SPARK HOLLYWOOD - Attend & Watch the Competition Live!Are you Interested in getting to know Hollywood Florida's up and coming entrepreneurs? Here's your opportunity! Our SPARK Hollywood contestants who were selected as finalists, will pitch their ideas to investors and innovators during the upcoming SPARK Hollywood Pitch Competition.
The ‘quick-pitch competition’ features entrepreneurs and new ventures competing for cash prizes by giving a three-minute presentation of their innovative business proposal to a panel of judges comprised of local investors and business professionals. SPARK Hollywood FL aims to bridge the gap between investors, businesses, and entrepreneurs.
The annual SPARK Pitch Competition will be held on May 26th at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center, 1770 Monroe Street.
Trade Mission Afternoon with Canadian Businesses Meet with the 2022 trade mission Canadian Chamber of Commerce on May 5th, from 1-5 p.m., for an afternoon of education, networking and exchange!
1:30pm: Panel Discussion on Immigration, Focus on Businesses and Entrepreneurs
2:30pm: Presentation Pitch from 2022 Trade Mission Participants
3:00pm: Networking and Exchange with Participants
The event is FREE for all participants
Venue: Colony West Golf Club, Tamarac, FL
Address: 6850 NW 88th Ave
Tamarac, FL 33321, United States
Click here to register
Call for Nominations
The SBA is seeking nominations for the Tibbetts Awards now through May 4. This year’s awards will honor the 40th anniversary of the Small Business Innovation Research program being signed into law.
The Tibbetts Awards are presented to small businesses and organizations that are judged to exemplify the spirit and mission of America’s Seed Fund, the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.
The awards are named for Roland Tibbetts, the National Science Foundation program manager who is acknowledged as the founder of the Small Business Innovation Research program. Nominate a business or organization today!
Connect With a Resource Near You!
April is Financial Literacy Month and a good reminder to reach out to an SBA resource partner for free financial counseling and training. Connect with a Community Navigator, Small Business Development Center, SCORE, Veterans Business Outreach Center or a Women's Business Center near you. Learn More
Paycheck Protection Program borrowers: If your loan is $150,000 or less, you may be eligible to apply for direct forgiveness through the SBA, using their online portal. Follow the steps below. 1. Find out if your lender is participating. 2. Watch a video about how to use the portal. 3. Apply for forgiveness.
Big vs. Small & Medium. In addition to the current talent shortage, small and medium businesses must compete against the brand recognition, salaries, and benefits of larger companies. However, before you throw in the towel on your search for the best and the brightest, bear in mind that not everyone wants to work for a big company. In fact, there are several small and medium-sized businesses that are winning the ultimate talent competition.
The Ultimate Talent Competition and Interviewing Skills
Build & Improve Your Social Media Presence: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google
Social Media is a powerful marketing channel—and potential game-changer. In this webinar, we’ll guide your strategy with effective tools to establish and grow your online presence. SOCIAL BRANDING TIPS: How to design a memorable online brand with personality, The secret to connecting through value, The best way to identify and find your ideal online client, Social automation essentials to free up your time. SOCIAL MARKETING TOOLS: The key to understanding a Social Media Plan: True North Approach, The formula to make your business more tech savvy/friendly, How to master your online messaging with this easy 1-2-3 technique, Easy steps to integrate your social media channels: Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Google, Twitter.Tuesday, May 3 • 6PM • Webinar • Free • Register Here
From Hobbyist to Entrepreneur - Where Can Your Dreams Take You?
The program consists of 4 classes, held for two hours (6-8 PM EDT), over 4 weeks. Those attending all four classes will be DBBA Graduates and will receive a graduation certificate, be honored by the City Commission, and be recognized on the Dania Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) website. As the CRA's investment in our businesses, all classes are free! May 4th: Class 1 - From Hobbyist to Entrepreneur -Where Can Your Dreams Take You? What is an entrepreneur? How to commercialize your passion/hobby into a successful business. Where can it take you?Wednesday, May 4 • 6PM • Webinar • Free • Register Here
Free QuickBooks Online Series
Learn how to properly prepare and manage your business's finances from start to finish! This free 8-weeks course will walk you through best practices related to the setup and customization of QuickBooks Online, along with valuable financial literacy concepts including:
Thursday, May 5 • 4PM • Webinar • Free • Register Here
- Getting to know your Balance Sheet and Profit and Loss
- Why your Statement of Cash Flows is important and how to use the report
- How to create a budget
- What lending institutions look for/need
Franchising: What You Need to Know
Are you a small business owner looking to franchise? Are you an entrepreneur interested to purchase a franchise? This dynamic workshop will give you key business and legal insights to make an informed decision on franchising. In particular, the workshop will cover:
• Outline franchising options
• Pro’s & Con’s of franchising
• How to evaluate franchise opportunities
• Preparing a business to be franchised
Tuesday, May 10 • 1PM • Webinar • Free • Register Here
Effective Employee Selection, Interviewing & Hiring
Learn how to hire good people. Selection and interviewing skills can be learned. Your employees can make or break you. Whether you have 1, 10, 20, or more, this workshop will develop the skills you can use immediately to select & hire the right kind of people.
Workshop objectives include:
- Determining desired candidate skills and abilities based on business needs
- Evaluating resumes
- Phone screening
- Preparing and leading a candidate interview
- Making a decision on your best fit candidate
Learn from an expert the basic strategies that you can use immediately to make your selection process more effective.Wednesday, May 11 • 5PM • Webinar • Free • Register Here
Noise Regulations in Effect
Effective June 1st, select Hollywood businesses must have a Noise Level Detection Device installed. Learn more about the new rules in effect for residents, business owners, and vacation rental property owners HERE.