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 September 11, 2019
Broward and You

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At some point your Networking must add to your Networth. 
Meet and Greet Wisely.” ~ SMEM

Interested in CERTIFYING your firm as a SMALL BUSINESS with Broward County?

OESBD provides certification services to local small businesses. LEARN MORE

  • Small Business Enterprise (SBE)
  • County Business Enterprise (CBE)
  • Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)
  • Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE)

Certification is FREE.

Become a Registered Vendor with Broward County and view all bid opportunities using BidSync

Contact us for technical assistance in a wide range of business topics.

FLL Jobs/Business Opportunities

Learn about Future Projects and Concession Opportunities at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Broward County Municipalities | Solicitation Information

Opportunities in Broward and Beyond


The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development provides the information contained in this document as a courtesy to our clients.


Are you ready to increase the deposits to your bank account?

 $355 million a year, every year, for the next 30 years. Come and spend an hour or two with us this Saturday, September 14th, at the West Regional Library in Plantation as we share more information about upcoming surtax projects and the short-and-long-term opportunities available for small businesses. Light refreshments will be provided. View upcoming projects funded by the transportation surtax and additional surtax information on the Penny for Transportation website.

Where: West Regional Library
8601 West Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324
When: Saturday September 14th, from 10:30AM to Noon 

Why Should You Attend FITCE?

If you are an entrepreneur or a business owner who has an interest in doing business globally, here are 4 reasons why you should attend the Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE):

  • Sell your products and services to over 64 countries at the World Expo Marketplace
  • Meet & Greet international delegations, consulates, trade commissioners and bi-national chambers at Doing Business with the World, World Expo Marketplace & Speed Matchmaking with Country Representatives
  • Learn about international trade resources and assistance during the “11 Steps to Exporting”, “How to Import into the United States”, Doing Business with the World panels and more!
  • Immerse yourself with worldwide culture – visit the local & international visual art exhibit & enjoy multicultural performances
We are still accepting bookings for exhibit space; reserve yours today by calling 954-357-6400! Exhibitor booths are only $100. Registration is still open and closes October 7th.

Business & Bagels 
BusinessandBagels.pngWhere:  E. Pat Larkins Community Center
520 Dr. MLK, Jr. Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 
When: Thursday, September 12th, from 9 to 11 AM 

The City of Pompano Beach and Broward County would like to invite you to learn more about:

  • Small Business Certification
  • Upcoming Projects
  • Local Preference Ordinance
  • How to Become a Registered Vendor.
OESBD Assistant Director, Maribel Feliciano will be presenting. For more information, call Dahlia Baker, City of Pompano Beach, at 954-786-7866.

North Lauderdale Businesses, are you certified with Broward County? 

ImageWhere:  North Lauderdale Saraniero Branch Library
6901 Kimberly Blvd., North Lauderdale, FL 33068
When: Tuesday, September 17th, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM

Attend this free information session held in collaboration with Broward County Commissioner Michael Udine (District 3) to certify your small business and learn how to take advantage of new opportunities to do business with Broward County Government.

Image International Trade Programs

The Office of Economic and Small Business Development offers a wide range of educational programming and services specifically for businesses interested in exploring opportunities in the global marketplace. Our international trade service offerings include:

  • Export Readiness Seminars
  • Doing Business in Foreign Markets Workshop Series
  • Outbound / Inbound Missions
  • Counseling and New Market Opportunities
  • Export Financing Options
  • International Trade Strategy
  • Foreign-Trade Zones
  • Foreign Trade Agreements
  • Local and International Business Opportunities
  • Protocol Assistance
  • Other International Events
Call 954-357-6400 to speak to one of our Economic Development Specialists today.

Job Opportunities with The Census Bureau
Earn extra income while helping your community by working with the Census Bureau. Recruiting has begun for census taker positions for Address Canvassing, which is the first major field operation of the 2020 Census. Applicants selected to work on this operation will work mostly daylight hours, updating address lists and maps. For more information on how to apply, visit

How to Contract with the Federal Government
GSA’s Office of Small Business Utilization will hold a series of webinars to help small business owners contract with the federal government.
  1. Getting on the GSA Schedule: What You Need to Know | September 19, 1:00 pm ET. This virtual training course will outline what a GSA Schedule is and help you understand the process for getting on the GSA Schedule. Register here.
  2. Marketing Your GSA Contract | September 24, 1:00 pm ET. There are many opportunities available in the federal procurement market. Developing a federal marketing and sales strategy can help you achieve success in the federal sector. Register for this webinar to learn how to create an effective federal marketing plan with a targeted approach to government procurement. Register here.


Entrepreneur Summit 2019

BusinessandBagels.pngWhere:  Nova Southeastern University, Carl DeSantis Building
3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314
When: Friday, September 20th, from 7:30 AM to 1:30 PM

The 8th Annual Entrepreneur Summit is a Hispanic Unity of Florida production in partnership with its host, Nova Southeastern University (NSU). 

