In addition to the Small Business Resource Center at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, the following agencies are available to support small businesses, including many with South Florida branches.
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SCORE is a non-profit association with 350 chapters. Their volunteers are successful entrepreneurs and executives who like to give back by donating their time and expert advice. The Broward SCORE has free personal counseling and mentoring, low-cost workshops and a technology resource center.
Florida Small Business Development Center Network
The SBDC was founded in 1976 by the U.S. Small Business Administration. They offer free personalized business counseling, educational training, conferences, seminars and research resources. You can apply for counseling online.
U.S. Small Business Administration's Local Office
Start-up, operational and financial assistance, help for businesses owned by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, business opportunities (government contracting etc.) and much more. Check out their site and contact them for more information.
Other Agencies and Networking Associations
Federal Business Opportunities - FedBizOpps.Gov
A database of all federally awarded contract opportunities expected to exceed 25,000 dollars. Check out how to use FedBizOpps with this Mahalo.com YouTube video and step-by-step guide:
Florida Small Business Guide - Business.gov
Another site of the SBA, Business.gov aims to help small business understand legal requirements and locate government services. This site functions as a portal for many different Florida small business resources. Includes a loan and grant finder, licenses and permits finder, among many other things. Easy to navigate.
Minority Business Development Agency - U.S. Department of Commerce
Offers business advisors for loan and grant identification; SBA and conventional loans qualifications; and financial, credit and risk analysis. They also provide certification assistance, bid and proposal preparation, access to government contracts and much more!
Minority Owned Businesses - Business.Gov
A government listing of resources for minority owned business.