Tallahassee, FL. – As the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce strives to provide its members and the business community with the resources, tools and opportunities needed to thrive, the organization is adding two notable partnerships with Tallahassee Community College and the Small Business Development Center at FAMU to its offerings.
Understanding the importance of providing training solutions to improve the quality and skill set of employees, the Chamber will partner with Tallahassee Community College (TCC) on a Professional Development Series that will help members create an employee base in line with their needs.
“TCC wants to do its part to meet the needs of our existing businesses and non-profit providers,” said TCC President Jim Murdaugh. “Through this partnership, businesses will be able to help their teams gain knowledge, improve quality performance, increase productivity and succeed in today’s competitive business world.”
As sole provider of Employee Training Solutions for the Chamber, TCC will offer Chamber members the Professional Development Series comprised of complimentary classroom training each quarter, as well as a semester of online classes. Additional training will be available year-round with members receiving discounted prices on much sought after classes.
“We understand that in addition to the networking and advocacy that our member businesses receive, that they are also seeking tangible tools and resources,” said Sue Dick, president of the Chamber. “TCC’s training is offered in a variety of formats at multiple times, allowing members to choose the option that works best for their schedules.”
The Chamber has also identified the need for additional resources to support individuals who have questions or need assistance in starting or growing their businesses.
Through the Chamber’s partnership with the Small Business Development Center, the business community will receive free counseling services and workshops from a satellite location within the Chamber’s conveniently located downtown office. Personal counseling will cover topics that include business planning, financial analysis, marketing, accounting, cash flow projections and new business feasibility. Ongoing workshops will focus on topics ranging from social media tips and tax guidance, to non-profit solutions and general business advice.
“We want to help entrepreneurs and new business owners explore and evaluate their businesses and personal goals, then build comprehensive and thoughtful business plans that will assist in achieving these,” said Shawnta Friday-Stroud, dean of FAMU’s School of Business and Industry. “The SBDC also wants to help current businesses sustain and succeed by providing opportunities for continuous learning.”
TCC and SBDC will become part of the Chamber’s portfolio of partnerships and Chamber member benefits. Current partners include The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship that currently provides members with a Lunch & Learn series and confidential consultations with its associate director, Dr. Betty Presnel. The Big Bend Society for Human Resource Management (BBSHRM) will also continue to offer one-on-one expert HR advice to help protect companies and employees.
The business community will also continue to receive technical assistance and advocacy from Chamber affiliate, the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County (EDC). The EDC’s tools for elevating our community’s businesses are provided through its First Focus on Local Business initiative that offers retention and expansion support for local businesses, regardless of industry sector, including international business development support; technical assistance for companies that have grown past the startup phase and need more tools to grow; as well as roundtables to support targeted industry sectors that will provide for a diversified and sustainable regional economy.
For more information on the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and its member benefits, please call 850.224.8116, or visit www.TalChamber.com to explore the newly enhanced Business Resources portal.