Business Development Workshop Series

The Business Development Workshop Series is a free annual program presented by the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development. This series is designed for all local business owners and entrepreneurs interested in growing the reach of their businesses beyond Broward County. The workshops are FREE and open to the public.  


Business Development Workshop Series 
FY18 Capital Projects and Contracting Opportunities* - Registration Closed  
Thursday, October 12, 2017 | 2 to 4 PM
Broward County Governmental Center, Commission Chamber

**NEW! To view presentation slides, visit the Broward County OESBD channel on YouTube​. **

Agency representatives shared details and provided valuable tips on upcoming contracting opportunities. This event was designed for primes, subcontractors, vendors and anyone interested in doing business with Broward County government. Attendees made business-to-business connections and networked with County decision makers from nine agencies.
Participating Broward County Agencies:
 - Aviation Department, Planning & Development Division
 - Construction Management Division
 - Cultural Division, Public Art & Design (PAD) Program
 - Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
 - Highway Construction & Engineering Division
 - Parks and Recreation Division
 - Port Everglades Department, Seaport Engineering & Construction Division
 - Purchasing Department
 - Transit Division, Construction Project Management
 - Transit Division, Rail
NEW! Subcontracting Opportunities for Certified and Non-Certified Firms
Attendees to the October 12th workshop also learned about the following:
  • Moss & Associates shared information about the Port Everglades Terminal 25 project which has a 28% CBE Goal. Estimated value $80M. Over $22M in small business participation opportunity!
  • Moss/Kiewit, JV discussed the Southport Turning Notch Expansion and Crane Rail Infrastructure project. This project is designated as a small business participation component project under 49 CFR Section 26.39, and the Broward County Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program Plan. Estimated value $220M. Firms that meet the SBA Small Business Size Standards by NAICS Industry and DBE firms are eligible to participate.

* Part of "Broward Means Business", an initiative of Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief, District 8 Commissioner.   

Getting Your Business Fiscally Fit in 2017* - Registration Closed  
Thursday, January 26, 2017 | 3 to 5 PM
Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025
Financial literacy is essential to growing a business. Firms will learn how to understand their financial statements and discover ways to identify accounting mistakes that may put their business at risk; how they can protect their assets with a few smart moves; they will learn about state and federal financing programs available and explore non-traditional funding options to see whether they will work for their business. Our panel of experts will help our businesses get in shape by covering a wide range of financial topics and providing answers to questions they didn't know they had.

Confirmed Panelists: 
David Rodriguez, Enterprise Florida
Marie GillM. Gill & Associates (Moderator)
Shaun DavisS. Davis & Associates, PA 
Seth Ellis, Tripp Scott Law Firm


2017 Broward and Beyond Business Conference* Registration Closed 
Friday, May 5, 2017 | 8 AM to 5 PM
Signature Grand, 6900 W State Road 84, Davie, FL 33317 
This year's conference will present opportunities for business owners that are in various business life cycles, as well as nonprofit organizations to connect and foster prospective business relationships. Attendees will engage and gain knowledge through a series of educational workshops and participate in targeted roundtable discussions that relate directly to their business and respective industry. 


Doing Business with Parks & Recreation and Other County Agencies - Registration Closed 
Saturday, June 10, 2017 | 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Oak Hammock Hall at Long Key Nature Center, 3501 SW 130th Avenue, Davie, FL 33330
The workshop featured Parks and Recreation representatives presenting helpful tips and tools about its programs and services, how to do business with Parks and Recreation, and sharing upcoming contracting opportunities that may translate into new opportunities for a small business. Businesses learned how to respond to their solicitations including how they recognize Broward County's small business certifications in their purchasing process. They also learned how to become an approved and registered vendor with Broward County Parks. Following the workshop, attendees made B2B connections and networked with County Parks and Recreation and other County representatives.

Confirmed Presenter: Cheryl Cayer, Broward County Parks and Recreation

12:30 to 1:30 (Immediately following the workshop)
Broward County residents, business owners and entrepreneurs were invited to connect and share resources at this innovative first time event. Invited exhibitors included Broward County agencies, Broward County Parks and Recreation registered vendors and more. Attendees met vendors for event needs, received contacts for opportunities with County government, and/or business services such as technical assistance and funding.


