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 May 22, 2019
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"One of the greatest victories you can gain over someone is to beat him at politeness." 
- Josh Billings

Interested in CERTIFYING your firm as a SMALL BUSINESS with Broward County?

OESBD provides certification services to local small businesses. LEARN MORE

  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE)
  • County Business Enterprise (CBE)
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)

Certification is FREE.

Become a Registered Vendor with Broward County and view all bid opportunities using BidSync

Contact us for technical assistance in a wide range of business topics.

FLL Jobs/Business Opportunities

Learn about Future Projects and Concession Opportunities at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Broward County Municipalities | Solicitation Information

Opportunities in Broward and Beyond


The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development provides the information contained in this document as a courtesy to our clients.



You Are Invited to a Public Forum:

Federally Funded Transit and Aviation Projects 

Would you like work on federally funded projects?

If so, be a part of the program plan. Join us for one of the public forums!

When:  Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 2 to 4 PM

Where:  Broward County Governmental Center, GC 422 Commission Chamber, 115 S  Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

- OR - 

When:  Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 12 Noon

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

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If you have ever asked yourself these questions, this Public Forum is for you!

  • What is the Disadvantaged Enterprise Program (DBE) and how will it benefit my company?
  • What type of projects are the typical DBE projects?
  • How is this DBE program different from the minority small business program?
  • Why do some projects have local program goals and some have DBE goals?

Join us in a discussion about the obstacles your business is facing in trying to participate in Broward County contracts solicited under the federal DBE program. Tell us how we can better create a level playing field for your business. Your input is an important part of the process in establishing these program goals. Let your voices be heard!  The forum is FREE and open to the public; register today!

Register online.

Open House on Hurricane Preparedness in the BMSD 
Where:  African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33324
When:  Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10AM to 2PM

The County is hosting its 5th Annual Open House on Hurricane Preparedness in the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD).  You can learn from emergency management experts on preparing for hazards and resources available from dozens of County agencies and service providers. There will also be easy on-site registration for the Vulnerable Population Registry, AlertBroward and more.  This is a great opportunity for family fun with free giveaways and raffle prizes. For more information: Dial 311 or 954-831-4000.

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Business Resiliency Workshop and
Broward County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Tour
When:  June 26, 2019 from 9 to 11 AM
Where:  Broward County EOC, 201 NW 84th Avenue, Room 332B, Plantation, FL 33324

Prepare your business for the unexpected by joining us to learn the first step to surviving a natural or man-made disaster by attending this free preparedness workshop for local business owners.  Speakers from the Office of Economic and Small Business Development, the Broward County EOC and other representation will be on hand to talk about lessons learned from Hurricane Irma, general practices of business continuity planning, Broward County's disaster response system and more.  

Register online.

Business Loans Available through the Urban League  
The Urban League of Broward County Entrepreneurship Center Small Business Loan Fund through our Central County Community Development Corporation is designed to provide access to capital to small businesses that have been in business for two or more years, showing viability, and creating jobs in the State of Florida. To date the program has deployed just about $2 million lending capital to small businesses. Read about two CBE/SBE firms who have successfully grown their businesses using this program.  

Fort Lauderdale Photographer Expands Business With New Capital Access Fund
David I. Muir, DavidIPhoto, Inc., a local photographer and co-owner of a creative marketing agency, is one of the first CAF recipients. He’s relying on the fund to grow his business and seek economic empowerment. More

Broward Entrepreneur Finds Success With Help From Urban League Loan Fund
As a teenager, Keel Russell, Designs by Umbree, still remembers looking around his low-income community in Broward County and realizing how tough it was to succeed financially. More


Economic Development News

Great Job, Partner!

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance named Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) their 2019 Economic Development Partner of the Year, at the organization’s mid-year luncheon earlier this month. Alliance President and CEO Bob Swindell called our airport “one of our community’s most treasured business assets.” According to a recent outside consultant’s economic impact study, FLL generates 255,386 direct, indirect and induced jobs resulting in a total economic impact of $37.5 billion annually.

