JPMorgan Chase Invests in National Entrepreneur Center’s Small Business Initiative

The National Entrepreneur Center (NEC) announced that JPMorgan Chase has invested $185,000 to help the center provide training and resources to underserved small businesses in Central Florida. 

This funding will enable the NEC to conduct targeted business training events, improve online access to NEC resources, and conduct a variety of business education seminars for both low and moderate income neighborhoods. 

The National Entrepreneur Center (NEC) opened in June of 2003 through the partnership of Orange County Government, The University of Central Florida, and Walt Disney World to improve efficiency, reduce duplication, and streamline access to small business support services throughout Central Florida. The NEC has since grown to include a shared facility at Orlando Fashion Square that is funded by twelve local sponsors and is home to fourteen non-profit, business support organizations.

“Despite being the most entrepreneurial state in the country, too few Florida businesses have access to the tools and support services that are so critical to their growth,” said Roger Cook, head of Chase Middle Market Banking in Central Florida. “By partnering with organizations like the National Entrepreneur Center, we can help local business overcome those obstacles and create more economic opportunity for the Central Florida community.”

Jerry Ross, President of the National Entrepreneur Center said, “This generous funding from JPMorgan Chase will be leveraged through fourteen non-profit business support organizations to accelerate our momentum as a region while continuing to assist the thousands of entrepreneurs who visit us each year. Having partners like JPMorgan Chase is essential to keeping Central Florida at the forefront of the innovation economy. Without our funding partners and corporate sponsors, we cannot do what we do for the community!”