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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A plan to connect small businesses with large companies has the Jax Chamber touting what it calls "Jax Bridges."

The push is to funnel more business from large corporations to assist in the growth of the local economy where small businesses are a driver, employing more than 200,000 people.

"We want to create more opportunities," said Carlton Robinson, senior director of the JAX Chamber entrepreneurial Growth Division.

In a presentation made Downtown, the chamber outlined how it would facilitate mentoring, access to capital and a mechanism where large companies could connect with small businesses on the services and products they offer.

"The goal is 100 million dollars...100 million dollars worth of opportunities," said Robinson who believes keeping dollars local will help build a stronger small business community.

The city says there are nearly 90,000 small businesses that employ fewer than ten people with a total employment topping 200,000.

"This program will get small businesses ready so it will make business sense for larger corporations looking for suppliers," said Derek Lott with BI-LO Holdings.

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