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 September 18, 2019
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Going into business was your decision. Staying in business will be determined by your customers or clients.” ~ SMEM

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.


Additional Surtax Sessions Coming  

Building on the success of our first five surtax business information sessions, we are planning to add another two sessions before the end of the year. One of the two sessions will primarily focus on upcoming IT projects. In the meantime, view upcoming projects funded by the transportation surtax and additional surtax information on the Penny for Transportation website.

Diverse Clientele?

Broward Library offers El Club/Spanish Cafe, a free Spanish conversation practice class for adult beginners, intermediate and advanced learners who are interested in developing their Spanish vocabulary and conversation skills. Students practice skills through games, conversations, and reading. Classes are offered at 8 different locations.  Libraries also offers opportunities to learn many other languages through Language Programs such as Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone, Transparent Language, and Ultimate Phonics.  

Money _colin-watts-WdatEBiC_cQ-unsplash.jpgDoing Business with Broward County
If you sell a commodity or service, you may find a market in Broward County Government. In 2018, the Purchasing Division contracted more than $1 billion in goods, services and construction. The division’s principal objective is the acquisition of quality goods and services at the lowest cost. Therefore, they are constantly seeking new suppliers.

All vendors located in Broward County must have a current Broward County Local Business Tax Receipt (formerly known as an Occupational License Tax) unless they are exempt. All corporations and partnerships must have the authority to transact business in the State of Florida and be in good standing with the Florida Secretary of State. Learn more about doing business with the County on the Purchasing Division’s website

How to Contract with the Federal Government
GSA’s Office of Small Business Utilization will hold a series of webinars to help small business owners contract with the federal government.
  1. Getting on the GSA Schedule: What You Need to Know | September 19, 1:00 pm ET. This virtual training course will outline what a GSA Schedule is and help you understand the process for getting on the GSA Schedule. Register here.
  2. Marketing Your GSA Contract | September 24, 1:00 pm ET. There are many opportunities available in the federal procurement market. Developing a federal marketing and sales strategy can help you achieve success in the federal sector. Register for this webinar to learn how to create an effective federal marketing plan with a targeted approach to government procurement. Register here.


Entrepreneur Summit 2019

BusinessandBagels.pngWhere:  Nova Southeastern University, Carl DeSantis Building
3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
When: Friday, September 20th, from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM

The 8th Annual Entrepreneur Summit is a Hispanic Unity of Florida event in partnership with its host, Nova Southeastern University (NSU). 

This event showcases the diverse array of businesses that contribute to South Florida’s economy. The goals of this event are to inform attendees about what it takes to succeed as a business owner through presentations and discussions led by business experts; connect existing and emerging entrepreneurs with opportunities to network with many like-minded professionals who can provide connections and guidance and inspire all attendees through the stories of others who have become successful business owners. To learn more, visit

Super Bowl LIV Business Connect Workshop
Where: PortMiami, Cruise Terminal D
1435 N Cruise Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
Parking will be provided in Lot D
When:  Wednesday, September 25th, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM

What are NFL contractors looking for when they interview local businesses for Super Bowl events? Attend this Super Bowl LIV Business Connect Workshop to meet four NFL contractors who will answer that question and more. Workshop professional development breakout sessions will also detail the art of filling out Super Bowl RFPs and mastering social media for your business. Invitations are limited to one representative. RSVP to reserve your space today! 

Small Business Executive Program and Non-Profit Executive Program 

jim moran logo.jpgThe Jim Moran Institute For Global Entrepreneurship is offering their free Small Business Executive Program and Non-Profit Executive Program January to May 2020 and July to November 2020. The programs are ideal for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners, executive directors, and presidents of small business and non-profit organizations. Created to be a world-class learning experience that accommodates busy schedules, the programs equip executives to emerge stronger leaders ready to capitalize on business opportunities. 

