November Luncheon- StartUp Quest

Kara Palmer-Smith from Career Source Capital Region speaks about StartUp Quest.

Startup Quest® is a 10-session entrepreneurial training program that advances a model for workforce development by growing self-employment through entrepreneurship, shifting the mindset from “find a job” to “create my job.” Trainees are unemployed and underemployed professionals and veterans with an interest in building a startup business. Startup Quest is a partnership between economic and workforce development. In April 2014, 81 local residents graduated from the Startup Quest® program. Several Individuals have started businesses since that time. Palmer will share program success stories, community impact and next steps.

The luncheon will be at the Capital City Country Club from 11:30-1:00pm. Members are free and guests pay $20.

To register, select “register now” on the events section to the left of this page.

For more information about StartUp Quest please visit: http://startupquest.org/

Career Fair for Florida IT Career Alliance

The College of Communication & Information (CCI) at Florida State University has partnered with the State Board of Governors (as part of the Florida IT Career Alliance – fitc.cci.fsu.edu) to host a Career and Educational event for local high schools as well as college students.  In the past few years, the Career event was exclusive to college students; the event started at noon, employers were invited to a lunch, and the Career Fair was hosted from 1-4pm where employers interacted with students (and hired them as interns and employees).  This year is different!  This year the event will host local high school students and their teachers. These students are looking to speak with employers about future internship opportunities as well as skills needed by employers looking for in future interns and employees.  This is an opportunity for you to connect with teachers, with high schools, and with local leaders.

This Career/Educational event is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7th, 2014.   The afternoon Career Fair is a unique opportunity to meet our highly regarded majors in Information Technology, Advertising, Public Relations, Media Production, Media/Communication Studies and Communication Science & Disorders; we have introduced a new undergraduate major in Information, Communication and Technology. More information about our programs can be found at our website (http://cci.fsu.edu/).   Computer Science and Engineering students from local colleges including FAMU, TCC, etc. will also be invited.

To register, or for more information, please call Ebe Randaree at 850-645-5674 or email him at eranderee@cci.fsu.edu with any questions.

QuadCopter Coming to September’s TalTech Luncheon

The future of various industries is about to drastically change with the invention and increased usage of quad-copters. Quad-copters, also known as quadrotor helicopter or drones, are becoming more commonly used for many applications including university research, quad_1law enforcement, and some commercial usage.  These unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are, in some instances, replacing the need for helicopters, which reduce costs associated with hiring a pilot and fueling the craft. Come learn more about how quad-copters are going to change our lives within upcoming years and what you need to know about FAA regulations regarding operating vehicles such as these.

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Florida IT Career Alliance

PICTURETALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Students from kindergarten to college will benefit from a $3 million state grant presented to Florida State University and Florida A&M University by the board of Governors. This grant was awarded to increase the number of students who graduate in computer technology fields in order to keep up with the increased demand for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

CEO of Paul Consulting Group, Marc Paul, assisted with the attainment of this grant. As Chairman of a 501(c)(3) technology non-profit organization, Taltech Alliance, Paul wrote a letter to Florida State University explaining the necessity of the grant in Florida. “Computer technology is crucial to the advancement of the economy. Tallahassee will become a mecca for STEM field students who wish to excel in this ever growing industry.” Paul said. “The TEAm Grant will assist Florida keep up with the demand for IT jobs and careers.”

Larry Dennis, Dean of Florida State University’s College of Communication and Information says “It’s in our best interest to ensure that most of the great young talent remains in Florida to help Florida’s economy.” Dennis hopes to develop pipelines with K-12 for the next generation of students who will major in STEM fields.

Florida IT Career Alliance

What is the FITC Alliance?

The Florida IT Career (FITC) Alliance works with high schools, colleges, and information technology employers across the panhandle of Florida. Through a partnership between Florida State University and Florida A&M University, we are developing IT Career Pathways that will engage the K-20 education system in recruiting, retaining and placing qualified graduates into IT and computing professions (and keeping them in the Panhandle). This effort will take advantage of the comprehensive suite of technology related academic programs already available and focus on IT, Computer Science and Engineering. The Alliance is funded by a State Board of Governors (BOG) TEam grant. Check out

http://fitc.cci.fsu.edu/ for more information.

What will we do?

The BOG funding will enable the members to expand their network and engage educational institutions and companies throughout the North Florida region. Our long-term goal is to expand the Alliance to institutions across the state. During the first stage of the project, companies participating with the Alliance will coordinate with Florida State University on engaging students in the benefits of pursuing an IT, computer science or engineering career. This will be done by inviting you into the classroom (in high schools and colleges), working with you in focus groups to determine your employment needs, connecting you to our career services experts, and providing details on our programs.

In addition, the Alliance will visit various technology conferences across the state, as well as host two Information Sessions/Career Fairs in October 2014 and February 2015 focused on IT, Engineering and Computer Science careers. These events are designed to connect you with college students, with high school educators, and with career service professionals.  The Alliance will work in combination with educational institutions as well as technology companies to decipher the following issues:

  • What is the best way to approach a relationship between your company and local educational institutions? (i.e. Guest Lectures, Career Fairs, Hosted Employer Events, etc.)
  • What qualifications are intern/job applicants missing that are fundamental for a career at your company?
  • What is missing from the current educational and employer pipeline?
  • What is the best way to educate high school and college students about your organizations?

How can you participate?

If you are interested in partnering with the grant, visit fitc.cci.fsu.edu/employers to apply to become a part of the Alliance. The Alliance encourages all information technology, computer science and/or engineering companies across North Florida to join. Applicants will be invited to the October and February Career events.  We will also share your information with high school students as part of our outreach to Panhandle schools.

TechExpo 2014

TechExpoE3LogoTalTech Alliance invites you to attend TechExpo 2014 “TE3: Entrepreneurship, Education, Enlightenment,” to be held on May 8 at the Florida State University Turnbull Center in Tallahassee, Florida. TechExpo is the only annual technology conference in Tallahassee dedicated to bringing the techie community new industry developments, time and money-saving techniques and tools to optimize your organization’s productivity and profitability. This is your opportunity to network with other technology-based business leaders and interact with our knowledgeable speakers and exhibitors. Whether you are already a business leader, want to start your own business, or you’re in college; TechExpo 2014 will guide you through your journey to enlightenment with various tech-centered topics ranging from entrepreneurship to education. We encourage you to register early. Space is limited.

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Micah Widen Presents DOMI Ventures

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Our speaker at this month’s luncheon is Micah Widen. He will be discussing DOMI Ventures, a local incubator opening May 1st, 2014.

Micah is a social entrepreneur with over 10 years of experience in a vast array of industries. Most relevant as a partner and CEO of Domi Ventures, LLC; a new startup incubator in Tallahassee, FL.  Micah has an unyielding passion for creating relationships that drive growth in communities and is currently serving as a board member for Capital City Youth Services.

The mission of DOMI Ventures (www.domiventures.co) is to create an environment where high-growth entrepreneurs can develop and become sustainable companies by providing education, mentoring, a network of resources, capital, a collaborative working environment (Domi Station) and business services aimed at accelerating business success.

Come to the TalTech Luncheon on April 16th to hear more about DOMI Ventures.