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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


Export Readiness Seminar  
This free three-part seminar will be held at Broward College, 111 E. Las Olas Blvd., in Fort Lauderdale, as indicated:

Monday, September 22, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Room 1208

Topics include: Why Export?, Where to Start, Develop Your Export Plan

 Wednesday, September 24, 2014
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Room 1110A

Topics include: Free Trade Agreements / Country Policies, Logistics and Support

 Friday, September 26, 2014
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Room 1208

Topics include: Methods of Payment, Export Financing Advice / Available Resources

RSVP to pre-register by September 19 to To learn more, view news release.

Past Activities

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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