Spark Workshops

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Thursday, September 27, 2018 @ 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Open enrollment – a 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. Students will gain the knowledge and proper format to write a complete business plan worthy of submission to an investor or bank.


The class meets once a week at TCC’s Center for Innovation on Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 pm. The cost of the class is $225 and does not include the cost of the book. Registration is now open, go to: and register as a Workforce Development Continuing Education student and then add ENT0001 once you have registered and pay the $225 fee.


Startup / Small Business / VFEP Mentoring

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 @ 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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 / Veterans (VFEP) Mentoring events are for you. This is a monthly outreach program design to help answer your business questions. Tickets are $5 sign up today at:


Spark Workshop – Sales Forecasting

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 @ 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

One of the biggest mistakes you can make when preparing a marketing or business plan is overestimating your annual sales.  It’s common for bankers and investors to use much low sales forecast numbers than what you claim due to typical entrepreneurial exuberance.  If your sales forecast is absurdly high, people will dismiss your plan immediately.   So how do you get highly accurate sales forecast?  A great question that will be answered in this workshop because every business decision from inventory to employees to equipment needs are all based upon your sales forecast.  Tickets are $10 sign up today at:


Quincy Fest

Saturday, October 13, 2018 @ 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Come join us and enjoy many of the things that make North Florida such a great place to live! We will be enjoying Blues, a Backyard BBQ Competition, Arts and Crafts, Beer Garden, Antique Automobiles, and more. The 30th annual Q’Fest will take place at the Historic Courthouse Square in downtown Quincy, FL.  Brought to you by Quincy Main Street:


Design Week

Monday, October 15 to Friday, October 19, 2018

A week of creativity, conversation and learning, Design Week Tallahassee is an annual 7-day event that welcomes designers of all levels. The festivities include guest speakers, workshops and lots of fun social events!  Our website for more information about Design Week is and attendees can register/buy tickets at


HappE Hour

Monday, October 15, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A monthly gathering of area entrepreneurs for a purely social and relaxed opportunity to connect with fellow entrepreneurs.  This month’s guest entrepreneurs are Syrheda La Shea of Bourne Brilliant, and Nicole Everett with Conversations with Nicole.  Location is the Grasslands Brewing Company, 603 W Gaines St #7, Tallahassee, FL 32304.  Be there or be a non-entrepreneur! 


Entrepreneurs’ Forum – Black Business Loan Program

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Black Business Loan Program was designed to Strengthen Florida’s economy by increasing the number of qualified black enterprises.  The program provides alternative lending opportunities and technical assistance to black business enterprises that cannot obtain capital through conventional lending institutions but could otherwise compete successfully in the private sector.


During the forum, we will cover, what the program offers, who qualifies, how to get started, various loan terms, loan amounts, credit counseling, understanding profit and loss statements, how much to borrow, and the components of a business plans.  Tickets are free but please register at:


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