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This page is organized by the Open Book team in a good faith effort to provide

Tallahassee's small business owners and entrepreneurs with the resources

and information they need to build successful -and sustainable- businesses

for our economy.

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The following list is by no means comprehensive; it is merely a compilation of the best business resources that the contribution team have personally experienced. Please visit the following resources for more comprehensive listings:

-          Jim Moran Institute’s list of External Resources (http://jmi.fsu.edu/Services/External-Resources)

-          Tallahassee Business Resources (www.tallahasseebusinessresources.com)

-          Pick up a copy of the Capital City Black Pages; visit www.capitalcityblackpages.com or call for locations.

 

Advertising and Graphic Branding

 

David Holloway-Boyd Design

Translating client ideas into tangible products.

 

Managing Partner(s)

David Holloway-Boyd

 

Services Provided

Brand Development and Marketing

Graphic Design

Public Relations

 

www.dhollowayboyddesign.com

David@dhollowayboyddesign.com

 

Kinchlow & Co. Small Business Consulting

Providing advertising, marketing, public relations and small business consulting.

 

Managing Partner(s)

Gina Kinchlow

 

308 Willis Road
Tallahassee, FL   32303
850.656.1851
www.kinchlowandco.com 

gina@kinchlowandco.com

 

NP Media Productions

NP Media Productions offers a variety of professional creative video services to fit any production need, including videography, interviewing, commercials and promotional videos.

 

Managing Partner(s)

Nikki P

 

Services Provided

Commercials

Interviewing

Promotional Videos

Videography

 

786.383.5921

www.npmediaprod.com

Npmediaproductions@yahoo.com

 

 

Bookkeeping and Accounting

 

Jefferson-Holmes

Jefferson Holmes, LLC is a full-service professional services firm, which seeks to provide affordable high-quality accounting, financial, tax, and operational assistance to meet the demanding needs of businesses, organizations, and individuals throughout the United States.

 

Managing Partner(s)

Andre Holmes, CPA- President/Managing Member

Ivan D. Holmes, Director of Consulting and Operations

 

Services Provided

Auditing and Assurance Services

Accounting & Write-Up Services

Tax Services

Business Consulting

 

Tallahassee Office:

2019 Centre Pointe Blvd.

Suite 102

Tallahassee, FL 32308

(850) 364-8247 Phone

(850) 727-4153 Fax

www.jeffersonholmes.com

info@jeffersonholmes.com

 

Henry Jarvis

As an up-to-date business, we partner with our clients to help ensure their continued success. We envision ourselves as an extension of our client’s company, tailoring our services to fit their needs and expectations. Our mission is to provide affordable financial services to independent companies and individuals.  It is our GOAL to provide the best accounting and income tax service with top quality, accuracy, timeliness, and superb customer services to clients in the Southeastern part of the United States. We have over 20 years of experience, with a Certified Public Accountant and a Notary Public on staff.

 

 

 

 

Managing Partner(s)

Will Henry, Chief Executive Officer

Patricia Jarvis, Chief Financial Officer

 

Services Provided

Auditing

Bookkeeping

Grant Writing

New Business Start-Up

Notary

Non-Profit Services

Project Management

Tax Preparation Services

 

1500 Capital Circle SE, Suite 4
Tallahassee, FL 32301

850.412.9257                                                   

www.henryjarvis.com


 

Business Consulting Services

 

7 Mile Enterprises

7 Mile Enterprises is a strategic branding firm offering consulting services for non-profit and for-profit entities that result in making them more marketable, and thus more profitable.

 

Managing Partner(s)

Maurice Hall

 

Services Provided

Strategic Marketing

Strategic Plan Development

Team Building

Training Workshops

 

850.629.8758

Maurice@7MileEnterprises.com

 

Concept Creative Consulting

Concept Creative Consulting takes comprehensive and innovative approach to start-up and small business success.

