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BUSINESS ASSISTANCE WEEKLY

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 November 14, 2018
Broward and You

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"Start your day with good intentions and set yourself up for a good attitude. It's not what happens to you that matters but how you respond."

— Ken Blanchard 

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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

Do You Need Access to Capital? CAREFULLY Review the Following​: 

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Does Your Business Qualify:  
  • Is your business minority or woman owned?
  • Is your business registered in the State of Florida?
  • Have you been in THIS  business for 18 months?
  • Is your personal credit score 620 or above?
  • Have you filed your 2017 taxes? If so, do you owe and are you paying them?
  • Do you have a current audit OR CPA reviewed financials?
  • Do you have recent [within 60 days] business and personal financials?  
  • Is your business losing money or is it profitable? 
If you can answer YES (or appropriate response) to ALL of the questions above, then you may be eligible for a capital loan program that is currently available through the Urban League of Broward County. If you are a Broward County Certified Small Business and you believe this eligibility criteria matches you, we want to hear from you. This very limited, short-term offer is on a first come, first served basis and available only to a small number of pre-qualified firms meeting the eligibility criteria.  Use this link for more information and access to the loan application or call the Urban League of Broward County today, at 954-584-0777 for details. 

​IN THE NEWS
Broward's DBE Program Featured in American DBE Magazine 
Broward County’s DBE program was featured in American DBE Magazine, a quarterly trade publication providing news, information and business opportunities to diverse firms in the design, construction and transportation industries. The article shares the OESBD Director, Sandy-Michael McDonald's thoughts on building profitable local firms and much more. Check it out!​ 

South Florida Business Journal ​Highlights Opportunities for Small Businesses
Also in the news is a recent article in the South Florida Business Journal about the penny for transportation opportunities for small businesses.  “The surtax could result in $45 million in annual awards to Broward small businesses, which is a win for our community,” quotes Dana Pollitt, chair of the Broward Economic Development and Small Business Advisory Board. The article also features OESBD Director Sandy McDonald and highlights the opportunites the penny tax will provide to small businesses over the next 30 years. 

 
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FITCE 2018 Video to Premiere - Friday, November 16th 
OESBD will be premiering the new FITCE 2018 Video this Friday, November 16, 2018 on YouTube and at Broward.org/EconDev.  We look forward to sharing this special highlight with you.  Don't forget to save the dates for FITCE2019 - October 8 & 9, 2019!

 
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Small Business Saturday - November 24, 2018
Small Business Saturday continues to be an annual holiday shopping tradition - just one part of the larger Shop Small Movement to support small businesses every day and everywhere. The timing of Small Business Saturday​ helps it piggy-back off the Black Friday shopping fever. Support a Small Business in Broward County on Saturday, November 24th. Together we can help our Small Businesses thrive. Visit ShopSmall.com/MarketingSupport or stop by the Broward County Governmental Center Lobby display for more information.

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Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Supplier Diversity Business Event
Where:  Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Pl, Miramar, FL 33025 | ​When: Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 1:30 to 4 PM
Learn about the $500M in opportunities the BCPS procures each year and meet with prime contractors and buyers from the Tri-County School Districts. Connect with business support providers and learn about the certification programs available.


 
 

CALLING SMALL BUSINESSES:  Broward County Wants You to Get Certified

Does Your Firm Provide Any of the Following?   

  1. Architectural and Engineering - DDA
  2. Captioning/Recording Services
  3. Concession Sleep Suites
  4. Filter Media (Sand) 
  5. Grills 
  6. Hay 
  7. Janitorial Services
  8. Trees/Plants 
  9. Vibration Data Collection/Analysis
  10. Welcome Signs/Canopies​
OESBD is looking to certify firms that can provide any of the goods/services above. OESBD works tirelessly 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 constantly recruiting small businesses for County Certification

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



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


SAVE THE DATE! - December 5, 2018 Bonding Workshop

Where:  Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave, Room GC302, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 | 

When:  Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 3 to 4:30 PM

Stay tuned for upcoming Registration and Program Details. 


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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