Register for the third annual Tallahassee Black Business Expo!
Save the date! The Tallahassee Black Business Expo is back on February 24! Discover amazing products and services, network with entrepreneurs, and celebrate the achievements of our Black business community! Watch the video below to learn more!
Tallahassee Black Business Expo
Saturday, February 24
12:00 – 4:00 pm
1105 E Lafayette St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Diving into the Shark Tank at the 10th Annual Power Forward Speaker Series
The OEV team had an unforgettable time in the Shark Tank at the tenth annual Power Forward Speaker Series on January 30! The event featured two world-renowned entrepreneurs—Barbara Corcoran and Robert Herjavec, of ABC’s “Shark Tank” fame.
Here are some of our key takeaways:
Virtue over venture: resilience can make or break a great business idea—or turn a weak one into something special. The key ingredient is you!
✅ It takes a village: the real competitive advantage is having a strong team and, more importantly, knowing where your players perform best.
Leap, but look over the ledge first: you can’t reach new heights without risk-taking, but the jump shouldn’t be terrifying—be sure to research, assess, and get a lay of the land.
Last but not least, the #FLCapital4Biz community is a group of lifelong learners, and we’re growing stronger every day!
WaWa Tallahassee Community Partnership Event & Groundbreaking
We celebrated the groundbreaking for the new Tallahassee WaWa location with a Community Partnership Event! Check out the video below for highlights!
Tallahassee Cost of Living 7% Below Average in 2023
The Council for Community and Economic Research (C2ER) recently released the 2023 Annual Average Cost of Living Index (COLI). COLI measures regional differences in the cost of consumer goods and services like grocery items, healthcare, and housing for professional and managerial households in the top 20% of income (excluding taxes and non-consumer expenditures). This research tool allows OEV to make accurate cost-of-living comparisons between Tallahassee-Leon County and other COLI-participating urban areas across the United States.
For 2023, the Tallahassee urban area had an overall composite index of 93.0, or 7% below the average cost of living for all 276 participating urban areas. Based on the communities listed in OEV’s Competitiveness Report, the 93.0 index put Tallahassee in the middle of the Comparative Communities and less expensive than most other Capital Communities.
2023 Composite Index for Comparative Communities
2023 Composite Index for Other Capital Communities
Tallahassee-Leon County's Manufacturing Ecosystem to be Featured in Spring Issue of 850 Magazine
Tallahassee-Leon County's vibrant Manufacturing Ecosystem takes center stage in the upcoming Spring Issue of
850 Magazine. Discover the dynamic innovations, skilled workforce, and economic impact that make our community a manufacturing powerhouse.
from Our Partners
Domi Station Black History Month Celebration
Join Domi Station, COCA, and Visit Tallahassee on Friday, February 2nd, for the First Friday Stop at the Station to showcase the incredible talents of four local African American vendors in celebration of Black History Month.
Enjoy an evening of live music at the Visitor Center & Domi Station, shopping and refreshments, celebrate culture, and support our local business owners! Attendees can receive a free bag of popcorn provided by the Tallahassee Film Society while supplies last.
At the Visitor Information Center & Gift Shop: Live music performances by the Longineu Parsons and Michael Bakan Global Tones Duo. Peruse hand-poured candles by Perfect Synergy, and take home a selection of Marie’s Jams Jellies and Herb’s sweet and spicy condiments…made with love from regional fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Indulge your sweet tooth with Decadent Delights Cupcakes. DJ Demp will join the event with honey lollipops, keychains, cups, stickers, and honey.
At Domi Station: Live music performance by pianist John Basheers. Vendors include Wild Hippie Cosmetics, Luvembroidery, Hygge Rugs, Radiance by Rebekah, and Keisha Kreations. Premier Portraiture by Matthew Borman will take free Valentine headshot photos, Sweety Eaties serving wings, empanadas, and more, and a beer and wine bar!
Don’t miss the 6 pm performance of the Capital Battery Drum Line!
Join the City of Tallahassee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) on the first Wednesday of every month for free coffee and light snacks. Learn more about the CRA, ongoing projects, and funding opportunities!
February 7, 2024
8:00 – 9:00 am
Challenger Learning Center
200 S Duval Street
Read Past Issues of the OEV Newsletter Online!
Delve into past issues of the OEV Newsletter to catch up on updates, insights, economic development initiatives, programs, and opportunities in Tallahassee-Leon County!
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