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April 2015 

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Fellowship Program

Virtual

 

  

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance seeks certified minority and women business leaders for its Alliance Fellowship Program beginning in June, 2015. The Alliance Fellowship Program is designed to identify certified minority and women owned businesses that have already established themselves as companies with staying power and that are ready to take the next step in the Broward business community.

Applications are due by Friday, May 29, 2015. Click here for online application.

For more information, contact: Tania Vinaixa, Manager - Membership Development, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance; 954-627-0133 or tvinaixa@gflalliance.org. Or, Adriana Fazzano, Special Assistant to the President at Broward College; 954-201-7518 or afazzano@broward.edu.

 

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2015 Business Development Workshop: Building a Stellar Team and Prime Vendor EXPO

April 25, 2015
10:30 AM - 12 PM

West Regional Library
8601 W. Broward Blvd.
Plantation, FL 33324

Get an understanding of how primes select their subcontractors and how subcontractors have achieved success in a competitive market.

For more information, call 954-357-6400

Register Online.

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May 2015

 

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Business Opportunities and Trends in Brazil (Protocol Series)

May 1, 2015
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


Broward College Downtown Campus
111 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Room 1208
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

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.

Preregistration is required. Register online or RSVP to Paola Issac by calling at 954-357-6400.

eMerge Americas 2015

May 1-5, 2015

Miami Beach Convention Center
1901 Convention Center Dr.
Miami Beach, FL 33139 

 

This event will feature five days of hands-on workshops, summits covering various industries and networking events. Featuring speakers such as Deepak Chopra and Jim McKelvey, co-founder of Square and LaunchCode, and a Women Innovation & Technology (WIT) Summit. Fees apply to participate.

Register online. 

Kaufman FASTTRAC: Listening to Your Business Workshop Series

May 6, 2015
10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Hollywood Branch Library
2600 Hollywood Blvd.
Hollywood, FL

 

 

No one knows your business better than you. Listening to Your Business™ gives you the tools you need to take a closer look at where your business is today, what you want it to look like in three years, and the steps to get there.

Listening to Your Business™ provides you with the opportunity to:

  • Examine your business today, including its strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities;
  • Visualize your business three years from now;
  • Formulate an internal planning process to establish interim goals and strategies;
  • Identify resources to assist you in reaching your business goals; and
  • Examine and respond to challenges and transitions.

Preregistration is required. Register online or call Herb Parlato at 954-357-6400. Space is limited; first come, first served.

U.S. Commercial Services - Discover Global Markets: The Americas

May 12-14, 2015

Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Blvd.
Miami, FL 33132

 

Meet one-on-one with U.S. Commercial Diplomats from the following countries to discuss global opportunities for your organization in North America (Canada and Mexico); Central America/Caribbean (Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Trinidad & Tobago); and South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru). Fees apply to participate.

Register online.

 

OESBD Training Program: Completing Your Certification Application (Local)

May 13, 2015
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD)
115 S. Andrews Avenue
Room A680
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

 

Learn how to complete a small business program certification application for your firm, in this FREE training session. Broward County certification team leaders will guide you through the DBE/ACDBE application step by step to help you submit an application complete with all applicable information and documentation to minimize processing time.

Preregistration is required. Register online or call the Community Relations and Outreach Section at 954-357-6400. Space is limited; first come, first served.

 

Kaufman FASTTRAC: The Intentional Entrepreneur

May 13, 2015
10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Weston Branch Library
4205 Bonaventure Blvd.
Weston, FL 33332

 

The Intentional Entrepreneur™ explores the
entrepreneurial attitude and practical aspects of business ownership. Participants will be guided through a process of consideration, exploration and planning. During this interactive workshop, participants will:

  • Assess their entrepreneurial interest
  • Identify personal and professional goals
  • Examine both the emotional and practical aspects of owning a business
  • Explore the action steps necessary to realize business ownership

Preregistration is required. Register online or call Herb Parlato at 954-357-6400. Space is limited; first come, first served. 

