Program Testimonials

Below are testimonials that were submitted by graduates of the Small Business Executive Program.

Eddie Chalmers

“SBEP has been absolutely great! I highly recommend it for anyone in an executive role or a business owner. Class speakers share thought-provoking ideas and tools that can be applied immediately to any size business. I’ve learned about a wide range of local resources that are available at no cost. A small investment of four hours once a month to step back and truly evaluate our business has already paid big dividends.”

Gloria Pugh
AMWAT Moving, Warehousing & Storage

“Through the Jim Moran Institute’s Small Business Executive Program at Florida State University, I was able to step back from the daily demands of our business and evaluate how the company was operating against the courses provided in the class. I gained valuable insight into issues impacting our business regarding leadership, managing employees, managing finances, marketing/branding, etc. We have implemented much of what I learned through the program, which has benefited the company greatly. I would highly recommend the program to all business owners.”

John Buck

“Learning about the Lean Business Model has been revolutionary for FASTSIGNS. We have never seen anything so concise, simple and yet useful. This will definitely help improve our strategic mindset.”

Shacafrica Simmons
Chef Shac, LLC.

“This class has taught me to embrace the possibility and when a possibility moment presents itself to not fear capitalizing on it!”

Todd Sperry
OliverSperry Renovation

“Although I’ve been involved with the start up and running of six businesses, this course was a great experience. Its comprehensive curriculum changed my perspective and thought process on certain aspects of my business. I would recommend it for any business owner.”

Sam Wahby
All American Tree Pro

“The Jim Moran Institute has been a great tool for improving and developing strategies for my business. Being connected to leaders and experts willing to share their experience has helped me grow as a business owner.”

Steve Kerrigan
Coast2Coast Printing & Promotions
Port St. Joe

“Incredible speakers willingly assist small businesses like mine delve deeper into our business model and practices. Exceptional experience!”

Dorcas Washington
Palmetto Security Services

“Palmetto Security Service has benefitted from my monthly time investment to the class. Each month I have been able to take a tool or technique back to help our operation.”

Linda Hunkiar
Bannerman Landscape, LLC

“The program was great; it gave me a pathway to continue the growth of our company. I enjoyed the networking and real-world business concepts included in the program.”

Brent Moody
Beverage Law Institute

“The Jim Moran Institute has provide a quality-over-quantity approach by really getting to the important information critical for business owners.”

Todd Acker
Ackurit Labs, Inc.

“This class provided me with a whole new perspective on my business, and we were able to implement new strategies immediately.”

Chuck Adcock
Florida State University Credit Union

“The Jim Moran Institute Small Business Executive Program is a vital resource to the development of Tallahassee’s small business executives and our local economy.”


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