NEW! Doing Business with the Transportation Department - Registration Closed 
Thursday, July 20, 2017 | 3 to 5 PM
North Regional / Broward College Library
1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33066

This workshop is for anyone who is interested in the various opportunities to do business with Transit. Firms will learn about upcoming projects, how to become a vendor and summary of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program.

Confirmed Presenters:
Oswaldo CascoSmall Business Development Specialist, OESBD
Roger Lalanne, Capital Project Manager, Highway Construction and Engineering Division


Opportunities for Nonprofits:
The ABC's of Accessing Broward County Human Services Dollars* Registration Closed 

Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM
West Regional Library, 8601 West Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324 
What does the Broward County Human Services Department (HSD) look for in a successful proposal? Attendees will receive practical, hands-on insights into using HSD procurement tools and available support services to craft succinct and targeted proposals. This session also includes a panel of NPO experts that will discuss various areas of capacity building, including positioning your NPO, the highs and lows of working with government funders, defining trends that affect an NPO contract performance and establishing an authentic marketing strategy to engage your agency's Board of directors and donors. Who should attend? Representatives of existing NPOs that have never contracted with the Broward County Human Services Department or want to increase future funding should attend.

Confirmed Panelists: 
Randi BurgerManager, Contract Development, Compliance and Oversight (Moderator)
Broward County Human Services Department, Community Partnerships Division
Suzanne BundySenior Program Project Coordinator
Broward County Human Services, Department, Office of Evaluation and Planning

Adamma DuCilleAssistant Director of Training and Capacity Building
Children's Services Council of Broward County, Public Affairs and Organizational Development

Peter KaldesPresident and CEO
Impact Broward, Inc.
Linda Krepel, Senior Program Project Coordinator
Broward County Human Services Department, Community Partnerships Division 



NEW! Marketing Tips: How to Make Your Small Business Look BIG - Registration Closed
Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 2 to 4 PM
Broward County Main Library, 100 S Andrews Ave., 6th Floor, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 
This will be a panel style workshop where experts can help our Broward County businesses by covering a wide range of marketing, public relations and communications topics. This workshop will educate small businesses on the various tips and tricks available to develop successful no cost or low cost marketing strategies. Business owners can learn how to:

  • Better market their products or services
  • Use different types of content to tell a compelling story
  • Increase social media engagement with their customers
  • Repurpose content for maximum exposure

Confirmed Panelists:
Linda Hamburger, Harnart Culture | Moderator
Gary Bitner, Bitner Group
John Mahoney, Social Media 305
Barbara Goldberg, O' Goldberg, O'Connnell & Goldberg




2016 Workshop Series 

Protecting Your Contracts: Audits, Ethics and Fraud Prevention  
April 14, 2016 | 5:30 to 7:30 PM | Broward County Governmental Center

Held in collaboration with the Broward County Auditor's Office and the Office of the Inspector General, this workshop focused on contracts, investigations and fraud. To view presentation slides, visit the Broward County OESBD channel on YouTube.
POSTPONED: Exploring Opportunities for Nonprofits 
Rescheduled for 2017 (originally scheduled for May 14, 2016)
The Art of Business: Connecting Artists, Vendors and County Projects
June 25, 2016 | 3 to 4:30 PM | ArtServe
Effectively Using Your Insurance Agent or Broker 
August 11, 2016 | 5:30 to 6:30 PM | Broward County Governmental Center

Doing Business with Broward County: Using BidSync 
September 8, 2016 | 5:30 to 6:30 PM | Broward County Governmental Center
FY17 Capital Projects and Contracting Opportunities 
October 20, 2016 | 2 to 4 PM | Broward County Governmental Center
Held in collaboration with various Broward County government agencies this workshop presented valuable information on upcoming contracting opportunities. To view presentation slides, visit the Broward County OESBD channel on YouTube.


2015 Workshop Series

Ask the Director
March 19, 2105 | 6 to 8 PM | Broward County Governmental Center

Building a Stellar Team and Prime Vendor EXPO
April 25, 2015 | 10:30 AM to Noon | West Regional Library

Broward County Certified Agency Buyers (CAB) Reverse Trade Show
August 15, 2015 | 10:30 AM to Noon | South Regional / Broward College Library

FY2016 Capital Projects and Contracting Opportunities (Series Finale)
October 7, 2015 | 2 to 4 PM | Broward County Governmental Center
Broward County agency representatives shared details on upcoming contracting opportunities that could translate into new opportunities for your business. VIDEO RECORDING. Click link below to watch now: