About AERO

The Alliance of Entrepreneur Resource Organizations (AERO), based in Tallahassee , is an coalition of public agencies and community non-profit organizations united to provide current and new businesses with resources to aid in their success. The executive partners include:

Access Florida Finance Corporation: Access Florida Finance Corporation’s (AFFC) mission is to provide Access To Capital and technical assistance to black, rural and small businesses throughout Florida and the nation. AFFC will foster Economic Development and job creation by use of Federal, State and private Community Based Programs and in coordination with our strategic alliances. www.AccessFloridaFinance.com.

Big Bend Minority Chamber: The BBMC was created to stimulate change, effectuate growth and bring awareness to minority owned and operated businesses throughout Leon, Gadsden, Franklin, Jefferson and Wakulla counties. Our mission is to create and promote a climate in which minority and women-owned businesses can operate in a productive and profitable manner and to stimulate grassroot economic growth and development within the North Florida region we serve. www.mybbmc.org

Careersource Capital Region: CareerSource Capital Region System connects employers with qualified, skilled talent and Floridians with employment and career development opportunities to achieve economic prosperity in Gadsden, Leon and Wakulla counties. Services to job seekers include one-on-one career advising, interviewing and resume-writing assistance, employment workshops, labor market information and access to a resource center equipped with computers, printers, fax machines and copiers. Services to employers include recruitment assistance, skills assessments for applicants, customized training, and information on tax incentives. Employers and job seekers are matched through the Employ Florida Marketplace system. All services are provided at no cost. www.careersourcecapitalregion.com

City of Tallahassee: The City of Tallahassee is the only municipal corporation within Leon County, Florida. The City provides an array of services and facilities that support the growth of a diverse local economy and high quality of life for its citizens. Various economic development based programs are available to meet the needs of the Tallahassee marketplace. Additionally, there are numerous purchasing opportunities for businesses interested in doing business with the City. www.talgov.com

The Florida Small Business Development Center: The Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida A&M University delivers, through certified professionals, consulting, training and information to help businesses succeed and create positive impact for the Florida economy. The FSBDC at Florida A&M University serves as the single point of contact for the advancement of an entrepreneurial environment; thus, creating a positive foundation for the development and growth of existing and emerging businesses in Florida’s Big Bend region. www.sbdcfamu.org

Florida State University Supplier Diversity Program (SDP): The SDP is administered by FSU Purchasing Services, which concentrates on three key areas: education and outreach; communications; and reporting and development. “It is the ultimate goal of the university to have a diverse supplier base that provides the highest quality support services that are consistent with a world-class status the university seeks to achieve.” SupplierDiversity.fsu.edu

Greater Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce: The Tallahassee Chamber’s mission is to enhance the business climate of Florida’s Capital city, while ensuring economic prosperity and improving the quality of life enjoyed by its citizens. We strive to strengthen our local economy, promote the community, provide networking opportunities for our members, represent the interests of business with government, and develop community leaders.Through our efforts in membership, economic development, and advocacy, we create the environment to help our members prosper and succeed through a proactive working partnership with all levels of government and community organizations to achieve a strong local economy and an enviable quality of life. www.talchamber.com

Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship: The mission of the Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship is to cultivate, train and inspire entrepreneurial leaders through world-class executive education, applied training, public recognition and leading-edge research. The institute provides the Small Business Executive and CEO Peer2Peer Group programs to established businesses with three or more employees and have been in business over 3 years. The primary goal of the institute is to help existing businesses work “On” their business. www.nfl.jmi.fsu.edu

Leon County: Leon County is home to Florida’s capital, Tallahassee, which was established in 1824. A political subdivision of the state, the County is guided by an elected, seven-member Board of County Commissioners. Five members of the Board are elected to serve specific commission districts and two members are elected at-large. Leon County is a Council-Manager form of government. The County Administrator is appointed by the Board to oversee all functions, directives and policies. Florida Statutes, Chapter 125, establishes the powers and duties of the County Commission and the County Administrator. cms.leoncountyfl.gov

The Leon County Research & Development Authority: The Leon County Research & Development Authority oversees 208 acre Innovation Park. The Authority hosts an annual competition for technology commercialization grants of up to $15,000 for each of two startup businesses, facilitates quarterly roundtables to present current R&D and technology commercialization topics, and offers office space for lease within Innovation Park. The Authority also works in collaboration with the Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County to attract R&D focused businesses to the area. Many changes are coming. The LCRDA is working to create a sense of place, foster collaboration, and cultivate new businesses in the Park…stay tuned! http://lcrda.org

Tallahassee Community College Workforce Development: Tallahassee Community College’s Division of Workforce Development reaches out to the Big Bend community by offering customized courses and services to enhance employees’ careers, programs to improve business effectiveness, and support for returning adult learners.Targeted workforce training is offered in fields including information technology, manufacturing, business, and construction/trades. We adapt to the evolving needs of the community, customize offerings based on solid research, and produce programs that impact North Florida’s economy. tccworkforce.com