 

Managing Partner(s)

LaTanya White, MBA

 

Services Provided

Concept Development

Consumer Behavior Analysis

Financial Assumptions

Financial Projections

New Media Marketing Plans

Sourcing Start-Up Capital

Servant Leadership Placement

Target Market Demographics

 

www.latanyawhite.biz

latanya@latanyawhite.biz 

 

Elite Business Solutions

Elite Business Strategies portfolio is designed to provide consulting services to private sector and non-profit businesses. From helping entrepreneurs define their business plans to improve their chances for obtaining future funding, to creating concrete marketing deliverables to promote their original ideas, Elite Business Strategies seeks to help our clients at various stages of development.

 

Managing Partner(s)

Princess Ousley, MBA

Cathy White

 

Services Provided

Financial Planning

Human Resources

Infrastructure

Marketing

Strategic Planning

 

504-A Capital Circle SE

Tallahassee, FL 32301

800.521.9056

Princess.Ousley@ebsleaders.com

 

Kinchlow & Co. Small Business Consulting

Providing advertising, marketing, public relations and small business consulting.

 

Managing Partner(s)

Gina Kinchlow, MBA

 

308 Willis Road
Tallahassee, FL   32303
850.656.1851
www.kinchlowandco.com 

gina@kinchlowandco.com

 

 

Copy, Printing & Mailbox Services

Copyright Copies

The primary focus is to ensure your copy and printing projects are completed ON TIME and CORRECTLY the first time!

 

Southwood Publix Shopping Center 
3551 Blairstone Road, Suite 105
Tallahassee, FL 32301 

850.878.6009 

order@copyrightcopies.net
 

UPS Store #2281

Whether you are another small business like us that needs help, or simply someone that needs professional printing, customized packaging and shipping solutions, a mailbox for us to handle your mail and package receiving, or even shipping large freight items like cars or antiques, this staff can help.

 

Managing Parnter(s)

Clayt Thompson, Owner/Operator

 

Services Provided

Faxing

Office and Mailing Supplies

Mailbox Services

Notary

Professionals Printing

Small Business Solutions

 

1700 N Monroe St, Suite 11
Tallahassee, FL 32303

850.224.9969

www.theupsstorelocal.com/2281

store2281@theupsstore.com

Facilities/Office Space

 

Regus

When you’re just starting out, you need a business image that can give you the image you need to compete. Whether you need a private or shared office, a virtual office or just some extra support, Regus can help you – and at a price that won't eat into your cash flow.

 

113 South Monroe Street

1st Floor

Tallahassee, Florida, 32301

850.201.7100

http://www.regus.com/office-space/florida/tallahassee

 

Summit East

A high technology and high-amenity "SMART" campus supporting forward-thinking companies and their employees in the 21st century. Summit East was created to provide a new kind of workplace - an innovative, employee-centric environment that actively supports and enhances the satisfaction, productivity and success of not only companies, but also just as importantly, the professionals who make these businesses successful.

 

2073 Summit Lake Drive, Suite 155
Tallahassee, FL 32317
850.219.5300
www.summiteast.com

 

TCC Downtown at the Capitol

Business suites, meeting rooms, exhibit space and classrooms are sure to meet the needs of any organization, all within an exceptional setting in the heart of Florida's capital city.

 

Chris Burney

300 West Pensacola Street 
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850.201.7662

burneyc@tcc.fl.edu.

 

 

Health and Wellness

AFLAC Supplemental Insurance

Major medical pays for doctors and hospitals; AFLAC insurance is for daily living. AFLAC can help provide you with coverage and security to help maintain your everyday life in case of injury or illness.

 

Services and Products (Policies)

Accident

Cancer/Specified-Disease

Critical Care & Recovery

Dental

Hospital Confinement Indemnity

Hospital Confinement Sickness Indemnity

Hospital Intensive Care

Juvenile Life

Life

 

Miriam Watkins

1117 N Gadsden Street

Tallahassee, FL 32303

850.224.2204

 

Bond Community Health Center

Bond Community health Center's leadership is devoted to promoting the well being of our Human Capital through a comprehensive health and stress reduction perspective involving the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual domains.

 

1720 South Gadsden Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32301
850.576.4073
www.bondchc.com

info@bondchc.com

 

Florida Blue

Helping people and communities achieve better health. Whether you're looking for a plan that covers the "big stuff," or one that can help you manage everyday health care expenses, we've got you covered. Even better, we're here to help you find the plan that meets your needs and your budget—easily.

