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 August 21, 2019
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"Wonder what your customer really wants? Ask. Don’t tell.” 
Lisa Stone

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).

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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.


Application Deadline Extended 

The deadline to apply for the NewVenture™ Entrepreneurship Program starting September 11th has been extended to Monday, August 26th at midnight. We are looking for 15 businesspersons or individuals who are ready to become Entrepreneurs and start their own business. Are you ready? Would you like to competitively pitch for seed money? 

NewVenture™ is open to all Broward County residents. Visit our website to apply and learn more. 

Contracting With Broward County

It takes a lot to keep Broward County moving. Last year, the County purchased over $1B in goods and services. If your local small business has the right product or service to sell, Broward County is looking to buy! So, what does Broward County buy? A variety of items that fall into one of these categories:

  • Goods and Commodities

  • Contract Services

  • Architect/Engineering

  • Construction

View the comprehensive list on our website. Get certified and do business with us!

Small Business Certification Programs 

The Office of Economic and Small Business Development is continuously recruiting firms for small business certification. There are many Broward County procurement opportunities that your business may be eligible to access. We offer four types of certifications; two local certification programs and two federal certification programs.

Local Certification Programs
Federal Certification Programs
Call us at 954-357-6400 or visit our website to learn about these programs. 

 30% CBE Goal on Largest County Project! 

Balfour Beatty hosted their initial Developer/Prime Builder information session on their open bid for the Broward County Convention Center West Expansion GMPs 1, 2 and 3 on August 20th. GMP 1 West represents Utility Realignment; GMP 2 West is the expansion, and GMP 3 Utility is the realignment for the Hotel, Convention and Visitors Bureau, Plaza and East Expansion/Demo of the Northport Garage. See bid solicitation feature below under Hot Bids

All CBE's are encouraged to get pre-qualified with Balfour Beatty now! If you are not certified as a County Business Enterprise, get certified! It takes about 20 minutes to complete the application. Once we receive the completed application, accompanied by the required supporting documents, your firm will be evaluated for certification eligibility. Should you have questions or require technical assistance in completing your application, please contact our office at 954-357-6400. We are ready to assist you throughout the application process. 

Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of the largest project in Broward County's history, the Broward County Convention Center Expansion and Headquarters Project, which has a 30% CBE participation goal and an estimated project cost of $1.075 Billion! Future Meet & Greets for prime contractors and CBE subcontractors will be announced. Don't miss the upcoming Meet & Greets!


 Local Exhibitors Needed

The annual Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE) will be held October 9-10, 2019 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center. This free conference expects to attract more than 1500 attendees including: international businesses, local businesses, multi-cultural global trade representatives from 64 countries and government leaders from around the globe. There is no better event than FITCE to showcase your goods and services to the world!

For more information or to reserve your exhibit space today, call 954-357-6400. Exhibitor booths are only $75.  Registration to attend FITCE is still open. Register today

 The transportation surtax is estimated to collect $355 million a year, every year, for the next 30 years! Now is the time to place the open sign on your dream business or take your business to the next level. Small business owners we are talking to you! Attend one of the upcoming surtax information sessions to learn about upcoming projects funded by the transportation surtax. 

  • September 5th: City of Lauderdale Lakes Branch Library Educational and Cultural Center, Lauderdale Lakes, 9 to 10:30 AM. Register!
  • September 14th: West Regional Library, Plantation, 10:30 AM to Noon. Register!

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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. Contractors seeking additional information on this program may contact our Economic Development Section at 954-357-6400 or via email. View the Administrative Code and the Workforce Investment Program Guide Presentation

Broward Supplier Diversity Day, On the Road to Success
Where:  Broward College, North Campus
1000 Coconut Creek Blvd., Omni Auditorium, Coconut Creek, FL 33066
When:   Thursday, August 22nd, from 8:30 AM to 1 PM

The Supplier Diversity Day is a forum for small businesses to interact with local, county, state, and federal government representatives. This free networking event includes, an open Q&A panel discussion, networking opportunities, and a reverse trade show. Free parking information will be directly emailed to registered attendees.

Let's Make Sure All Our Children Get Counted! 
Where:  Children's Services Council of Broward County
6600 W. Commercial Blvd., Lauderhill FL 33319
When:   Friday, August 23rd, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM

If you are involved with an organization or group that serves or supports young children under 5, attend the Broward County Complete Count Hard to Enumerate Subcommittee meeting to ensure our children are counted and our community receives the resources we need to keep our children healthy and safe. Historically, children under 5 have been undercounted and this impacts the allocation of federal funding for many programs designed to aid this segment of our population. Help us ensure EVERY CHILD in BROWARD GETS COUNTED! To learn more, call us at 954-357-6400.

Broward County Business Conference & Expo 
Where:  Sheraton Suites Cypress Creek Hotel & Conference Center
555 N.W. 62nd Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
When:   Thursday, August 29th, from 3 to 8 PM

Put your business, your brand, your products and services in the spotlight at the 2019 South Florida Business Conference & EXPO.

Featuring a Business to Business Trade Show, International Expo, Technology Show, Hospitality Showcase, Real Estate & Developers Showcase, Finance & Venture Capital Expose, Start Up Exhibition, Career Fair, Motivational Seminars, Educational Workshops, Block Chain, Crypto-Currency & Artificial Intelligence Summit, VIP Networking, & How To Do Business With City, County, State & Federal Governments. OESBD will be there! 

DoingBusinessWithCounty.pngCertify Your Small Business and Learn How to Do Business with Broward County 
Where:  North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch Library
6901 Kimberly Blvd., North Lauderdale, FL 33068
When: Tuesday, September 17th, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Attend this free information session held in collaboration with Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine (District 3) to certify your small business and learn how to take advantage of new opportunities to do business with Broward County Government.

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


In 3rd Quarter FY2019, OESBD:

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Training Opportunities

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Join 'Em - How to Use a Joint Venture to Grow Your Business 

Where: Broward County Governmental Center
115 S Andrews Ave., Room 302
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
When: Wednesday, August 28th, 3 to 4:30 PM

Have you heard the term Joint Venture but aren’t sure what it really means? In this training you will learn the key elements to a joint venture, why businesses form them, how to form one, and hear real world examples of successful joint ventures as well as pitfalls to avoid.

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


Broward County Convention Center West Expansion GMPs 1, 2 and 3   
Deadline: September 5, 2019 2:00 PM EDT 

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the above-named Contractor, will be bidding and will receive bids for the award of all Divisions 3 through 33 subcontracts for the GMP's listed below:

Broward County Convention Center West Expansion GMPs 1, 2 and 3 (GMP 1 West Utility Realignment), (GMP 2 West Expansion), (GMP 3 Utility Realignment for the Hotel, CVB, Plaza and East Expansion/Demo of Northport Garage). The Prime Contract is Design Build. Documents may be obtained at any time from Balfour Beatty Construction, contact Warren McCraw at or Mark Cantrell at 954-585-4000

Documents will be available electronically through Balfour Beatty and any bidder wishing to receive hard copies of plans can arrange to get them at their own expense. The link for the Website to obtain bid documents is:

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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