30th Annual Small Business Week Events:
May 20th – May 23rd

Monday, May 20, 2013
Imagine Tallahassee’s Community Open House


Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Breakfast of Champions
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Frenchtown Renaissance Center
435 N. Macomb Street, Tallahassee 32301

The Breakfast of Champions (BOC) is an annual event held to recognize Regional Entrepreneurial Support Organizations (ESOs) for their contributions to the local business community and their efforts to leverage resources to foster economic development. During the BOC will discuss the needs of the business community and identify opportunities to increase the depth and breadth of the services provided by our respective organizations.


Small Business Week Kick Off Reception
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Level 8 – Hotel Duval
415 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee 32301

The Kick Off Reception sets the stage for the activities surrounding Small Business Week and provides a great opportunity to network with a number of business owners and entrepreneurs. Make sure to bring business cards and rehearse your “Elevator Speech”!


Thursday, May 23,2013
Tallahassee Regional MatchMaker
August B. Turnbull, III Florida State Conference Center
555 West Pensacola Street, Tallahassee 32306-1640
8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Concurrent Workshops
Social Media Engagement
SBA 8(a) Certifications
Business Essentials
How to Do Business with State Government
Business Best Practices
Leon County School District – Capital Improvement Projects
Doing Business with the Florida Department of Transportation
City of Tallahassee & Leon County – Capital Improvement
E Quote Sourcing Webinar

12:00 noon – 1:15 p.m.
Keynote Luncheon
Ron Busby, Sr., Chairman of the Board of Directors, U.S. Black
Chamber, Speaker

Ron Busby, Sr., is not only the leader of the Nation’s new premier non-profit organization for Black Business owners; he also is a successful business owner himself. He comes with a background in the small business arena, as he has started, grew, and has been recognized as one of the country’s best CEOs. He grew his first business USA SuperClean from $150,000 annual revenue to over $15 million. Ron has received countless awards, from the Western Region SBA Small Business Person of the Year in 1996, to the Greater Phoenix Chamber Small Business Person of the Year in 2006, and the Maricopa County Small Business of the Year in 2007 to name a few. 
 As a graduate with honors from both Florida A&M University, and Clark Atlanta University, Ron is a major advocate and promoter of the imperativeness of higher education. As past Chairman & President of the Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce, working towards the success of the national black business agenda remains a priority today.


1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
One on One Appointments

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Small Business Week Gala

The Small Business Week observance culminates with a Gala to honor and award business owners and entrepreneurs for various achievements and contributions made to our communities. Awards include “Start Up Business of the Year”, “Outside of the Box Business of the Year”, “Parks and Crump Community Champion Business of the Year” and the “Founder’s Business of the Year Award”.

© 2012 · Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce · All Rights Reserved ·
1028 East Park Avenue | Tallahassee, FL 32301 | Office: (850) 577-0789