Best Small Business Resources in the Jacksonville Area

Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Florida has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Jacksonville area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Florida.

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E3 Business Group

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Networking

Description

E3 (Educate, Encourage, Empower) Business Group offers a four week entrepreneurship class, which teaches students how to start a business by meeting them where they are. E3 Business Group also hosts a weekly 30-minute phone call, which acts as a mentoring program for entrepreneurs.

Restrictions

Services from this organization cost a fee.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

6050 Moncrief Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32209
888-525-2299 x 120
sales@eaglesoaringmgmt.com


Beaver Street Enterprise Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking

Accepts Walks In

Description

The Beaver Street Enterprise Center is a co-working space that also hosts workshops and seminars to help budding entrepreneurs. The center permanently hosts offices of the SBDC and other resource organizations. Amenities include access to conference rooms, event hall, break rooms, and a staffed reception area.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1225 W. Beaver St.
Jacksonville, FL 32204
1-904-265-4700
theresajohnson@bsecenter.net

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON-FRI: 9am - 5pm

SAT-SUN: Closed


Jacksonville Public Library – Small Business Resource Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Research

Offers Free Service

Accepts Walks In

Description

The Small Business Resource Center offers access to premier research databases and textual resources categorized into relevant sections (business plans, funding, marketing, etc). There is also an option to “book a librarian” which sets up an appointment with a staff member to help introduce you to the resources available. Some services may require a library membership to access.

Restrictions

You must be a resident of Duval county to use this resource. 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

303 N. Laura St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
904-630-2665

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON: 10am - 6pm

TUES-WED: 11am - 7pm

THURS-SAT: 10am - 6pm

SUN: 1pm - 5pm


Jacksonville SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


Jacksonville Women's Business Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Networking

Description

Women's Business Centers are nationwide programs established by the SBA to assist women in starting small businesses. Some of these centers are combined with other local organizations and use that relationship to offer even more services. Each Women's Business Center has counselors who can provide mentorship and assistance with business planning. Women’s Business Centers also provide a network of other businesses, and some have loan programs available

Restrictions

The Women's Business Centers are, as the name implies, meant for women primarily.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3 Independent Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32202
904-366-6640


Jax Chamber Small Business Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Networking

Description

Jacksonville’s chamber of commerce has a small business center which hosts several programs designed to help local entrepreneurs start a successful business. There is an orientation session for new members that provides an overview of available community resources, weekly counseling sessions, and workshops on useful topics. There is a business library at the center open to, offering business software and reference material.

Restrictions

Paid membership required for some events.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3 Independent Dr.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
904-366-6618
shirley.moore@myjaxchamber.com


SBDC at the University of North Florida Jacksonville

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

12000 Alumni Drive, University Ctr.
Jacksonville, FL 32224