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Information Session Scheduled for New Construction Apprenticeship Program

Did you know there are new requirements for Broward County Construction vendors on contracts over $2 million? All current and potential Broward County construction vendors, including primes, CBEs and other subcontractors, are invited to learn how this new ordinance affects your business. An Information Session will be held on Monday, July 22 at 4:30PM at the Broward County Governmental Center, Room 422, in Fort Lauderdale.  Attendees will get details on program guidelines, exceptions, reporting, monitoring and more. Register online to attend the free event or watch via LIVE webcast. Learn more about the Broward County Construction Apprenticeship Program


Public Notice Issuance Date: June 25, 2019
The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) is proposing a FY 2020-2022 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) overall triennial goal of 13.29% for projects funded in whole or in part by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and a 17.19% overall triennial DBE goal for projects funded in whole or in part by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The proposed goals and rationale are available for inspection between 8:30 AM and 5 PM, Monday through Friday at the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development located at 115 S Andrews Avenue, Room A-680, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301, for 30 days from the date of this publication. 

Comments on the DBE goal will be accepted for 30 days from the date of this publication and can be sent to the following:

Broward County DBE Liaison Officer

Sandy-Michael McDonald

115 S Andrews Avenue, Room A-680

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


Broward County Small Business Development Specialist

Nichole Francis,

Contract Goals

OESBD will use contract goals to meet any portion of the overall goal that the recipient does not project being able to meet using Race Neutral (RN) means. Contract goals are established so that, over the period to which the overall goal applies, they will cumulatively result in meeting any portion of the recipient's overall goal that is not projected to be met through the use of RN means. 

OESBD will establish contract goals only on those DOT-assisted contracts that have subcontracting possibilities. OESBD is not required to establish a contract goal on every such contract, and the size of the contract goals will be adapted to the circumstances of each such contract (e.g., type and location of work and availability of DBEs to perform the particular type of work). 

We will express our contract goals as a percentage of the total amount of a DOT-assisted contract.

OESBD's Federal Certification Services to be Restructured

The Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) currently participates in the Florida Unified Certification Program (UCP) as a certifying agency for firms seeking Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) certification. As of June 1, 2019, the certification services provided by OESBD for District Four will include responsibility for :

  • Currently active DBE files
  • All incoming files within Broward County jurisdiction
  • Incoming interstate files

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will assume responsibility for new DBE files located outside of Broward County (i.e. Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach and Indian River counties). Designated certifying members will assist in ACDBE file processing for files outside of Broward County jurisdiction (excluding interstate applications). For more information on DBE / ACDBE certification, please call us at 954-357-6400. 

Broward County OESBD Receives President's "E" Award 

At a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on May 23, 2019, the Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) received the President's "E" Award for outstanding contributions to U.S. exports from the U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. For the past four years, OESBD has been committed to export expansion through its innovative International Trade initiatives that has a broad impact. The President's "E" Award is the highest a U.S. organization may receive for expansion of U.S. exports. Learn more.

DBE Public Forums: Upcoming Opportunities on Federally Funded Aviation and Transit Projects

The Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) hosted two public forums to discuss small business opportunities on federally funded aviation and transit projects anticipated to be solicited in 2020, 2021 and 2022. These events are part of the triennial Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal-setting process. OESBD administers the DBE Program on Broward County's behalf in order to receive federal funding for aviation and transit projects as required by the Code of Federal Regulations. Inclusive of federal funding, the estimated project values are estimated at over $100 Million. In addition to project details, the forum agendas included the DBE certification process and eligibility. As DBE Program stakeholders, attendees were encouraged to share feedback regarding obstacles to participation. 

Prime contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, vendors and consultants were invited to join us at one of the scheduled forums:

  • Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 2 to 4PM -- Broward County Governmental Center, Room 422/Commission Chamber, 115 S Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale
  • Saturday, June 15, 2019 | 10:30AM to 12:30PM -- South Regional / Broward College Library, Multipurpose Room, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines

The forums were free and open to the public.

Port Everglades Economic Impact Study Released

Elevated containerized cargo and passenger volumes at Broward County's Port Everglades strengthened economic activity and created new jobs in Florida, according to a newly released report for fiscal year 2018 by internationally recognized maritime research company Martin Associates. Overall, the study reflected positive growth in all economic indicators from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018, including jobs, personal income, economic activity, local purchases and state/local taxes. 

It's Official! Convention Center Expansion Project Underway

Broward County and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau kicked off the project to expand the Broward County Convention Center and add a new four diamond Headquarters Hotel in Fort Lauderdale with a May 16th demolition event at The Portside Yachting Center. The schedule of construction activities will continue into 2023. Learn more about the expansion project. 

A Penny for Transportation: Get the Facts

Last November, voters across Broward County approved the Penny Tax for Transportation improvement projects over the next 30 years.  This penny surtax is designed to create connectivity, relieve traffic congestion, improve transit service and expand the availability of multimodal transportation. Related projects include more transportation options to help Broward County remain competitive as a destination for business and travel.  Now is the time to get educated and learn what's in it for you and your community -- including a 30% CBE participation goal the Broward County Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted to adopt for projects funded under the penny surtax. Visit the Penny For Transportation website to get the facts, including a list of projects in each city​​​