The aim of the Tallahassee Business Podcast is to introduce you to the influencers and key topics that effect daily life in the great city of Tallahassee. The podcast will give our audience a unique and entertaining insight to the life of business leaders, changes makers, and community members. The Tallahassee Business Podcast is presented by 223 Agency.

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Ep. 56 “How the Jim Moran Institute Helps Existing North Florida Businesses Develop Growth Strategies for Sustainable Growth” Mike Campbell, Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship

As an entrepreneur and former business owner with decades of experience, Mike Campbell offers expertise and guidance to companies across the region under the banner of the Jim Moran Institute.

Ep. 55 – “How Intentional Leadership Can Help Move Tallahassee Forward” Sha’Ron James, Chair, Leadership Tallahassee

Sha’Ron shares her personal and career experiences as a Black woman in Tallahassee and how that has shaped her approach to leadership. With an insistence on being intentional, she is someone that has been a steady force in Tallahassee for many years.

Ep. 54 “How E-Learning is Reshaping How Companies Train Employees and Develop a Skilled Workforce” – Dr. Sue Ebbers, Founder, Change By Design

With over 20 years of experience as a performance consultant, Dr. Ebbers specializes in workforce training and organizational improvement solutions. Her expertise in instructional systems makes her the perfect guest to discuss the massive shifts happening in workforce education and training as more and more companies move those efforts online.

Ep. 53 “How the Office of Economic Vitality is Working to Reshape the Tallahassee/Leon County Business Environment” Cristina Paredes, Tallahassee-Leon County Office of Economic Vitality

In recent months, Cristina Paredes and her team have helped to provide grants to local businesses suffering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and are now working to guide our community through a plan to reopen the economy. In this episode, she shares valuable insights on the work that is happening to make our community Florida’s capital for business.

Ep. 52 – “How Locally Owned Retail Stores are Preparing for the Future of Retail” Scott Maphis, Trail and Ski

Maphis recalls his journey from a career in the grocery business to pursuing his passion for the outdoors and buying the long-standing Trail and Ski store and then opening a second business.

Ep. 51 – “How the Red Cross is Providing Critical Services During a Pandemic” Sharon Council Tyler, Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross

Sharon Council Tyler, Executive Director, Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross joins this week’s episode to discuss the impacts COVID-19 has had on their organization and what actions our community should be taking as hurricane season begins in Florida.

Ep. 50 “How Tallahassee Hotels are Preparing to Welcome Visitors Back to the Capital City” Bo Schmitz, Senior GM, Hyatt House Capitol-University also overseeing the Hampton Inn Capitol-University

Schmitz discusses the impacts of COVID-19 on our local tourism industry, how his team is slowly working back up to full speed, and the many reasons why people should consider visiting Tallahassee once they feel ready to travel again.

Ep. 49 “How Construction Companies are Working Through the Pandemic as Essential Businesses” Wayne Mayo, Southern Standard Construction

Mayo discusses his experience in the construction industry, what it was like to launch his own firm, and how companies like his are responding to the COVID-19 crisis across Florida.

Ep. 48 – “How the Federal Government is Helping Small Business Owners During COVID-19” U.S. Congressman Al Lawson

Congressman Lawson shares his thoughts on the federal COVID-19 response, how Congress is working to help small businesses, and how companies should be looking to take advantage of programs available through the government.

Ep. 47 “Adapting and Evolving in the Restaurant Industry through COVID-19” Sam Osborne, Island Wing Company

Beginning with an upstart concept called Tropical Smoothie, Osborne has gone on to own and operate a number of establishments including the highly popular Island Wing Company.

Ep. 46 – “How Auto Sales are Managing Through COVID-19” Bob Hudson, Tallahassee Ford

Hudson and his team have made quick adjustments to create a safe environment for both sales and service customers. Like many businesses that have risen to the occasion, Tallahassee Ford has adapted to the changing norms of this moment.

Ep. 45 – “How Homes are Being Bought and Sold During COVID-19” Steven Loucheim, Tallahassee Board of Realtors

Loucheim describes how the process of buying and selling homes has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. With residential real estate being such a critical component of the local economy, the Tallahassee Board of Realtors is an important resource for both members and the broader business community.

Ep. 44 – “Finding a Path to Economic Recovery in Florida” Mark Wilson, Florida Chamber of Commerce

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida Chamber has played a critical role in helping businesses survive the initial shock of an economic pause as well as helping them plan for the future.

Ep. 43 – “Staying Informed on Family and Emergency Leave Policy During COVID-19” Deborah Minnis and Ruth Vafek, Ausley McMullen

Deborah Minnis and Ruth Vafek of Ausley McMullen Law Firm join the Tallahassee Business Podcast to discuss the changes to federal employment law related to COVID-19.

Ep. 42 – Protecting Against Fraud and Other Criminal Activity During the COVID-19 Crisis with United States Attorney Larry Keefe

U.S. Attorney Keefe joins us on this episode of the Tallahassee Business Podcast to discuss measures being taken by his office and the U.S. Department of Justice to curb, prevent and punish fraud during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ep. 41 – Combating Stress and Anxiety During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Michelle Bouthillier, Tallahassee Therapy Associates

Michelle Bouthillier, Licensed Clinical Social Worker with Tallahassee Therapy Associates joins the show to offer listeners a series of exercises and resources that can help to navigate the challenges of this moment.

Ep. 40 – Communicating with your Company and Clients During COVID-19, Ron Sachs, Sachs Media Group

Ron is well known for his expertise in crisis communications and in this episode, he touches on a range of helpful tips for businesses and other organizations to consider as we settle into the new norms associated with combating the COVID-19 virus.

Ep. 39 – How the United Way is Positioned to Battle Against Poverty in our Region – Berneice Cox, CEO United Way of the Big Bend

In this episode, Berneice explores the duties associated with being CEO of the United Way, her personal experience living near the poverty line and how she aims to change how our region thinks of charitable giving, and the impact it can make on our neighbors.

“Understanding Tallahassee’s Place in the Florida Economy” Dr. Jerry Parrish, Florida Chamber Foundation

Dr. Parrish is known across Florida as a leading expert on economic trends and regularly works with business and government leaders alike to measure the success of our state and the communities within it.

“At the Intersection of Healthcare and Technology” Eddie Gonzalez Loumiet, Ruvos

Eddie joins the Tallahassee Business Podcast, presented by 223 Agency, to talk about his story, the continued growth of Ruvos, how they find and retain talent as well as how Tallahassee is making its mark on the national “GovTech” landscape.