County Celebrates "Entrepreneurial" Month

By: Leon County Email
By: Leon County Email

Press Release: Leon County

TALLAHASSEE – The Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, Inc. (EDC), in partnership with Leon County Government, is celebrating November as Entrepreneurial Month and highlighting events, organizations and initiatives that promote entrepreneurism in the community. More than 20 events from 11 different partner organizations and universities are scheduled during E-Month, with a complete listing available at taledc.com/emonth. The EDC is a program of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and helps establish a competitive business environment resulting in job creation by focusing on three areas of economic development: fostering entrepreneurialism, business retention/expansion and project recruitment.

“The EDC recognizes the importance that entrepreneurism plays in the success of our economy at the national, state and local levels, and we want to properly recognize those people and organizations that are the heart and soul of it,” said Ben Pingree, EDC VP of Business Retention/Expansion & Public Policy. “Working closely with our economic development partners at Leon County, we’re excited about the different opportunities people will have throughout the month to learn more about the incredible ideas, research and creativity that can be found in our community.”

November is recognized nationally as Entrepreneur Month, and the local E-Month events highlight and celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit that is the foundation of the region’s economy. Recently, increased focus has been placed across the community on strengthening the region’s entrepreneurial network, including a laser focus at the EDC on growing programming internally and building collaborative networks in support of small business growth. In conjunction with Leon County Government, the EDC has taken a lead role in championing public awareness and engagement for the many activities across the community for this purpose. In addition to the E-Month webpage, the EDC has also created marketing collateral, flyers and public presentations to highlight programs and events from its different economic development partners in an effort to help promote each event and the month as a whole.

“Entrepreneurism is the foundation of our nation’s economy, and thanks to the efforts of the EDC, our community is shining the proper spotlight on those community partners, institutions of higher learning and start-up companies which play such a vital role in its success,” said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long.

The list of organizations hosting events includes:
· Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce
· The Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County
· First Commerce Credit Union
· Florida A&M University
· The Florida State University
· Imagine Tallahassee
· The Jim Moran Institute
· Leon County Government
· Leon County Public Schools
· Making Awesome
· Railroad Square
· WORKFORCE Plus

A comprehensive and downloadable schedule of events can be found at taledc.com/emonth.

About the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, Inc.
The Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, Inc. (EDC) is a public/private partnership between the City, County and private investors who are committed to creating jobs and building a stronger business community. By connecting the private sector, education and local government, the EDC helps join forces to foster entrepreneurialism, advance local businesses, grow targeted industry sectors and attract innovative companies to our area. Through product development, marketing, research, technical and business assistance, management of special incentives and zones, and establishment and oversight of industry sector initiatives that strengthen the competitive advantage of the region, the EDC is aggressively serving the needs of regional employers and creating an opportunity for our graduates and our children to stay in Tallahassee.

About Leon County Government
As home to Florida’s capitol, Leon County is a welcoming, diverse, healthy, and vibrant community, recognized as a great place to live, work and raise a family. Residents and visitors alike enjoy the stunning beauty of the unspoiled natural environment and a rich array of educational, recreational, cultural and social offerings for people of all ages. Leon County government is a responsible steward of the community’s precious resources, the catalyst for engaging citizens, community, business and regional partners, and a provider of efficient services, which balance economic, environmental, and quality of life goals.


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