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 March 20, 2019
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"Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning."
- Benjamin Franklin​​​

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.


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Up Your Game!  Be an Exhibitor   

bbb exhibitor.jpgRaise the profile of your business as an exhibitor at the 2019 Broward & Beyond Business Conference, OESBD’s fourth annual large-scale countywide event. Now larger than ever, this year's conference will feature a dedicated exhibit hall with 45 exhibitor spaces - FOR ONLY $500. Promote your products and services to a captive audience comprised of more than 650 startup entrepreneurs, established business owners and professionals in various disciplines. Join representatives of nonprofits, financial institutions, media, academia and local, state and federal government agencies on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 8 AM to 4:30 PM at The Signature Grand, located at 6900 State Road 84 in Davie. 

Sponsorship Opportunities Are Available to Fit Every Budget!  
Various sponsorship benefits for your business may include: 
Official signature sponsor recognition in all media promotions
4-minute speaking opportunity and/or feature of your :90 promo video
Live acknowledgement at the keynote luncheon 
Opportunity to introduce the keynote speaker

For #BizBeyond2019, visit

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LAST CHANCE! Be a Part of Super Bowl LIV 
When: Thursday, March 21, 2019 from 10AM to 2PM
Where:  Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center, 410 SE 3rd Street, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

OESBD will partner with the Super Bowl LIV Business Connect Program at the final scheduled National Football League (NFL) Business Connect Informational Networking Session.  Hosted in Palm Beach County, this event completes the tri-county schedule following the well-received Broward and Miami-Dade sessions. RSVP to attend. 

Business Connect, a partnership between the NFL and the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee, provides the platform for diverse, qualified and certified South Florida area businesses to compete for contracts related to the upcoming Super Bowl in South Florida. The Business Connect Program is focused on creating contract opportunities for certified minority, woman, veteran, lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender-owned businesses. The deadline to apply is March 29, 2019.  

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Broward is Buying! Reverse Tradeshow
OESBD hosted the Broward is Buying Reverse Tradeshow on Friday, March 15th to a crowd of over 100 attendees, comprised of eager business owners and agency buyers. Attending entrepreneurs networked with representatives from over 15 Broward County agencies including Aviation, Facilities Management, Human Resources, Parks & Recreation, Port Everglades, Traffic Engineering and Transit. OESBD's Small Business Development Manager, Freddy Castillo, offered opening remarks and discussed the role vendors play in the County's procurement process. Returning to the Business Development Workshop series for the first time after a lengthy hiatus, OESBD may consider adding this event to the regular roster of programs. If you attended the tradeshow, we want your feedback!  Take the survey now.  

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Hallandale Beach Job & Career Fair 

When: Thursday, March 28, 2019 from 10AM to 2PM
Where:  Hallandale Beach Cultural Community Center, 410 SE 3rd Street, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009

Looking to hire people for your company? The Hallandale Beach Job & Career Fair is the right place to be. Meet with hundreds of qualified local candidates and make hires in just a few hours! If you are interested in becoming a vendor at the event, please complete and submit the online registration form. Space is limited, register today. 

Temporary Jobs Available for Census 2020
The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting workers for temporary jobs available in advance of the 2020 CensusThe 2020 Census Jobs website allows applicants to apply for a range of positions including recruiting assistants, office operations supervisors, clerks, census field supervisors and census takers. The positions offer flexible work hours including daytime, evenings and weekends. By joining the 2020 Census team, you can support our community while getting paid to do it. Visit Broward's Census 2020 website to learn more about local efforts to ensure a complete count. More information.

Tax Payments Express Drop-Off Service 
The Broward County Tax Collector’s Office will once again offer Express Drop-Off Service for tax payments on Friday, March 29th and Monday, April 1st from 10AM to 4PM at the rear entrance of the Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale. Avoid long lines inside the Governmental Center! Enter from Brickell Avenue. To find out what you need to bring when you submit tax payments through the Express Drop-Off services, visit their website.  

JMI Executive Program Application Deadlines
Where: Broward and Palm Beach Counties
Deadline to Apply:  March 31, 2019

The Jim Moran Institute for Global Entrepreneurship, within Florida State University’s College of Business, is accepting applications for its Small Business Executive Program (SBEP) and Nonprofit Executive Program (NPEP) in South Florida. Offered at no cost to participants, the programs are funded by The Jim Moran Foundation and Jim and Jan Moran. Application deadline is March 31st.  More information.  

CALLING SMALL BUSINESSES:  Broward County Wants You to Get Certified

Does Your Firm Provide...   

  • High Speed Mass Notification (i.e., Emergency Messaging Services) 
  • Runway Rubber & Paint/Striping Removal Services
  • Purchase Large Format Sign Printer 
  • License Plate Envelopes 
  • Bush Hog Mower 
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! 

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!

Completing Your Federal Certification Application 

Where:  Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S Andrews Avenue, Room 302, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 
When:  Wednesday, April 17, 2019 from 3 to 4:30PM

Need help applying for your DBE/ACDBE certification? Let us guide you step-by-step through completing the U.S. Department of Transportation Uniform Certification Application. Perfect for anyone interested in Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) or Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) programs to do business with Aviation and/or Transit/Transportation. Register 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

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. 

Bid #TRN2116587B1 - Car Wash Hand Detailing Services  

Optional Pre-Bid Meeting 
When:  Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 10 AM  |  Where:   Fleet Services, #2 SW 4 Avenue Ft. Lauderdale, 33315

Scope of Work includes, but is not limited to, the furnishing of all labor, materials, equipment, services and incidentals for Car Wash Hand Detailing Services for Broward County Vehicles and Broward County Employee Vehicles.  This solicitation is reserved for Broward County certified Small Business Enterprises.  More information

 Pirtle Subcontracting Opportunity - Palm Beach Schools
Pirtle Construction has recently been awarded work in three different schools for the School District of Palm Beach County. Pirtle's contract has a 20% SBE requirement, and now they are in the process of finding ready willing and able subcontractors to participate in these projects. As a certified business you already have a strategic advantage; however, you need to pre-qualify with Pirtle Construction.  More information.

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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