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December 2014

Workforce Investment Program Contractor Training

December 19, 2014
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

OESBD will facilitate this free information session which will include an overview of the new Broward County Workforce Investment Program and details about how it will work. All members of the contracting community, including prime and sub- contractors and consultants, are invited to attend this program orientation.

Registration is not required.  

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January 2015  

NAWIC January Luncheon:
Construction Lien Law

January 6, 2015
11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Bimini Boatyard
1555 S.E. 17th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) is hosting this luncheon - for members, non-members, women and men. The featured speakers Ilona Katrus, attorney with Roetzel & Andress and Michelle Ammendola, construction attorney with Becker & Poliakoff, will discuss the importance of timing and common pitfalls.

Fees apply to attend. RSVP via email.

Broward College Corporate and Continuing Education Open House

January 7, 2015
5:30 - 6:30 PM

Broward College South Campus
7200 Pines Blvd., Amphitheater
(Near Bldg. 71, Room 136)
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

The Broward College Institute for Economic Development presents this free event to share information on its Corporate and Continuing Education course offerings which include business development, accounting, social media marketing, customer service and human resources. Come and speak with an advisor and get a free T-shirt with a course registration. Attendees can also enter to win a free course. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information call 954-201-7800 or email.

Small Business Executive Program Class III

January 13, 2015

Tallahassee Community College
Capital Center at Kleman Plaza

300 W. Pensacola St.
Tallahassee, FL 32301

This program is focused on corporate growth and financial success. It is an unparalleled opportunity to enhance business skills, innovate with other small business owners and prepare for new challenges. Topics include strategic planning, marketing, technology and financial analysis. Application deadline is December 26, 2014.

Apply now online.   

PBI Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Outreach Meeting

January 14, 2015
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Palm Beach County Department of Airports Administrative Office
846 Palm Beach International Airport (PBI)
West Palm Beach, FL 33406

The Palm Beach County Department of Airports is presenting this networking event for interested DBE firms to meet prime contractors currently seeking DBE partners on future airport projects. Attendees will also obtain information about upcoming airport projects.  

RSVP by Friday, January 9. Space is limited; registration is encouraged. For more information, call 561-471-7421

Grant Training Workshop

January 20-21, 2016

Miramar Police Sunset Sub-Station
2811 S.W. 186 Ave.
Miramar, FL 33029

The City of Miramar and Grant Writing USA present this two-day training for grant seekers across all disciplines including beginning and experienced non-profits, educational institutions and government entities.

Fees apply to participate which includes all materials. Registration is required; Register online.  

USASBE 2015 Conference
Advancing Entrepreneurship Teaching and Research

January 22 - 25, 2015

Downtown Tampa Hilton
211 N. Tampa St.
Tampa, FL 33602

The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) is dedicated to advancing the discipline of entrepreneurship. This annual event is the premier conference for entrepreneurship scholars and educators and for attendees to learn best practices in entrepreneurship education and program development.

Fees apply to attend. Register online.

Leveraging Corporate Social Responsibility to Create Business Opportunities Luncheon

January 24, 2015
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Westin Fort Lauderdale
400 Corporate Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33334

Businesses Building Businesses (BBB) Global Alliance is presenting this event for profit and nonprofit organizations to connect and foster corporate social responsibility. The featured guest speaker is Victoria Hughes, Director of the Florida Women's Business Center.

Fees apply to participate. Registration is required.

Broward College Institute for Economic Development Course: Small Business Development

January 24 - February 21, 2015
1:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Broward College, North Campus
1000 Coconut Creek Blvd.
Coconut Creek, FL 33066

The Broward College Institute for Economic Development presents this course (512546; EDI 0426)as part of its Corporate and Continuing Education course offerings. Students will learn business essentials such as business plan rationale, financials, marketing and leadership skills.

Register online. A fee applies to participate. For more information call 954-201-7800 or email.

Turner School of Construction Management Program

January 26 - April 15, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Mitchell/Moore Community Center
901 N.W. Tenth St.
Pompano Beach, FL 33060

The Turner Construction Company is hosting this event to launch its FREE 2015 educational program designed to assist disadvantaged, minority and women owned businesses in the construction industry. The program provides management training and certification to potential subcontractors with each graduate earning credits which can be used toward a general contractor license.   A Kickoff Reception & Orientation will be held at 6 PM on January 26 at the E. Pat Larkins Center, 520 MLK Blvd., in Pompano Beach. 

The course is free to participants. Registration is first come, first served. Register online. 

2015 Florida Venture Capital Conference

January 29-30, 2015

Diplomat Resort
3555 S. Ocean Dr.
Hollywood, FL 33019

This conference showcases high growth companies before a nation audience of angel investors, venture capitalists and industry professionals.

Register online. Fees apply to participate.

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February 2015 


2015 Business Development Workshop

February 5, 2015
6 - 8 PM

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


 Details to come!

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March 2015 


The Entrepreneur's Boot Camp: Short Course (MIAMI)

March 19-21, 2015

Coral Gables, FL


Babson College presents this three-day program designed for entrepreneurs who seek to create new opportunities in the form of a start-up. Presenters include Babson College Entrepreneurship professors Andrew Corbett and Angelo Santnelli.

Fees apply to participate. Register online. For more information, email or call 781-239-4354.

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April 2015 

INC. Magazine Grow Your Company Conference

April 7-9, 2014

Omni Nashville
250 Fifth Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203

Entrepreneurs, business leaders, bestselling authors and more are invited to this three-day event to encourage business growth. Attendees will get advice, ideas and business solutions from subject matter experts. Featured speakers include Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot, and INC. president Eric Schurenberg.

Fees apply to participate. Register online.

SFMSDC Business Expo

April 14 - 15, 2015

Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

Anyone interested in business growth should attend this 30th annual event presented by the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council. The event will include a trade fair, workshops, industry forums, networking and on-site contracting opportunities.

Fees apply to attend. View registration information online.

2015 Business Development Workshop

April 25, 2015
10:30 AM - 12 PM

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

Details to come!

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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. For information call Jasmine Jones at 954-357-6400. 

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August 2015

2015 Business Development Workshop

August 1, 2015
10:30 AM - 12 PM

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

Details to come!

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November 2015




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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 Education 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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