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October 2014

Your Road to Working with FDOT

October 1, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

FDOT Operations Center
5548 N.W. Ninth Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) presents this free seminar to inform business owners about the FDOT Construction Management Development and Bond Guarantee Programs. The seminar is targeted towards businesses in concrete, landscaping, fencing, irrigation, painting, sidewalks, asphalt paving, cub  gutter, underground utilities, building maintenance, hand rails and signs.

Register online.

Breakfast Networking and Seminar

October 2, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue
Davie, FL 33314

The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Huizenga Business School, Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development and Gray Robinson Attorneys at Law present this event to discuss and address questions about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Impact on the South Florida Business Community. 

A fee applies to participate in this event. Register online.

Broward College Town Hall Meeting Million Dollar Roundtable

October 3, 2014
12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

A. Hugh Adams Central Campus
3501 S.W. Davie Road
Bldg. 22, Room 136
Davie, FL

Broward College is hosting this meeting to discuss ways business owners can capitalize on procurement opportunities, partnerships, financing and community engagement to create multi-million dollar companies.

Register online.

Business Loan Seminar Series - Part II

October 11, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

North Regional / Broward College Library, Room 154
1100 Coconut Creek Blvd.
Coconut Creek, FL 33066

Back by popular demand! This free series has been extended to allow more entrepreneurs and business owners to learn about available business financing programs. Join us to hear from subject matter experts and find out how your small business can participate.

Business Women ROCK Breakfast Workshop at IKEA 

October 15, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

151 N.W. 136 Ave.
Sunrise, FL 33325

Join the Florida Women's Business Center to receive information on contracting opportunities with the U.S. Federal Government. Speakers Felix Peguero-Luna and Millie Quinley will discuss the General Services Administration (GSA), acquisition process and women-owned business set-aside. A fee applies to participate.

Register online.

International Business Trade Expo

October 15 & 16, 2014

Broward Center for the Performing Arts
201 SW Fifth Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312

Discover how globalization is creating new business development opportunities in Latin America and the Caribbean at this event presented by the Lauderhill Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with partners such as Broward County OESBD. Business owners and entrepreneurs looking to penetrate or develop markets will learn export/import strategies and receive tips for financing business growth and capitalizing on opportunities in these regions.  Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are available.

Register online. Fees apply to participate.

Third Maritime Transportation, Forwarding Logistics & Global Supply Chain Workshop

October 15 & 16, 2014

Doubletree Hotel
13400 W. Sunrise Blvd.
Sunrise, FL 33323

This two-day workshop is geared towards entry level executives wishing to expand their industry knowledge and middle managers seeking a refresher course. Course topics include trends and roles in international logistics, key global and regional freight forwarders, air freight forwarding, customs brokers, maritime regulatory updates, hazardous material awareness, export and import trade compliance and more. Workshop presenters are Albert Saphir, ABS Consulting, and Joe Espinosa, Florida Shipowners Group.

Registration is limited to 25. A fee applies to participate.

Register online.

Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) 241 Workshop

October 16, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport
6000 N.W. 21 Ave.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FEX) invites the local business community to attend this workshop to learn more about FTZ 241. Topics of discussion include international business in Broward County, FTZ Operator / User Overview and FTZ Made Simple.

To register, please call Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport at 954-828-4955 or email


Business Development Workshop 

October 16, 2014
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 422
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


Join OESBD for the 2014 Business Development workshop series, an update to the annual 12-part "How to Do Business with Broward County". This free series is focused on developing, creating capacity and providing resources to local small businesses.

Featured Topic:
FY 2015 Capital Projects and Contracting Opportunities

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Minority Enterprise Development Week (MEDWeek) 2014 Business Matchmaker Conference

October 16 - 17, 2014

Florida International University
Kovens Center

3000 N.E. 151 St.
North Miami, FL 33181

Join the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center Miami and its partners for this annual event. This event will include the second annual MEDWeek BizTank, a business investment competition similar to TVs "Shark Tank" on Thursday, October 16 at 1:00 p.m. Firms interested in applying to participate in MEDWeek BizTank must submit an application by August 30.

Skanska | Broward Health Local, Small and Diverse Vendor Breakfast Forum

October 20, 2014
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Broward Health North
Conference Center
201 E. Sample Road
Deerfield Beach, FL 33064

Learn about upcoming construction bid opportunities on the $70 million Broward Health North campus upgrade. All construction trades are encouraged to attend. Event includes networking and light refreshments.

Register online.

Florida Companies to Watch

October 23, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Hard Rock Live Orlando
6050 Universal Blvd.
Orlando, FL 32819

GrowFL presents this fourth annual event to acknowledge Florida's second stage business leaders. Black-tie optional.

Fees apply to participate. Register online.

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November 2014


Business and Trade Development Mission 

November 11 - 19, 2014

Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 

Join Miami-Dade County Business and Trade Development Mission to Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The market prospects and leading sectors for U.S. Exports to Brazil include: Aerospace/Aviation, Computers and Parts, Construction, Medical Equipment and Supplies, Information and Communication Technology, Sporting Goods, Travel and Tourism, Education, Safety and Security, and Professional Services.

Please contact Maria Dreyfus-Ulvert via email or 305-375-3885 for additional information.


Business Development Workshop 

November 15, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

West Regional Library
8601 W. Broward Blvd.
Plantation, FL 33324



Join OESBD for the 2014 Business Development workshop series, an update to the annual 12-part "How to Do Business with Broward County". This free series is focused on developing, creating capacity and providing resources to local small businesses.

Featured Topic:
Finding Business Financing - Uncover Funding Options for Startup and Growth

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December 2014


Business Development Workshop 

December 13, 2014
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

South Regional / Broward College Library
7300 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024


Join OESBD for the finale of the 2014 Business Development workshop series, an update to the annual 12-part "How to Do Business with Broward County". This free series is focused on developing, creating capacity and providing resources to local small businesses.

Featured Topic:
Doing Business Overseas

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June 2015

Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Airport Business Diversity Conference

June 11- 16, 2015

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach
3030 Holiday Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

AMAC is a non-profit, trade association dedicated to promoting the full participation of minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises in airport contracting and the inclusion of minorities and women in the work force. Broward County will host this 31st annual conference.

Fees apply to participate. Learn more.  

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September 2015

Export Readiness Seminar

September 22, 24 and 26

Broward College
111 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

The Office of Economic and Small Business Development in conjunction with Broward College will host this free three-part seminar. The seminar is free and open to the general business community. Pre-registration is required.


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Additional Event and Training Resources      

OESBD Kauffman FastTrac Training Affiliate Website - Learn more about upcoming courses for entrepreneurs 

Broward College Corporate and Continuing EducationFall 2014 Schedule   

Broward SCORE - Upcoming Business Workshops

South Broward SCORE - Upcoming Business Workshops

The Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) - PTAC Seminars and conferences

If you are interested in submitting an event for inclusion in this listing, please email your inquiry including all event details. 

NOTE: Events featured in this calendar are provided for informational purposes ONLY. Event dates, times, locations, speakers and activities are subject to change. Users are encouraged to review the "Disclaimer Regarding Accuracy of Information" on the Terms of Use page of this web site.

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