Businesses are selected from a field of applicants by a governing body made up of volunteer community members. Once specific needs are determined, local professionals are recruited to provide the necessary guidance. The business owner is then linked with a volunteer advisory panel that is tailored to fit the company’s needs.
The Jacksonville ATHENAPowerLink® program, one of only 23 nationwide, targets women-owned businesses that are at least two years old and beyond the initial start-up difficulties. In essence, the program “links” the business owner with a panel of unpaid advisors who agree to work with her for one year to meet her business goals and objectives. Business owners learn to network, access capital and implement best practices from these volunteer advisors.
To learn more about the invaluable mentoring programs available for women business owners – or to learn how to become a mentor – visit the Jacksonville Women’s Center Mentoring page.
PR Director Maria Coppola, APR, has been selected as one of 56 participants in this year’s Leadership Jacksonville class. As a member of the Class of 2011, she joins her classmates this month for the first leg of a year-long program that analyzes major areas of community concern, facilitates the development of leadership skills and promotes a network of community trustees.
Leadership Jacksonville’s mission is “to develop youth and adult leaders to assume greater responsibility as community trustees who improve the quality of life for self, family and community.”
Senior Art Director Karen Kurycki was recently featured as an exhibiting artist at the Cummer Museum Up & Cummers exhibition titled What is Art? Kurycki, who often incorporates custom watercolors as part of her design solutions, is pictured here next to a display of her work.