 

Products and Services (Insurance)

Accident

Critical Illness

Dental

Health

Hospital Care

Life

 

2116 Apalachee Parkway

Tallahassee, FL 32301

877.352.5830

www.floridabluecenters.com/tallahassee

 

 

Capital Regional Medical Center

Offering Business Health Solutions, an employee wellness program, to small and start-up businesses that include personal health assessments.

 

Screening Services Provided

Blood Pressure

Emotional Health

Height

Weight

 

Mary Waller

2626 Capital Medical Blvd
Tallahassee, FL 32308
850.325.5000

www.capitalregionalmedicalcenter.com

mary.waller@hcahealthcare.com

 

 

Human Resources and Professional Training

Center for Public Computing and Workforce Development

The center is a public resource managed and operated by FAMU and is a highly resourced public computer center with state of the art computing and telecommunications technology.

 

1600 Wanish Way
M. S. Thomas Building, Suite 100
Tallahassee, FL 32307

www.famu.edu/cpcwd

 

Dress for Success of Tallahassee

The mission of Dress for Success is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. 

 

2901 E. Park Avenue

Tallahassee, FL 32301

www.dressforsuccess.org/tallahassee

 

Entrepreneurial Excellence Program

The Entrepreneurial Excellence Program provides valuable advice to early stage start-up businesses and entrepreneurs as they navigate through the vulnerable stages of business development. A team of local business experts, researchers and specialists help increase the chance of success in the market by providing insight into:

 

Effective Business Models

Team Development

Legal Foundations

Marketing Strategies

Funding Insight

Entrepreneurial Experiences

 

Larry Lynch
Director, Entrepreneurial Excellence Program
850.521.3111

http://innovation-park.com/entrepreneurial-excellence-program/

LCRDA@inn-park.com

 

GrantSpace

See Startup Capital- GrantSpace

 

Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce

The Tallahassee Chamber’s mission is to enhance the business climate of Florida’s Capital city, while ensuring economic prosperity and improving the quality of life enjoyed by its citizens. The focus of the Chamber is, and has always been, making Tallahassee a better place to live by helping build successful businesses that provide jobs, support families and give back to the community. 

 

115 N. Calhoun Street

Tallahassee

Florida 32301

850. 224.8116

www.talchamber.com

 

Jim Moran Institute

The mission of The Jim Moran Institute is to cultivate, train and inspire entrepreneurial leaders through world-class education, leading-edge research and applied training, consulting and mentorship, and public recognition.

 

Programs and Resources

Advice Straight Up

CEO Peer 2 Peer Groups

Community Business Network

Fellows Program

Small Business Executive Program

 

Mike Campbell

Director of North Florida Outreach

850.644.3372

mscampbell@fsu.edu

 

Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center at Florida A&M University (SBDC) works with existing and startup small businesses to help them grow and compete in today’s global economy. SBDCs are available to provide assistance during every phase of the business life cycle. The improvements that result from the direct support of client’s activities lead to job creation, investments, and economic growth for communities throughout northwest Florida.

 

2035 East Paul Dirac Drive

Morgan Building, Innovation Park

Suite 130-140
Tallahassee, Florida 32310
850.599.3407 

www.sbdcfamu.org

 

TCC Workforce Development Center

TCC's Business and Professional Development Program meets the strategic and management needs of the business professional. Our courses are taught by top industry practitioners and leading academic instructors. Courses may be taken individually to sharpen working knowledge or as part of a comprehensive certificate program. TCC offers a variety of both open enrollment courses and customized training opportunities for area business.

 

TCC Workforce Development

444 Appleyard Drive

850.201.8760

https://www.tcc.fl.edu/Current/Academics/WorkforceDevelopment/Pages/default.aspx

workforce@tcc.fl.edu

 

Workforce Plus

WORKFORCE plus provides comprehensive employment and workforce services for our region. WORKFORCE plus recognizes the challenges that public and private organizations face every day. The Center for Business and Employer Services gives employers access to local workforce solutions and statewide services in one location. Business Consultants are available to assistant in recruitment, interviewing, job matching and screening. WORKFORCE plus offers computer labs and meeting space for employers to use to conduct trainings, meetings, presentations and as well as many other needs. 

