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March 2015 

OESBD Training Program: Responding to Other Solicitations – BSO

March 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

 

 

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.  

Business Resiliency Workshop and Broward County Emergency Operations Center Tour

March 31, 2015
9:00 AM to 11:30 PM


Broward County Emergency Operations Center (EOC)
201 N.W. 84th Avenue
Room 332B
Plantation, FL 33324

No one knows when an emergency situation will surface and how they will fare. Business owners have an additional responsibility to ensure their business is ready to withstand the unknown. Broward County invites our small business community to take the first step to surviving a natural or man-made storm by attending this FREE disaster preparedness workshop for local business owners.

Attendees will learn about:

  • General practices of business continuity planning
  • Broward County’s disaster response system
  • Available programs for small businesses
  • Broward EOC, through a guided facility tour

Please RSVP to hparlato@broward.org or call 954-357-6400. Attendees are required to present a valid government issued Photo ID upon entry and sign-in. Free Parking.

 Register Online. 

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
Terminal One Modernization Project Meet & Greet

March 31, 2015
3:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Broward County Main Library
100 S. Andrews Avenue
Auditorium, 6th Floor
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) invites interested and eligible firms to attend this event hosted by Hunt/Moss, a Joint Venture, in conjunction with D. Stephenson Construction, Inc. Light refreshments will be provided to attendees.

Attendees will:

  • Learn about this $192 million renovation and enabling project
  • Network with over 50 potential prime contractors
  • Have the opportunity to participate in one-on-one sessions immediately following the presentations with all presenters, bid and contract teams, and various primes.

Register Online. 

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April 2015 

Kaufman FASTTRAC: Listening to Your Business Workshop Series

April 1, 2015
10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Miramar Branch Library
2050 Civic Center Place
Miramar, FL 33025

 

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.

 

INC. Magazine Grow Your Company Conference

April 7-9, 2014

Omni Nashville
250 Fifth Ave. S.
Nashville, TN 37203

 

Entrepreneurs, business leaders, bestselling authors and more are invited to this three-day event to encourage business growth. Attendees will get advice, ideas and business solutions from subject matter experts. Featured speakers include Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot, and INC. president Eric Schurenberg.

Fees apply to participate. Register online.

 

OESBD Training Course: How to do Bid Estimating

April 8, 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.

 

Kaufman FASTTRAC: The Intentional Entrepreneur

April 8, 2015
4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

North Regional / BC Library
1100 Coconut Creek Blvd.
Coconut Creek, FL 33066


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. 

The International Economic Forum of the Americas

April 13-14, 2015

Biltmore Hotel
1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida 33134

Every year the Forum attracts Heads of States, central bank governors, Fortune 500 CEOs and global thought leaders. These leaders gather to share their views about critical financial, business, energy and international trade issues. A special 25% discount will be provided to South Florida local businesses!

Confirmed speakers amongst others, include Fred Hochberg, Chairman and President of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, Idriss Déby Itno, President of the Republic of Chad, José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of the American States (OAS), Strobe Talbott, President of the Brookings Institution, Amadou Diallo, CEO of DHL Freight, and Enrique García Rodríguez, President and CEO of the Development Bank of Latin America. The Forum has become a strategic platform for discussions and corporate insights into the global economy. It also presents opportunities for business synergies aimed at long-term partnerships in the context of changing dynamics in the global economy.

Register now with the promo code MD25 and receive your 25% discount.

Fees apply to participate. Register Online. 

Doing Business with: Congo, Africa

April 14, 2015

Broward College - Downtown Campus
111 East Las Olas Blvd.
Room 1110A
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Broward County businesses are invited to attend a special presentation on export opportunities to Congo, presented by the Ministers Inbound Business Delegation from the Democratic Republic of Congo in Africa. This event will provide attendees with an opportunity to meet and greet the Inbound Delegation.

Register online or RSVP to Paola Issac Baraya at pisaac@broward.org or 954-357-7894

SFMSDC Business Expo

April 14 - 15, 2015

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

 Anyone interested in business growth should attend this 30th annual event presented by the Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council. The event will include a trade fair, workshops, industry forums, networking and on-site contracting opportunities.

Fees apply to attend. View registration information online. 

 

Kaufman FASTTRAC: The Intentional Entrepreneur

April 15, 2015
10:30 AM to 1:30 PM

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

 

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. 


Business of Biotech Conference: Collaborate to Innovate

April 17, 2015
7:45 AM - 4:00 PM

Moffitt Cancer Center, Vincent A. Stabile Research Building
12902 Magnolia Dr.
Tampa, FL 33612

 

Biomedical companies, entrepreneurs, startups, service providers and more are invited to participate in this event which will include networking and partnership discussions. Keynote speaker is Henri Termeer, former President / CEO of Genzyme.

Kaufman FASTTRAC: Listening to Your Business Workshop Series

April 22, 2015
4:30 PM to 7:30 PM

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

 

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. 

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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

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.

 

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

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. 

 

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.  

America's SBDC Florida

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. 

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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

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July 2015 

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.

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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