With over 50 businesses in attendance, our Business Retention and Expansion Forum was a great success. The panelists were Jerry Hinson for his BRE and economic development expertise, Jodi Henson of Small Business Development Center at UNF, Roben Faircloth of Career Source Northeast Florida, Cedrick Gibson of Florida State College at Jacksonville – Nassau Center, Tracey Stockdale of the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce, Amy Boek of Amelia Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Thad Crow from the Nassau County Planning Department. They all were very informative on their role in Economic Development and their services available for Nassau County businesses. Breakfast was included and cooked by Chef Ian Kitch with the Culinary Arts Program at Nassau County's School District, and it was delicious.

We received good feedback from all in attendance on the topics discussed. All of the entities working together and the support they can provide businesses was one of the most liked topics; others included County Planning and Workforce housing.  

We look forward to more successes as we implement the BRE Program. The next event is the Hurricane Preparedness Seminar.

Our recent BRE meeting was a great success. We are so excited about the things we will be offering to Nassau County and local businesses. We have special events that will be announced soon along with some great resources you do not want to miss! Stay tuned for the announcement. Help us better serve businesses in Nassau County by answering our Survey.  Take the BRE Survey now.

What does the Business Retention and Expansion committee do? 

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The Business, Retention, and Expansion program is designed to demonstrate the appreciation for the businesses, and identify immediate needs, future plans, and opportunities for the community to deliver programs and services identified through a business survey process. So please help us by clicking on the link below and answering a few questions.

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