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Leon County SustainaBiz Program

August 4, 2021

Did you know that Leon County recently launched the SustainaBiz program? The program recognizes local businesses and organizations that have made great strides in implementing more sustainable business practices in the areas of energy, water, waste, community and employee engagement, and local economy. This free program was launched in May and is open to any

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Director’s Message: Love Your Local this Summer

July 30, 2021

The summer is a great time to go outside, have a family fun day with your loved ones, and enjoy the sunny weather. With Summer 2021 on the horizon, how are you spending your days and enjoying your local community? As residents and consumers, we have an opportunity to help our favorite businesses grow and succeed or

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2020 Annual Economic Review

July 8, 2021

The Annual Economic Review is a one- and five-year summary of the 13 indicators featured in the Quarterly Economic Dashboard. Annual data gives a macro perspective, allowing comprehensive objectives to come into full focus. Whether an indicator is positive, negative, or neutral depends upon one’s perspective. Policymakers like tight labor markets more than employers do.

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Intern Spotlight: Gabriella Garcia

July 7, 2021

The Office of Economic Vitality is proud to welcome and spotlight the newest member of our team, Gabriella Garcia. She has joined our MWSBE team as a Graduate Intern. Gabriella is currently pursuing a Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied American Politics and Policy Candidate at Florida State University and will graduate in May 2022. 

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OEV Website Now Available in English and Spanish

We have an incredible community of businesses that represent a wide range of racial and ethnic minority communities that need our support. At the Office of Economic Vitality, we are continuously working to enhance economic inclusion and create accessible resources in Tallahassee-Leon County. In acknowledgment of this, OEV is pleased to announce that we have

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Director’s Message: Disaster Preparedness

June 11, 2021

June is National Safety Month and marks the official start of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season. Small businesses are vital assets to our economy and community, which is why the Office of Economic Vitality encourages all businesses to get prepared! Every organization has unique vulnerabilities and can’t always avoid disasters, but having a plan helps minimize

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Preparing Bid Responses

By: MWSBE Team Bid responses involve a strategic approach with detailed text and graphics that mirror the understanding of the compliance of your company with the criteria. It is important that during this process, you highlight your companies’ certifications, credentials, services, and products offered. For your response for a bid to be effective, you need

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The Critical Role of Workforce Training in the Labor Market Recovery

By: Kevin Gehrke, Business Development Manager, Applied Science As we slowly exit the COVID-19 pandemic, markets will begin to open bringing rise to the need for labor, more importantly, skilled labor. In preparation, we, as a community, need to understand how the labor market has changed and if the change will remain permanent. Many industries

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Director’s Message: Celebrating Economic Development Week

May 6, 2021

Next week, May 9 through May 15, marks International Economic Development Week, which was created and initiated by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). At OEV, we are excited to celebrate this week by bringing awareness to the local advancement opportunities that aim to strengthen our local economy. On Monday, May 10, I am happy

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Leon County Schools Looking to Increase Opportunities for Small Businesses

May 5, 2021

Shanea Wilks, Senior Coordinator Last week, the Leon County School Board (LCS) approved changes to their small business criteria to align more closely with OEV’s and the Office of Supplier Diversity’s Small Business Enterprise (SBE) criteria. As a direct result, small businesses working with the State, City, County, Blueprint, and LCS will now follow the

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Upcoming Events
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June 29, 2022

The Minority, Women, and Small Business Enterprise (MWSBE) Citizen’s Advisory Committee (CAC) explores strategies for engaging and empowering MWSBEs to meet goals identified in the Economic Development Strategic Plan. This citizen-led committee provides critical input, oversight, and transparency toward OEV’s MWSBE goal attainment, and will form subcommittees and a task force to determine milestones and

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August 24, 2022

The Economic Vitality Leadership Council is responsible for meeting quarterly to increase the community’s competitiveness across the six economic development initiatives, provide advice upon implementation of the strategic plan, encourage collaboration across all sectors of the community, and recommend improvements to improve competitiveness.