Best Small Business Resources in the Tallahassee Area

Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Florida has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Tallahassee area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Florida.

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Business Innovation Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Description

The Business Innovation Center acts as a point of contact for local entrepreneurs seeking to launch a new business. Interested entrepreneurs can schedule a discovery session with an analyst to talk about your business opportunity and local resources that can help. Clients of the BIC benefit from networking with local organizations and guided help through the startup process.

Restrictions

There is a fee to be a part of BIC’s entrepreneur program.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

5230 West U.S. Highway 98
Panama City, FL 32401
850-913-2904
info@bicpc.org


Collins Main Library

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Research

Accepts Walks In

Description

The Collins Main Library has a small business center located on the 2nd floor, offering access to research databases on industries and markets. Accessible databases include Morningstar, LexisNexis, and DemographicsNow.

Restrictions

Entrepreneurs must be located in Leon county and have a library card to access services.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

200 West Park Ave.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-606-2665

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON-THURS: 10am - 9pm

FRI:10am - 6pm

SAT: 10am - 5pm

SUN: 1pm - 6pm


Domi Station

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Coworking

Description

Domi offers a 6-month incubator program for promising startups. The program provides mentorship, 24/7 co-working space access, and networking for a $600 fee. Aside from incubating, Domi Station also provides a regular coworking space available to any aspiring entrepreneur. Domi Station hosts frequent entrepreneurial events, featuring speakers from successful local entrepreneurs.

Restrictions

There is a fee required to access the co-working space.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

914 Railroad Ave.
Tallahassee, FL 32310
getstarted@domistation.com


Entrepreneurial Excellence Program

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Description

The Entrepreneurial Excellence Program is hosted at the Innovation Park of Tallahassee, offering a 10-week program designed to teach the skills needed to develop a concept and bring it to market. Notable sessions include a “Shark Tank” pitch day and a final business presentation to established entrepreneurs. The program costs $200 for a team of two to participate.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1736 West Paul Dirac Dr.
Tallahassee, FL 32310
850- 570-0560
lcrda@inn-park.com


SBDC at Florida A&M University Tallahassee

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2035 E Paul Dirac Drive, Morgan Building. Innovation Park
Tallahassee, FL 32310


Tallahassee SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.