You Are Invited to a Public Forum:
Federally Funded Transit and Aviation Projects
Would you like work on federally funded projects?
If so, be a part of the program plan. Join us for one of the public forums!
When: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 from 2 to 4 PM
Where: Broward County Governmental Center, GC 422 Commission Chamber, 115 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
When: Saturday, June 15, 2019 from 10:30 AM to 12 Noon
Where: South Regional / Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
If you have ever asked yourself these questions, this Public Forum is for you!
- What is the Disadvantaged Enterprise Program (DBE) and how will it benefit my company?
- What type of projects are the typical DBE projects?
- How is this DBE program different from the minority small business program?
- Why do some projects have local program goals and some have DBE goals?
Join us in a discussion about the obstacles your business is facing in trying to participate in Broward County contracts solicited under the federal DBE program. Tell us how we can better create a level playing field for your business. Your input is an important part of the process in establishing these program goals. Let your voices be heard! The forum is FREE and open to the public; register today!
Open House on Hurricane Preparedness in the BMSD
Where: African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33324
When: Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 10AM to 2PM
The County is hosting its 5th Annual Open House on Hurricane Preparedness in the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD). You can learn from emergency management experts on preparing for hazards and resources available from dozens of County agencies and service providers. There will also be easy on-site registration for the Vulnerable Population Registry, AlertBroward and more. This is a great opportunity for family fun with free giveaways and raffle prizes. For more information: Dial 311 or 954-831-4000.
Business Resiliency Workshop and
Broward County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Tour
When: June 26, 2019 from 9 to 11 AM
Where: Broward County EOC, 201 NW 84th Avenue, Room 332B, Plantation, FL 33324
Prepare your business for the unexpected by joining us to learn the first step to surviving a natural or man-made disaster by attending this free preparedness workshop for local business owners. Speakers from the Office of Economic and Small Business Development, the Broward County EOC and other representation will be on hand to talk about lessons learned from Hurricane Irma, general practices of business continuity planning, Broward County's disaster response system and more.
Business Loans Available through the Urban League
The Urban League of Broward County Entrepreneurship Center Small Business Loan Fund
through our Central County Community Development Corporation is designed to provide access to capital to small businesses that have been in business for two or more years, showing viability, and creating jobs in the State of Florida. To date the program has deployed just about $2 million lending capital to small businesses. Read about two CBE/SBE firms who have successfully grown their businesses using this program.
Fort Lauderdale Photographer Expands Business With New Capital Access Fund
David I. Muir, DavidIPhoto, Inc.
, a local photographer and co-owner of a creative marketing agency, is one of the first CAF recipients. He’s relying on the fund to grow his business and seek economic empowerment. More
Broward Entrepreneur Finds Success With Help From Urban League Loan Fund
As a teenager, Keel Russell, Designs by Umbree,
still remembers looking around his low-income community in Broward County and realizing how tough it was to succeed financially. More
Economic Development News
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance named Broward County’s Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) their 2019 Economic Development Partner of the Year, at the organization’s mid-year luncheon earlier this month. Alliance President and CEO Bob Swindell called our airport “one of our community’s most treasured business assets.” According to a recent outside consultant’s economic impact study, FLL generates 255,386 direct, indirect and induced jobs resulting in a total economic impact of $37.5 billion annually.
Port Everglades Economic Impact Study Released
Elevated Port Everglades strengthened economic activity and created new jobs in Florida, according to a newly released containerized cargo and passenger volumes at Broward County's report for fiscal year 2018 by internationally recognized maritime research company Martin Associates. Overall, the study reflected positive growth in all economic indicators from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018, including jobs, personal income, economic activity, local purchases and state/local taxes.
Broward County and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau kicked off the project to expand the Broward County Convention Center and add a new four diamond Headquarters Hotel in Fort Lauderdale with a demolition event at The Portside Yachting Center May 16th. The schedule of construction activities will continue into 2023. Visit Broward.org/CCExpansion to learn more about the expansion project.
CALLING SMALL BUSINESSES: Broward County Wants You to Get Certified
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!
In April, 2019 OESBD:
ANNOUNCING Changes to the FDOT District 4 Certification Processing
Effective June 1, 2019, The Office of Economic and Small Business Development will resume responsibility for all currently active DBE files, all incoming files within Broward County jurisdiction and incoming interstate files. FDOT will assume responsibility for new DBE files located outside of Broward County, i.e., Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach and Indian River Counties. Designated Certifying Members will assist in the ACDBE file processing for files outside of Broward County jurisdiction (excluding interstate applications).
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.