(Re) Start Business Expo

The Palms Conference Center, Panama City Beach, Spring 2018

The Panhandle Strategic Alliances partnered up with Paradigm Leaders, LLC to host the second annual (Re) Start Expo. This FREE Event was created in order to help aspiring and current entrepreneurs. If you are looking to start your own business or if your existing business needs some (Re) juvenation, the (Re) Start Expo is for you!



Digital Marketing Power Tour

Palms Conference Center, November 15, 2017, 3:00pm-5:00pm

If you own or operate a business, you will want to be present for this special training session presented by James Clemens, a Google Top Contributor and owner of Mica Specialties, a Google certified advertising agency. Learn how to utilize today’s most-effective tools to accelerate your digital marketing success. We will also cover exclusive information presented by Laura Nelson, A-List Accounting owner, covering smart tactics for business purchases during the holidays. Allison Smith, V.P. of Herbafex and founder of Simply Self Esteem, will reveal some very useful info on networking and building your personal connections for business success. This is an RSVP event and all attendees will leave empowered for excellence. Special gifts, food, drinks, and more are all included in the $95 cost. Seating is limited so sign up now to lock in your attendance. The $95 fee will be donated to Simply Self Esteem on your behalf, so you will be building your digital marketing intelligence while also building the self esteem of local teens.

EntreCon Pensacola 2017 by Studer Community Institute

Pensacola, November 14-16, 2017 – 8 am – 4:30 pm
Pensacola Little Theatre – 400 South Jefferson Street, Pensacola, FL 32502

EntreCon is a business conference for local entrepreneurs, professionals, and leaders to come together, network, and learn from each other.

In the third year, EntreCon 2017 was even bigger and better than ever. This business conference provided an opportunity to learn from local and national entrepreneurs who shared the lessons they have learned in launching and growing startups, how to create great cultures and engagement, as well as ways to raise capital.

A third day of learning has been added and the Studer Community Institute Entrepreneur Awards was presented at a special event on the second evening of the conference. The presenting sponsor of the Entrepreneur Awards this year is Cox. Here is EntreCon 2017 award winner list.

Check our Blog for EntreCon 2017 photos.

Marketing Wonderland (A Livestream Google Workshop)

Palms Conference Center, November 1, 2017, 10:45am-1:15pm

Marketing Wonderland is a very special livestream event featuring Google, Facebook, the Small Business Administration, Square and Constant Contact. This free livestream workshop is RSVP only and will take place on November 1st from 10:45 AM to 1:15 PM. Seating is filling up fast so reserve your space now to attend.

Marketing Wonderland will help you grow your business online in time for the holiday season. Learn from the leaders in digital marketing and experts of business success. All attendees will receive valuable gifts from Google and Mica Specialties, including tutorials and special resources for businesses. Food and beverages from Domino’s Pizza will be provided.

This event is brought to Panama City Beach by James Clemens, a Google Top Contributor and owner of Mica Specialties, a Google-certified advertising agency. James is also a Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce Ambassador and a valued member of Panhandle Strategic Alliance.


ITEN Wired

Pensacola Beach, October 9-11

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The 2017 Innovation Technology Entrepreneurship Network (ITEN) conference. This is the Gulf Coats’s premier conference for executives, entrepreneurs, professionals, and educators working in technology. Discussion topics will include cyber security, tech makers, start-up tech, virtual environments, simulation, and robotics.

This conference will be a great way to network with other investors and entrepreneurs and is the perfect environment to breed new ideas, along with forging new partnerships. All presenters are experts in their field and offer unparalleled information to attendees.

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21st Annual Gulf Power Economic Symposium

Sandestin, October 1-3, 2017  at Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort

The 21st Annual Gulf Power Economic Symposium is a renowned event among
industry professionals that focuses on the current efforts to grow Northwest Florida’s
economy. People from across the region came together in this two day event for a
chance to network with other business leaders, learn what has been accomplished over
the past year, and to hear what the future has in store. Numerous notable speakers
shared their knowledge with the crowd, including Stan Connally, the Chairman,
President & CEO of Gulf Power, Florida Governor Rick Scott, and Geopolitical
Strategist Peter Zeihan.

Notable panel discussions included presentations by Randy Hanna, Dean, Florida State
University in Panama City, Dr. Martha Saunders, President of the University of West
Florida, and a site selection panel hosted by Kim Wilmes, President & CEO, Florida’s
Great Northwest.

TechFarms Capital was a sponsor of this years’ event and its booth was visited by
numerous individuals representing entrepreneurs, investors, and other Northwest
Florida business leaders.

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2017 TeCMEN Industry Day

Ft. Walton Beach, August 29 – 7:30am – 5:00pm 

The 2017 Technology Coast Manufacturing and Engineering Network (TeCMEN) Industry Day conference was held in the Emerald Coast Convention Center in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. Here, representatives from the manufacturing, technology, and engineering sector showcased their companies capabilities with booths open to conference registrants. Industry peers had the chance to network and experience influential content from dozens of high profile speakers representing government, defense, and the private sector. Notable speakers included Stephen Berthold from Eastern Shipbuilding in Panama City Fl and Daryl Taylor with Airbus in Mobile, AL.

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Leadership Conference: Creating a Winning team and Culture

Panama City, Thursday, June 8, 2017, 8:30am – 4:00pm

Event will be held in the Advanced Technology Center @ Gulf Coast State College, Panama City, Florida

The 2017 Panama City Leadership conference will feature local and national speakers who will share actionable strategies to improve performance and get results, including how to:

  • Define values and ingrain them in everything you do.
  • Perform a culture audit.
  • Create an environment of trust.
  • Focus on results and build accountability.
  • Explain “the why.”
  • Be a storyteller and communicate with clarity and consistency.
  • Be able to work effectively with others.
  • Drive negativity out of the workplace.

Startup Weekend

March 31st – April 2, 2017

The fourth annual Startup Weekend was held March 31st – April 2, 2017 at Gulf Coast State College’s Advanced Technology Center in Panama City, Florida. Entrepreneurs gathered in Panama City, FL to participate in this exciting weekend event where ideas are pitched and then voted on. After the most popular are chosen, teams are formed and the competition begins! What follows is a 54-hour marathon comprised of business model creation, designing, and presentations, all providing critical feedback for creative and entrepreneurial growth.

(Re) Start Business Expo

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
TechFarms partnered with the Panhandle Strategic Alliance to host the (Re) Start Business-to-Business Expo and networking event. Read the press release to learn more about the Alliance and guest speakers from the event.


November 3-4, 2016

After a wildly successful first year in Pensacola, 2016’s second annual EntreCon had to change venues at the last minute due to the unexpected increase in attendees. Sessions included how to maximize strengths of a multi-generational workforce, finding the right funding for your business, creating a better business culture, attracting and retaining talent, and much more. Keynote speakers for this event included, John Allison, founder and chairman of Home Bancshares & Centennial Bank; Julie Weber, vice president of people for Southwest Airlines; and Emily Ley, author and creator of the Simplified Planner. Our own Steve Millaway, owner and founder of TechFarms, sat on a discussion panel.

Gulf Power Economic Symposium 2016

Sunday, October 2nd to Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
TechFarms was a sponsor of the 2016 Gulf Power Economic Symposium. Read the press release to learn more about this event.

Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Thursday June 23rd, 2016
Read the press release to catch the highlights from this event.