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Events and Learning Opportunities

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) coordinates and supports multiple activities each year to promote business expansion on a global scale. Typical events include inbound and outbound missions - to stimulate imports and exports - and trade seminars, to educate Broward-based small businesses on global opportunities.

Upcoming Activities

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How to be Successful Exhibiting in International Trade Fairs/Shows Workshop 
August 4, 2015 | 8:30 AM to Noon

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development and Enterprise Florida invite you to learn best practices on “How to be Successful in International Trade Fairs/Shows” with tips in the following areas: 

 • Choosing the Right Fair/Show
 • Planning and Budgeting
 • Resources Available, Trade Grants
 • Space and Design

• Marketing and Promotion
• Working the Event
• After Show ROI and Follow-up
• Planning for Next Year

 

Register Online or RSVP Paola Isaac at pisaac@broward.org or 954-357-6400.

Maximize your marketing efforts and grow your international sales using
trade fairs/shows. Learn from top professionals with over 25 years of combined proven experience.

 

Florida Export Opportunities: Honduras
Friday, August 21 | 8:30 to 11:30 AM

Broward College, 111 E. Las Olas Blvd., Room 1208, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

You're invited to explore global market growth through the "Florida Export Opportunities" series. Honduras ranks as Florida's 9th top merchandise trading partner having exported nearly $4.5 million in 2014. Honduras is expected to continue to grow and provide Florida exporters a wide range of opportunities for U.S. goods and services. The guest speaker is Ms. Rossana Lobo, Commercial Director, U.S. Embassy, Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Short one-on-one meetings will begin at 10:30 AM for qualified Florida manufacturers on a first come, first served basis. Free admission; RSVP by August 20th.

Best Export Opportunities to Honduras include:

  •  Agriculture Equipment
  •  General Consumer Goods
  •  Apparel and Footwear
  •  Hotel and Restaurant Equipment
  •  Automotive Parts / Service Equipment
  •  Packaging and Food Processing Equipment
  •  Clinical / Laboratory Equipment
  •  Safety and Security Equipment
  •  Construction

11 Steps to Exporting: A Roadmap to Success - August 26 | 1 to 4 PM
A Roadshow Seminar Series, Broward County District 3

Northwest Regional Library, Multipurpose Room, 3151 N. University Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065

Join OESBD and Commissioner Stacy Ritter for a special seminar on the key steps to exporting. We will demystify the process together and discover why exporting can be key to business success. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in short one-on-one meetings with the experts after the main presentation. All industries are invited to participate. Free admission; space is limited.

1 - 1:30 PM: Registration & Networking

1:30 - 2:30PM: Seminar "11 Steps to Exporting"

2:30 - 4PM: One-on-One Meeting with the Experts

Export Readiness Seminar - September 14,16, 18, 2015

The Export Readiness Seminar is part of the County's ongoing efforts to reinforce the local economy through a network of sustainable small and medium-sized businesses. This seminar is free and open to the general business community, however pre-registration is required.

Register Online or RSVP Paola Issac at pisaac@broward.org or 954-357-6400.

Session 1 – September 14, 2015 - Room 1208
Topics Include: Why Export? • Where to Start? • Develop Your Export Plan • Identify & Prepare for Your Markets

Session 2 – September 16, 2015 - Room 1208
Topics Include: Country Policies/Free Trade Agreements • Logistics and Support • Regulations: U.S. and Abroad

Session 3 – September 18, 2015 - Room 1208

Past Activities

Business Opportunities and Trends in the ASEAN market (Protocol Series) - April 16, 2015

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development in partnership with Enterprise Florida invites you to attend a special complimentary workshop called Business Opportunities and Trends in the ASEAN Marketplace.  This is the first edition of our new protocol workshop series which provides valuable information on selling goods and services to different worldwide markets and highlights the protocol, etiquette, norms and cultural considerations of doing business in the featured countries.

 

Business Opportunities and Trends in Brazil (Protocol Series) - May 1, 2015

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development in partnership with Enterprise Florida invites you to attend a special complimentary workshop called Business Opportunities and Trends in the Brazil Marketplace.  This is the second edition of our new protocol workshop series which provides valuable information on selling goods and services to different worldwide markets and highlights the protocol, etiquette, norms and cultural considerations of doing business in the featured countries.

