300 East Park Avenue, a weekly email sharing thoughts and considerations from the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce. Each Friday morning you’ll find a new note in your inbox that will feature reflections on the work being done at the Chamber to grow our community. Look for short messages about important initiatives, pressing matters and the regularly scheduled programs of our organization along with a few quick links for further reading on relevant topics. 300 East Park Avenue is our physical address and the place where business leaders come to meet. This new communication will be a way to open our doors to members each Friday in a digital format.

“The Work We Do Best”

When most folks think about the Chamber, they might first recall our building at 300 East Park Avenue, but we are much more than just a place for the business community to gather. The Chamber is a mindset. It’s a living, breathing network of people who share common interests and similar desires for our community. From our […]

“In With The New”

Like a loaf of bread in your cupboard, every company will eventually go stale. When that happens, there are numerous problems that ensue. Sales decline, revenue plummets, people leave their jobs and customers disappear. It happens every day and often it’s because the flow of ideas has run dry. New ideas are the lifeblood of […]

“The Opportunity to Lead”

When most people think of leadership, what often comes to mind are stereotypical images of elected officials, CEO’s, military generals or something of the like. All of those are accurate depictions of leadership but most of the world’s leaders don’t fit that profile. Instead they are found working at the grassroots level of their communities, in roles that don’t usually get much credit, fame, or notoriety. Here in Tallahassee […]

“Bringing Home the Bacon”

For any company, it’s important to know what you’re selling. If you’ve ever seen one of our membership brochures, you have probably read the long list of reasons we believe businesses should join the Chamber. Chambers of Commerce are great for networking, learning about a community and finding ways to get involved around town, but let’s be honest – folks join organizations […]

“In the Arena”

The Donald L. Tucker Civic Center is the largest indoor event space in Tallahassee. In its nearly 40-year history, the Civic Center has hosted basketball games, arena football, ice hockey, monster truck rallies, concerts, professional wrestling, Broadway shows, graduations, political debates and a myriad of local events put on by many of our great hometown […]

“Talent Lives Here”

Some years ago, I was searching for an idea that could help sell Tallahassee to graduates of our local colleges and universities. The intent was to find a turn of phrase that could make my contemporaries think about our City in a different way. While scribbling down some ideas, I wrote out the call letters for our City’s airport, “T.L.H.”, […]

“The Resources to Succeed”

If you want to gain an understanding of what drives an organization, go look at their budget. The numbers won’t lie. Seeing how the money flows is the easiest way to decipher what is really going on day-to-day. For our organization – your Chamber, the budget tells one consistent story: members are our lifeblood and […]

“The Tower on the Hill”

Florida’s Capitol building dominates the Tallahassee skyline. At 22 stories, our hilltop Capitol is by far the tallest building in town. Despite its somewhat unpopular architecture, the building is one of the most identifiable images associated with our city. The Capitol is a symbol for many things – power, government and design by committee to […]

“A Trusted Convener”

One of the most important roles the Chamber plays in our community is that of a trusted convener. Those aren’t my words – they come from the many member interviews and focus groups that lead to the development of our current strategic plan. Of all the comments and member feedback we received during that process […]

“The Company We Keep”

Companies are as unique as thumbprints. Every single firm, partnership, corporation or organization that is a member of the Chamber operates a little bit differently. Our Chamber team is incredibly fortunate to be able to observe these realities quite often. Sometimes that happens in a one-on-one meeting with a CEO, other times it is a […]

“Who Thinks of You and Why”

A mentor once told me that the key to finding success was understanding “who thinks of you and why”. I am reminded of this notion almost daily. This week, a reminder came in the form of a gathering held at the Historic Capitol Museum. The event was called “Tallahassee Welcomes U” – a reception organized […]

“What’s in the Bag?”

If you are a regular attendee to the Chamber’s Annual Community Conference there are a few things you have likely come to expect: 1) The hotel room block will sell out within the first quarter of the year, 2) The programs, speakers and sessions will lead you to discover something important happening in our community […]

“The Pencil and the iPad”

Our Chamber team spends a lot of time meeting with leaders across our community each week. Every so often, in those meetings I hear something that stops me in my tracks. Recently, I was having coffee with a local leader who is engaged in fighting poverty in Tallahassee and he told me a story that […]

“Great Cities Need Great CEOs”

The best cities in America don’t get that way overnight. To shape an impressive community requires years of constant advocacy married with a commitment to excellence among both citizens and local leaders. One of the often overlooked qualities of great cities are the CEOs that run companies there. CEOs are at their very nature problem […]