District 8 Newsletter
December 2013
A Message from Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief

On November 19th, 2013, I was honored by my colleagues and selected to serve as the Mayor of Broward County. I am looking forward to presenting “Broward County Means Business,” our theme for the upcoming year. This will include highlighting the services that the County offers its residents, expanding assistance and mentorship to entrepreneurs and small businesses, and recognizing employees that have provided outstanding quality service. I believe 2014 will be a great year for Broward County.

I want to hear from you and I welcome your comments. You can call my office at 954-357-7008, or send an email to me at bsharief@broward.org.


Small Business Resources

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) supports Broward County businesses and their success by providing a comprehensive roster of client-focused services. Technical assistance is available to local businesses in a range of topics from information on current public procurement opportunities to financing. Firms interested in OESBD technical assistance services, should call 954-357-6400 or visit Broward.org/Econdev.

The Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) will begin the New Year by launching the New 2014 Business Development Workshop Series. The workshop series will focus on developing, creating capacity and providing resources to small businesses. The goal is to position small businesses to take advantage of opportunities provided by the County to grow their businesses beyond Broward. District 8 is proud to host the launch of this series at the Miramar Branch Library (2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar) on Saturday, January 18 from 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. The featured topic of this first workshop of the year is “New County and City Contracting Opportunities.”

In addition, the Miramar based AvanzeCorp, Inc., has launched 150 in 1 year to assist entrepreneurs with resources during start-up and mentoring for their first five years in business. The 150 seats will be on a first come, first served basis, call AvanzeCorp, Inc. at 888-848-7771 or email at info@avanzecorp.com to register.

Serving on County Boards
people at a meetingWe are seeking residents with an interest in public service to represent the needs of the district. If you are interested in being considered, please forward a detailed resumé to bsharief@broward.org. Be sure to include: your permanent address; phone number and email address; whether you are a registered voter; whether you are a registered lobbyist; whether you serve on any other board, authority or agency (dual office holding); whether you are related to any Commissioner; and whether you have any potential conflicting business relationship. For a description of Boards, visit Broward.org/Intergovernmental and click Boards and Committees.
Affordable Healthcare Act

Nurse with PatientOpen Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace will provide information to families and small businesses that currently do not have insurance or need an alternative to what they currently have. Open enrollment in the Marketplace began October 1 and will close on March 31, 2014. To enroll, visit Healthcare.gov/ or call 1-800-318-2596 (24 hours a day/7 days a week). 

Health Navigators who are specially trained to assist residents with navigating the new system will be available at several locations in Broward County. For a list of locations, call 954-467-4700. 

I have been traveling throughout District 8, to meet with residents and explain the Affordable Healthcare Act. To arrange for myself or my staff to attend your neighborhood or homeowner association meeting, please contact Launa at 954-357-7008 or lcarbonell@broward.org.

International Flights Added at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

Ft Lauderdale runwayJetBlue Airways has added daily nonstop service between FLL and Jorge Chavez International Airport (LIM) in Lima, Peru. This service accommodates the estimated 25,000 Peruvian residents living in Broward County.

In addition, Norwegian Air Shuttle will offer services from FLL to Copenhagen, Denmark; Stockholm, Sweden; and Oslo, Norway. In July 2014, Norwegian will add direct service to London. 

For updates on airport programs and services, visit Broward.org/Airport.

Foreclosure and Housing Assistance

If you are struggling with mortgage payments, HOPE Now may be able to help you work out a solution with your lender. Contact them at 1-888-995 HOPE (4673) or visit 995hope.org/

If you received a foreclosure or eviction notice from the Broward Sheriff’s Office, you should also receive a resource guide listing the agencies that may be able to help you in the foreclosure process or obtain alternate housing. If you need further assistance, my office will refer you to the resources that meet your needs.

Helpful Resources

familyBroward County Family Success Administration Division assists individuals and families with accessing the services they need to build a stronger, healthier and self-sufficient family unit. The centers provide assessment and case management, and, if eligible, rent/mortgage and utility assistance. If you have recently had a loss of income, received an eviction notice/mortgage default letter, or a water/electricity shut off notice, visit Broward.org/HumanServices/FamilySuccess/or call 954-357-5650 or 954-357-5001 to find out how they can help you. The South Family Success Center is located in Commission District 8 at 4733 SW 18 Street, West Park, 33023 (Broward County Transit Route 5). If you are over 60, or are a veteran, contact the Elderly and Veteran's Services Division at 954-357-6622.

2-1-1 Broward is available 24 hours a day to help you find food, housing, health care, senior services, child care, legal aid and much more. For a complete list of services, dial 2-1-1 or (954) 537-0211, TTY (954) 390-0492 211, or go to 211-Broward.com/.

Other Resources

For Access to Healthcare or Relief from Homelessness:

Emergency Financial Assistance:

Legal Aid Services of Broward County, Inc.

Phone: 954-357-7008 • Fax: 954-357-5704 • bsharief@broward.org
115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 410, Fort Lauderdale FL 33301
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