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Jacksonville Women’s Business Center Celebrates Financial Matters Graduation
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The Jacksonville Women’s Business Center (JWBC), a department of the JAX Chamber Foundation, celebrated 17 new graduates of Financial MattersSM including Jennifer Jones, the first recipient of the Linda Larkin Smith Scholarship for a woman business owner from the artistic community. 

“The Financial MattersSM program offers an invaluable business mentoring experience,” said Jones, owner of Jen Jones Art Consulting.  “I am honored to be the recipient of the first ever Linda Larkin Smith Financial MattersSM Scholarship, and I am extremely proud to represent her dream of keeping the Jacksonville arts community flourishing and alive.  The program provided me with the understanding and knowledge to make better business decisions, particularly now when the arts community is facing so many economic challenges.”

The Financial MattersSM program links a woman business owner with a hand-selected pair of local, professional, volunteer mentors from the banking, accounting or financial industries.  Business owners learn how to use financial reports and information as management tools.

“This program provides a sound foundation of utilizing company financial statements and basic accounting functions to better manage their business,” said Karen Farah, vice president/commercial banker at FirstAtlanticBank, who along with Certified Public Accountant Kristen Black, served as Jones’ mentors. “The Chamber is a tour de force when it comes to match-making professionals for their mutual benefit.”

The Financial MattersSM scholarship honors Linda Larkin Smith, JWBC Advisory Board member and financial planner, who died April 2010.  Smith was vice president of investments at Raymond James & Associates, which is funding the scholarship and one of the first sponsors and mentors of the Financial MattersSM mentoring program in 2005.  Smith’s family and colleagues from Raymond James & Associates attended the graduation.

Beginning April 1, JWBC will accept applications for Financial MattersSM.  Qualified applicants can apply in April for the Linda Larkin Smith Scholarship.  For information on The Financial MattersSM program qualifications and scholarship guidelines, visit www.myjaxchamber.com or contact JWBC Director Pat Blanchard at (904) 366-6640 or pat.blanchard@myjaxchamber.com.

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