Entrepreneurial Excellence Program
Applicants are accepted on a rolling basis
Innovation Park’s Entrepreneurial Excellence Program provides valuable advice to early-stage startup businesses and entrepreneurs as they navigate through the vulnerable stages of business development.
In this ten-class course, a team of local business experts, researchers, and specialists help increase the chance of success in the market by providing insight into:
- Effective Business Models
- Team Development
- Legal Foundations
- Marketing Strategies
- Funding Insight
- Entrepreneurial Experiences
Details and Application
- COURSE FEE: $200 per team of two*- if paid by February 20th; $300 per team of two*- if paying between February 20th and the first day of class. Includes dinner each class, course materials and access to the Entrepreneur’s Club @ Innovation Park
- PAYMENT DUE: First day of class; If opting for reduced Fee: February 20th
- SIZE LIMITS: Enrollment for each course is limited to the first 12 companies that qualify
- LOCATION & TIME: TBD | 5:30-9:00 p.m.
- APPLICATION: Apply online here for the Entrepreneurial Excellence Program
* We strongly recommend that two individuals in the management of the company participate together in the course.
Non-profits and certain organizations are eligible for scholarships to cover program fees. Inquire if you are eligible by e-mailing: LCRDA@inn-park.com
Upcoming Class Course Schedule
Each class is held from 5:30-9:00 p.m. typically on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Schedule is subject to change.
- Class I: Developing Successful Business Ideas,
Is your business concept an idea or truly an opportunity? Learn how to tell the difference. Learn how to analyze the opportunity to develop an effective business model.
Instructor: Doug Tatum, FSU Jim Moran School of Entrepreneurship, Tuesday- March 20th
- Class II: Delivering Your Message,
No matter how great an idea you have for your new business, you need to be able to tell your story to others in a positive, logical, and understandable way. During this course, you will learn the essential skills and methods you will need to make great presentations about your business to possible investors, customers, and prospects.
Instructor: Michael H. Sheridan, Chairman, FBMC, Thursday- March 22nd
- Class III: Marketing Strategies and Effective Sales,
No matter how beneficial your product or service is, if you don’t know who your customers are and communicate your message in an effective way to get their attention, you won’t have sales.
Instructors: Sean Doughtie, President, Taproot Agency, and Pat Pallentino, FSU Sales Institute, Tuesday- March 27th
- Class IV: Building a Strong Business Team,
The product or service you will offer is important. Even more important is the team you build, including managers, employees, board members, investors, and service providers. Learn how to build the best team possible to drive the success of your new venture.
Instructor: David Faulkenberry, President, FBMC, Thursday- March 29th
- Class V: Entrepreneurial Insight,
Two experienced entrepreneurs will share their insight “from the trenches.” What have they learned? What would they do differently? What is their advice to you?
Instructors: Kim B. Williams, President, Marpan, and Mayda Williams, Former President, Target Print & Mail, Tuesday- April 3rd
- Class VI: Funding & Financing,
You’ve analyzed the opportunity and have begun to build a team to drive success. You’ve written a great business plan. How do you secure the financial resources to make it happen?
Instructor: Sammie Dixon, Prime Meridian Bank, Thursday- April 5th
- Class VII: Proper Legal/Intellectual Properties Foundations,
Many decisions are involved in establishing a new venture. Learn what the legal/intellectual properties options are and how they can affect your business growth.
Instructor: Bill Hollimon, Esq., Hollimon P.A., Tuesday- April 10th
- Class VIII: The EEP Shark Tank Experience,
You have seen the hit show on TV, now you will get to experience it LIVE! Michael Kramer, a local serial entrepreneur, will be asking the very tough questions about your new business venture. It will be a wild night for sure.
Instructor: Michael Kramer, President, Desloge Oxygen, Thursday- April 12th
- Final: Business Presentations,
You will have the opportunity to make a presentation to a group of experienced entrepreneurs and get feedback about your business, market and financial opportunities. Tuesday- April 17th and Thursday- April 19th
- Class I: Developing Successful Business Ideas,
“For four weeks I was surrounded by people who sincerely wanted me to succeed, who helped prepare me to do that, and who will continue making themselves available to me. I received the resources I needed when I needed them.” – Judd Butler, PortStar
“The course provided a new framework for how I view my business. It’s exciting to have a good idea, and the course provided encouragement while at the same time providing realistic ways to gauge whether my business plan was moving in the right direction.” – Greg Frost, Gulf Coast Tung Oil
“From beginning to end I gained valuable information that will certainly improve how I proceed with my PointCatcher concept. It is especially touching that people as accomplished as the teachers, who are surely very busy in your own right, made the time to share their valuable insight. By coming into the class without an extensive background in business, the ability to gain so much information in a short amount of time was transforming.” — Barbara Wescott, Swellcoin
I miss the EEP events and all of the amazing folks in Tallahassee. The EEP was a pivotal moment in my life and business. -Wesley Raley, Raley’s Confectionary
For more information about the Entrepreneurial Excellence Program, contact:
Director, Entrepreneurial Excellence Program
LCRDA@inn-park.com | (850) 570-0560