Chamber News

Chamber Board Members Playing Crucial Role In Leon County One Cent Sales Tax Committee

When voters passed the one-cent sales tax born from Blueprint 2000, an assembly of citizens envisioned major construction projects needed to improve Tallahassee’s infrastructure. That money helped pay for more lanes on Capital Circle Southeast and Capital Circle Northwest. And the Cascades Connector Bridge, Cascades Trail and a flood-relief project for Franklin Boulevard are all […]

Chamber Provides Feedback On Proposed Revisions to Sign Ordinance

The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce was asked by the City of Tallahassee to attend the August 17, 2011, Open House on the Proposed Revisions to Sign Ordinance  (Ordinance No. 11-O-14) to provide comments and input to the proposed changes. Chamber representatives and members attended the event and discussed possible recommendations with City staff. In addition, […]

Common Mistakes Companies Make With Their Incentive Projects

Guest blogger: Margo Thomas, owner, Marlynn Consulting Thousands of Florida’s businesses participate in economic development incentive programs. Many of these businesses succeed in proving to the State that they have met their incentive project commitments and are eligible to receive their scheduled payments (reimbursements, credits, refunds, etc.). However, the reality is that many businesses do […]

Why Your Haphazard Approach To Marketing Is Hazardous To Your Health

Guest Blogger: Stacey Getz, APR, Taproot Creative “Where do you want to go today?” That was the slogan Microsoft used in its first global image advertising campaign. Too bad it’s also become the way many so businesses and organizations run their marketing and communications programs. You know — a quarter-page ad here, a Twitter post […]

Why Wouldn’t You Take Advantage of Florida’s Training Grants?

Guest Blogger: Margo Thomas, owner of Marlynn Consulting Did you know that training your team may result in increased revenue? The State of Florida provides assistance for businesses to train their employees through its Workforce Training Grants. Why you ask? Not only does training your team benefit your business, it also improves the workforce skills […]

Hey Employees, Maximize Your Tax Savings

Guest Blogger: Adam Watson, Watson & Associates, PA, CPAs It may be hard to believe, but 2011 is already half over.  By now, most people have filed their taxes for 2010, and many of those people won’t think about taxes again until early next year.  However, now is the perfect time to review your situation […]

Best & Brightest Awards Ceremony Air-Dates

The 2011 Best and Brightest Awards Ceremony is airing on Channel 23 at various times throughout the rest of the year.  The Leon County Schools’ channel will host the World Class Schools program highlighting the 156 talented students who received recognition for their academic excellence and community service.  View the ceremony with keynote speaker Coach […]

The Benefits of Training Your Team

Guest Blogger: Margo Thomas, Marlynn Consulting I recently had a discussion with a business owner about the benefits of training his team. One of his concerns was, “what happens if I go through the expense of training an employee and he/she leaves?” This is a common dilemma for a business that is considering skilled training […]

When New Gets In The Way

Guest Blogger: Melissa Laughon, Catch Your Limit Consulting Often, leaders ask us to present “something new”, something that an audience hasn’t heard before, something that is on the cutting edge.  And, those are always great, meaningful assignments.  We love these “new” topics because we’re creative and innovative and they can be more fun than doing a program that we’ve done […]

12 Tips for Leaders Planning Staff Retreats

Guest Blogger: Melissa Laughon, Catch Your Limit Consulting JUST WHEN YOU DON’T THINK YOU HAVE THE TIME TO RETREAT IS WHEN YOU NEED TO RETREAT THE MOST. If you’re thinking about taking the time for a retreat with your team, below are a few tips to make sure you get a boatload of ROI for […]

Chamber Announces Winners of the 2011 Small Business Excellence Awards

Today, the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce held its annual 2011 Small Business Excellence Awards luncheon recognizing small businesses and organizations in the Tallahassee community for their outstanding achievements and contributions. An annual event in its 26th year, the awards were presented by the Tallahassee Democrat and sponsored by Capital City Bank and CenturyLink. “Small […]

Chamber Announces Finalists For 2011 Small Business Excellence Awards

During its Thursday night reception, hosted by Capital City Bank, the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce announced the following finalists for its 2011 Small Business Excellence Awards. Small Business of the Year: 1–4 employees Crump & Associates Fit & Functional Long’s Photography Small Business of the Year: 5-30 employees AMWAT Moving & Storage Conn & […]

We know who our primary customers are and are committed to serving them. However we often forget our internal customers and the need to serve them as well”

By Donny Barstow, President of MCCi, Leadership Tallahassee Class 26 graduate, and member of the Chamber’s Small Business Resource Committee We all think of customers as those who we provide products and services to, and as the primary reason for our existence as an organization.   We also make sure our team understands how important customers […]

Groupon and LivingSocial and Facebook Deals, oh my!

By Matt Thompson, Director of Digital Strategy for The Zimmerman Agency In an ever-changing digital world, how is a small business to keep up? Since my last post, Groupon has removed the 30% option for revenue share and has two models- create a store, market it yourself and share 10%, or the more “traditional” approach, […]

With Growth Comes A Higher Volume Of Events

By Donny Barstow, President of MCCi, Leadership Tallahassee Class 26 graduate, and member of the Chamber’s Small Business Resource Committee A few years ago our team visited Texas to interview some potential partners for a line of business we were trying to increase.  Our first meeting was with a business in the Dallas area.  The […]

Congrats To “25 Women You Need To Know In 2011″

The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce would like to extend its congratulations to the following Chamber members who were selected among Tallahassee Democrat’s “25 Women you Need to Know In 2011.” To learn more about how this exclusive group of community leaders is making their presence known in numerous civic causes and community projects, click […]

Trust and confidence in leadership is essential for high performing teams

By Donny Barstow, President of MCCi, Leadership Tallahassee Class 26 graduate, and member of the Chamber’s Small Business Resource Committee Teams need to trust their leaders to do the right thing, to care about customers, to add the right people to the team, to care about them, to hold them accountable, to make tough decisions, […]

February’s Local Business Saturday

February’s Local Business Saturday Specials In an effort to help revitalize our local economy, Tallahassee Mayor John Marks along with the City of Tallahassee, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Capital City Chamber of Commerce and local businesses have launched a Local Business Saturday program. The second Saturday of each the month in 2011 will be […]

Receive Free Strategic Communications Counsel

Moore Consulting Group, one of O’Dwyer’s top 60 public relations agencies in the nation, welcomes 2011 with the opportunity for 11 business, non-profit organizations and government agencies based in the greater Tallahassee area to participate in six exclusive sessions designed to help agencies make the most of their communications efforts. The program, “11 in 2011,” […]

Plans Are Not Executed Without Timely Change & A Focus On Eliminating Excuses

By Donny Barstow, President of MCCi, Leadership Tallahassee Class 26 graduate, and member of the Chamber’s Small Business Resource Committee There is discomfort and stress in constantly feeling the need to change and eliminate excuses.   We push ourselves to rid these uncomfortable feelings because in our gut we know that something has to be done […]

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