The deadline to apply for the spring session is September 30, 2019 and for the fall session, March 31, 2020. To learn more, visit The Jim Moran Institute For Global Entrepreneurship website

Know Someone Who’s Looking for a Job?
Broward’s Human Resources Division is hosting JOBtober Fest at the Main Library, 6th Floor, on Friday, October 4th from 11AM- 5PM. This event gives the public an opportunity to interact and network with County agencies and learn about the services they provide and various career paths, employment and volunteer opportunities.  Agencies include Human Resources, Aviation, Parks, Port Everglades, Public Works and Records, Taxes & Treasury plus County benefit providers. Resume critiquing and on-site applications will also be available. If you or someone you know is looking for a job, this is a great opportunity for them to obtain information on career opportunities, network with the County agencies and learn about the many services the County provides to the community. Please contact Staffing Services at 954-357-6020 or with any questions

Additionally, the Office of Economic and Small Business Development is seeking two qualified Small Business Development Specialists to specialize in surtax projects in two different capacities. One will have thorough knowledge of the principals and practices of small business certification and compliance (SURTAX) while the other will have thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of Communications, Marketing, or Public Relations (CRO). The successful candidates must also possess the ability to handle multiple time-sensitive business development projects and functions as part of a cohesive team. To apply and to learn more about these job openings, including additional requirements and preferences, visit

Registration is Almost Full. Don't Miss Out!
Wow! We’ve had an unbelievable registration response to this year’s Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE). If you are thinking of attending the 5th Annual FITCE conference, October 9-10th, be sure to register. The highly anticipated event for international trade is estimated to attract more than 1,500 attendees from around the world and registration is almost full. Still on the fence? View a list of confirmed dignitaries and the agenda on our website,

Also, just a few exhibitor spaces are left; reserve yours today by calling 954-357-6400! Exhibitor booths are only $100. Registration closes October 7th.

Training Opportunities

Stay tuned for our 2020 training sessions. All sessions will be free to the public.

Business Resources

​​OESBD offers a robust list of Training and Business Assistance Resources for small businesses including a list of options available at the local, state and federal level.

Upcoming Business Events

Current Bid Solicitations

Request for Proposal 
RFP - GEN2119422P1 - Communication and Marketing Services

30% CBE Participation Goal I CBE Program Requirements 

EXTENDED - Submittal Deadline: Friday, September 20, 2019 at 2 PM

Broward County seeks proposals from firms interested in providing consulting services in the following categories: 1) Branding, Media and Marketing Services, 2) Crisis Communication Services, 3) Digital Content Delivery Services, 4) Video Scripting and Production.

Vendor MUST submit its solicitation response electronically and MUST confirm its submittal in order for the County to receive a valid response through BidSync. Refer to the Purchasing Division website or contact BidSync for submittal instructions. It is the Vendor’s sole responsibility to assure its response is submitted and received through BidSync by the date and time specified in the solicitation. The County will not consider solicitation responses received by other means. Vendors are encouraged to submit their responses in advance of the due date and time specified in the solicitation document. In the event that the Vendor is having difficulty submitting the solicitation document through BidSync, immediately notify the Purchasing Agent and then contact BidSync for technical assistance.

Added on September 9, 2019:
Addendum issued 09/09/2019 to address the following:
  1. Update the Special Instructions to Vendors document, Section C - Standard Agreement Language Requirements, link to second listed Agreement is hereby revised from  to
  2. Add the Vendor Reference Verification Form document.
  3. Remove a duplicate set of the Scope of Work document.
  4. Clarify the previous Addendum was issued to remove an incorrectly applied 'CBE Required Qualification' BidSync flag that had restricted access of this solicitation only to firms that were registered as a CBE in BidSync.  The removal of the 'CBE Required Qualification' BidSync flag does not affect the 30% CBE Goals responsibility criteria. 
  5. Confirm this solicitation has a 30% CBE Goal applicable to any of the up to four potential contracts for the Categories listed.
Request for Letter of Interest  
25% ACDBE Participation Goal I ACDBE Program Requirements


Advertised date: August 20, 2019

Inquiry period: September 4, 2019 – September 18, 2019

Closing date: October 30, 2019 at 4:30 PM 

Broward County is offering the opportunity to design, build, operate, and manage a common-use passenger lounge at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Respondents to this Request for Letters of Interest should propose a high quality, professionally designed, and state-of-the-art airport lounge operation which will appeal to FLL’s unique mix of international and domestic passengers. This concession opportunity will be non-exclusive, and the County reserves the right to add other lounge operations and lounge concessionaires.   

View this and other concession-related solicitations on FLL's solicitation webpage.  

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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