GrowFL’s exclusive strategic research offering to be expanded to include The Jim Moran Institute’s CEO Peer2Peer program, allowing second-stage businesses to receive unprecedented assistance and enhancing local entrepreneurism.
Tallahassee, FL – The Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County (EDC) is collaborating with GrowFL and The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship to offer a unique and engaging opportunity for second-stage businesses to utilize the valuable market research tools and other resources of all three organizations. This new offering, the first of its kind in the Tallahassee region, allows those companies which meet the GrowFL qualifications to also participate in a special version of The Jim Moran Institute’s CEO Peer2Peer Program.
“As the local economic development organization, we are proud to do our part to cultivate growth in our region by bringing together two valuable entrepreneurial programs to assist qualified local businesses,” said Kara Palmer Smith, Director of Business Development for the EDC. “Through this new approach, our businesses will receive access to high-end, quick-response strategic research and business resources coupled with a structured and confidential peer-to-peer group for executives.”
“The Economic Development Council is always exploring new ways to enhance our region’s entrepreneurial programs and provide our local business owners with an opportunity to live their dream by providing them the tools, resources and opportunity to be successful,” said Karen Moore, Chairman of the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County.
This new approach maximizes GrowFL’s critical strategic research offering by putting the capabilities of a Fortune 500 company’s market research department in the hands of a second-stage business, while also allowing these businesses to participate in a special version of the Peer2Peer Program. Peer2Peer brings together CEOs from like type companies in non-competing industries in a structured and confidential environment to share best practices and resolve their business challenges.
“The Jim Moran Institute is excited to be a part of this unique format to help established companies grow their businesses and help the overall economy of the community,” said Michael Campbell, Director of North Florida Outreach for The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship.
GrowFL matches qualified businesses with a team of subject matter experts specializing in unique areas to analyze overall business strategy. Following an initial diagnostic conference call, each team member works virtually from across the state through an online collaboration tool to provide reports, recommendations and data lists to implement at the company’s own pace. The team is there to work on problems that the business identifies and to provide additional perspective on potential issues or opportunities that the business may not have seen.
“Taking second-stage businesses to the next level is our goal, and this collaboration with The Jim Moran Institute and the EDC is a great opportunity for us to provide enhanced opportunities by collaborating with similar entrepreneurially-focused organizations,” said Tammie Nemecek, Director of Partner Development for GrowFL. “We look forward to seeing how this partnership can help companies become successful, create jobs and support Florida’s economic environment.”
Any second-stage companies interested in applying for this unique program should visit taledc.com to learn more about qualifications and participation requirements of the program.
About the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, Inc.
The Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, Inc. (EDC) is a division of the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and 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 The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
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. Institute faculty and staff provide students, faculty, entrepreneurs, and business owners the tools and expertise necessary to develop strategies that establish and sustain advantages for businesses in today’s competitive marketplace and to creatively pursue new opportunities and innovations involving the startup of new business ventures.
GrowFL provides strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth. By supporting companies with Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening – to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state – GrowFL is the program of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida and is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. During the pilot program from 2009-2011, GrowFL helped more than 400 companies create 1,400 new jobs and had an annual economic impact of $510.4 million. At the beginning of 2013, that number has grown to nearly 700 companies supported by GrowFL. Website: growfl.com.