Export-Import Convention

May 14, 2015

Sunrise Civic Center
10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd
Sunrise, FL 33351

 

This event enables exporters and importers to put their products at the forefront of an audience of industry leaders and fellow entrepreneurs. Many opportunities for creating business relationships abound, from workshops to industry-focused meetups, all catered for in a day of an unequaled business networking. The event is free to attend, Register Online.

Broward County's Office of Economic and Small Business Development will be presenting the seminar "11 Steps to Exporting Success" from 11:00AM to 11:45AM. This special seminar series provides business owners with 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. Registration is free, Register Online.

The Export-Import Convention will also be hosting the prestigious Global Trade Awards (GTA) recognizes excellence in export, import and international trade achievements in the Florida Region, the 7th larges export region in the US. Submit your nominations today! The luncheon takes place at 12:00PM, fees apply to attend. Register Online.

 

Kaufman FASTTRAC: The Intentional Entrepreneur

May 20, 2015
4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
2650 Sistrunk Blvd. 
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311 

 

 

The Intentional Entrepreneur™ explores the
entrepreneurial attitude and practical aspects of business ownership. Participants will be guided through a process of consideration, exploration and planning. During this interactive workshop, participants will:

  • Assess their entrepreneurial interest
  • Identify personal and professional goals
  • Examine both the emotional and practical aspects of owning a business
  • Explore the action steps necessary to realize business ownership

Preregistration is required. Register online or call Herb Parlato at 954-357-6400. Space is limited; first come, first served. 

OESBD Training Program: Completing Your Certification Application (Federal)

May 27, 2015
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD)
115 S. Andrews Avenue
Room A680
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

 

Learn how to complete a small business program certification application for your firm, in this FREE training session. Broward County certification team leaders will guide you through the DBE/ACDBE application step by step to help you submit an application complete with all applicable information and documentation to minimize processing time.

Preregistration is required. Register online or call the Community Relations and Outreach Section at 954-357-6400. Space is limited; first come, first served.  

SBDC Fort Lauderdale International Trade Certificate

May 28-June 18, 2015
4:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Higher Education Complex
111 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Room 1010
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

If you own a successful business and want to explore potential international markets
or an exporter looking to enhance your knowledge, then this three and a half week program is right for you! Attendees will:

  • Prepare for the NASBITE Certified Global Business Professional Exam. This program is accredited by NASBITE;
  • Learn and discuss advanced topics in international trade;
  • Receive an SBDC certificate of completion;
  • Meet and network with highly specialized practitioners. Classes are taught by experts who work in the industry.

Attendees will receive a textbook, a program manual, and dinner. Modules are held every Thursday and Tuesday. Fees apply to participate.

Register Online. 

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance Fellowship Program

May 29, 2015

Virtual

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance seeks certified minority and women business leaders for its Alliance Fellowship Program beginning in June, 2015. The Alliance Fellowship Program is designed to identify certified minority and women owned businesses that have already established themselves as companies with staying power and that are ready to take the next step in the Broward business community.

Applications are due today, Friday, May 29, 2015 . Click here for online application.

For more information, contact: Tania Vinaixa, Manager - Membership Development, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance; 954-627-0133 or tvinaixa@gflalliance.org. Or, Adriana Fazzano, Special Assistant to the President at Broward College; 954-201-7518 or afazzano@broward.edu.

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June 2015

Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) Airport Business Diversity Conference

June 12-16, 2015

Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach
3030 Holiday Drive
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

 

AMAC is a non-profit, trade association dedicated to promoting the full participation of minority-owned, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises in airport contracting and the inclusion of minorities and women in the work force. Broward County will host this 31st annual conference.

Fees apply to participate. For information call Jasmine Jones at 954-357-6400.

