Jacksonville Junior Chamber Photo: Spottswood Collection
July 26 (Thursday)
5PM – Reception
5:30PM – Remarks
6PM – Photo on front steps of JAX Chamber
I’m a partner in a business Downtown. I know a lot of business owners Downtown. I’ve been working on and off Downtown for more than a decade. In 2002 I went door to door to put local art in 100 windows Downtown. This was the first art meets city project that I did with Downtown Vision, which later produced the still thriving First Wednesday Art Walk. When installing 100 Windows of Art I got to meet a good many building and business owners. This year I’ve been going door to door again. Many of those same faces are still around compromising not just the 90 plus ground floor retailers, but also many law firms, eye doctors, dentists, barbers, book sellers, consultants, accountants, and nearly any kind of small business you can think of. Because of its supreme walkability and other assets, Downtown is the most diverse business environment in the city.
And opening a shop Downtown can be difficult. We have different challenges from parking (not finding it, paying for it!) to transportation, to garbage pick up, to cable access, to package delivery, etc. etc.. Many of us work hard and head home. I wanted to create an opportunity for all Downtown business owners to get together. The occurances where Downtown business owners get together are too few and too far between. With so many new entreprenuers opening their doors Downtown I feel this is a great time to get together and network.
In the remarks portion of the program I also want to explain my job as Director of Downtown Engagement and JAX Chamber’s role in revitalizing Downtown. The Chamber has been a huge win for my Downtown business (we joined before I became DDE) and I want to relate that to our group of owners as well. This isn’t a sales pitch, however, we’ll have Chamber representatives on hand if you desire to join or just need more information. We’ll get feedback about being a Downtown business and Chamber member from one of my partners in the Burrito Gallery as well.