Beaver Street Enterprise Center (BSEC) hosted a networking event and workshop recently for participants in its Center for Entrepreneurial Opportunity (CEO) coaching program. Six entrepreneurs received certificates for completing the year-long program. The program, launched in February 2020, offers small business owners one-on-one coaching in business, finance (personal and business) and technology at no charge to participants. Five new business owners are enrolled each month; 95 have been served in the last year, most of them African-American business owners with fewer than five employees.
The program aims to help entrepreneurs improve personal credit scores to gain access to capital, increase profitability and harness business technology effectively. Participants meet with their business and financial coaches at least once a month, and attend workshops, for a total minimum time commitment of four hours per month. At the luncheon business coach Kevin Monahan presented a lively workshop on networking. Approximately 50 people attended, including business owners who set up promotional tables. Program graduates and attendees were provided a catered lunch and recorded short promotional videos. Staff members include Program Director Dr. Valecia Dunbar; Coaches include Barbara Tolliver-Haskins, Michelle Belloit, Donell Neal, Kevin Monahan, Russ Finney and financial consultants from Wealth Watchers, Family Foundations of Northeast Florida, and Truist Bank.
Any small business owner in Duval Country interested in enrolling in the program is invited to email BSEC Executive Director Theresa Johnson, Theresa.Johnson@bsecenter.net, or call 904-265-4710 for more information. Beaver Street Enterprise Center is located at 1225 W. Beaver Street, and is a non-profit business incubator serving core-city Jacksonville since 2003. Shown l-r is CEO Program Manager Dr. Valecia Brooks Dunbar; program certificate recipients Ebony Presha (EAP People Staffing Agency), Charita Bryant (Healthcare Consulting & Solutions Services), Leesha Archie (Leesha Archie Enterprises), Annie Brown (Annie Wilson Homecare), Lee Livingston (Rehobeth Catering) and BSEC Executive Director Theresa Johnson.