JAX Chamber executive and entrepreneur Carlton Robinson has been named the business resource powerhouse Chief Innovation Officer. In that roll he will lead the Venture Services Division that has been revamped to better reflect roles in fostering an innovation ecosystem in Northeast Florida.
Robinson founded and launched the Chamber’s JAX Bridges program, an entrepreneurial education program that has served 1,800 business owners in its six years of operation and is used as a model by other Chambers and organizations across Florida. The shift to Venture Services better describes the work being done.
“This is the next step as we continue to build an innovation ecosystem in Jacksonville,” Robinson said. “By expanding to offer programs for companies to send their employees to learn new, valuable tech skills, we are helping our members grow and compete in the global economy.”
One new offering will be the Bridges Work and Learn Program, which allows employers of large and small businesses to offer a work-and-learn opportunity. This skill-building program provides employees with a pathway to “work” towards obtaining technical skills and entrepreneurs with an opportunity to “learn” new skills that help address customers’ needs.
The program will consist of six technology sessions focused on SQL Server Database, Data Visualization, and Data Storytelling. Entrepreneurial participants are exposed to proven methods highlighted in JAX Bridges models.
Venture Services will also address how businesses can access capital, foster innovation in their own companies and grow talent from within by adding critical skills needed in this digital economy.
“Our Chamber is driving innovation in our economy and Carlton’s entrepreneurial mindset keeps pushing the Chamber to look for new ways to help our companies thrive,” said JAX Chamber Chair Henry Brown, CEO of Miller Electric. “Programs like Bridges Work and Learn will be a tremendous asset for our members and I look forward to the other offerings as Venture Services grows to serve more members.”
About JAX Chamber
The JAX Chamber is the business membership organization dedicated to driving quality economic growth in Northeast Florida to make this region the best place to live, work and play. Membership provides the opportunity to connect with and buy from other Chamber members. The connections result in business growth and a more prosperous economy.
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