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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 […]

Despite Pandemic, Multi-Family Residential Development Remains Relatively Strong in Tallahassee

T.J. Lewis, Business Development Manager For the first quarter of 2021, nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic, new data shows that apartment developers have drawn back on multi-family activity nationwide. Currently in the United States, 565,000 apartments are under construction compared to more than 700,000 at this point in 2020. Large declines have been […]

Tallahassee Businesses Take Home Paycheck Protection Program

Richard Fetchick, Business Intelligence Manager The Covid-19 pandemic created a fast-acting recession with immediate impacts to employment and business bottom lines. Unlike the 2008 sub-prime mortgage crisis, Leon County’s employment dipped by 20,000 in April 2020 – just the second month of the crisis – whereas employment hit its low point following the sub-prime crisis […]

Director’s Message: Entrepreneurship Drives Economic Vitality

April 8, 2021

From driving innovation to promoting social change, entrepreneurship plays a major role in the economy of our city, state, and nation. Entrepreneurship enhances economic growth, creates job opportunities, and enables new markets to be developed through the unique offerings of new goods and services. Great innovators have the ability to change the world for the […]

DataTALKS Explained: Tallahassee-Leon County Graduate Retention

Dan Lucas, Division Coordinator Tallahassee’s universities have a constant flow of incoming students and outgoing graduates. Florida State University and Florida A&M University together account for around 80% of the 65,000 students enrolled in higher education in Leon County. According to data from the Board of Governors of the State University System of Florida, about […]

The Intellectual Capital

Drew Dietrich, Deputy Director Tallahassee is known for many things – endless outdoor adventures, Southern Hospitality, unrivaled festivals, and you guessed it, college football. But hiding just beneath the surface is a little known truth – there’s an awful lot of knowledgeable and skilled people walking around. In 2020, Tallahassee ranked as the 17th most […]

MWSBE Spotlight: Kitschy Wearable Art

March 4, 2021

Chrissy Souders is a woman of multiple talents, a seasoned broadcast journalist and innovative founder of Kitschy Wearable Art. Her collaborative spirit and unique eye for new trends made her a natural for Women Wednesdays, a local grassroots initiative to make Tallahassee a #1City4Women. When COVID19 hit, she jumped into action to transform Women Wednesdays’ […]

Re-Entry: A Key Point for Business Innovation

Richard Fetchick, Business Intelligence Manager In an effort to improve the re-entry pipeline for the formerly incarnated, Leon County Government and the Office of Economic Vitality partnered with MIT Sloan School of Management-USA Lab. This study included housing, transportation, counseling, and career opportunities. From the USA Lab Partnership, the importance of connecting re-entering citizens to […]

Big Bend Manufacturers Association Update

Kevin Gehrke, Business Development Manager, Applied Science Happy March everyone!  I am pleased to announce that this first quarter has been very successful for the recently Big Bend Manufacturers Association (BBMA). We have filled our board with the addition of the heads of two successful local manufacturing organizations and a local accounting firm. These members have […]

Director’s Message: Celebrating Women-Owned Businesses

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Office of Economic Vitality (OEV) recognizes the many women-owned businesses here in our community. We celebrate the accomplishments of women and women-owned businesses, and I am excited to share their stories of doing business right here in Tallahassee-Leon County. I love what Barbara Wescott, Founder of Women Wednesdays, […]

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September 29, 2022

Leon County and the City of Tallahassee created the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency in accordance with Florida Statutes Section 163.01(7). The Intergovernmental Agency Board of Directors comprised of the Leon County Board of County Commissioners and the Tallahassee City Commission provides leadership of the Blueprint Intergovernmental Agency and implements the programs and projects of the Office […]

October 4, 2022

As small and minority businesses prepare to learn from and emerge stronger in the post-pandemic world, business owners must reimagine new and innovative ways to manage marketing and selling their products and services. The procurement boot camp will provide your business the resources needed to pivot and start selling your products and services to government […]