The TCC Spark Initiative is focused on fueling passionate entrepreneurs with the skills and connections needed to ignite an idea and grow a successful business.  With its strong community support and integrated network of partnerships, Spark focuses on giving participants access to local entrepreneur-focused resources and successful business leaders.  Those who participate have the opportunity to develop the innovative business planning and management skills that spur economic vitality and steadfast success.

TCC Spark offers:

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship a semester long. non-credit class with hands-on learning
  • Certificates in Entrepreneurship
  • Mentoring
  • Entrepreneur’s Forum
  • Entrepreneur’s Boot Camp
  • Speaker Series

Future offerings to be announced shortly.  For details and more information, please visit: www.tcsspark.eventbrite.com.


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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.

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)

Leadership Tallahassee

Leadership Tallahassee is a year-long program that educates and encourages participants to actively seek positive and constructive changes in their community through leadership roles. Participants build a network of community trustees who enhance their problem solving skills and leadership abilities through shared perspectives and working together. Qualified applicants must have demonstrated leadership capabilities in the public or private sector or show a motivation to contribute to the Tallahassee community.

To learn more, visit http://leadershiptallahassee.com/

CareerSource Capital Region Startup Quest Program

Startup Quest™ is a 10-week hands-on learning experience for unemployed and underemployed educated professionals. The program provides an introduction to the processes required to form a startup company and develop a commercialization strategy for innovative technologies.

The most important ingredient of a successful Startup Quest™ training program is the mentor that works with  each team. Mentors assist participants in the design and development of business plans around cutting-edge technologies.

Mentors come from technology-based industries, such as software, information technology/information systems, aerospace, advanced materials and coatings, nanotechnology, robotics, medical devices, biotechnology, and life sciences.

Selected mentors have experience in bringing a new technology to market, as this is fundamental to the program.


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