City of Jacksonville


Connect & Grow Conference: Benefiting Small and Emerging Business in North Florida

April 12, 2024 8a-4p
Shultz Center
4019 Boulevard Center Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32207
The Connect and Grow Conference is a one-day event specifically created to assist with connecting minority and emerging companies with governmental agencies and other larger corporations within the North Florida region that require their services. This conference will also provide keynote speakers and specialized classes designed precisely for business growth.

At the Connect and Grow Conference, we plan to invite 25+ local private and governmental agencies to have a booth available for the small, emerging, and minority companies to meet and speak directly to key procurement managers from these organizations. There will be exhibitors from Jacksonville governmental agencies, State of Florida, Universities, Hospitals, and other prominent businesses of North Florida.
The Connect and Grow Conference will feature strong keynote speakers who will inspire and encourage every attendee. These individuals will share their journeys and obstacles they have faced along the way. Everyone will relate to one or more of their stories and be encouraged to keep pressing ahead.

The Connect and Grow Conference will also provide specialized educational classes that attendees can participate in. These classes include, but are not limited to:

• Basic Business Accounting and Financials
• Principles of Insurance
• Bonding Requirements
• Estimating and Bid Proposal Submission
• Marketing and Business Development
• Principles of Human Relations (HR)
• Certification is the Key to Participation
• Basic Business Law