 

2525 S Monroe St #3A  

Tallahassee, FL 32301
850. 922.0023

www.wfplus.org

 

 

Marketing & Promotions

7 Mile Enterprises

7 Mile Enterprises is a strategic branding firm offering consulting services, branded apparel and promotional items for small businesses, non-profit organizations, school programs and personal items.

 

Managing Partner(s)

Maurice Hall

 

Services Provided

Branded Apparel

Promotional Items

Business Image Consulting

 

850.629.8758

Maurice@7MileEnterprises.com

 

MarketDone

MarketDone is owned by Deanna Mims, marketing consultant, qualifying marketing coach and frequent speaker.  She is passionate about helping new entrepreneurs, small businesses and non-profit associations clarify their marketing message and connect with their target market.  By utilizing techniques from marketing, communications, public relations, networking, coaching and training, Mims works collaboratively with businesses to connect with their niche market to increase sales, while giving back to the community.

 

Managing Partner(s)

Deanna Mims

 

Services Provided

Advertising

Coaching

Marketing

Networking

Public Relations

Social Media

 

850.425.5240

www.marketdone.com

dmims@marketdone.com

 

 

Networking Opportunities

Access Florida Finance

www.accessfloridafinance.com

 

Access Tallahassee

www.accesstallahassee.com

 

Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce

www.mybbmc.com

 

Business and Professional Women

www.bpwtallahassee.com

 

Circle of Wealth

www.circle-of-wealth.com

 

Council on Culture and Arts

www.morethanyouthought.com

 

Network of Young Professionals

www.tallahasseenyp.com

 

Tallahassee-Leon County Economic Development Council

www.taledc.com

 

Tallahassee Grapevine

www.tallahasseegrapevine.com

 

You Can Women In Business International

www.youcanwomeninbiz.com

 

Young Entrepreneurs Council of the Big Bend Minority Chamber

http://mybbmc.org/programs/young-entrepreneurs-council/

 

 

Start-Up Capital (Grants, Loans and Competitions)

Access Florida Finance

Access Florida Finance Corporation’s (AFFC) mission is to provide Access To Capital and technical assistance to black, rural and small businesses throughout Florida and the nation. AFFC will foster Economic Development and job creation by use of Federal, State and private Community Based Programs and in coordination with our strategic alliances.

 

AFFC provides the following services to Florida’s black, rural and small business owner:

Business Plan Competition

Direct Loans- Access Florida Finance Black Business Loan Program

Loan Guarantees

Technical Assistance

Venture Capital

See more at: http://www.accessfloridafinance.com/about-us/#sthash.sW0301pO.dpuf

 

2623 Blairstone Road

Tallahassee, FL 32301

Tel: 850-765-0375

Fax: 850-270-1122

www.accessfloridafinance.com

info@AccessFloridaFinance.com

 

GrantSpace

GrantSpaceSM, a service of the Foundation Center, offers information and resources that are specifically designed to meet the needs of nonprofits worldwide in need of know-how for securing funding and operating effective organizations.

GrantSpaceSM is the place to:

EXPLORE in-depth content
ENGAGE with a community of peers and experts
ENERGIZE  fundraising efforts

 

At GrantSpaceSM, you can:

View video recordings of live discussions with funders

Listen to podcasts featuring experts in the field

Find answers to your questions from the Knowledge Base

Ask us! Connect right now with an information professional

Get information about opportunities in your field of interest

Increase your expertise in fundraising and management

Attend training and events, in-person and online

See what's happening on the calendar

Register to rate content, leave comments, and join the forum

Find us at one of the 460+ free funding information centers

 

Main Office: New York
79 Fifth Avenue/16th Street
New York, NY 10003-3076 
212.620.4230 
foundationcenter.org/newyork

 

Regional Offices: Atlanta
50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 150 
Atlanta, GA 30303-2914 
404.880.0094 
foundationcenter.org/atlanta

 

 

Other Resources

Books

The Art of the Start (G. Kawasaki)

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Your Competition Irrelevant (W. C. Kim, R. Mauborgne)

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers and Challengers (A. Osterwalder, Y. Pigneur)

Delivering Happiness- A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose (T. Hseish)

