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Breaking News! 
State, Federal Disaster Loan Programs Activated to Aid Businesses 
Impacted by Hurricane Irma

Florida business owners whose businesses were impacted by Hurricane Irma may now apply for various state and federal disaster loan programs. Learn more... 

NEW! Post Hurricane Irma Assistance for Businesses and Residents

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has declared Broward County eligible for individual assistance. FEMA Disaster Assistance can help support your recovery from a major disaster such as Hurricane Irma. If you have damage or sustained impact that you believe will result in future damage, register NOW - either online at or by phone 1-800-621-3362. FEMA is encouraging everyone to register early. Please note the information below for Broward County businesses in need of assistance following Hurricane Irma:

  • The Hurricane Irma Damage Assessment Survey form is now available online through the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLBVEOC). Feedback received from the Damage Assessment Surveys may be linked to the State's Emergency Bridge Loan Program which could impact that decision making process.
  • The Small Business Administration (SBA) approved low-interest disaster loans.
    • The U.S. SBA announced that over $5 million in low-interest disaster loans have been approved for Florida businesses and residents affected by Hurricane Irma. Disaster loans are available to businesses of all sizes, most private nonprofit organizations, homeowners and renters to cover uninsured losses from the disaster.
    • The filing deadline to submit applications for physical property damage is November 9, 2017. The deadline for economic injury applications is June 11, 2018.​
  • Disaster Unemployment Assistance provides financial assistance to individuals whose employment or self-employment has been lost or interrupted as a direct result of a major disaster and who are NOT eligible for regular unemployment insurance benefits. Visit the Disaster Unemployment Assistance website to:
    • See if you are eligible for assistance
    • View the benefits you may receive
    • Get information on how to file a claim
  • The Department of Labor (DOL) provides income and job assistance after a disaster. For more information, call 1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365).

NEW! Do You Have Upcoming Subcontracting Opportunities?  We Can Help!

The Community Relations and Outreach Section (CRO) provides outreach support targeting current or future opportunities that encourage small business participation with or without small business goals. Learn more...​
NEW!  View 2017 Broward & Beyond Conference Video!
Broward County's second annual business conference was held on Friday, May 5th at the Signature Grand. Take a look at the conference video and get ready to save the date for next year's conference -- FRIDAY, MAY 4th, 2018.  
NEW! Zap Zika with Broward County!
Follow Broward County's Mosquito Control Section tips to guard against the spread of the Zika Virus. A new 60-second #ZapZikaBroward public service announcement has been posted on YouTube to help everyone in the community learn three easy steps to help rid properties of this pesky mosquito and make Broward safer for all. Learn more...
Business Impacted by June Floods? You May Be Eligible for Funding
The Broward Emergency Management Division is coordinating with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to assess financial assistance eligibility for small businesses that have suffered economic loss due to the heavy rainfall and flooding in the month of June. Learn more...  


Need an Intern? CareerSource Broward Has a Program For YOU!
If you are in need of an extra pair of hands for your business, look no further. CareerSource Broward has a program to help our local businesses get the help they need and help local youth get valuable job experience. is a recently launched portal to connect potential interns and employers. Learn more...  

Business Damage Assessment Survey Activated for FLL Incident

In response to the recent incident at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), the Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) requested the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and Emergency Support Function (ESF) 18 to activate the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC) business damage survey tool. The survey tool will assist in assessing the economic impact the FLL incident is having on local businesses in and near the airport. The survey results will be used by the state to help determine the need to pursue a Small Business Administration Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Declaration. The results may also be shared with various federal, state and local agencies to identify other appropriate programs and resources. 

All affected businesses are asked to complete a Business Damage Assessment Survey. To access the survey, visit and select "Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport". The survey is also available in Creole​ and Spanish

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development has taken the lead in coordinating local business outreach efforts. For more information, contact Herb Parlato, Economic Development Specialist, at 954-357-5672


'Thank You' to Our Broward is Listening Attendees!

We appreciate everyone who attended the "Broward is Listening" public forums. If you missed them, don't worry - we've got you covered. You can review questions and answers online. Visit the "Broward is Listening" public forum webpage to view Q & A shared between attendees and key representatives of OESBD and the Broward County Small Business Development Advisory Board. This series was designed as an open invitation for you to share experiences, concerns, challenges and successes about doing business with us.

*NOTE: Check the webpage often for updates as new content is added.  

Creation Station Business Now Open
Are you an entrepreneur in need of a free work space?  How about a small business owner looking for a free meeting space in downtown Fort Lauderdale?  Interested in business-related seminars and activities? Then Creation Station Business is for you. This new co-working space is now open to the public on the 7th floor of the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave. in downtown Fort Lauderdale. For more information or make a space reservation, call 954-357-7148.


Public/Private Partnership Development Opportunity
The Broward County Board of County Commissioners announces a public/private partnership opportunity through the sale of a 1.1 acre, development-ready site. Located in the 300 block of Northwest 27th Avenue, the property is just west of I-95 near downtown Fort Lauderdale in the Broward Municipal Services District. With zoning flexibility and development assistance programs available, this parcel (formally known as "Tater Town") is located just blocks away from the new 300,000 square foot Walmart-Riverbend​ retail development. For more information, contact Steven Tinsley, Economic Development Manager, at 954-357-8075.
County Commission Approves Employment Self-Sufficiency Program
The Broward County Commission approved a program targeting the high unemployment rate and low incomes in the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD). The Employment Self Sufficiency Program would provide training and employment opportunities for unemployed individuals over 18 who reside in the BSMD. The proposal includes partnering with non-profit organizations selected through a competitive process to provide specialized job readiness classes, a path to GED / special diploma attainment, job placement, vocational and job skills, budgeting skills and employment.  More...