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Tallahassee Ripe For Startup Businesses #StartupGrind 2013

Tallahassee Florida Is Ripe For Startup Businesses – StartUpGrind Event Kickstarting Local Minds

Business Startups Taking OffYes, I’m a Tallahassee Realtor and I’ve got the low-down on real estate facts, figures, demographics, housing developments and walkable neighborhoods, school stats and all the things that home buyers relocating to Tallahassee may inquire about. However, what thrills me the most is the trending excitement and startup business shift taking place throughout the community, an undercurrent virtually unfiltered, risk taking and completely fresh, building to a Tallahassee opportunity tsunami. The air is thickening as the passion flows thru corners of coffee shops, rolls into backyards and yes, even microbreweries, forming clouds of discussion in meeting rooms, businesses and classrooms and surrounding a great local hops concoctions. No matter how much State government, local politics want to sometimes mainstream minds and money, you simply can’t squelch creativity. It will come at from the least expected moment and rise thru the confusion. It will bloom when planted. Tallahassee, Florida is ready for innovation, for incubators, for inspiration.

I’ve met a lot of great businessmen in my life, dozens, an dozens of successful people thru my career as a Tallahassee Realtor, but unfortunately, even fewer passionate, evolving entrepreneurs,… until the past few years. What a difference some of these people are making in “small town” Tallahassee. It’s cause enough to sit up straight, to lean in closer and to make some notes. By the way, it’s no secret, others are taking note too.

Armed with any kind of momentum, Tallahassee’s budding network of local entrepreneurs might just be crazy enough to take up the challenge of home-grown innovation.(This article originally appeared on the sustainable cities website This Big City.)

Lucas Lindsey, writes a great overview of Tallahassee’s readiness for Startups in his article,”The Startup City You Probably Haven’t Heard About: Building Community in the Hills of Tallahassee” A great read on leadership’s role in developing ecosystems for startups and identifying some of the inspirational minds behind the entreprenuer’s incubator sponsorship from companies like Domi Ventures who support incubator learning environments and whose mission is, “To create an environment where high-growth entrepreneurs can develop and become sustainable companies. We will accomplish this by providing education, mentoring, a network of resources, capital, a collaborative working environment (Domi Station) and business services aimed at accelerating business success.” (Facebook-Domi Ventures). Great article, great data and insight.

Vincent Hunt, CEO of MASSIVE Corp., a United States based research and development company whose mission is to “help organizations innovate and grow,” is yet another trending name among Tallahassee innovaters. Vincent’s name surfaces often when delving into what makes Tallahassee tick and where we are headed. Vincent is as connected to most movers and shakers as you can get, and that has come thru sharing, through listening and through inspiration of locals and networking while raising some pretty serious questions. Vince digs deep into the discussions related to creating enough disruption that he’s very well, led to the tipping point for Tallahassee. I’m one of the lucky one’s to have spent enough time with Vincent to understand we are headed for greatness in Tallahassee, FL. I’m a believer, and as a leader in the Realtor community, I’m thrilled to see a revolution. It’s certainly the time!

Tomorrow night, Tuesday, Dec. 10th, a first time event for Tallahassee is scheduled from 7-10pm and you couldn’t drag me away. Startup Grind Tallahassee’s initial event begins with guest J.T. Burnette, nearby Monticello native who has certainly had a vision for Tallahassee. Register for the event, it will be held at Brooklyn Water Bagel Co.
815 W Madison Street, Unit #106, Tallahassee, FL 32304, in the heart of “College Town.”

John Thomas “JT” Burnette is a visionary and driving force behind many of the development, construction, and management projects that transformed and revived some of Tallahassee’s most overlooked areas. – See more at:
REGISTER  for the Startup Grind event and join others in thinking about the future of Tallahassee. Where will we go from here?  Wherever it may be, I can’t wait to see it unfold. More importantly, I’ll find a way to be a part of it.  So, did I mention,.. my daughter Jillian Kirkland is part of this as well. Wow,.. constantly learning what all we have in common. So proud!
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