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Community First Credit Union of Florida has renewed its sponsorship of Jaxsons Night Market, a local craft and artisan entrepreneur market held in Hemming Park every third Thursday of the month from 5:30 to 9 p.m. The downtown market attracts more than 3,000 attendees each month and features handpicked items made “for Jaxsons, by Jaxsons” to showcase the people, products and ideas that make our city unique.

“Community First is proud to support efforts like Jaxsons Night Market,” said John Hirabayashi, CEO and president of Community First. “This growing grassroots event has improved the downtown experience while also providing a resource for emerging entrepreneurs.”

Jaxsons Night Market was created in April 2014 by local community advocate Mike Field as a way for locally-owned small businesses to build an audience and test the viability of future business expansion. Several vendors have opened brick-and-mortar locations since participating in the market including Vagabond Coffee, Super Food and Brew, and most recently Folkfood in Downtown Jacksonville on Hogan St.

“Jacksonville’s urban core is a great place to invest and we are working hard every day to help facilitate the formation of new businesses in the heart of our city,” said Mike Field, founder of Jaxsons Night Market. “Partnering with Community First has been instrumental in fostering a critical support network that fuels our city’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

The monthly night market is managed by the staff at Friends of Hemming Park with the support of Field. The organization’s monthly vendor list is filled with local farmers, creators, artisanal food producers, fashion trucks, food trucks, craft breweries and live musicians.

“Community First’s partnership is a vital ingredient for a thriving Jaxsons Night Market,” said Vince Cavin, CEO of Friends of Hemming Park. “Because of their support, emerging local businesses can showcase their creative and entrepreneurial ventures to thousands of potential customers all in one place on a monthly basis. We appreciate their continued support and look forward to collaborating with them as we plan for 2016.”

With its sponsorship renewal, Community First will support the monthly Jaxsons Night Market event through November 2016. Community First Credit Union was the inaugural sponsor of Jaxsons in 2014. The local credit union, headquartered in LaVilla, is the longest continually operating financial institution in the downtown core.

About Community First Credit Union
Community First Credit Union of Florida is a state-chartered credit union based in Jacksonville serving anyone who lives or works on the First Coast. Community First is one of the 10 largest credit unions in the state, serving more than 112,000 members and with assets of $1.3 billion. Community First has 17 locations and 300 employees. A not-for-profit, Community First is a full-service financial institution offering banking, loans, mortgages and investments for consumers and businesses throughout the First Coast.