The aim of the Tallahassee Business Podcast is to introduce you to the influencers and key topics that affect daily life in the great city of Tallahassee. The podcast will give our audience a unique and entertaining insight into the life of business leaders, change-makers, and community members.

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Ep. 80 – Community Investment Helps Bring a Vibrant Downtown Vision to Life, Shawn McIntyre, North American Properties

Cascades brings the 18-hour city lifestyle of “live-work-play-stay” to Tallahassee with apartments, offices, retail and event space, a boutique hotel, and a community-envisioned historical plaza.

Ep.79 Intentional Efforts and Collaboration Strengthen the Prosperity of the Community, Sha’Ron James, Gunster Law Firm

There is a strong correlation between the quality of life and a strong business community. This is why the Chamber is committed to strengthening the prosperity, livability, and safety of our residents.

Ep. 78 – “Making Tallahassee a Destination for New Business and Industry” Richard Darabi, Moore Bass Consulting, Inc.

As your Chamber, representing 1,200+ businesses, we are focused on advancing policies that promote job growth and we work closely with our partners to attract new businesses, creating a competitive business climate.

Ep. 77 Creating a Business Environment Where the Entire Community Prospers, Jay Smith, Ajax Building Company

2021 Chamber Board Chair, Jay Smith discusses the updated strategic plan, why these priorities matter to the business community, and how they will work together to create a future where the entire community thrives.

Ep. 76 – Engaging Events in a Socially Distant Era – Alan Hanstein, Event Owl

The Director of Business Development shares some insight into the ways a virtual event platform can help non-profits and corporations elevate virtual events, engage attendees, and track metrics.

Ep. 75 – Shaping Tallahassee’s Landscape through Architecture, Rodney Lewis, Architects Lewis + Whitlock

Lewis takes listeners back to his beginnings, working on group projects for classes at FAMU, all the way through current and future projects that have helped shape Tallahassee’s landscape. He shares his take on company culture, COVID-19 impacts, and advice he has for aspiring business owners.

Ep. 74 – A National Brand with Tallahassee Roots, Laura Johnson, Coton Colors

What it’s like operating a national brand through the COVID-19 pandemic, the recent grand opening of a flagship store in Tampa for sister brand Happy Everything, and what the future looks like for the well-loved brand.

Ep. 73 “The Future of Florida’s Port System” Doug Wheeler, Florida Ports Council

Guest Doug Wheeler explains the impact Florida’s Port system has sustained through the COVID-19 pandemic, along with his insights on the expected recovery and re-growth of the cruise industry.

Ep. 72 – How Local Entrepreneurs Are Finding Their Start In Tallahassee, Curt Bender, Tallahassee Startup Week

Curt shares his own journey as an entrepreneur and shares how other startups can take advantage of Tallahassee Startup Week.

Ep. 71 “Celebrating Local Start-Ups During Global Entrepreneurship Week” Scott Balog, TCC Center for Innovation

The entire month of November is celebrated as National Entrepreneurship Month, but the Week beginning on November 16th has special emphasis as Global Entrepreneurship Week, an international movement beginning in 2008 that now has more than 10 million participants worldwide.

Ep. 70 “Cultivating an Environment for Business Growth” Katrina Tuggerson, Capital City Chamber of Commerce

On October 20, the Capital City Chamber hosted its annual Advantage Conference that featured a series of local business leaders to discuss resources available for local businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the announcement of their new resource hub “Startup Space App”.

Ep. 69 – Honoring National Women’s Small Business Month, Bonnie Davenport, BKJ Architecture

She talks about what it’s like to be a leader in the male-dominated field, the impacts an architecture firm has on the community it serves and the potential ways the COVID-19 pandemic may affect the future of workspace design.

Ep. 68- Celebrating National Women’s Small Business Month, Christic Henry, Kingdom First Realty

As a small business owner herself, Henry champions the U.S. Small Business Administration for declaring October the month to celebrate and support Women-Owned Small Business.

Ep. 67 – Supporting the Tallahassee Economy Through a Mutual Love of Food – JH Leale, Tallahassee Foodies

With over 48,000 highly engaged members and a well-known name in the community, Tallahassee Foodies is leading a charge to help local restaurants recover from COVID-19 that they call the “Tallahassee Restaurant Blitz”.

Ep 66. Creating a Deeper Community Impact Through Skilled Workforce Career Opportunities, Jay Smith, Ajax Building Company

Ajax, along with several community partners, is using the Chamber’s TalentHub platform to create a deeper community impact with this project while recruiting and training disadvantaged workers, externship, and apprenticeship participants.

Ep. 65 – Reopening Tallahassee Community College with a Focus on Student Success – Kim Moore, Tallahassee Community College

Kim Moore joins us to share the new realities students on campus are facing, the plans to keep them engaged in the community this semester, as well as the differences & similarities in the realm of workforce development for local employers in the pandemic environment.

Ep. 64 – How Florida A&M University is Re-Opening its Campus and Helping Bring Students Back to Tallahassee Safely – Dr. Shawnta Friday-Stroud, Vice President for University Advancement

Between the implementation of virtual learning systems and enacting new student and faculty protocols to combat the spread of COVID-19, the vibe on campus is most certainly different this semester.

Ep. 63 – How the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce is Re-imagining Local Workforce Needs – Terrie Ard, President & COO of Moore with Corrie Melton, VP of Membership and Talent Development, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce

Tune in to hear more from Ard and Melton about the concept of Talent Pipeline Management and how businesses can get engaged bridging the talent gap through participating in a new database system called TalentHub.

Ep. 62 – How Matthew Kobach Uses Social Media to Build and Grow Brands Online

It’s safe to say that he has developed a certain mastery of using Twitter and other channels to advance a message.

Ep. 61 – How Lobbyists Impact Florida Government and Help Shape Tallahassee’s Downtown – Chris Dudley, The Southern Group

As a lobbyist, Dudley has a hand in shaping outcomes at the Capitol and also stays engaged in the Tallahassee community through service as Chair of the Tallahassee Downtown Improvement Authority and as a former Board member of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce.