Small Business Executive Program - Tallahassee


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Business Matters. It’s Time to Start Working ON Your Business and Put Business First!

Created to be a world-class learning experience that accommodates the busy schedule of small business owners, the Small Business Executive Program (SBEP) is ideal for CEOs, entrepreneurs, presidents of small businesses, and immediate successors of businesses. You will emerge a stronger leader ready to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management, and turn challenges into a strategic advantage.

Thanks to our supporters, this program is being offered at no cost to the accepted participants. 

Program Testimonials

"My time spent in this program gave me an opportunity to step back and review my business from another vantage point. The speakers were excellent and provided alternate ways of thinking about your business."
Terrill Parham
New South Systems, Inc.

2018 SBEP - Tallahassee Class VIII

The Tallahassee SBEP Class IX runs from August through November. All of the following sessions are mandatory attendance, and each selected applicant must confirm their ability to attend all sessions before formal acceptance into the program.

Applications are being accepted now through July 27, 2018. Please go to the application page to apply now for this upcoming class. Thank you for your interest in the Small Business Executive Program and committing to work "on" your business. 

August 20, 2018
Opening Reception
5:30 - 7 p.m.

August 21, 2018
First Class
1 - 5 p.m.

September 18, 2018
Second Class
1 - 5 p.m.

October 16, 2018
Third Class
1 - 5 p.m.

November 13, 2018
Fourth Class and Closing Reception
1 - 7 p.m.

Who Is Right for the Program

The SBEP is ideal for CEOs, presidents, business owners, successors and entrepreneurs of established companies (more than three years) with three or more employees. Candidates must be actively involved in running the business and be the decision makers. Selected companies will represent a broad range of industries and organizations that are like type, non-competing. This diversity maximizes your exposure to successful business practices and enables you to expand your professional network. Due to the high level of information that will be discussed, only one business per industry will be selected. Each participant will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement so any information shared by participants will be kept within the group. If your business is based in Florida, meets the criteria above, and you can attend all sessions, then we encourage you to apply.

Past Program Participants (PDF)

What You Can Expect

Presented over four months, the SBEP is designed to take into account your demanding schedule while enabling you to assess your company's position, develop long-term strategies, create practical action plans and connect with fellow business owners and members of the Jim Moran Institute’s network for advice and support.

What the Program Covers

The SBEP is focused on corporate growth and financial success. It is an unparalleled opportunity to enhance your business skills, innovate with other talented small business owners, and prepare for the new challenges that lie ahead. Whether you seek a more global perspective, better ways to seize opportunities, or greater insight into managing day-to-day operations, the SBEP can help you realize your company's potential - and your own. While examining business fundamentals, strategies and best practices from the perspective of a business leader and owner, you will explore a broad range of topics including:

  • Lean Business Model
  • Strategic Planning
  • Financing Your Growth
  • Marketing and Understanding your Market
  • Financial Analysis
  • Human Resources
  • Protecting your Creation
  • Technology
  • Exit Strategy & Succession Planning

Investment in the Future

In this intensive learning experience, you must be ready to challenge yourself and seek out new ideas. After each session, you will be expected to actively reflect on and apply what you have learned and to prepare to report at the next meeting what new ideas you are implementing. As a graduate of the Small Business Executive Program and by leveraging the best practices learned, you will be prepared to navigate your small business through the challenges ahead.

Relationships for Life

You and your peers will learn and work together, creating a powerful network that can last a lifetime. Small Business Executive Program graduates will be managed as alumni, afforded the opportunity to join a managed Peer2Peer group, and regularly invited to continuing workshops, conferences, and other events.

Community Partners



Prime Meridian Bank



The Krizner Group

America's SBDC Florida

Hollimon, P.A. Focused on Intellectual Property




TSG Technology Services Group Incorporated

Action Coach Business Coaching

For more information, contact:
Mike Campbell, Director of North Florida Operations
Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship
Florida State University College of Business Jim Moran Building
111 South Monroe Street Suite 3000, Tallahassee, FL  32301-1545
Phone: 850-644-1692 
Cell: 850-545-7354
Fax: 850-644-5950

Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, Florida State University, College of Business
Jim Moran Building, 111 South Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301-1536
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