The idea for a startup named the Jacksonville Business Club came as a suggestion from my trusted advisor team. "You need to start your own group". It was just the hint of an idea. Thanks Frances Fisher.
Who it was for, the mission, and how it would work really didn't come into focus until the "YP Expo" hosted by the Jacksonville chamber. I've been a resident of North Florida since the freeze of 1989, and yet, I knew not a soul at the event.
Two insights gained. First, I had completely missed meeting all these folks until just that moment. Second, they were not on the radar of my peers. It was as if there were two Jacksonvilles, each operating in their own reality.
That's where I met Steven Johnston, one of our founders, Charles Betts with Jacksonville.com, and Carolyn Anders of New York Life. Meeting each of them inspired me to build this platform for you.
What I am most excited about is the opportunity to engage everyone in Jacksonville, to work on everything they see as an obstacle to creating a better city and bringing our success to light everywhere.
Thanks for choosing to join us for this adventure!
Jerry Gitchel, founder