Resource Directory

The Black Business Investment Fund (BBIF) is a non-traditional lender that specializes in providing loans to minority and small businesses. It is a CDFI (Certified Development Financing Institution), CDE (Certified Development Enterprise) as certified by the U. S. Department of Treasury and Community Advantage Lender as certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The BBIF assists businesses in building their management capacity through financial technical assistance services. The BBIF administers four loan programs, which are: Black Business Loan Fund (BBLF*), Micro-Loan Fund (MLF)**, Small Business Loan Fund (SBLF)**, Contract Financing Loan Fund (CFLF)**

* for black-owned business enterprises

** race neutral loan fund

*** for minority business enterprises

Intensive management and technical support, business-planning assistance with marketing, financing, and networking.

CareerSource Northeast Florida (First Coast Workforce Development, Inc.

Phone: 904-356-5627

First Coast Workforce Development is a publicly funded agency that provides extensive workforce-related services to six counties on Florida's First Coast - Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, Putnam and St. Johns counties.

The EBO office is responsible for identifying and certifying small businesses that meet the minimum requirement for certification. Additionally, EBO provides certified JSEBs with assistance that results in building capacity and strength. These areas include bonding, access to capital, continuing education, grant scholarship program, fiscal physical, mentoring opportunities, and complaint investigation through the office of the Ombudsman.

Provide assistance with Enterprise Zone tax credit program applications. Assist small businesses with obtaining loans and / or grants through various programs including: Historic Preservation, Brownfields, Northwest and other economic development programs. Help small businesses with obtaining assistance through various state and federal programs. Assist businesses in using innovative financing alternatives.

Duval County Public Schools Minority Business Affairs Office