News and Events

Press Enter to show all options, press Tab go to next option

Upcoming Events

 The Urban League of Broward County Logo


Minority Business Expo

Date: November 17, 2018

Time: 10:00am - 4:00 pm

Location: Urban League of Broward County

560 NW 27th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

The Minority Business Expo, Forum & Pitch Competition is an initiative of the National Urban League Young Professionals' National Day of Empowerment. This initiative seeks to support aspiring & thriving minority entrepreneurs, black & minority owned businesses as well as encourage the circulation of minority dollars within these communities. The Minority Business Expo offers interactive discussions on a variety of topics relevant to minority-owned businesses and closes with the Minority Business Pitch Competition offering cash and other prizes.

Keynote Speaker:

Jacquette M. Timmons, Financial Behaviorist

Breakout Session Topics Include:

Access to Capital for Your Business

Using Social Media to Market Your Business for Success

Business Law for Startups

The Future of Business and Technology

Becoming a Vendor with Broward County Public Schools

Build and Grow Your Nonprofit Brand


Register to Become a Vendor with Broward County and Broward County Schools  

Business Plan Development

Visit the marketplace and support 20+ minority owned businesses.


For more information click on the link below:



You're Invited


and Broward County Emergency Operations Center Tour

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

9AM to 11AM

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

Plantation, FL 33324


 Join us to learn the first step to surviving a natural or man-made disaster by attending this FREE preparedness workshop for local business owners.

Attendees will learn about:

•Lessons learned from Hurricane Irma

•General practices of business continuity planning•Broward County’s disaster response system

•Disaster preparation programs for small businesses

•The Broward County EOC, through a guided facility tour

Speakers will include:

•Necole Holton, Broward County Emergency Management

•Herb Parlato, Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development

•Representatives from the Florida SBDC at FAU

Registration is strongly encouraged; visit to register. For more information, call 954-357-6400. Attendees are required to sign-in upon entry and present a valid government issued Photo ID. Free Parking.

Office of Economic and Small Business Development 115 S. Andrews Ave., Room A680 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-357-6400 • YOU’RE INVITED! BUSINESS RESILIENCY WORKSHOP and Broward County Emergency Operations Center Tour Broward County Emergency Operations Center (Broward County EOC) 201 N.W. 84th Avenue, Room 332B Plantation, FL 33324 Wednesday, June 6, 2018 9AM to 11AM



National Small Business Week

From April 29th to May 5th, 2018, the SBA recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs and small business owners from all across the 50 states and U.S. territories.

The webinars include:

