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BUSINESS ASSISTANCE WEEKLY

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 July 11, 2018
Broward and You

Quote of The Week

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“The difference between a successful person and the rest
is not a lack of ability but
a lack of will.” 

– Vince Lombardi

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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


NEED BUSINESS ASSISTANCE?
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

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

Announcements

Event Services Providers: You Answered Our Call to Tap into the $14B Tourism Industry

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When a recent targeted marketing campaign was initiated to recruit event services providers for certification, the response was positive. This opportunity follows the Meet and Greet held last December with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (GFLCVB). In addition to event planners, responding vendors included florists, photographers, concessionaires / caterers and video production companies. Staff was more than happy to receive the many vendors who stopped by our office to hand deliver their applications. Many have since been certified and are now ready to fully engage in the upcoming qualified vendors list (QVL) solicitation through the GFLCVB. 
Thank you to the vendors that responded and all of you who helped us spread the word about this opportunity. This is a great example of how the amended Broward County Business Opportunity Act allows us to open up new opportunities for our local business community. Attend our Get Your Piece of the Pie Information Session on July 19th to learn more (see details below). 

NEW! Targeted Recruitment for Certification: Uniforms & Accessories

Transit drivers group 2.jpgBroward County is seeking vendors to supply uniforms and accessories for the Transit Division. Products include shirts, slacks, shorts, skirts, sweaters, caps, rainwear, jackets, leather driving gloves, shoes and more. If your firm can provide any of these items, we want you to get certified today! You can access eligibility requirements and the certification application online and view our Completing Your Local Certification Application Webinar​ on YouTube 24/7. TIP: Get CERTIFIED to Get in the Game!



Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD) Resource Workshop

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Are YOU having a hard time finding a job? Is your business ready to learn and grow?  OESBD, District 9 Commissioner Dale Holne​ss and key community partners will be on hand at this FREE workshop to provide the 411 on employment resources for residents and business owners in the BMSD.

 Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo 
 
Where: Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center, 1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 | When: October 17 & 18, 2018 

FITCE 2018 expects to attract over 1,000 attendees, including: 200 international businesses, 800 local businesses, multi-cultural global trade representatives from over 50 countries, federal, state and local trade agencies, and government leaders from around the world.    

FITCE 2018 Invited Guests of Honor Include:

  • His Excellency Bruno Tshibala, Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Her Excellency Laura Chinchilla, Former President of Costa Rica
  • His Excellency Vinicio Cerezo, Former President of Guatemala and Chair for SICA – Sistema de la Integración Centro America
  • His Excellency Luis Alberto Lacalle, Former President of Uruguay
  • His Excellency Nicolás Ardito Barletta Vallarino, Former President of Panama

NEW! Register as a LOCAL Exhibitor Sell your products and services to over 50 countries at the World Expo Marketplace! 

Other activities include:

  • Panel Discussions and Seminars – for example, “11 Steps to Exporting - A Roadmap to your Exporting Success!” and “How to Import into the United States”
  • Doing Business with the World – export and investment opportunities presented by foreign government     officials, ambassadors, consuls general, trade commissioners and/or leaders of bi-national chambers of commerce representing over 50 countries
  • Speed Matchmaking with Country Representatives - Meet one-on-one with governmental officials, ambassadors, consuls general, trade commissioners and/or leaders of bi-national chambers of commerce
  • NEW! American & International Buyers Panel / Meet & Greet - Learn about the purchasing process of large institutions and meet the buyers afterwards

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New Information Session - Thursday, July 19, 2018

Where:  Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Pl, Miramar, FL 33025 | Time:  4 to 5:30 PM

All Trades Are Welcome!
A & E | Construction | Contract Service​s | Cultural & Event Industry Services | Commodity Suppliers​ 

Attend a FREE information session. Discussion topics include:  

  • How to tap into Broward County Government’s annual spend - averaging over $600M
  • Updates on NEW total gross receipts cap for construction industry - increased to $9M
  • Personal net worth cap - increased to $1.32M

Additional date/location options include: 

For more information​ ​and to register


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International Website: Social Marketing & New Trade Grants Workshop

Where:  Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), 2nd Floor Auditorium, 221 SW 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312 | When: Tuesday, July 24, 2018 from 8:30 to 11:00 AM

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development and Enterprise Florida invite you to this insightful FREE workshop to learn:

  • Best practices on how to internationalize your website and your social marketing campaign.
  • How to maximize your online marketing efforts and grow your international sales presence 

Enterprise Florida will also unveil their new grants and trade assistance programs to assist your business with exporting. 

Register online.


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Exclusively for College Students - Passport to Broward #Broward Academy
Gain a whole new understanding of Broward County. Apply today for the Broward Academy, a special 10-week program exclusively for South Florida college students and interns that will provide a behind the scenes glimpse of how Broward County really works.  Deadline to apply is July 27, 2018.
 

CALLING SMALL BUSINESSES:  Broward County Wants You to Get Certified

Learn more and find out how your business can benefit from doing County business! OESBD is constantly recruiting small businesses for County Certification.




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.

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Training Opportunities


Technical Assistance Training Program

Completing Your Local Certification Application   
Where:  Virtual | When:  Wednesday, August 28, 2018 

This webinar takes you through the process of completing a County Business Enterprise / Small Business Enterprise (CBE/SBE) certification application for your firm. This interactive session details the steps and paperwork needed to complete the process.


Business Development Workshop

So You Want to Start a Nonprofit?  
WhereNorth Regional/Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd, Coconut Creek, FL 33066​ | When:  Saturday, September 22, 2018 | 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

If you've had a dream to start a nonprofit organization to serve the community, this is your chance to get information and resources you need to start out on the right foot. Get a general overview of the nonprofit start up process from experts and founders of successful nonprofits.

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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

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. 
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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 | Broward.org/EconDev

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