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LEON COUNTY MINORITY, WOMEN & SMALL BUSINESS PROGRAM

The purpose of the Minority, Women, & Small Business Enterprise (MW/SBE) Division is to effectively communicate Leon County procurement and contracting opportunities, to enhance business relationships, to end disparity and to increase participation opportunities for certified minority, women and small business enterprises in a competitive environment. We work to provide assistance to minority and women vendors interested becoming certified to do business with Leon County as a Minority-owned Business Enterprise (MBE) or Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE).

Our services include, but are not limited to:

  • Free business training through workshops
  • Co-sponsorship of local events relative to small business ownership and entrepreneurship
  • Referrals to other local agencies that provide business development support
  • Notification to certified small, minority/women-owned businesses regarding Leon County’s procurement opportunities
  • Identification of additional small, minority/women-owned businesses that could be certified for government procurement opportunities

To learn more, please go to the Leon County MWSBE website

http://cms.leoncountyfl.gov/Home/Departments/Office-of-Economic-Development/MW-SBE

This resource may not charge a fee
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Customized Consulting Services

The FSBDC at Florida A&M University is staffed by Certified Business Consultants and provides entrepreneurs with business assistance and tools to aid in their business success. Our experienced consultants cover topics that include business planning, financial analysis, marketing, accounting, cash flow projections, and new business feasibility, to name a few. Our consultants have significant experience in the private sector, and many have extensive management and financial consulting backgrounds. Our FSBDC also uses qualified faculty, students and volunteers to enhance their consulting services. FSBDC consultants are highly regarded by clients for their business skills and expertise.

Free consulting services at the FSBDC are available to individuals who have questions or need assistance in starting or growing their businesses. All potential FSBDC clients must fill out a “Request for Consulting” form. To help maximize the value of the consulting, clients should prepare a draft business plan before meeting with the consultants. Appointments are not necessary but are recommended to assure that sufficient time is allocated for each client. Please call 850-599-3407 to schedule your appointment.

Our Consultants are here to help

Whether you are thinking about starting a business of your own, expanding your business, or looking for some guidance with the management of your organization, we can put you in touch with a variety of experts who can assist. FSBDC consultants can help you with:

  • Business plan preparation and business plan review
  • Assistance with loan package development
  • Developing marketing and sales planning consultations
  • Establishing an accounting system
  • One-on-one confidential professional consulting
  • Assistance with accounting and recordkeeping
  • And much more!

Request in person consulting by clicking here.

Workshops and Training

Gain the knowledge needed to make your business excel by attending FSBDC at Florida A&M University training workshops. Workshops are offered in specialized subjects for experienced entrepreneurs as well as in management basics for those considering starting businesses.

Upcoming Workshops

To view and register for upcoming workshops click here.

 

Resource Library and Research Center

Whether you are starting, operating, or growing your business in the northwest Florida area, the Small Business Learning Center Library can help you find the information you need to be successful. Our business information services include access to our business library, a comprehensive research and reference library offering extensive online and print business tools and resources. Reference services include help and direction in collecting industry or market statistics needed for a business or marketing plan, researching specific market or industry trends and identifying competitors, suppliers or potential customers.

Visit our library in
Innovation Park
2035 E. Paul Dirac Drive
Suite 130, Morgan Building

Library Hours
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Business Growth Acceleration Services

Growth Acceleration Services are designed to deliver substantive professional business consulting to qualified small and medium-sized businesses in the Tallahassee area, as well as, Franklin, Gadsden, Liberty, Leon, Jefferson, Madison, Taylor and Wakulla counties.

Growth Acceleration Services consultants commit to assist clients for 12 to 15 months, providing quality services across all industries, leveraging the expertise and research resources of the FSBDC at Florida A&M University.

