On February 7, 2012 More than 450 small business owners and entrepreneurs attended Mayor Brown’s Business Builder Summit in Jacksonville, Florida. Instructional sessions featured speakers included American Management Services’ George Cloutier.
Mayor Alvin Brown hosted his inaugural Business Builder program today where small businesses learned more about available resources and tools necessary to compete and grow. Participants also received information on how to gain access to capital and credit.
More than 450 small business owners and entrepreneurs attended Mayor Brown’s Business Builder and learned more from instructional sessions that featured speakers including: Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills, American Management Services’ George Cloutier and First Oklahoma Bank’s Tom Bennett.
Helping to grow small businesses is a key objective in my mission to reduce unemployment and compete more vigorously in the global economy,” said Mayor Brown. “Today’s agreement is a major step toward helping entrepreneurs gain access to the tools they will need to turn their business visions into reality. It also shows my administration’s commitment to bring the right stakeholders forth to work together, leverage our scarce resources and put Jacksonville back to work.”
There are more than 80,000 small businesses in the Northeast Florida region that provide a source of income for nearly 230,000 workers, managers and owners. Mayor Brown’s Business Builder is a series of events designed to help entrepreneurs start and expand business on the First Coast. There was also a mini showcase expo for the participants.