Entrepreneurship, Workshops and Black Business Month Legacy Highlights Tour – Free Press of Jacksonville
By Dr. V. Dunbar – Black-owned businesses have long been a vital part of the economic fiber of the city of Jacksonville. To commemorate National Black Business Month, the Greater First Coast Chamber of Commerce, Innovation and Commerce (First CCCIT) presented virtual and in-person grant-readiness workshops to help business owners obtain capital for their businesses; hosted Facebook Lives with former Business Members and hosted a Business Owners Courthouse Tour at the Duval County Courthouse.
The tour was led by the Honorable Judge Rhonda Peoples-Waters, the first black woman to be elected as a judge in Duval County. Justice Peoples-Waters made history when she was nominated for election and stood once before winning on her 18th attempt by a landslide when she went public with her recent candidacy electoral. “I also enjoyed the tour, meeting business owners and learning more about the courthouse and the services we provide to the community,” Justice Peoples-Waters said.
The tour, which included more than fifteen companies, is part of CCCIT’s first National Black Affairs Month series of promotions and talks that featured legacy businesses from the historic Moncrief and Durkeeville neighborhoods, such as Holley’s Bar BQ, established in 1937, and Skinners Florist on Myrtle Avenue which opened in 1946. is to expose companies to all aspects of business. Courthouses play a vital role in potential lawsuits, bankruptcies and basic issues related to the role of courts,” said organizer Dr. V. Dunbar.