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What To Do About It (M. Gerber)

How To Win Friends and Influence People (D. Carnegie)

Platform: Get Noticed In a Noisy World (M. Hyatt)

Think and Grow Rich (N. Hill)

Who Owns The Ice House?: Eight Lessons From An Unlikely Entrepreneur (G. Schoeniger, C. Taulbert)

 

Conferences and Expos

Black Enterprise Entrepreneur Conference

Scheduled Annually in May, Location Varies

http://www.blackenterprise.com/events/entrepreneurs-conference/

 

Black Enterprise Women of Power Conference

Scheduled Annually in March, Location Varies

http://www.blackenterprise.com/events/women-of-power-summit/

 

Essence Music Festival Empowerment Conference

Scheduled Annually in July, New Orleans, LA

http://www.essence.com/festival/schedule/speaker

 

Jacob Chapel Business Expo

Scheduled Annual in June, Jacob Chapel Tallahassee

https://www.facebook.com/JacobChapelBaptistChurch

 

Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Conference

Scheduled Annually in August, Location Varies

http://talchamber.com/events/annual-chamber-conference/

 

National Sales Network Conference

Scheduled Annually in August, Location Varies

http://conference.salesnetwork.org/

 

South By Southwest (SXSW)

Scheduled Annually in March, Austin, TX

http://sxsw.com/

 

Urban League National Conference

Scheduled Annually in July, Location Varies

http://www.iamempowered.com/article/2012/11/21/2013-national-urban-league-conference

 

Online Resources

American Express OPEN Forum

https://www.openforum.com/yourbusinesstv/

 

CEO Blog Nation

http://ceoblognation.com/

 

Kauffman Foundation for Entrepreneurship Education

http://www.kauffman.org/

 

Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour

http://www.extremetour.org/

 

Start-Up Weekend

http://startupweekend.org/

 

Start-Up America

http://www.s.co

 

Young, Fabulous and Self-Employed (YFS)

http://yfsentrepreneur.com/

 

Magazines

Black Enterprise Magazine

http://www.blackenterprise.com/

 

Entrepreneur Magazine

http://www.entrepreneur.com/

 

Fast Company Magazine

http://www.fastcompany.com/

 

Inc. Magazine

http://www.inc.com/

 

 

 

 

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Business License Information:  (850) 487-1395 or apply online at www.myfloridalicense.com.

Business Name:  (850) 245-6058; www.sunbiz.org.

City License: (850) 891-6488; www.talgov.com.

Corporate Income Tax:  1-800-352-3671; dor.myflorida.com.

Department of Agriculture:  (850) 922-2966; www.doacs.state.fl.us.

Employer Identification Number:  (850) 942-8995 or 1-800-829-4933; www.irs.gov/.

Federal Income Tax Withholding and Social Security Tax:  1-800-829-4933; www.irs.gov/.

Federal Unemployment Tax:  1-800-829-4933; www.irs.gov/.

Incorporation:  (850) 245-6052; www.sunbiz.org.

New Employee Hire Reporting Requirements:  (850) 656-3343; https://newhire.state.fl.us/

Sales Tax Certificates:  1-800-352-3671; dor.myflorida.com.

State License:  (850) 487-1395

State Unemployment Tax: 1-800-352-3671, www.myflorida.com.

Workers' Compensation:  (850) 413-1601; www.myfloridacfo.com/wc/.

Zoning:  (850) 891-6400; www.talgov.com/planning/.

 


 

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Open Book is focused on arming and educating minorities and other socially-disadvantaged classes with the insight and information needed to build sustainable business operations. In our experience, we have seen that sustainable businesses are innovative businesses. Innovation is risky but we want to take as much of the risk out your innovative business venture as possible. It is our belief that “The Key to Innovation Is No Secret…It’s An Open Book”.

 

Why an ‘open book’? Symbolically, an open book represents manifestation. You may have a notebook or journal where you jot down all your ideas, your dreams and your aspirations. But after we write them down, what do we do? We close the book! Interestingly enough, closed books symbolize dreams. The open book was chosen to demonstrate our commitment in helping to manifest your dreams- to making them not just your reality, but ours as well. We are committed to your success and look forward to seeing your dreams manifest.