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Learn from a Local is a free video tutorial service born out of a desire to empower our neighbors, strengthen community connectedness, and help people make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic.


How does it work? 

We post quality, how-to videos submitted by Tallahassee businesses and nonprofits, and enable you to make a voluntary financial contribution to their organization in exchange for their expert advice. Consider it just one small way to keep people learning and thriving during this time of social isolation. 

Who can submit a video? 

Any business or nonprofit within a 50-mile radius of Tallahassee that employs less than 50 people can submit a video. Individuals, freelancers and sole proprietors living in the Tallahassee area can also submit a video. Be sure to review our Submission FAQs and How-to Guide before submitting your video.

How are financial contributions distributed?    

Organizations that have submitted a video will get a check each month for the total contributions they receive through the website – minus the processing fee of 2.9% + $0.30 per contribution that our third-party payment platform requires.  

If you would like to submit a video but do not want to accept financial contributions, we will donate any money you receive to Second Harvest of the Big Bend, an organization that has been instrumental in meeting community needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Please note that we do not keep any portion of the contributions made to local businesses and nonprofits. Rather, this website is sustained by the blood, sweat and tears of your friends at The Taproot Agency, along with the financial support of people like you. If you’d like to help pay for the hosting and maintenance of this site, you can do that when you check out, or by clicking here. We appreciate you. 

Who created Learn from a Local?  

Learn from a Local was conceived and created by the average, everyday people at The Taproot Agency with guidance and support from our partners at The Krizner Group

Will Learn from a Local be available for other cities in the future? 

It’s certainly possible. But first, we want to give the concept a chance to grow and evolve in our own backyard. 

Why are you doing this?

We care deeply about our community. Once we began to see how quickly life was changing for everyone, we set to work to figure out a way to help. Plus, no matter how much we searched, we couldn’t find even one good video to help us give our kids a decent haircut.