Tallahassee has more than 9,000 small- to medium-sized businesses, many with less than 100 employees, and is home to the 15th best business community for college graduates in the nation. As one of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University offers a distinctive academic environment built on its cherished values and unique heritage, welcoming campus on the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida, and prime location in the heart of the state capital. And through The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship in the College of Business, Florida State University is channeling its energies in ways that impact economic development in Tallahassee, across Florida and around the world.
Since its inception in 1995, The Jim Moran Institute has remained at the forefront of the drive for economic development and growth, unleashing entrepreneurial energy through a portfolio of services that give hope to startups and emerging growth businesses. To meet our mission, the Institute offers a portfolio of programs and initiatives organized around innovative approaches to developing, connecting, and serving aspiring entrepreneurs and business owners at home and abroad. Services offered by The Jim Moran Institute include business plan reviews, mentoring and small business consulting, and leadership and executive development, and the Institute has a wide array of educational material available.
Our programs revolve around four major service offerings:
- World-class education and experiential learning curriculum: Faculty and staff deliver introductory courses in entrepreneurship as well as specialized courses in technology commercialization, strategy formulation and organizational design, and venture financing to undergraduate majors in entrepreneurship and provide experiential learning tools and business expertise through our student business incubator to every student at Florida State University. With a focus on experiential learning, we offer an undergraduate degree in Entrepreneurship and two Minors in Entrepreneurship—one for business majors and one for the arts, sciences, and non-business majors.
- Academic research and applied training: The Jim Moran Institute provides salary enhancements, such as professorships, that provide faculty with additional resources to expand the frontiers of knowledge in their areas of academic research. It also supports The Jim Moran Institute Fellows program, which funds scholarly research and is designed to advance research in entrepreneurship to other departments and disciplines at Florida State University.
- Consulting assistance and mentorship: The Jim Moran Institute maintains one of the most extensive business development and outreach programs in the nation, having served more than 3,000 businesses through one-on-one consulting, CEO roundtables and development workshops at no charge. The Jim Moran Institute’s impact extends to several non-traditional communities as well with youth development programs that bring entrepreneurship to students in high schools across northwest Florida as well as programs designed to support the transition of veterans returning from post-9/11 conflicts.
- Public recognition through service: The Jim Moran Institute takes great pride in recognizing the accomplishments of entrepreneurial leaders across campus and in the business community. We highlight the accomplishments of entrepreneurs in the community through The Jim Moran Institute Entrepreneurial Excellence awards and sponsor several student programs aimed at identifying and recognizing innovative business ideas and startups that contribute to the local, regional and state economies.
Faculty and staff from The Jim Moran Institute understand that innovation, creative risk taking and problem-solving occur at a faster and more efficient pace when entrepreneurs are connected to the right support services. Therefore, The Jim Moran Institute has networked with a number of enterprises who offer active professional support services that enable businesses in the community to respond to current economic and social challenges. Key partnerships have been established with the Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce, Capital City Chamber of Commerce, Greater Ft Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, Lake City Chamber of Commerce, Thomasville Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, Innovation Park, Florida Small Business Development Center, Urban League of Broward County, Broward College and GrowFL, among others.
Informational services are available to local business owners upon request. To request information, consult the Contact Us page.