Entrepreneurial Excellence Program


The EDC’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Program provides valuable advice to early-stage start-up businesses and entrepreneurs as they navigate through the vulnerable stages of business development.

In this ten-class course, 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


Course Schedule

Each class is held at TCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center, from 5:30-9:00 p.m.

  • Class I:  Monday, March 21, 2016 | Developing Successful Business Ideas
    Is your business concept an idea or truly an opportunity? Learn how to tell the difference. Learn how to analyze the opportunity to develop an effective business model.
    Instructor: Doug Tatum, FSU Jim Moran Institute
  • Class II:  Thursday, March 24, 2016 | Marketing Strategies and Effective Sales
    No matter how beneficial your product or service is, if you don’t know who your customers are and communicate your message in an effective way to get their attention, you won’t have sales.
    Instructors: Sean Doughtie, President, Taproot Creative and Pat Pellentino, FSU Sales Institute
  • Class III:  Wednesday, March 30, 2016 |Building a Strong Business Team
    The product or service you will offer is important. Even more important is the team you build – management, employees, board, investors and service providers. Learn how to build the best team possible to drive the success of your new venture.
    Instructor: David Faulkenberry, President, FBMC
  • Class IV:  Thursday, March 31, 2016 | Proper Legal/Intellectual Properties Foundations
    Many decisions are involved in establishing a new venture. Learn what the legal/intellectual properties options are and how they can affect your business growth.
    Instructor: Bill Hollimon, Hollimon P.A.
  • Class V:  Monday, April 4, 2016 | Funding & Financing
    You’ve analyzed the opportunity and have begun to build a team to drive success. You’ve written a great business plan. How do you secure the financial resources to make it all happen?
    Instructor: Michael Kramer, President, Desloge Home Oxygen
  • Class VI:  Wednesday, April 6, 2016 | Entrepreneurial Insights
    A panel of experienced entrepreneurs will share their insights “from the trenches.” What have they learned? What would they do differently? What is their advice to you?
    Instructor: Jim Dever, FSU JMI; Rick Kearney, Mainline Information Systems
  • Class VII:  Tuesday, April 12, 2016 | Local Support for Entrepreneurs
    A gathering of industry representatives in Tallahassee and its surrounding counties who actively support the work and development of local entrepreneurs
  • Class VIII:  Wednesday, April 13, 2016 | The EEP Shark Tank Experience
    You have seen the hit show on TV, now you will get to experience it LIVE! JT Burnette, a local serial entrepreneur, will be asking the very tough questions about your new business venture. It will be a wild night for sure.
    Instructor: JT Burnette, InkBridge, LLC
  • Final:  Tuesday, April 19, and Wednesday, April 20, 2016 | Business Presentations
    You will have the opportunity to make a presentation to a group of experienced entrepreneurs and get feedback about your business, market and financial opportunities.


  • COURSE FEE:  $400 for up to two individuals per company*
  • SIZE LIMITS:  Enrollment for each course is limited to the first 12 companies that qualify
  • LOCATION & TIME:  TCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Training Center | 5:30-9:00 p.m.
  • APPLICATION:  Apply online for the Entrepreneurial Excellence Program

* We strongly recommend that all individuals in management of the company participate together in the course.


“For four weeks I was surrounded by people who sincerely wanted me to succeed, who helped prepare me to do that, and who will continue making themselves available to me. I received the resources I needed when I needed them.” – Judd Butler, PortStar

“The course provided a new framework for how I view my business. It’s exciting to have a good idea, and the course provided encouragement while at the same time providing realistic ways to gauge whether my business plan was moving in the right direction.” – Greg Frost, Gulf Coast Tung Oil

“From beginning to end I gained valuable information that will certainly improve how I proceed with my PointCatcher concept. It is especially touching that people as accomplished as the teachers, who are surely very busy in your own right, made the time to share their valuable insight. By coming in to the class without an extensive background in business, the ability to gain so much information in a short amount of time was transforming.” — Barbara Wescott, PointCatcher, Inc.

For more information about the Entrepreneurial Excellence Program, contact:

Larry Lynch
Director, Entrepreneurial Excellence Program | (850) 570-0560


Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County