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Retention and Expansion

The Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) provides direct assistance to Broward County businesses through a vigorous corporate visitation and outreach program. The program is designed to facilitate better communication between the Broward County business community and County government. Joined by our private sector partner the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, OESBD participates in extensive corporate outreach, identifying problems and challenges faced by Broward County businesses, and directing them to the resources to help them succeed. In addition to the tools OESBD employs in business attraction and recruitment activities, we utilize the following methods in retention and expansion projects:

Quick Response Training Incentives

Quick Response Training (QRT) Incentives provide both new and existing Broward County businesses with necessary training funds for business ramp up or expansion. Funded by Workforce One and Workforce Florida, the program helps underwrite the costs associated with instructor/trainer salaries, curriculum development, textbooks/manuals, materials/supplies, and other qualified expenses.

Incumbent Worker Training Program

Incumbent Worker Training (IWT) is a program providing training to currently employed workers to keep Florida's workforce competitive in a global economy and to retain existing businesses. THe program is available to all Florida businesses that have been in operation for at least one year prior to application and require training for existing employees. 

Employed Worker Training Program

Employed Worker Training (EWT) is a program provided through Broward's Workforce One. The goal of this locally-funded program is to upgrade the skills of existing employees and is flexible enough to meet many training requirements. The program provides industry- or company-specific training for employees, which can be customized to a company's individual objectives. It is designed for companies that need to advance the skills of existing employees for the purpose of advancing their companies wages and positions, and to assist employees in retaining jobs that provide self-sufficient employment. From line-staff to professional-level employees, productivity and morale are sure to increase as a result of exposure to real-world lessons from industry experts.


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