most difficult, yet most critical part of your business plan. Without it, you can’t know if your plan makes financial sense.

If borrowing money, lenders will demand it. This workshop will show you how to estimate monthly sales and expenses using a free SCORE forecasting template.

This workshop will cover the following topics:

• How to estimate monthly sales
• What expense categories need to be in your forecast and how to estimate them.
• How to use the free SCORE template to automate your forecast.
• The key metrics to look for in your forecast
• How to use your forecast after you open your business.

Cost: Free
To register, follow this link >>https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a0000074sTQ

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
SCORE: Starting Your New Business

This workshop is designed to guide you through the steps necessary for starting a business. It covers the different legal business entities, licenses needed, taxes and insurance. We explain what business plans are all about.

This workshop is designed to guide you through the steps necessary for starting a business.

It covers the different legal business entities, licenses needed, taxes and insurance. We explain what business plans are all about and show you how to collect business information and research. You will learn about capital funding and the lender’s view of the borrower.

Cost: Free
To register, follow this link >>https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a00000CipXn

Saturday March 9

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
SCORE: Grow with SEO!

Have you ever wondered how to get to your business at the top of a Google search? And without paid ads? Well, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the way. SEO is a great way to help grow your business, and it’s becoming more and more essential.

Have you ever wondered how to get to your business at the top of a Google search? And without paid ads? Well, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the way. SEO is a great way to help grow your business, and it’s becoming more and more essential. But how does SEO work? What do I need to do? If you have these and other questions, “Grow with SEO” is for you. In this fun and interactive session, you’ll learn:

  • SEO Essentials
  • How to best use SEO for more traffic to your business
  • Pro SEO secrets
  • Do’s and don’ts of good SEO
  • And much more…

Cost: Free
To register, follow this link >>https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a0000074s6N

Monday March 11

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
SCORE: Using Reference Solutions to Grow your Small Business

Learn to identify the people or businesses that meet your target market! With your library card, gain FREE access to Reference Solutions, a powerful online tool with real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses and U.S. residents

In this session, you will learn how to:

Reference Solutions is a set of databases that allows you to download records of your target market prospects for free.

– Access Reference Solutions from home for free with your library card,
– Identify new sales prospects,
– Create customized business & consumer marketing lists,
– Identify key business contacts,
– Locate home-based businesses,
– Find businesses with web addresses,
– Define delivery routes,
– Gather competitive business intelligence,
– Identify major industry groups,
and much, much more!

Cost: Free
To register, follow this link >>https://score.tfaforms.net/16?companyid=0408

Wednesday March 13

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
SCORE: Marketing Your Business

For people who want to obtain trial by customers and growth for their business, whether it is a product, service or both. It explains various marketing strategies and contains many practical marketing tips. It will help you define your mission, analyze your situation, conduct research, identify your target market, and develop your marketing mix.

Cost: Free
To register, follow this link >>https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a0000074rsP

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
UNF Entrepreneurship Programs for Veterans: Facilitated Startup Program
Adam W. Herbert University Center, Adam W. Herbert, University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA

Veteran and military spouses are invited to register for The Facilitated Startup Program, a free, 10-week, cohort-based program that provides the tools needed to successfully launch andoperate a business.

The facilitators of this Program are experienced business owners that will complement their knowledge and skillset by bringing in guest speakers to enable participants to learn from their respective experiences.

Participants will be connected to resources, networking opportunities, and mentors to assist with the development of their business. A business “pitch” competition will be the culminating event for the Program.

The Program will start January 24 and end March 27 and will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:30 pm in the Adam Herbert University Center at UNF, except for two Zoom sessions.

Workshops will include Government Contracting (February) and Website/Social Media (March).

You must register to attend the cohort and workshops.

For more information contact: Diane Denslow at ddenslow@unf.edu or Gregory Grant at GGrant@coj.net.

This program is sponsored through Veterans Florida and the UNF Military and Veterans Resource Center. To register, follow this link >>https://www.eventbrite.com/e/facilitated-startup-program-tickets-768604024327

Thursday March 14

9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Jacksonville Women's Business Center: Customer Development
Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA), 100 LaVilla Center Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32204, USA

This 4-part Customer Development program will teach business owners the practice of gaining customer insights to generate, test, and optimize ideas for products and services that provide the value that customers seek.
Participants will be introduced to the Customer Journey Canvas Model, and the principles that guide the Customer Development Model.

