by Lynn Jones
Councilwoman Katrina Brown spearheaded a northwest Jacksonville small business owner’s town hall meeting this week with Mayor Lenny Curry and Jacksonville Authority Association Minority DBE Diversity Specialists.
Over 50 small business owners sat in front of Mayor Curry voicing their concerns on infrastructure, crime, funding and neighborhood services. Many of the local business owners were in awe of Mayor Curry. Only a few of the audience members asked questions, whereas Councilwoman Katrina Brown was eager to note that her administration is doing all they can to answer questions and process the many requests on her desk.
In addition, the panel included Diversity and Equity Program Senior Manager Ken Middleton of JTA promoting the JTA Disadvantage Business Enterprise (DBE) program. The JTA DBE program was created to level the playing field on which firms can compete fairly for JTA contracts.
Mayor Curry listened intently and vowed to keep his promise ensuring that northwest Jacksonville business owners concerns would be handled in a timely manner. Councilwoman Brown stood in front of constituents and expressed her promise to hold more town hall meetings in her district and encouraged business owners to attend city council meetings and take advantage of the city’s Jacksonville Small and Emerging Business (JSEB) Program