  • How Changing Consumer Behavior Impacts Your Business - May 1 at 1:00 PM ET/ 10:00 AM PT
    Technology allows you to understand consumer behavior better than ever. Join this webinar by Anastasia Kudrez of Google to learn how these insights can help shape your digital marketing plan, and what you can do to position your business for success.
  • Addressing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace - May 1 at 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT
    In this timely and informative seminar from Paychex, we’ll discuss workplace discrimination and harassment – including sexual harassment. You’ll learn about employer liability under federal law, as well as the elements required to establish an affirmative defense to harassment claims. We’ll also cover specific policies and procedures for handling complaints, investigations, and retaliation, that can help protect your employees and your business.
  • Get New and Repeat Business On Autopilot with Email Marketing - May 1 at 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT
    Your business thrives on bringing in sales from new and existing customers. Wouldn’t it be great if you could bring in those sales more frequently without having to spend a lot of time doing so? In this webinar by Constant Contact, we’ll show you some simple ways to repeatedly reach customers with email marketing.
  • Creating and Sustaining a Strong Social Presence - May 1 at 5:30 PM ET / 2:30 PM PT
    You want to use social media for your business, but where should you start? Vistaprint's Sarah Nunes will explain why you should be on social and some easy-to-use tips and tricks for small business owners to improve or create strong social media campaigns.
  • The U.S. Economic Outlook and Its Impact on Small Businesses - May 2 at 1:00 PM ET/ 10:00 AM PT
    Join Visa's Vice President of the Visa Business and Economic Insights team, Bruce Cundiff, as he shares the near-term outlook for the U.S. economy including the health of consumer spending, housing prices, and more. You’ll learn how consumer spending preferences are changing, what stock market growth and volatility mean for consumer spending, and what all of this means for small businesses.
  • Managing Your Finances in the Cloud - May 2 at 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT
    Did you ever wonder what advantages moving your company to the cloud could offer?  Have you ever thought about making the switch but weren’t sure how or why?  This session by Intuit will uncover many reasons why businesses are making the move and discuss some best practices in how to use this technology to keep your business relevant and nimble.
  • Grow Your Business in 2018 - May 2 at 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT
    Join this webinar by Square to learn how to use small business technology tools to streamline your work and give you back valuable time.
  • Simple Steps to Choosing the Right Financing - May 2 at 5:30 PM ET / 2:30 PM PT
    Choosing the right source of financing for your business’ growth is more complicated today than it used to be – and because of all the different options available, it requires a more savvy borrower than ever before. Join this webinar by OnDeck to learn which financing options are right for different types of businesses and how likely you are to get approved.
  • Hug Your Haters: How to Embrace Complaints & Keep Your Customers - May 3 at 1:00 PM ET / 10:00 AM PT
    In this webinar sponsored by Chase, Jay Baer, founder of Convince & Convert, reveals brand-new, proprietary research into why and where your customers complain and why the rise of customer complaints is actually an enormous opportunity.
  • Sharing Your Story Through Video - May 3 at 2:30 PM ET / 11:30 AM PT
    Today’s consumers can watch video content whenever and wherever they want. This creates an opportunity for businesses to reimagine the role of video content in their marketing strategy. Join this webinar by Google to learn best practices for connecting with consumers through online video.
  • Pop & Play: How Opening a Pop-Up Shop Can Help Launch Your Retail Brand - May 3 at 4:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM PT 
    What do Amazon, Chobani, Hermes and a taco truck have in common?  All four recognize the magic of the pop-up shop. In this webinar by Kimco Realty, find out how a pop-up can help you bring your brand to life, create a one-of-a-kind customer experience and tell your brand’s unique story to a built-in audience.
  • Fusion Marketing: The Next Generation of Marketing - May 3 at 5:30 PM ET / 2:30 PM PT
    Award-winning inventor, entrepreneur and author Lon Safko examines this new concept of “interconnecting” your traditional and digital tools. You will look at your marketing efforts in a completely new way. In this webinar, you will learn how to get exponential results without spending a dime more. 

Register Here



2018 NewVenture™ Entrepreneur Program Information Session - Broward County OESBD

Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Broward County Main Library

Fast Trac New Venture Work Shop Series


Get an overview of this Exciting Opportunity for Aspiring and Early Stage Entrepreneurs New Venture™ Entrepreneur Program Information Session!

Owning your business is the American dream. Building it to withstand the test of time requires a unique set of tools. That’s where the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development FastTrac® NewVenture™ program will help entrepreneurs: Identify Market Needs Explore Risk and Success Factors Build a Business Plan Understand Business Fundamentals Network with Entrepreneurship Professionals Access Business, Financial and Human Resources Upon completion of the 10-week NewVenture™ course, all participants will receive a Certificate of Completion. Business plans prepared by each participant will be evaluated at the end of the course. Seed money may be distributed to the top three business plans.

Broward County Main Library

6th Floor

100 S. Andrews Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Attend Event


Lauderhill Economic Development Initiative to Attract New Businesses – Seeking Resident’s and Business Owner’s Input at an Open House!

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 from 6:00 PM - 8:30PM

Public Open House April 2018


The City of Lauderhill is always seeking ways to improve our changing community. The Economic Development Division of the Finance Department is hosting a Retail Recruitment Project Open House at City Hall. This forum is part of an ongoing study the City of Lauderhill and Retail Management Associates (RMA) is conducting to help recruit new retail and establish a wider spectrum of businesses in Lauderhill. This Retail Recruitment Project Open House is open and free to residents and business owners.

The Retail Recruitment Project Open Housewill take place at City Hall’s Commission Chambers and Multi-Purpose Room on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm.The ongoing study will help to improve our business climate as well as increase the variety of our shopping and dining establishments. We encourage you to attend this Open House where you may submit your observations and recommendations directly to the RMA consultants who will moderate the meeting.

Refreshments will be provided. City Hall is located at 5581 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Lauderhill, FL 33313.

Please RSVP or direct concerns to Economic Development Coordinator, Kenneth Lopez at (954) 714 - 3128 or email at