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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Spark web page: http:///

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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

“Farm Bureau and Wakulla 4-H Announce Camp Timpoochee Scholarship Competition”


Contact: Rachel Pienta



“Farm Bureau and Wakulla 4-H Announce Camp Timpoochee Scholarship Competition”


Crawfordville, Florida – What could be more fun than a week at 4-H Camp Timpoochee? How about winning one of three $100 scholarships provided by the Florida Farm Bureau’s Wakulla County board of directors.

4-H Camp Timpoochee is a picturesque camping complex located on the shore of the Choctawhatchee Bay. Comfortable sleeping, dining, and meeting facilities allow campers to learn, work, and plan in an enjoyable, relaxed environment.

To enter the contest, create an image-based timeline of your favorite fruit, vegetable, or dairy item, accompanied with descriptive captions. In the timeline, follow the food item of your choice from seed or earliest form to the store, to consumption by the consumer.

For example, corn on the cob is planted in early May. The sprouts break surface in about a week, and the field corn grows to mature in about three months. It is harvested in the fall with a grain combine after it has dried on the stalk and is then combined and trucked to a grain storage facility. From there it can be processed into livestock feed, cornmeal, grits or any number of other products.

For a copy of the rules go to the Wakulla 4-H website:

For questions, please contact Rachel Pienta, UF/IFAS 4-H Extension Agent in Wakulla County at 850-926-3931 or

more here Camp Timpoochee Scholarships revised 2018

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OnJune 13, 2018, posted in: Events, News, Press Release by

New Website Will Help Florida Businesses Prepare for Natural Disasters

Jun 06, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) announced the launch of a new website,, to help Florida businesses prepare for and recover from hurricanes and other disasters. By providing critical information before, during and after a disaster, the website will help businesses recover and get Floridians back to work following emergencies.

Features of the new website include:

  • A disaster planning toolkit to help businesses prepare for hurricanes and other disasters;
  • Critical disaster updates from the State Emergency Operations Center to keep businesses informed during emergencies; and
  • A Business Damage Assessment Survey to help businesses get back up and running after an emergency.

Governor Scott said, “Floridians understand the importance of being prepared for disasters, especially during hurricane season. This new website will help businesses make safe and informed decisions for themselves, their employees and their customers. Every Florida business can visit, make a disaster plan and stay updated as we move further into hurricane season.”

Cissy Proctor, DEO Executive Director, said, “The new provides key resources and information to help Florida’s job creators in the face of a disaster. We know that businesses, like individuals and families, must be prepared with a plan, and will guide businesses step-by-step to help them prepare and recover quickly from an emergency.”

Wes Maul, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, said, “Effectively preparing for, responding to and recovering from disasters takes input from the whole community. This valuable tool will boost Florida’s private sector engagement during emergencies and help raise awareness of available resources. Ensuring our businesses can reopen quickly is critical to the speedy recovery of our impacted communities.” is a partnership between DEO and the Florida Division of Emergency Management. Other partners include the U.S. Department of Commerce, Florida State University’s Center for Disaster Risk Policy, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, the Florida Retail Federation, VISIT FLORIDA, the Florida Small Business Development Center Network and others. DEO is the lead agency for the support of business, industry and economic stabilization during a statewide disaster.

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OnJune 6, 2018, posted in: News by

Job Opportunity at Wakulla Clerk’s Office, Finance & Accounting

The Clerk’s Finance & Accounting Office has a job opening. Please follow the link for an application and job description – . If you have questions regarding this position, please call the HR clerk, Tiffany Conn at 926-0362. 

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OnMay 30, 2018, posted in: News by