Vote for your Favorite Wakulla Area Business – Open to the Public

2018 Wakulla Area Business of the Year

As part of the Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Excellence Awards this award is sponsored by THE WAKULLA NEWS. Nominations for this award are open to all citizens and nominees are not required to be members of the Wakulla County Chamber of Commerce. Each nomination must be original and include a brief description of the reason the business is deserving. **IMPORTANT – duplicate nominations from the same email or individual will be disqualified. 


Here is your chance to participate and nominate your favorite Wakulla business! 

Nominate Wakulla Area business here

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OnAugust 14, 2018, posted in: Awards, News by

Ameris Bank Presents Wakulla Chamber Annual Business Excellence Awards

It’s time again to nominate and be nominated for the
 2018 Business Excellence Awards 

Thanks once again to Ameris Bank for their continued support of this important annual business appreciation and recognition event!


These awards recognize Chamber members for their outstanding achievements and contributions to the community. Judging criteria include the quality of customer/client service and goods provided, and efforts to benefit our community culturally, economically and through education.  

Nominations are limited to members in good standing as of June 1, 2018. You may nominate yourself and submit multiple nominations. We strongly encourage you to forward this email and spread the word throughout your organization, agency, company and workforce and encourage your staff and employees to get involved.  It’s a privilege of membership to participate.
Nominations are submitted electronically.
*A listing of all eligible businesses for each category will display in the drop – down menu for each category in the links below. NOTICE THERE ARE SEPARATE LINKS FOR VOLUNTEER AND WAKULLA AREA BUSINESS NOMINATIONS.  You may return as often as you want to nominate.
Please take this opportunity to submit your nominations and recognize a business member today!  Call Petra Shuff 850.926.1848 with questions or for more information. Banquet date and location is being planned.


*The Awards and Recognition Committee has compiled the list of eligible names with the best information available.

Nominate business categories here

Nominate volunteers here

Nominate Wakulla Area business here

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OnAugust 14, 2018, posted in: Awards, News by

Guardian ad Litem Seeking Local Volunteers

Become a Guardian ad Litem – Volunteers Needed 

Want to create a better future for your community? Change the story of a child in Wakulla County – become their voice! Become a Guardian ad Litem.

The Guardian ad Litem program supports children who have experienced abuse and neglect. The program’s volunteers and staff advocate for these children in the court and community ensuring their needs are met. Local volunteers are able to make a true impact on the lives of these children.

The organization is seeking volunteers from Crawfordville area to serve our children in Wakulla county. There has recently been a rather large increase in the number of cases added on in Wakulla county, so they would love to have as many volunteers in this training as possible! GAL_A Child’s Voice Brochure 9-2017

Wakulla and Franklin County Volunteer two-day Training at the Wakulla County Community Center:

Saturday, September 8 from 10 am – 5 pm and

Saturday, September 22 from 10 am -5 pm

To register please contact 850.606.1213/

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OnAugust 14, 2018, posted in: News by

Regional Economic Development Survey

Opportunity Florida, Northwest Florida’s ten county regional economic development alliance, has launched an online community survey to capture resident feedback regarding the region’s future economic development efforts. The survey, being conducted by its consultant VisionFirst Advisors, is part of the development of an overall strategic economic development plan.

For the region’s efforts to be successful, it is important to hear from members of the community. The survey gives you, as a resident, the opportunity to provide feedback on how you feel about the role of economic development, what type of growth and industry you think is best suited for the region and how you feel about the quality of life that you currently enjoy.

The short survey below should only take five minutes and it will close on August 24th. Please share the survey with friends and family in the region. Thank you in advance for your participation!

Take the survey here

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OnAugust 8, 2018, posted in: News by

TCC Spark August Workshops

Your entrepreneurial community is ready for you…sign up today!

August 14, 2018

Startup / Small Business Mentoring

Are you interested in learning about entrepreneurship or starting your own business? Are you searching for an idea? Do you have an idea you want to check out? Do you have a micro or small business that you need a little help with? Then TCC Spark’s Startup / Small Business Mentoring events are for you. This is a monthly outreach program design to help answer your business questions. Sign up today! Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at:


August 15, 2018

Spark Workshop – Target Marketing

The new monthly Spark Workshop series are designed as practical short courses to educate or refresh your knowledge about critical small business topics.   The Target Marketing workshop will cover:  1) Who will buy your product or service? 2) At what price? 3) Via what promotional mix? 4) What’s my promotional budget?  5) At what place will they buy it?  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at:


August 21, 2018

Entrepreneurs’ Forum – Michele Madison and Farming the Future

TCC Spark’s newly redesigned Entrepreneur’s Forum is to give the entrepreneurial community:

  1. An overview of the entrepreneurial resources available in the Tallahassee area.
  2. To provide an opportunity to network with your peers.
  3. To showcase a local entrepreneur who is hard at work making their startup business successful.  The entrepreneur/s have this event and time to: vet their ideas, propose a new product or service, create or adjust their business models, tell their stories, practice their pitches, etc.


TIME                TOPIC

6:00                 Networking

6:30                 Presentation on Tallahassee area entrepreneurial resources available

6:45                 Michele Madison and Farming the Future presentation and demonstrations

7:15                 Q&A

7:30                 Networking

8:00                 Close


Tickets are free, please tell your friends and share the event to help promote and launch our Tallahassee entrepreneurs!  Please register at:


Open Now!

Young Entrepreneurs’ Scholarship Program

The Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce is offering four scholarships (two for fall semester and two for spring semester) for the Introduction to Entrepreneurship (ENT0001) class.  All applications will be considered regardless of age.  The class description follows.  Apply today – contact for an application. 


