Expanded minority small business gets new boss

He will be responsible for managing the division’s efforts to increase participation of minority-owned, women-owned and small businesses doing business with Hillsborough County.

The Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners recently expanded the Minority and Small Business Programs to ensure that more minority, women-owned and small businesses have the opportunity to do business with Hillsborough County.

Over the past four fiscal years, Hillsborough County has secured more than $220 million in contracts with minority and women-owned small businesses.

Jones will lead the new division in line with the Hillsborough County Commission’s goal of connecting minorities and small businesses with opportunities for greater economic equity.

Jones brings with him over 25 years of experience in economic development, small business assistance, business recruitment and retention, business ownership and business development. In

In his previous role as Director of Workforce Development and Community Stabilization, he led county efforts to increase opportunities for unemployed and underemployed residents to earn state-recognized certifications. industry and paid work experiences for high-demand occupations with career paths.

His passion for helping businesses succeed and his extensive experience in economic development will guide the ability of the MBE/SBE division to create greater opportunities for small and small businesses.

Jones holds an MBA from the University of Florida, a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Redlands, and a certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion from the University of South Florida.

The MBE program, which is open to businesses across Florida, has increased the maximum net worth of eligible businesses to $5 million for businesses in the construction industry and $4 million for other industries.

The SBE program, already open to businesses in Hillsborough County, has been expanded to now include eligible businesses located in Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties with no more than 50 permanent full-time employees. It also increased the maximum gross annual sales to $8 million for businesses in the construction industry and $5 million for other industries.

Contact the Hillsborough County MBE/SBE program to register a minority-owned, woman-owned, or small business with the office.