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Business Development Workshop Series

The Business Development Workshop Series is a free monthly workshop series presented by the Office of Economic and Small Business Development - in partnership with the Purchasing Division. 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.  

2014 Workshop Series
View news release now.  2014 Business Development Workshop Series is designed for business owners and entrepreneurs
View series workshop flyer now. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Miramar Branch Library
2050 Civic Center Place   
Miramar, FL 33025
Featured Topic: New County and City Contracting Opportunities
Broward County agencies and the City of Miramar will share upcoming contracting opportunities. More...  

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
North Regional / Broward College Library
1100 Coconut Creek Blvd.
Coconut Creek, FL 33066
Featured Topic: Building a Stellar Team: Prime Selection Process and Sub Success Stories
Get an understanding of how primes select their sub-contractors and how subs have achieved success in a competitive market.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Northwest Regional Library
3151 University Dr.
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Featured Topic: Health and Social Services Vendor Opportunity Expo
Get a healthy dose of education and information on such topics as wellness, health insurance and immigration/legal assistance designed for businesses and residents. Local service agencies and providers will provide important facts you need to know about the "Affordable Care Act" and more! Job Fair featuring pre-screenings for multiple positions. A new addition to this event will be a Business Loan Seminar featuring presenter Anthony Ferretti, Florida First Capital Finance Corporation, presented by Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief (District 8 Commissioner).

Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 422 (Commission Chamber)
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Featured Topic: Ask the Director – Network with Broward County Agency Directors
Your chance to get one-on-one with Broward County Agency Directors. This event will include a Business Loan Seminar featuring presenter David Rodriguez, Enterprise Florida, presented by Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief (District 8 Commissioner).

Saturday, May 17, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Weston Branch Library
4205 Bonaventure Blvd.
Weston, FL 33332
Featured Topic: Aspiring Entrepreneur and Inventor – Take Your Idea to the Next Level
Learn how to transform your business idea into a successful business. Get important patent facts and tips you need to know. Featuring guest speaker Jay Leopardi, Founder & CEO, Bad Boy Branding. Leopardi is a lifestyle and pop culture branding expert whose skills range from concept actualization and innovative inventions to new business funding techniques and product launch techniques.

Thursday, June 19, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Deerfield Beach Percy White Branch Library
837 E. Hillsboro Blvd.
Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Featured Topic: Polish Your Pitch – Developing an Effective Elevator Speech
Learn how to build your brand and attract and retain customers. Get tips on presenting your business in a concise and informative manner by honing an "Elevator Speech". Participants will learn how to adjust their speech for multiple audiences such as networking and bid meetings.

Saturday, July 19, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
West Regional Library
8601 W. Broward Blvd.
Plantation, FL 33324
Featured Topic: Entrepreneur and Small Biz EXPO and Job Fair
Attendees will have the opportunity to gather information from various business service providers. If you are interested in exhibit opportunities, please email us or call 954-357-6400. Space is limited.

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
South Regional / Broward College Library
7300 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Featured Topic: Broward County Certified Agency Buyers(CAB) Reverse Trade Show
Showcase your company's products and services directly to Broward County buyers.

Saturday, September 20, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Blvd.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Featured Topic: Labor Laws and Tax Advice for Your Business
Attendees will learn what to do and what not to do to stay in compliance from experts.

Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.*
Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Blvd., Room 422** 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Featured Topic: FY2015 Capital Projects and Contracting Opportunities
Broward County Agencies will share upcoming contracting opportunities that may translate into new opportunities for your business. Come and learn about potential work for your business featuring representatives from such agencies as Public Works, Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.
*Stay for NETWORKING immediately following the workshop from 4 to 5 p.m.
**Room changed from 430 to 422.

Click the hyperlinks below to download the listed items from an external site:

NOTE: Select "Save" in the pop-up window to open the documents. The "Presentation Slides" file is over 10MB; be sure you have enough storage space prior to downloading. Additionally, duplicate contacts may be listed in the "Sign-In Sheets" and "Business cards" files. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
West Regional Library
8601 W. Broward Blvd.
Plantation, FL 33324
Featured Topic: Finding Business Financing – Uncover Funding Options for Startup and Growth
Learn how to access capital for your firm through traditional and non-traditional financing.

Saturday, December 13, 2014 | 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
South Regional / Broward College Library
7300 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Featured Topic: Doing Business Overseas
Attendees will learn about export and import opportunities and international trade do's and don'ts.


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