This event showcases the diverse array of businesses that contribute to South Florida’s economy. The goals of this event are to inform attendees about what it takes to succeed as a business owner through presentations and discussions led by business experts; connect existing and emerging entrepreneurs with opportunities to network with many like-minded professionals who can provide connections and guidance and inspire all attendees through the stories of others who have become successful business owners. To learn more, visit

Proposed FY’20 Budget Hearing

The County will hold the second of two public budget hearings on September 24, 2019 at 5:01PM at the Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 422, in Fort Lauderdale, before the proposed fiscal year 2020 budget is finalized. The recommended total budget, which includes tax supported and non-tax supported funds, is $5.5 billion and provides additional resources for the apprenticeship program, affordable housing and much more. Unable to attend, watch LIVE here.  

Super Bowl LIV Business Connect Workshop
Where: PortMiami, Cruise Terminal D
1435 N Cruise Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
Parking will be provided in Lot D
When:  Wednesday, September 25th, from 5:30 to 8:30 PM

What are NFL contractors looking for when they interview local businesses for Super Bowl events? Attend this Super Bowl LIV Business Connect Workshop to meet four NFL contractors who will answer that question and more. Workshop professional development breakout sessions will also detail the art of filling out Super Bowl RFPs and mastering social media for your business. Invitations are limited to one representative. RSVP to reserve your space today! 

Small Business Executive Program and Non-Profit Executive Program 

jim moran logo.jpgThe Jim Moran Institute For Global Entrepreneurship is offering their free Small Business Executive Program and Non-Profit Executive Program January to May 2020 and July to November 2020. The programs are ideal for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners, executive directors, and presidents of small business and non-profit organizations. Created to be a world-class learning experience that accommodates busy schedules, the programs equip executives to emerge stronger leaders ready to capitalize on business opportunities. 

The deadline to apply for the spring session is September 30, 2019 and for the fall session, March 31, 2020. To learn more, visit The Jim Moran Institute For Global Entrepreneurship website

Training Opportunities

Completing Your Federal Certification Application 

Where: Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 302
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
When: Wednesday, September 18th, 2:30 to 4:30 PM

Let us guide you step-by-step through completing the U.S. Department of Transportation Uniform Certification Application. Perfect for anyone interested in becoming a certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) or Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) to do business with Aviation and/or Transit / Transportation. The training is FREE and open to the public; however, space is limited. 

Business Resources

​​OESBD offers a robust list of Training and Business Assistance Resources for small businesses including a list of options available at the local, state and federal level.

Upcoming Business Events

Current Bid Solicitations

Request for Proposal 
RFP - GEN2119422P1 - Communication and Marketing Services

CBE Participation Goals I CBE Program Requirements 

Submittal Deadline: Friday, September 13, 2019 at 2 PM

Broward County seeks proposals from firms interested in providing consulting services in the following categories: 1) Branding, Media and Marketing Services, 2) Crisis Communication Services, 3) Digital Content Delivery Services, 4) Video Scripting and Production.

Vendor MUST submit its solicitation response electronically and MUST confirm its submittal in order for the County to receive a valid response through BidSync. Refer to the Purchasing Division website or contact BidSync for submittal instructions. It is the Vendor’s sole responsibility to assure its response is submitted and received through BidSync by the date and time specified in the solicitation. The County will not consider solicitation responses received by other means. Vendors are encouraged to submit their responses in advance of the due date and time specified in the solicitation document. In the event that the Vendor is having difficulty submitting the solicitation document through BidSync, immediately notify the Purchasing Agent and then contact BidSync for technical assistance.

Request for Letter of Interest  
25% ACDBE Participation Goal I ACDBE Program Requirements


Advertised date: August 20, 2019

Inquiry period: September 4, 2019 – September 18, 2019

Closing date: October 30, 2019 at 4:30 PM 

Broward County is offering the opportunity to design, build, operate, and manage a common-use passenger lounge at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. Respondents to this Request for Letters of Interest should propose a high quality, professionally designed, and state-of-the-art airport lounge operation which will appeal to FLL’s unique mix of international and domestic passengers. This concession opportunity will be non-exclusive, and the County reserves the right to add other lounge operations and lounge concessionaires.   

View this and other concession-related solicitations on FLL's solicitation webpage.  

NOTE: The Business Assistance Weekly provides an overview of the opportunities currently available. Please review the information posted online for more information, user requirements and/or subscriber agreements. 
To view procurement activities for Broward County, visit Current Solicitations and Results. 

Opportunities in Broward and Beyond

Please check out the left column of this e-publication for solicitation opportunities in Broward and Beyond.

Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room A680 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301
954-357-6400 |

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