Providing Results-Driven Business Consulting Including:

  • Cash Flow Management – budget, costs, margins and ratio benchmarking
  • Financial Analysis and Capital Access – financial statement analysis, financing for sustainable growth
  • Marketing – positioning, product, price, place and promotion
  • Strategic Business Planning – development and implementation

How the Program Works

Growth Acceleration Services aims to develop sustainable growth strategies for small to medium-sized enterprises, including shoring up financial practices and financial institutional relationships, assessing and accessing capital, determining market diversification tactics, and developing strategic business plans.

Growth Acceleration Services is designed to meet the client’s needs and objectives through an in-depth business assessment and on-going business consultation. Following an initial consultation, a dedicated Growth Acceleration Services consultant will work with the client for 12 to 15 months to implement both strategic and tactical plans.

What to Expect

Experienced Business Experts: Growth Acceleration Services consultants are business professionals highly qualified in corporate marketing, management, consulting, and financing.  Clients will benefit from consultants’ business experience and expertise.

Growth Acceleration Services focuses on three major goals:

  • Creating jobs
  • Increasing sales
  • Raising capital

Program Qualifications

Growth Acceleration Services is now accepting client applications. Interested business owners must meet the following criteria:

  • Company must have goal for growth
  • 3 or more years in business
  • $500,000 to $10 million in annual sales
  • 5 or more employees

To apply, contact the Small Business Development Center at FAMU at 850.599.3407 or you may email Aundra’ McGlockton (aundra.mcglockton@famu.edu) or Keith Bowers (thomas.bowers@famu.edu)

Education and Outreach

Florida State University salutes the organizers of three annual events, co-hosted by our Supplier Diversity Program.  Participation in these events is our way of saying “Thank you!” for helping to broaden our base of suppliers to handle our purchasing and contracting needs.  Each event provides excellent opportunities to not only network with other business owners, but to also receive up-to-date insight on the latest issues affecting small businesses in North Florida.  Additionally, local purchasing representatives (state, universities, city, county & school board) come together in one room to share how to do business with their agency and to note future contract opportunities that are available during one-on-one sessions.

To learn more about each of these events click on the link below:

 

You can access each of these events from the Supplier Diversity Program webpage below.

http://SupplierDiversity.fsu.edu


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Tallahassee Chamber Lunch and Learn Series

The Tallahassee Chamber’s Lunch and Learn Series is a free monthly workshop conducted by local business experts, Chamber board members and associates of our Chamber partners. The workshops feature a wide variety of topics that are helpful for anyone involved with a business, from owners and managers to entry-level employees. This is a free event for Chamber members. Attendees bring their brown bag lunch.

Held monthly (excluding July, August and December) attendees receive the technical assistance in customer service, communication, time management, leadership and more, all during their lunch break.

To learn more, visit http://talchamber.com/events/lunch-learn-series/

Tallahassee Chamber’s Professional Women’s Forum

Since 1985, Professional Women’s Forum has provided a lunchtime program featuring women leaders sharing advice for professional and personal growth. For the new fiscal year, the Chamber kicked-off an enhanced Professional Women’s Forum program titled “CEO Series.” The new Women’s Forum program features distinguished leaders from our community and region going beyond their bios to provide attendees with tools, strategies and takeaways for their own success, all in an informal, interactive setting.

To learn more, visit http://talchamber.com/events/professional-womens-forum/

Tallahassee Chamber Annual Community Conference

The Annual Tallahassee Chamber Community Conference brings together all elements of the business community, from home-based entrepreneurs to key business and political leaders, to discuss real issues affecting our region’s future. With breakout sessions, networking opportunities and plenty of fun, this conference allows attendees to make connections that will last a lifetime. Always held out of town in a resort location, the weekend is a mix of business and pleasure for the whole family.

To learn more, visit http://talchamber.com/events/annual-chamber-conference/

Access Tallahassee

Young professionals need a reason to stay in Tallahassee, and the Access program provides them with plenty. Since 2006, Access has been connecting and engaging emerging, young professionals in innovative and creative ways to help them build business relationships, develop personally and professionally and become part of the business community. Getting started is never easy, but Access provides the tools and camaraderie to make the transition just a little bit easier.

To learn more, visit http://talchamber.com/affiliates/access-tallahassee/