Register Online

Business Future of the Americas - Haiti

June 15-17, 2015

Marriott Hotel
147 Avenue Jean Paul II, Turgeau 
Port-au-Prince  HT 6113  Haiti 

The Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA) secretariat and its 24 member chambers from throughout Latin America and the Caribbean hold various leading business events throughout the year. The summer conference, regionally known as the Business Future of the Americas (BFA), will be held for the first time ever in Port-au-Prince, Haiti at the new Marriott Hotel from June 15 to 17, 2015.

This year’s BFA conference theme is Diaspora Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean and will provide the latest information and best practices on channeling investments from the diaspora and sustainable methods for working in emerging markets. This premier event will facilitate exceptional opportunities to network with more than 300 business leaders from the U.S., the Caribbean, Chile, and everywhere in between.

Fees apply to participate. Register Online.
Any questions, please call (305)515-8300

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July 2015 

Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO)44th National Meeting & Training Conference

July 11-14, 2015

Boston Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza at Arlington, St.
Boston, Massachusetts  02116-3912

COMTO members are leading transportation professionals in all sectors of the transportation industry. This event helps to ensure a level playing field and maximum participation for minority individuals, businesses and communities of color through advocacy, information sharing, training, education and professional development.

Fees apply to participate. Register Online.

OESBD Training Program: Responding to Other Solicitations – City of Pompano Beach

July 25, 2015
3:00 - 4:30 PM

Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD)
115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room A680
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Are you interested in exploring government work for your business? Learn how to develop and submit a complete response to a solicitation from local agencies beyond Broward County government. This series will feature procurement staff from the City of Pompano Beach, a partner agencies that recognize Broward County's small business certifications in their purchasing process.

Preregistration is required. Register online or call the Community Relations and Outreach Section at 954-357-6400. Space is limited; first come, first served.  

OESBD Training Course: How to do Bid Estimating

July 29, 2015
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD)
115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room A680
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Have you identified the perfect solicitation for your firm but need help calculating costs? This course will assist business owners with project planning and scheduling, creating an effective cash flow and improving essential business operations. This course is geared towards the construction trade.

Preregistration is required. Register online or call the Community Relations and Outreach Section at 954-357-6400. Space is limited; first come, first served.

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August 2015

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2015 Business Development Workshop: Broward County Certified Agency Buyers (CAB) Reverse Trade Show

August 1, 2015
10:30 AM - 12 PM

South Regional / Broward College Library
7300 Pines Blvd.
Pembroke Pines, FL 33024

 

Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to showcase your products and services directly to buyers representing Broward County government agencies. This is your chance to get your foot in the door and market your business to the right people. Bring your business cards and brochures. Be prepared to provide pricing information and discuss the benefits of your product or service offerings.

For more information, call 954-357-6400.

Register Online.

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American Contract Compliance Association: 2015 National Training Institute

August 25-30, 2015

West Palm Beach Marriott Hotel
1001 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33401

ACCA is the premier organization dedicated to training professionals all across the country in the skills necessary to promote and secure opportunities for all Americans to participate in the economic mainstream of life. In partnership with Morgan State University (Baltimore, Maryland), this National Training Institute offers college credit to public and private sector professionals working in the areas of affirmative action, economic business development, labor compliance, and contract compliance.

This year’s National Training Institute theme is “The Value of Today’s Compliance”
and will be hosted in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Fees apply to participate.

For more information please leave a message at 866-ACCA-2698

OESBD Training Program: Completing Your Certification Application (Local)

August 26, 2015
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD)
115 S. Andrews Avenue
Room A680
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

 

Learn how to complete a small business program certification application for your firm, in this FREE training session. Broward County certification team leaders will guide you through the DBE/ACDBE application step by step to help you submit an application complete with all applicable information and documentation to minimize processing time.

Preregistration is required. Register online or call the Community Relations and Outreach Section at 954-357-6400. Space is limited; first come, first served.

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September 2015

 

OESBD Training Program: Completing Your Certification Application (Federal)

September 9, 2015
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD)
115 S. Andrews Avenue
Room A680
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

 

Learn how to complete a small business program certification application for your firm, in this FREE training session. Broward County certification team leaders will guide you through the DBE/ACDBE application step by step to help you submit an application complete with all applicable information and documentation to minimize processing time.