August 23, 2018

Introduction to Entrepreneurship.  Registration is now open for fall semester’s ENT0001 class (course code 184605).  This is a non-credit, hands-on, practical course designed for students and community members who want to explore a business idea, start a business for the first time, or plan to expand an existing business. The emphasis will be placed on the practical aspects of performing a competitor analysis, estimating an accurate sales forecast, creating a marketing plan, and determining your necessary (lean start-up or bootstrapping) expenses.  This class meets once a week for 16 weeks at 6 pm at the Center for Innovation in downtown.  Register today as a TCC student at: and then add ENT0001 once you have registered.  Tuition is $225 plus the book.  Take the class as either a three hour credit, or as non-credit, your choice.


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OnAugust 1, 2018, posted in: Events, News by

Logan Roofing Hiring Roofing Mechanics

HIRING Roofing Mechanics. Must be experienced in Single Ply Commercial Roofing and must be able to pass background screening. Rate of pay is based upon experience level. Call (850) 926-3080 for more detailed information.

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OnJuly 13, 2018, posted in: News by

Armor Correctional Health Services, Inc. At the Wakulla Sheriff’s office Seeking Licensed Nurse

Armor Correctional Health Services, Inc. At the Wakulla Sheriff’s office  








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OnJuly 12, 2018, posted in: News by

Wakulla Medical Center Position Open – LPN/MA

Wakulla Medical Center in Panacea has an opening for a LPN/MA. Please apply here

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OnJuly 11, 2018, posted in: News by

June Networking Luncheon – Lunch & Learn – Embezzlement-The Hidden Enemy of your Business or Organization

Tucked away, in the small community of Spring Creek is Spring Creek Restaurant, which has been serving local seafood for decades, and whose owners are also some of the most generous people. A big round of applause went to the Lovel family who took up donations for the Eastpoint fire victims, and donated proceeds from this networking luncheon to the cause.

Donations have been very generous, and the small Franklin County community is very appreciative of the support from neighboring counties. At this point, the #1 need is monetary funds to help get displaced families into new living quarters and buy things lacking.

Our president, Courtney Armitage, took over as the announcer today and we think that she now has a new appreciation of Mary Wallace’s task as emcee. Introductions started with Joe Pereria, National Marketing Manager of Guest Services who took over management of Wakulla Springs Lodge. They are no stranger to the hospitality industry as they supply hospitality management services across a wide variety of client sites including government and business dining facilities, museums, hotels, resorts, conference centers, luxury condominiums, senior living centers, health care systems, state and national parks, school and university dining facilities, specialty retail stores, and full-service restaurants. The Lodge will be hosting our August luncheon, something we always look forward to! Chuck Cascio with Eden Springs Nursing Home and Rehab Facility introduced his guest, Dr. William Effinger, a hospitalist at Capital Regional Medical Center, who will shortly be serving as a medical director at Eden Springs. Charlean Lanier brought Kim Powell, RN and Ortho navigator at CMRMC. Susie Wilhelm – Shell Point Realty introduced her new agent Angel Gainey.

Our focus today was on Dennis Scarry, owner of ‘Stop Embezzlement Now’ who talked about three different cases of embezzlement in Tallahassee and taking precautions to protect your business or organization from theft. An overview of his PowerPoint presentation is included here


Our luncheon wouldn’t be complete without our drawing, and we look forward to the August Spotlight – David Rossetti, Exit Realty Café. We appreciate the many items donated by Ironman Motors, Petra Shuff, Superlube, Costco, Capital Health Plan, Capital City Bank,      C & I Property Management, Keep Wakulla County Beautiful, The Shack Coffee Shop (St. Marks), Riverside Café, The Clothesline, Dennis Scarry, Barn’s Liquors, Murphy Business Brokers, The Wakulla News.

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OnJune 28, 2018, posted in: News by

Eastpoint Fire Aid

In times of a disaster good people want the help those in need by sending items that may be needed.   In many cases it is hard to tell what the people affected by the disaster need at the time and if there are effective logistics in place to get donated items to those in need within the time frame that they are needed.  It is always best to donate money to an organization that you know will be able to get the funds directly to the victims ASAP.  Our neighbors to the south in Franklin County are in that situation today.  Wild Fires have destroyed homes and possessions of many families.  As damage assessments are being made we can start assisting those families through donating cash so the families can be assisted in purchasing items that they need to start rebuilding their lives.  Not only do they have to replace everyday necessities like clothing and personal hygiene items they also have to find temporary shelter and rebuild their homes.  Doing it in this manor insures that the victims will get cloths and diapers that fit, items that are in need and assistance in ways that it is needed.


Below is a post from Franklin County Emergency Management with a link to directly donate to the victims of this disaster.  Please help those in need in a way they need it the most.  


The Most Effective way to help the Families of Easpoint is Cash Donations. Early estimates are indicating that many families have lost their homes and possessions in the fire which engulfed the Northern sections of Eastpoint on the afternoon of June 24. Please assist if you can. Many families will be without food and shelter for an indefinite period. 100% of your donation will go to the effected families through Franklin County Emergency Management’s established case management system working in partnership with the Franklin County Emergency Operation Center. Your donation is Tax deductible, Franklin’s Promise Coalition is a 501c3 registered non-profit who serves as Franklin County’s Unmet Needs Committee and Long Term Recover Coalition. For more information, call 850-323-0176.

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OnJune 26, 2018, posted in: News by