 

11 Steps to Exporting - A Roadmap to your Exporting Success! - May 14, 2015

OESBD presented this special seminar series on the key steps to exporting to demystify the process together and see why exporting can be a key to your company's future success. The seminar introduced entrepreneurs and small business owners to Broward County's local, state and federal resources for international trade. 

 

Doing Business with Guyana - October 2014
Sectors of interest:

  • Agricultural
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Food & Beverage
  • Forestry
  • Jewelry
  • Manufacturing
  • Pharmaceutical Products
  • Tourism

Doing Business with the WORLD! - November 2014

This event featured the State of Florida's plans for logistic, a glimpse into the future of international trade in Broward County and the World Expo presented by South Florida Consular. Supported by  Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Port Everglades and Florida Department of Transportation.  

 

Florida Export Opportunities: Peru
Held in collaboration with Enterprise Florida and the U.S. Embassy in Peru. Best export opportunities to Peru include:

  •  Construction Equipment
  •  Plastic Materials & Resins
  • Food Processing & Packaging Equipment
  •  Renewal Energy
  •  Industrial Chemicals
  •  Safety & Security Equipment
  •  Mining, Oil & Gas Machinery
  •  Telecommunication Equipment

 

Florida Export Opportunities: Brazil
Best export opportunities to Brazil include:

  •  Aerospace and Aviation
  •  Agriculture (food and equipment)
  • Construction, Mining and Engineering
  •  Cosmetics
  •  Pharmaceuticals
  •  Solid Waste Management
  •  Telecommunications
  •  Yachts and Marine Industries

Export Readiness Seminar  
This free three-part seminar was held at Broward College. To learn more, view news release.

11 Steps to Exporting - A Roadshow Seminar Series 
OESBD presented this special seminar series on the key steps to exporting to demystify the process together and see why exporting can be a key to your company's future success. The seminar introduced entrepreneurs and small business owners to Broward County's local, state and federal resources for international trade. 

Doing Business with Bolivia
Broward County presented a special presentation on export opportunities to Bolivia presented by the Global Trade Chamber. The free workshop was held in May 2014 at Broward College.

2013 Export Readiness Seminar Series - August 28 and September 4 and 11
OESBD presented this annual three-part seminar, in conjunction with Broward College, for interested entrepreneurs to learn about exporting.     

Broward Business Briefing: Business Opportunities in Chile - February 21, 2013
The OESBD and its partners provided an overview of the upcoming trade mission to Chile, the Chilean economy and the top products in demand in the region.  The purpose of the briefing was to educate and inform potential trade mission attendees on the benefits of doing business with Chile and to provide details for the May 20-23, 2013 mission.

2012 Export Readiness Seminar Series - February 8, 15, and 22, 2012
This new installment of the annual three-part educational series was designed to help local companies grow by identifying their export potential. This year's series is co-sponsored by Broward College and the Greater Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce. A certificate of attendance will be presented by the Broward College Institute for Economic Development to all attendees who complete each of the three sessions.

2012 Seminar Materials Part I:
Export presentation PDF icon - Miguel Olivares, U.S. Department of Commerce

Part II:
Logistics and Support presentation PDF icon - Audrey Nielson, C.H. Robinson & president of Organization of Women in International Trade South Florida
Free Trade Agreements presentation PDF icon - Broward County OESBD

Part III:
Trade Finance and Payment Methods PDF icon - Abby Martinez, JP Morgan Chase
Business Travel Abroad and Trade Missions PDF icon - Broward County OESBD
Export Finance PDF icon - J. Stephen Fancher, Florida Export Finance Corporation

 

Seminar speaker addressing participants

2011 Export Readiness Seminar - September 13, 20 and 27, 2011
This FREE three-part seminar was designed to educate Broward County business on how to start exporting. Upon completion of the seminar, participants can assess their readiness to export, conduct market research to identify desired markets, understand the basics of developing an export plan, and comply with foreign and domestic regulations. The 2011 Export Readiness Seminar was co-sponsored by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and Broward College. A certificate of attendance presented by the Broward College Institute for Economic Development will be issued to all individuals who completed each of the three sessions.

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