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Jacksonville launches small business help session

Twice a month sessions to help business owners navigate code compliance

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One of the biggest challenges for new business owners is navigating code compliance, such as zoning and permitting. The city of Jacksonville is launching a new initiative to provide support for small business owners to help them understand the processes and documentation necessary for operating a business in the city.

Mayor Lenny Curry said Wednesday that the new program will offer twice-monthly sessions and offers the opportunity for new business owners to schedule one-on-one sessions.

"I do not want government to be an obstacle to job creation and business," Curry said. "Sometimes people are afraid to take the first step because they don't know how to navigate the bureaucracy."

The sessions will be led by city of Jacksonville experts who will offer new business owners the resources and tools needed to start and build a business.

Individuals interested in registering for a half-hour consultation should complete the online form at http://www.coj.net/smallbizhelp. Individual consultations are scheduled by appointment only. Participants are encouraged to bring and share site plans, leases, occupancy information and other materials for review.

"I want them to know that their government is here to cut the red tape," Curry said.