This 4-Part Workshop Series in-person from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, February 22
  • Thursday, February 29
  • Thursday, March 7
  • Thursday, March 14

Location: Open Innovation Center / JTA Headquarters Jacksonville Transportation Authority (JTA) (100 LaVilla Center Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32204)

Fee: $ 99.00
To register, follow this link >>https://jaxchamberfoundation.org/jacksonville-womens-business-center/events/customer-development-3/

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
SCORE: Understanding Business Loan Proposals

Learn how to fund your business idea or take it to the next level with a business loan. Join our free webinar and discover the 5 C’s of Credit and how to obtain a loan for a start-up, existing or to buy a business. Don’t miss the chance to open the door

Do you have a great idea for a business and the only thing standing in your way is the money to give it some legs? Or, you already own your own business but could use some extra capital to take things to the next level? You have come to the right place! In this presentation, you will learn the ins and outs of business loan proposals.

The following topics will be covered:

  • “5 C’s of Credit”: Character, Capacity, Capital, Collateral, and Conditions. In addition,
  • How to obtain a loan for a start-up
  • How to obtain a loan for an existing business
  • How to obtain a loan to buy a business

Cost: Free
To register, follow this link >>https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a0000074rnE

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
SCORE: Franchises - An Easier Way to Becoming Your Own Boss

Owning a franchise is one way to become an entrepreneur. A franchisor provides the planning, brand name and promotional support the franchisee needs to get started. Attend this workshop to see if a franchise is right for you.

Have you always wanted to be your own boss but didn’t quite know how to get started?
Would you like to take control of your future and live a more flexible lifestyle?
Do you want to build equity and wealth for your future?

If you’ve answered yes to one or more of the above questions, this workshop may be right for you! Join us for an interactive workshop, including:

  • Understand what it takes to be a franchise business owner
  • Learn about the advantages of becoming your own boss
  • How to find the right franchise
  • And many other topics

Plus, hear from local franchise owners LIVE and find out why they decided to take the franchise route versus starting from scratch.

Cost: Free
To register, follow this link >>https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a10Vt000000144n

Friday March 15

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM
FCHCC Social Cafecito - MEMBERS ONLY
4651 Salisbury Rd suite 400, Jacksonville, FL 32256, USA

For FCHCC Members, join us for Social Cafecito, a space created to expand your business network and learn from the best. This is a recurring event every 3rd Friday of the month.

Time:8:30 AM

Cost: FREE
Limited Capacity!

Location:FCHCC Office – Regus, Quadrant 1
4651 Salisbury Road, Suite 400
Jacksonville, FL 32256
To register, follow this link >>https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/emf/fchcc/social-cafecito

Tuesday March 19

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
SCORE: How to Increase Profitability - Part 1 of 2

Many entrepreneurs start a business hoping it will be their path to wealth. Often, this dream goes unfulfilled as profits never materialize. Attend this two-part series if you are running a business that never seems to be as profitable as desired.

In Part One, we will review how to define realistic profit goals and ways to manage expenses by covering the following topics:

Budgeting for Profitability – Entrepreneurs often budget by taking last year’s sales and increasing it by a few percent, if they budget at all. This section will take the traditional Revenue – Expenses = Profit equation and turn it around to make sure you are budgeting for profit first.

Determining the Owner’s Profit – Learn how to determine how much profit you should expect your business to generate and how to make sure it actually ends up in your pocket.

Examining Operational Expenses – Entrepreneurs often pay attention to sales and little else. They expect extra sales to result in extra profit, but too often this does not happen. This section examines all categories of operational expense with a goal of significant overhead reduction.

Examining Variable Expenses – We will perform a similar analysis of variable expenses to suggest ways to reduce them and increase gross profit. We will also look at the different impacts of operational versus variable expenses and why you should take steps to move expenses from one category into the other.

Cost: Free
To register, follow this link >>https://score.tfaforms.net/17?EventID=a105a0000074sTa

Wednesday March 20

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
SBDC: Small Business Night with the Jacksonville Icemen!
VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A Philip Randolph Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32202, USA

Join SBDC for Small Business Night with the Icemen presented by Florida SBDC at the University of North Florida and Jacksonville Women’s Business Center on Wednesday, March 20!

Celebrate National SBDC Day by networking with other small businesses, meeting with experts who can help your business grow, and cheering on your Jacksonville Icemen!

Several Ticket Packages Available!

