Jacksonville Ranks Tops for Female Entrepreneurs

GenW_FemaleEntrepreneurA recent analysis ranks Jacksonville among the country’s top 30 cities for women to open a business. In an interview with WJCT‘s Jessica Palombo, analyst John Burr shares what makes this city so attractive to female entrepreneurs, including productive networking and a supportive Chamber of Commerce.

What could Jacksonville be doing better when it comes to female entrepreneurs? Get more women in leadership positions.  “There are not–I mean, it’s a paltry number related to our big organizations:  Fidelity, JEA, JIA, JAA,” says local entrepreneur Ann Sabbag, adding that men have much to gain by mentoring and promoting women in leadership roles.  “Having the good old boys around them only gives them more of their same thinking. If companies are now going to be successful long-term in this market, in the global market, in how the world is today, it’s going to take a lot more diverse thinking,” she said. “And women have a different skill set. Certainly we’re more collaborative than competitive.”

Click here to hear the entire interview on WJCT.