Preregistration is required. Register online or call the Community Relations and Outreach Section at 954-357-6400. Space is limited; first come, first served.

Export Readiness Seminar

September 14,16,18, 2015
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Broward College Downtown Campus
111 E. Las Olas Blvd.
Room 1208
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

The Export Readiness Seminar is a three-part series designed to educate Broward County companies on how to begin exporting. Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Determine their interest and readiness to export
  • Conduct market research to identify desired markets
  • Understand the basics of developing an export plan
  • Comply with regulations of both the United States and the receiving country
  • Access various available resources for export guidance

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 by RSVP to Paola Issac at 954-357-6400.

Register Online. 

OESBD Training Program: You're Certified: Now What?

September 30, 2015
3:00 - 4:30 PM

Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD)
115 S. Andrews Avenue
Room A680
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

 

Already certified in Broward County as a County Business Enterprise (CBE), Small Business Enterprise (SBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) or Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE), but not sure what to do now? This FREE course will help new and previously certified firms develop a strategy to maximize their small business certification(s) and explore new opportunities.

Preregistration is required. Register online or call the Community Relations and Outreach Section at 954-357-6400. Space is limited; first come, first served.

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October 2015

 

OESBD Training Program: Responding to Other Solicitations – City of Miramar

October 7, 2015
3:00 - 4:30 PM

Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD)
115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room A680
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Are you interested in exploring government work for your business? Learn how to develop and submit a complete response to a solicitation from local agencies beyond Broward County government. This series will feature procurement staff from the City of Miramar, a partner agencies that recognize Broward County's small business certifications in their purchasing process.

Preregistration is required. Register online or call the Community Relations and Outreach Section at 954-357-6400. Space is limited; first come, first served.

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Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE)

October 14-16, 2015

Greater Fort Lauderdale Broward County Convention Center                         1950isenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

 

 

FITCE is expected to draw thousands, including dignitaries and politicians. The three-day event, will include workshops, cultural events, an exhibition hall, luncheons and more.

Attendees will learn directly from community leaders how to establish and grow their business in South Florida. The goal is to educate, promote and welcome international businesses to Broward County. Attendees will meet and network with the region's leading industry and government officials and experience U.S. and global companies. They will meet one-on-one with top business experts, local officials, corporate sponsors, chambers of commerce, business alliance and councils, CVBs, and more to learn the latest Market entry strategies.

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2015 Business Development Workshop: FY 2016 Capital Projects and Contracting Opportunities

October 15, 2015
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 422 (Commission Chamber)
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Business owners and entrepreneurs are invited to get pertinent information on current and upcoming Broward County Government projects. Come and learn about potential work for your business.

For more information, call 954-357-6400.

Register Online.

OESBD Training Course: How to do Bid Estimating

October 21, 2015
3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD)
115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room A680
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

 

Have you identified the perfect solicitation for your firm but need help calculating costs? This course will assist business owners with project planning and scheduling, creating an effective cash flow and improving essential business operations. This course is geared towards product and services trade - other than construction.

Preregistration is required. Register online or call the Community Relations and Outreach Section at 954-357-6400. Space is limited; first come, first served.

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November 2015

TBD

 

 

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December 2015

TBD

 

 

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Additional Event and Training Resources      

OESBD Kauffman FastTrac Training Affiliate Website - Learn more about upcoming courses for entrepreneurs 

Broward College - Corporate and Continuing Education Schedule 

Broward SCORE - Upcoming Business Workshops

South Broward SCORE - Upcoming Business Workshops

The Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) - PTAC Seminars and conferences

If you are interested in submitting an event for inclusion in this listing, please email your inquiry including all event details. 

NOTE: Events featured in this calendar are provided for informational purposes ONLY. Event dates, times, locations, speakers and activities are subject to change. Users are encouraged to review the "Disclaimer Regarding Accuracy of Information" on the Terms of Use page of this web site.

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