ImpactJAX, the young professional’s organization of the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, recently held their inaugural small business vendor fair at the Beaver Street Enterprise Center. Vendors and business owners filled the auditorium with information packets, brochures and booklets highlighting the services and goods that each company provided.
Also featured at the event were local authors and partner organizations that are committed to supporting ImpactJAX’s vision on empowering the next generation of leaders to create and sustain a vibrant young professional community. With more than 600 members, the group serves as a network of professional contacts for 21 to 40 year olds who live, work and play in Northeast Florida.
The business fair activities included free headshots for the first 70 attendees, pitch contests, cash awards and the opportunity to network with the potential clients, peers and the general public..
Host, Marie Cochran remarked, “The level of energy and synergy makes this event powerful and impactful.” Spearheading the event was Jax Bridges Vice President Carlton Robinson, who has a goal to increase entrepreneurial growth and opportunities in Northeast Florida.
Robinson is responsible for research, strategy and implementation of small business initiatives that assist the JAX Chamber in promoting regional economic growth from within. According to Robinson, entrepreneurship and innovation are top priorities for the Chamber and he is committed to building a strong venture capital base and grow the entrepreneurial environment.
Shown hosting and speaking with business owners are Marie Cochran and business owner Lisa Wells.