Chamber News

Local High Technology Firm, General Capacitor Provides Tour and Discussion with U.S. Representative Al Lawson (D-FL)

General Capacitor, LLC (GC) and its founder and Chief Scientist Dr. Jianping (Jim) Zheng led Representative Al Lawson on a tour of the Tallahassee facility and introduced him to some of the new research and products coming out of the local start-up company. Dr. Zheng, who is Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the […]

Florida’s economic forecast shows improvement

From the Tallahassee Democrat Florida’s overall economy has improved but has not fully recovered as the state continues to rely on tourism amid some lagging economic indicators. Amy Baker, who heads the Legislature’s Office of Economic and Demographic Research, shared an economic overview with more than 200 business leaders who attended the annual economic forecast […]

Chamber begins “Grow TLH” business features

From the Tallahassee Democrat A new monthly feature called “GrowTLH” by the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce will highlight catalytic projects that are sparking employment and economic development. On Thursday, Bannerman Crossings was the inaugural featured project. The $30-million shopping center is home to locally owned businesses such as New Leaf Market Co-Op, RedEye, Lucky & Charmed, […]

Tallahassee nears 10-year high mark on jobs

From the Tallahassee Democrat My View by Jay Revell, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Vice President Jobs are on the rebound in the Tallahassee area. 2016 is on track to have the highest recorded job total for the four-county metropolitan statistical area (MSA) since before the Great Recession. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of […]

Is Tallahassee ready to meet future job needs?

From the Tallahassee Democrat By 2030, Leon County will need 21,558 new jobs or 128 jobs every month between now and then, according to the Florida Chamber Foundation. The foundation is meeting with business, community and elected leaders to assess what’s needed statewide by 2030. Town hall discussions, such as the one in Tallahassee on […]

Tallahassee’s entrepreneurial evolution on display at Chamber event

From the Tallahassee Democrat Special to the Democrat by Jay Revell, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Vice President Tallahassee has a long history of entrepreneurship. That history has led to an emerging and thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem today. In a talk to the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce that covered the past, present, and future of entrepreneurship […]

Perspectives: Office of Economic Vitality

Segment by WFSU on 88.9 WFSU-FM Leon County’s new Office of Economic Vitality is dedicated to, not only attracting new outside business to the area, but also helping promote local existing and startup business. To talk about is the office’s Director Al Latimer, Jay Revell, vice president of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Lucas […]

Investments in infrastructure paying off

From the Tallahassee Democrat My View by Jake Kiker, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Committee on Entrepreneurship Chair Tallahassee is a city boldly forging its future through the intentional synthesis of infrastructure and entrepreneurship. Over the past half-decade, our city has made sizable investments into the infrastructure needed to lay the foundation for a higher […]

New Chamber plan will strengthen businesses

From the Tallahassee Democrat My View by Reggie L. Bouthillier, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board of Directors Now is an exciting time to be involved in growing Tallahassee’s economy. Our community is poised for success with all the right ingredients: talent, a growing spirit of entrepreneurship and leaders who are committed to […]

Tally Job Hop created to reduce brain drain

From the Tallahassee Democrat Marcus Mobley rode along with several aspiring graduates at Florida State University as they huddled and chatted in a shuttle van. There were two groups and a long day of stops at various businesses specializing in information technology, public relations and marketing. The students were used to Garnet and Gold campus life. […]

2016 Candidate Survey Results Released

The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce has released the results of a recent survey of candidates for the City of Tallahassee and Leon County Commissions. The survey was conducted by The Chamber and its Business Advocacy Committee. “The Business Advocacy Committee strives to keep our members informed and educated about the issues affecting business in […]

Entrepreneur Magazine Ranks Tallahassee as a Top 50 City for Entrepreneurs

TALLAHASSEE – Tallahassee, Florida has been named a Top 50 City for Entrepreneurs by Entrepreneur Magazine. The ranking comes in the August edition and is part of a partnership between Entrepreneur Magazine and Livabillity.com. Tallahassee is ranked at 46 and is one of only three Florida cities on the list (Orlando #15 & Miami Beach […]

Based on Chamber Proposal, City of Tallahassee Votes to Repeal Business License Tax

TALLAHASSEE – On Wednesday, July 12, at the City of Tallahassee budget workshop, the City Commission voted unanimously to repeal the City’s long standing business license tax. The repeal will require an ordinance change from the Commission, but Commissioners indicated their desire to pass such an ordinance as soon as possible with a 5-0 unanimous […]

Florida State University President John Thrasher to Speak at This Year’s Chamber Conference

John Thrasher, a Florida State University alumnus and former state legislator, is the university’s 15th president and will be the speaker during our Saturday Lunch Session at this year’s conference. Thrasher earned a bachelor’s degree in business from Florida State in 1965. He subsequently joined the U.S. Army where he received the Army Commendation Medal in […]

Finalists Announced for the 2016 Chamber Awards

Tallahassee, Fla. – The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for the 2016 Chamber Awards taking place Tuesday, June 7 at 11:30am at the University Center Club. The Chamber Awards is an annual ceremony recognizing businesses for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the community. The announcement of the 21 finalists from over […]

A Letter from Your Chair

February 1, 2016 Dear Tallahassee Business Friend and Member: It’s still early in 2016 and that provides a great opportunity to give you an update on several fronts – as one of our valued, loyal members of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. We’re proud to promote and advocate for you and the more than […]

Economic forecast: ‘Bright 2016’ with focus on growth

From the Tallahassee Democrat As 2015 comes to a close, more small businesses are encouraged to see Tallahassee’s economy strengthening and that will likely lead to more new hires, expansions and relocations. Owners may also decide to invest back into the business with major purchases. Key economic factors point up. Business are seeing increased sales. […]

TLH Selected to Host National Airports Conference

Heather Teter, City of Tallahassee Today, Sixel Consulting Group announced that the Tallahassee International Airport (TLH) will be home to the 14th Sixel Airports Conference. According to Sixel, the Airports Conference, which will take place next spring, will have an estimated economic impact of $90,000 to the Tallahassee tourism market. Airports from all over the […]

TLH Shows Support to JetBlue

Lizzy Kelley, City of Tallahassee Yesterday, Tallahassee International Airport (TLH) sent 40 letters of support to JetBlue showing a strong community desire to have the air carrier offer service in Tallahassee. Many businesses have also sent letters directly to JetBlue. “At the recent Chamber Conference, TLH staff gave a presentation to more than 500 business […]

Top take-aways from Chamber conference

Alyce Lee Stansbury, Tallahassee Democrat I attended the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce conference last weekend and came back with new ideas for my business and for nonprofits. My first take-away is that people, whether they are customers or donors, want experiences not just goods. For any business, that means creating a great customer experience. This […]

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