Blue Level:

  • Six (6) tickets to the Icemen game
  • Pre-game reception and networking from 5:30 – 7pm
  • 8ft display/vendor space on Main Concourse
  • Opportunity to provide a digital ad on gameday
  • Post-game photo on the ice

Silver Level Package:

  • Four (4) tickets to the Icemen game
  • Pre-game reception and networking from 5:30 – 7pm
  • Opportunity to provide a digital ad on gameday
  • Post-game photo on the ice

Small Business Night Package:

  • One (1) Center Ice ticket to the Icemen vs. Trois-Rivieres Lions game at 7 pm
  • Pre-game reception and networking from 5:30 – 7pm
  • Post-game photo on the ice

Venue:VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena300 A Philip Randolph Blvd.
Jacksonville,FL32202

Get your tickets today athttps://fevo-enterprise.com/event/smallbusinessnight

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
UNF Entrepreneurship Programs for Veterans: Facilitated Startup Program
Adam W. Herbert University Center, Adam W. Herbert, University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA

Veteran and military spouses are invited to register for The Facilitated Startup Program, a free, 10-week, cohort-based program that provides the tools needed to successfully launch andoperate a business.

The facilitators of this Program are experienced business owners that will complement their knowledge and skillset by bringing in guest speakers to enable participants to learn from their respective experiences.

Participants will be connected to resources, networking opportunities, and mentors to assist with the development of their business. A business “pitch” competition will be the culminating event for the Program.

The Program will start January 24 and end March 27 and will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:30 pm in the Adam Herbert University Center at UNF, except for two Zoom sessions.

Workshops will include Government Contracting (February) and Website/Social Media (March).

You must register to attend the cohort and workshops.

For more information contact: Diane Denslow at ddenslow@unf.edu or Gregory Grant at GGrant@coj.net.

This program is sponsored through Veterans Florida and the UNF Military and Veterans Resource Center. To register, follow this link >>https://www.eventbrite.com/e/facilitated-startup-program-tickets-768604024327

Tuesday March 26

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Coffee & Contracting March - Virtual Roundtable for Government Contracting

The Florida APEX Accelerator at the University of North Florida is hosting monthly roundtable discussions on topics related to government contracting. These no-cost, virtual and informal sessions are for business owners or those thinking about entering into the government contracting sector; federal, state or local. You will be able to ask questions about doing business with the government; each session will start with one or two specific topics, then we will open the floor to attendees to ask our Government Contracting Consultants their specific questions.

To register, follow this link >>https://events.blackthorn.io/en/6g3Q8Wa7/coffee-and-contracting-march-virtual-roundtable-for-government-contracting-5a1e6g4TslD/overview

Wednesday March 27

6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
UNF Entrepreneurship Programs for Veterans: Facilitated Startup Program
Adam W. Herbert University Center, Adam W. Herbert, University Center, 12000 Alumni Dr, Jacksonville, FL 32224, USA

Veteran and military spouses are invited to register for The Facilitated Startup Program, a free, 10-week, cohort-based program that provides the tools needed to successfully launch andoperate a business.

The facilitators of this Program are experienced business owners that will complement their knowledge and skillset by bringing in guest speakers to enable participants to learn from their respective experiences.

Participants will be connected to resources, networking opportunities, and mentors to assist with the development of their business. A business “pitch” competition will be the culminating event for the Program.

The Program will start January 24 and end March 27 and will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:00-8:30 pm in the Adam Herbert University Center at UNF, except for two Zoom sessions.

Workshops will include Government Contracting (February) and Website/Social Media (March).

You must register to attend the cohort and workshops.

For more information contact: Diane Denslow at ddenslow@unf.edu or Gregory Grant at GGrant@coj.net.

This program is sponsored through Veterans Florida and the UNF Military and Veterans Resource Center. To register, follow this link >>https://www.eventbrite.com/e/facilitated-startup-program-tickets-768604024327

Thursday March 28

8:30 AM – 11:00 AM
UNIDOS US
4651 Salisbury Rd suite 400, Jacksonville, FL 32256, USA

Join FCHCC for our March Networking Roundtable Event

Sponsor:UNIDOS US
Speaker:Jared Nordlund, Florida State Advocacy Director

Date:March 28, 2024
Time:8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Cost: FREE

Location:FCHCC Office – Regus, Quadrant 1
4651 Salisbury Road, Suite 400
Jacksonville, FL 32256
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Topics for Discussion:Healthcare, Education, Housing and Employment
Registration Opening Soon!


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