Partnerships

The Chamber collaborates with a number of local economic development and workforce partners to ensure Tallahassee/Leon County:

  • Can provide a skilled and talented workforce for both new and existing businesses
  • Remains supportive of local businesses and job creation
  • Can be a leader in research commercialization and innovative products and ideas
  • Remains competitive on a global scale for new businesses and opportunities

LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS

OFFICE OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

The Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) is the economic development organization of record for Tallahassee-Leon County. The OEV is responsible for implementing the community’s first-ever long-term strategic plan that serves as the guidepost for increasing economic competitiveness by providing greater alignment of resources and maximizing efficiencies. This new collaborative economic development program of work will better position and promote Tallahassee-Leon County as a business generator, an ideal location to start and grow a business. The OEV will work with its partners to implement the plan, because their participation is crucial to its success.

The OEV brings together all the programs and divisions that support the long-term economic health of the community, including: Engagement & Operations, Research & Business Analytics, and Minority Women & Small Business Development Enterprise. Together, these three divisions create a one-stop-shop for business assistance and help businesses navigate financial and workforce needs and incentives, locate a new site in Tallahassee-Leon County, and find referrals for training and staffing.

Connect with the OEV to request a site visit, learn more about increasing economic competitiveness in Tallahassee-Leon County, or determine if your business can benefit from our services.

CITY OF TALLAHASSEE

Investor-City-of-TallahasseeThe City of Tallahassee has a number of economic development programs available to eligible businesses and/or property owners.  Many of the programs offer specific incentives and funding, while others are planning tools designed to promote economic development; some of the incentives are available only in specific areas, while others are available throughout the City.

LEON COUNTY

EDC-LEONCOThe Office of Economic Development and Business Partnerships was created to bring focus to the Board’s economic development priorities and bring together all the programs and divisions that support the long-term economic health of our community under one manager.  These programs and divisions include:  Special Projects and Intergovernmental Affairs, Grants, Minority/Women and Small Business Enterprise, and Tourism Development.

PROFESSIONAL PARTNERS

THE JIM MORAN INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Jim Moran Institute

The mission of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship is to cultivate, train and inspire entrepreneurial leaders through world-class executive education, applied training, public recognition and leading-edge research.

The institute provides the Small Business Executive and CEO Peer2Peer Group programs to established businesses with three or more employees.  The primary goal of the institute is to help existing businesses work “On” their business.

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER

SBDC Electronic LOGO-PNGThe Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida A&M University delivers, through certified professionals, consulting, training and information to help businesses succeed and create positive impact for the Florida economy. The FSBDC at Florida A&M University serves as the single point of contact for the advancement of an entrepreneurial environment; thus, creating a positive foundation for the development and growth of existing and emerging businesses in Florida’s Big Bend region.

CAREERSOURCE CAPITAL REGION

CareerSource-Capital-Region_Full-Color-300x133CareerSource Capital Region connects employers with qualified, skilled talent and Floridians with employment and career development opportunities to achieve economic prosperity in Gadsden, Leon, and Wakulla counties.  Services to job seekers include one-on-one career advising, interviewing and resume-writing assistance, employment workshops, labor market information, and access to a resource center equipped with computers, printers, fax machines, and copiers.  Services to employers include recruitment assistance, skills assessments for applicants, customized training, and information on tax incentives.  Employers and job seekers are matched through the Employ Florida Marketplace system.  All services are provided at no cost.

ALLIANCE OF ENTREPRENEUR RESOURCE ORGANIZATIONS

AERO 2015The Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce works closely with its affiliate program, the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, in supporting and enhancing small businesses and entrepreneurs.

One of the ways we provide support is through our strategic partnership with the Alliance of Entrepreneur Resource Organizations (AERO), which is a local coalition of public agencies and community non-profit organizations united to provide current and new businesses with resources to aid in their success.

LEON COUNTY RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Investor-LCRDA-Innovation-ParkInnovation Park of Tallahassee has been the hub of scientific research in North Florida for decades.  With the great momentum built through the years, there is no limit to what can be accomplished here!  The university-based research park is overseen by the Leon County Research and Development Authority (the Authority).  Among the partnerships highly valued by the Authority are those with Florida State University, Florida A & M University, and Tallahassee Community College, as well as those with governmental and industrial sector representatives.

 

STATEWIDE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS

ENTERPRISE FLORIDA, INC.

EnterpriseFloridaEnterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a public-private partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida.  EFI’s mission is to expand and diversify the state’s economy through job creation.  In pursuit of its mission, EFI works closely with a statewide network of economic development partners and is funded both by the State of Florida and by private-sector businesses.

EFI’s activities have championed Florida as the premier location for business expansion and relocation, created a renewed interest both nationally and internationally in Florida as a top state for business, and resulted in a significant number of new jobs and capital investments.

In collaboration with our partners, DEO assists the Governor in advancing Florida’s economy by championing the state’s economic development vision and by administering state and federal programs and initiatives to help visitors, citizens, businesses, and communities.

FLORIDA’S DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

DEO_Logo_CJ_Stacked_RGB-300x179In collaboration with our partners, DEO assists the Governor in advancing Florida’s economy by championing the state’s economic development vision and by administering state and federal programs and initiatives to help visitors, citizens, businesses, and communities.

Guiding Principles:

  • Be in a state of readiness to support economic development projects, capital investment and infrastructure opportunities that advance Florida in achieving its vision.
  • Be effectively and efficiently responsive to the global business climate.
  • Make data-driven decisions and set credible benchmarks.
  • Deliver successful, strategic, and clearly articulated performance.