If you're an entrepreneur in Jacksonville, this is where you need to be

May 27, 2015, 2:47pm EDT Updated May 28, 2015, 11:32am EDT

Colleen Michele Jones

Jacksonville Business Journal

“Leave your lonely office, coffee shop, or garage behind. ... Work on your project, network, or just be inspired by the company of innovators” — that’s the pitch from a group who knows a thing or two about pitching.

The Jacksonville Community of Entrepreneurs,a nonprofit that supports the innovation ecosystem in Northeast Florida, is appealing to others looking to grow their startup and connect with the resources to do so.

The grassroots group, formed last year, has now found a semi-regular home in the main branch of the Jacksonville Public Library. The library has offered to allow the entrepreneurial group to use space on the second floor as a meeting room on the first and third Tuesday of each month, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The first kickoff event will be May 28 at 10:30 a.m.

The gatherings are meant for mentoring, networking opportunities, and workshops for entrepreneurs and innovators.

JaxCoE representatives — including co-founders Raquel Steffens and Kate Stewart— will act as sounding boards and connectors at meetings.

“Entrepreneurs benefit from access to a dedicated location where they can focus on their ideas and discuss them with one another,” Stewart said in a statement.

Participants can exchange ideas with peers and take advantage of library resources, including extensive databases and other research resources. Printing and free Wi-Fi will be available. All entrepreneurs are welcome to participate.

“Entrepreneurs play an important role in the future economy and growth of our city,” Library Director Barbara Gubbin said in a statement. “We are pleased to partner with JaxCoE to provide a creative environment where entrepreneurs can connect with each other and get peer-to-peer guidance. The library is the perfect place to bring resources, people and ideas together.”

JaxCoE launched its first public event, the Northeast Angel Summit, in February, as a way to bring local entrepreneurs and financiers together. The group just held its second event on May 15, which drew more than 50 investors, entrepreneurs and business leaders.