New 2014 Monthly Business Development Workshop Series Announced
  
- New series to focus on local small business owners and entrepreneur needs -
  
DATE: October 31, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Jasmine Jones
Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development
PHONE: 954-357-6400


BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. - The Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) will begin the New Year by launching a 2014 Business Development Workshop Series, an update to the annual 12-part “How to Do Business with Broward County” series. For 2014, the free workshop series will focus on developing, creating capacity and providing resources to small businesses. The goal is to position small businesses to take advantage of opportunities provided by the County to grow their business' reach beyond Broward County.

The series has been redesigned to expand on accessing opportunities with government procurement and contracts, adding a business development component through a roster of topical guest speakers offering tips and tools to assist in sustaining and improving local businesses. Featured topics include new capital projects and contracting opportunities, business financing options and tax advice, among other subjects.

“This shift in direction for the monthly workshops is timely. We want to be the number one resource for business development in Broward County,” said Sandy-Michael McDonald, director of Broward County's Office of Economic and Small Business Development. “The new workshop series coupled with our other programs and services - including the Kauffman Foundation FastTrac® courses for entrepreneurs - are major steps toward this goal, enabling us to cultivate local businesses and foster a robust local economy.”

To better accommodate the busy schedules of attendees, the workshops will be held at varying times every month on Thursdays and Saturdays in a variety of locations throughout the County. County staff will be on hand to address certification, vendor registration and other necessary topics.

The workshop series is free and open to the public; pre-registration is not required. Individuals requiring auxiliary accommodations in order to participate in a workshop must make a request at least 10 business days prior to the scheduled workshop.

For additional information on the 2014 Business Development Workshop series, contact the Office of Economic and Small Business Development at 954-357-6400 or visit Broward.org/EconDev.


2014 Business Development Workshop Series Schedule

• Saturday, January 18, 2014
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Miramar Branch Library, 2050 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025
Featured Topic: New County and City Contracting Opportunities

• Thursday, February 20, 2014
6 – 7:30 p.m.
North Regional / Broward College Library, 1100 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, FL 33066
Featured Topic: Building a Stellar Team: Prime Selection Process and Sub Success Stories

• Saturday, March 15, 2014
10:30 a.m. – Noon
Northwest Regional Library, 3151 University Dr., Coral Springs, FL 33065
Featured Topic: Health and Social Services Vendor Opportunity Expo

• Thursday, April 17, 2014
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 430, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Featured Topic: Ask the Director – Network with Broward County Agency Directors

• Saturday, May 17, 2014
10:30 a.m. – noon
Weston Branch Library, 4205 Bonaventure Blvd., Weston, FL 33332
Featured Topic: Aspiring Entrepreneur and Inventor Workshop – Take Your Idea to the Next Level

• Thursday, June 19, 2014
6 – 7:30 p.m.
Deerfield Beach Percy White Branch, 837 E. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33441
Featured Topic: Polish Your Pitch – Developing an Effective Elevator Speech

• Saturday, July 19, 2014
10:30 a.m. – Noon
West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324
Featured Topic: Entrepreneur and Small Biz EXPO and Job Fair

• Thursday, August 21, 2014
1– 4 p.m.
South Regional / Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Featured Topic: Broward County Certified Agency Buyers (CAB) Reverse Trade Show

• Saturday, September 20, 2014
10:30 a.m. – Noon
African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Featured Topic: Labor Laws and Tax Advice for Your Business

• Thursday, October 16, 2014
2– 4 p.m.
Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Blvd., Room 430, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Featured Topic: FY2015 Capital Projects and Contracting Opportunities

• Saturday, November 15, 2014
10:30 a.m. – Noon
West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation, FL 33324
Featured Topic: Finding Business Financing – Uncover Funding Options for Startup and Growth

• Saturday, December 13, 2014
10:30 a.m. – Noon
South Regional / Broward College Library, 7300 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines, FL 33024
Featured Topic: Doing Business Overseas
 
 
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