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

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


Introduction to Entrepreneurship (ENT0001)

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 6 to 8:45 p.m.

Do you have a business idea you want to check out to see if it’s worth pursuing? How about a micro or small business that needs some business planning to grow? Then the Introduction to Entrepreneurship class is for you. Come learn the process of entrepreneurship from the idea stage into operating a business. This 16 week class will help you get your “entrepreneurial mind-set” and go through all the details needed to be successful in business. 

This first class is free and open to the public. Please register at:   Attendance thereafter requires you to register as a TCC WorkForce Development Continuing Education student and pay the $225 tuition. The book is not included. The class meets once a week on Thursday evenings at 6 to 8:45 p.m. at TCC’s Center for Innovation in downtown located at 300 South Duval Street in the Kleman Plaza. 

To register for the ENT0001 class if you are not a current TCC student: 

1)         Go to:

2)         Click on the Workforce Development button

3)         Complete the application and submit.

4)         Look for a TCC email to the email address you listed on the application.

5)         Log in to EagleNet using the user ID and pin # that was given to you in the TCC email.

6)         Once in EagleNet, chose search for spring 2019 classes and type in ENT0001.

7)         Select ENT0001 (add to your basket).

8)         Complete the class registration and transaction.


For existing TCC students, login to EagleNet and register. Call IT at 850-201-8545 if you have issues or need help.


Matt Johnson – Funding Your Startup

Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

January Entrepreneurs’ Forum – Discuss the various ways to fund your startup including bootstrapping, friends and family, angel investment and venture capital. Also discuss traditional bank lending as well as alternative financing routes. Specific topics include equity vs debt, understanding investor expectations and ways to make your startup more attractive to investors.


Matt is the founder and sole manager of Johnson Venture Partners, a venture fund investing in high-growth startups in the South. Matt has been responsible for the daily operations of the fund since its inception. In his role, Matt identifies and analyzes investment opportunities, performs due diligence, assists portfolio company management teams and administers all investments made by the fund. He has executed investments in 30+ venture-backed companies throughout 15 years of fund management experience. Matt is an active member of many regional and national venture investor networks. He also serves as a director and mentor at Domi Station, a non-profit startup incubator. Matt is a popular public speaker on the topics of startup investing, innovation and entrepreneurship. Matt earned a BA in Economics from Clemson University. He resides with his family in Thomasville, GA, where he was born and raised.  Tickets are free but please register at:


Power Forward Speaker Series with Kevin O’Leary

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 3:30 to 5 pm

First Commerce is proud to announce Shark Tank’s “Mr. Wonderful,” Kevin O’Leary as the 6th speaker in our Power Forward series, Tallahassee’s largest annual business event!


Among his many successful business ventures, O’Leary is perhaps best recognized for his role on the business reality show, Shark Tank. Known as “Mr. Wonderful” on the show, O’Leary is passionate about startups and has invested in numerous small businesses during his 10 years on the show. He describes Shark Tank as the embodiment of the American Dream.


Today, O’Leary is the Chairman of O’Shares Investments. He is also the founder and Chief Sommelier of O’Leary Fine Wines, an award-winning wine label, as well as a member of Boston’s 107-year old Hamilton Trust. In addition to Shark Tank, O’Leary is a regular contributor on ABC, CNBC and CTV, and a bestselling author of two books: Cold Hard Truth and Men, Women and Money, and Cold Hard Truth on Family, Kids and Money.


We invite local business leaders, aspiring entrepreneurs, and students in Tallahassee and surrounding communities to come to this event.  Purchase tickets at:   For more information, please visit our website for more information about the event


Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program (VFEP)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Are you a military veteran that has a small business idea that you want to make a reality? With the TCC Ignite! Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program, you are introduced to a curriculum that focuses on startups, networking, and competition analysis. Throughout the course, you are introduced to a series of mentoring events, guest speakers, techniques to gain capital, such as crowdfunding, and opportunities to develop and refine your business model canvas. The result is a solid business network of mentors and peers, and a researched and thorough business plan. You do not have to be a TCC student to take this course, you just have to be a veteran with an idea. You can register at:  


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