Port Everglades Economic Impact Study Released

Elevated containerized cargo and passenger volumes at Broward County's Port Everglades strengthened economic activity and created new jobs in Florida, according to a newly released report for fiscal year 2018 by internationally recognized maritime research company Martin Associates. Overall, the study reflected positive growth in all economic indicators from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018, including jobs, personal income, economic activity, local purchases and state/local taxes. 

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Broward County and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau kicked off the project to expand the Broward County Convention Center and add a new four diamond Headquarters Hotel in Fort Lauderdale with a demolition event at The Portside Yachting Center May 16th. The schedule of construction activities will continue into 2023. Visit to learn more about the expansion project. 

CALLING SMALL BUSINESSES:  Broward County Wants You to Get Certified

OESBD is looking to certify firms that can provide any of the goods/services above. OESBD works diligently to provide certification services for small and disadvantaged businesses to compete for a piece of the $600M in contracting opportunities Broward County procures each year. We are continually recruiting small businesses for County Certification 

Learn more and find out how your business can benefit from doing County business! 

In April, 2019 OESBD:

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ANNOUNCING Changes to the FDOT District 4 Certification Processing  

Effective June 1, 2019, The Office of Economic and Small Business Development will resume responsibility for all currently active DBE files, all incoming files within Broward County jurisdiction and incoming interstate files. FDOT will assume responsibility for new DBE files located outside of Broward County, i.e., Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach and Indian River Counties. Designated Certifying Members will assist in the ACDBE file processing for files outside of Broward County jurisdiction (excluding interstate applications).

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Broward County Workforce Investment Program

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners established the Broward County Workforce Investment Program” to encourage local economic development by increasing potential employment opportunities for the economically disadvantaged and hard-to-hire in connection with County-funded projects of at least $500,000 in ​annual payments. Learn more. ​​​​​​​​

Training Opportunities

Workshops and Trainings for 2019 - Register Today!
You're Certified:  Now What? 

Where:  Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S Andrews Avenue, Room 302, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 
When:  Wednesday, June 12, 2019 from 3 to 4:30 PM

Geared towards newly and previously certified firms who want to maximize the use of their certification, source out strategic bid opportunities and learn best practices from a certified small business perspective. Discover the wide range of resources available through local and federal programs that can help develop, sustain and grow your businessRegister online.

Other Training Opportunities

​​OESBD offers a robust list of Training and Business Assistance Resources for small businesses. Please be sure to check out the many options available at the local, state and federal level.

Upcoming Business Events

Current Bid Solicitations

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Bid Deadline:  Monday, June 3, 2019 at 5 PM 
Broward County Planning and Development Division is seeking a qualified firm to provide Census 2020 Marketing Campaign as outlined in the detailed Scope of Services. The objective of this solicitation is to obtain a Consultant to plan, design, implement, monitor, and manage Census 2020 Marketing Campaign to influence historically hard-to-enumerate (HTE) populations to complete Census activities to obtain a complete count in Broward County. 

Bid Deadline:  Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 2 PM 
Vendors are invited to respond for an open-end contract to furnish all labor, materials, equipmentand  services  required  to  perform  comprehensive Janitorial Services for the Water and Wastewater Services Division.

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Bid Deadline:  Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 3 PM 
Broward Health will receive sealed responses to this RFP from persons or entities who wish to provide Target Market General and Trade Contracting Services. Further details regarding the RFP specifications can be found at (scroll to bottom of the page).

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TRADES include:
  • General Contractors
  • Electrical Contractors
  • Fire Alarm Contractors
  • Mechanical Contractors
  • Roofing Contractors
Apply for prequalification & ESMWBE certification by going to BCPS eProcure Online Supplier Portal:

NOTE: The Business Assistance Weekly provides an overview of the opportunities currently available. Please review the information posted online for more information, user requirements and/or subscriber agreements. 
To view procurement activities for Broward County, visit Current Solicitations and Results. 

Opportunities in Broward and Beyond

Please check out the left column of this e-publication for solicitation opportunities in Broward and Beyond.

Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room A680 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
954-357-6400 |

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