DATE: February 4, 2014
Jasmine Maignan Jones
MEDIA CONTACT: Sandy-Michael McDonald, Director
Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - Jasmine Maignan Jones, community relations and outreach manager with the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development, is among 11 women who will be recognized at the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce First Women of Distinction Breakfast to be held Friday, February 7, beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel -- Sawgrass Mills.
In addition to Jones, other honorees are Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief; Hazell Rogers, Florida State Representative, Margaret Bates, vice mayor, City of Lauderhill; Ilona Holmes, Broward County Judge; Dr. Brenda Snipes, Broward County Supervisor of Elections; the Rev. Dr. Rosalind Osgood, Broward County School Board Member, District 5; Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh, president and CEO of the Urban League of Broward County; Janice McIntosh, Jamaica National Building Society’s Chief Representative Officer; Major Constance Stanley, Lauderhill Police Department; and Audrey Jones, captain, Broward County Sheriff Department.
“These are amazing women at the top of their careers who have served the community well and touched many lives through their work,” said Maria Munro, president of the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We created this award because we believe in women and their ability to contribute to the economy.”
In her role as community relations and outreach manager, Jones is dedicated to helping new businesses in Broward County develop and existing businesses expand, particularly through one of the County's signature business assistance programs, "How to Do Business with Broward County -- Business Development Workshop Series." Presented in partnership with the Broward County Purchasing Division, the program provides free monthly workshops for local business owners and entrepreneurs who want to learn more about business opportunities. Jones has seen the program grow from only a few in attendance to a standing room only crowd.
Jones, a U.S. Navy veteran, has been a Broward County employee since 2006. She has a bachelor's degree in finance from Cleveland State University and a master's degree in public administration from Florida International University. She has also completed the master of compliance administrator program from the American Contract Compliance Association and Morgan State University, Baltimore.
During the event, one of the 11 Women of Distinction will be named Woman of the Year.
For more information on the event, call 954-318-6118.
About Economic and Small Business Development
The mission of the Office of Economic and Small Business Development is to enhance Broward County's economy and contribute to an improved quality of life for all residents. Areas of focus include value-added job creation, business expansion and retention, small business growth, business development, international trade development, export readiness and entrepreneurial training and development. Services are delivered by the agency and through partnerships with state, local and private sector organizations. The Office of Economic and Small Business Development promotes equal access to Broward County procurement opportunities for small business enterprises in local and federal small business programs, and helps position small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs to take advantage of opportunities, and grow their businesses beyond Broward. Call 954-357-6400 for more information or visit Broward.org/EconDev.