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The TCC Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program, Ignite, is designed to build awareness of the services available to veterans in Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla Counties who have made a decision to pursue their entrepreneurial passion with a vetted idea or who are already living out their dream of operating their own business for at least 1- 3 years. The Ignite program includes a multitude of resources that range from information sessions, mentoring activities, workshops, a 9-week intensive program designed to aid in fast tracking your business idea or growing your existing business. Moreover, participants who would like to continue their education and entrepreneurial endeavors at TCC can do so by enrolling in the Experienced Entrepreneur 16-week class as well as seeking entry into the TCC Moore Veterans Leadership Academy.

In recognition of the many veteran owned businesses that makeup our region, along with the organizations who support veterans, the Ignite program will aggressively pursue opportunities to connect program participants with these individuals or groups. Together, we recognize the power of bringing people together and igniting hopes and dreams, one veteran at a time.

Advanced Program

60 hours of in-class training held at one of our six participating organizations designed to prepare participants for all elements of entrepreneurship. For veterans with well-defined business ideas or early-stage companies. Acceptance required.

Register

  • Cohort 1

    9/12/2018 – 11/7/2018
    Registration closed

  • Cohort 2

    1/16/2019 – 3/13/2019
    Registration closes 1/15/2019

Workshops

January 08, 2019

Startup / Small Business Mentoring

January 09, 2019

Spark Workshop – Pro Forma Financial

January 10, 2019

Intro to Entreprenuership

January 15, 2019

Entrepreneurs’ Forum

Discover Online Courses

Learn the basics of entrepreneurship at your own pace with our online curriculum. Perfect for veterans contemplating entrepreneurship. Open to all vets.

About the Instructors

Kim Moore

Kim Moore

Kimberly Moore has spent over a decade in the workforce development arena.  She currently serves as the Vice President for Workforce Development at Tallahassee Community College (TCC).  In the position of Vice President, she is responsible for developing strategic solutions that address the needs of employers and those seeking to enter the workforce.  Prior to joining TCC, she served as the Chief Executive Officer of WORKFORCE plus, becoming the youngest person, the first African-American and the first woman to hold this top position.

Ms. Moore is a 1993 graduate of Tallahassee Community College with an Associate of Arts degree.  She continued her education at The Florida State University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice in 1995.   In May 2006, she earned her M.B.A from Webster University.   She is a proud member of Leadership Tallahassee Class 24 and Leadership Florida Class 33.

In addition to her role at TCC, she continues to give back to her community through service.  Currently a few of Ms. Moore’s many volunteer roles include serving as vice-chair of Florida A&M University Board of Trustees, Board Director for Big Bend Hospice, Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Governor- Leon County Research Development Association, commissioner- American Association of Community Colleges and vice-chair of the  Economic Vitality Leadership Council.  She has been recognized both locally and statewide for her service and commitment to excellence with accolades including: Tallahassee’s Top 26 Women in Business (2007), the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce Distinguished Leadership Pacesetter Award (2009), the Dr. Reginald Rolle Memorial Economic Development Champion of the Year Award (2010), Florida Diversity Council’s 2014 Florida’s Most Powerful and Influential Woman Award, Tallahassee Woman Magazine’s 2016 ‘Women Who Mean Business’ Innovator of the Year Award and a 2017 inductee to the Tallahassee Community College Hall of Fame.

Rick Paul

Richard (Rick) Paul

Current position: SPARK! Coordinator at Tallahassee Community College. TCC SPARK! is an entrepreneurial program that reaches out to TCC students, alumni, and community members.

SPARK! Classes and events include: 1) Startup / Small Business Mentoring 2) Entrepreneurs’ Forum 3) Entrepreneurs’ Workshops 4) Introduction to Entrepreneurship (ENT0001) classes Community involvement includes: 2017 & 2018 Tallahassee Startup Week Committee, 2017 Big Bend Minority Economic Development Week Committee, 2017 & 2018 Alliance of Entrepreneurial Resource Organization (AERO) Committee, 2018 HappE Hour Committee, and more.

Previous positions include: Entrepreneurship Instructor at Pennsylvania State University and Idaho State University Business Counselor for the US Small Business Administration’s SBDC and SCORE Programs Major accomplishments: Wrote The Experienced Entrepreneur, one of the first textbooks on entrepreneurship Started and managed The River Breeze, a community newspaper in Jacksonville, FL Teaching business and entrepreneurship classes since 1987 BA and a MBA in Business Management / Marketing