The City of Hollywood’s Office of Communications, Marketing, and Economic Development and the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce have launched a joint Business Survey and Visitation Program. Nationally, over 70% of employment growth in a community comes from the retention and expansion of existing businesses. The City and Chamber recognize that Hollywood’s existing businesses make investments in facilities, create jobs, and provide a support network that is at the heart of a strong local economy.
The Business Survey and Visitation Programs aims to: • Enhance lines of communication with the Hollywood business community and learn more about current and future operational plans • Act as an avenue to connect local companies with resources to support growth, expansion, sustainability, and networking opportunities • Identify and analyze trends, challenges, and opportunities facing our existing businesses and mobilize appropriate resources, programs, and services when appropriate
Learn more and take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PXWCC2J
Jobs in Broward County increased by 39,200 or 4.6% year over year as of August 2022
Broward County’s job report indicated a 2.8% unemployment rate in August 2022. This rate was 2.0% age points lower than the area’s year-ago rate of 4.8%. The labor force was 1,077,924, up 41,150 (+4.0%) over the year. Nonagricultural employment in the Ft. Lauderdale-Pompano Bch-Deerfield Bch Metro Division was 887,000, an increase of 39,200 jobs (4.6%) over the year. “With more than 39,000 jobs added in August, Broward County’s year-over-year job growth continues to trend upward at a rapid pace. Greater Fort Lauderdale is a location of choice for companies in high-value targeted industries, supporting the overall job growth in the county,” said Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance President/CEO, Bob Swindell. “We thank our many partners, investors and leaders at Broward County and our municipalities, who have been working with us to grow and diversify the economy.”
Data and Analysis
In the month of August, the Professional and Business Services (+12,300, +7.8%), Construction (+2,500, +5.1%), and Education and Health Services (+5,300, +4.8%) industries grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.
All industries gained jobs over the year, the top two included Professional and Business Services (+12,300, +7.8%) and Leisure and Hospitality (+8,200, +9.4%).
Non-Agricultural employment shows a month to month increase of 13,400 jobs or +1.5% growth. All industries gained jobs over the month.
Applications Due September 30
The SBEP is designed for CEOs, entrepreneurs, business owners, and presidents of small businesses, while the NPEP is for executive directors, presidents, and CEOs of nonprofit organizations. Graduates emerge as stronger leaders, who are ready to capitalize on business opportunities, implement best practice management, and turn challenges into a strategic advantage.
The U.S. Small Business Administration celebrates the impact Hispanic entrepreneurs have had on the U.S. economy and commemorates some of the many ways Hispanics have influenced and contributed to American society.
Economic impact According to the Joint Economic Committee Hispanic Entrepreneurship and Business Brief:
Nearly one in four new businesses is Hispanic-owned.
The nearly 5 million Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States contribute more than $800 billion to the American economy annually.
There are more than 300,000 Hispanic-owned, employer businesses located across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These enterprises employ at least one employee other than the owner.
Hispanic employer businesses employ about 1 million workers, with more than $100 billion in annual payroll. The number of Hispanic-owned businesses that employ at least one employee other than the owner increased by 14% between 2012 and 2017 — more than twice as fast as the national average.
In the decade preceding the pandemic, the number of Hispanic business owners increased 34% compared to an increase of just 1% among non-Hispanic business owners.
Federal contracting programs
The 8(a) Business Development program offers a broad scope of assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51% by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals.
New Program Provides Late Shift Employees Direct Rides to and From Work
Broward County Transit (BCT) recognizes the need for a transportation solution that can provide residents access to/from employment opportunities outside the regular fixed-route service span. Late Shift Connect provides on-demand and direct transportation for late shift workers when regular transit services are generally not available.
Participants can request rides to/from their places of employment and home if their work shift begins or ends between 11PM and 6AM, 5 days per week. Anyone who works the late shift in Broward County is eligible. Your contact information and employer address and contact information are required. For more information or to enroll, visit lateshiftconnect.org.
This webinar features business owners from various businesses sharing their unique ownership stories and their advice to other owners on leading a successful and growing businesses into the future and to build a strong financial future for the owner.
The conversation will cover multiple areas of business ownership, including:
The current issue of employee retention and talent attraction.
Understanding a business’ realistic value.
Planning for a change in ownership and planning the financial future of owners that exit the business.
Join an all day, in-person workshop designed to educate minority and small businesses regarding procurement readiness. The morning session will include experts in procurement sharing their best practices. The afternoon session will provide opportunities regarding how to do business with over 20 organizations.
As small and minority businesses prepare to learn from and emerge stronger in the post-pandemic world, business owners must reimagine new and innovative ways to manage marketing and selling their products and services. The procurement boot camp will provide your business the resources needed to pivot and start selling your products and services to government agencies and large corporation.
Connect and network with entrepreneurs, students, funders, and many more! Hear from keynote speakers, panelist, participate in seminars, enjoy a business EXpo, and network while supporting the economy of space entrepreneurship.
2022 FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL TRADE AND CULTURAL EXPO (FITCE)
Join BrowardCounty's Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) and partners at the Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE) October 19th & 20th at the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Center. General Admission is FREE - Learn more and register
Available Grants and/or Loans and Credit Program
Employee Retention Credit - IRS : A program designed to make it easier for businesses that, despite challenges posed by COVID-19, choose to keep their employees on payroll.
SBA Loans: Explore a list of recovery funds from SBA and various organizations.
Broward Municipal Services District Revolving Loan Fund (BMSD RLF):This new small business lending program provides flexible, low-cost capital for existing businesses as well as new start-up businesses in the BMSD. The Urban League of Broward County is partnering with the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development, and the National Development Council (NDC) to assist existing BMSD businesses and property owners, as well as entrepreneurs that are interested in starting new businesses or relocating to the BMSD.
Black Business Investment Fund (BBIF):BBIF is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), private non-profit loan fund that specializes in providing loans and financial technical assistance services to Black, minority & underserved small businesses throughout Florida.
The Fearless Strivers Grant Contest, in partnership with Mastercard Inc., will be awarding 11 Black women-owned small business with grants, as well as one-on-one mentorship. The program will also be rolling out city-specific grant programs across the country. Click here to apply.
The Restaurant Disaster Relief Fund, sponsored by food delivery service DoorDash, in partnership with business platform Hello Alice, will be providing grants to restaurants with a physical location that are experiencing hardships due to a state or federally-declared natural disaster. Click here to apply.
America's Seed Fund is a decades-long grant program powered by the National Science Foundation. The National Science Foundation grant program, open to early-stage companies that need to prove their technology and find their market potential, has made about 3,400 awards to startups and small businesses since 2012, with 153 exits by those companies and $9.1 billion in private investment. Click here to 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.
Starting a Business Utilizing White Label Products and E-Commerce
Starting a side business is one of the smartest financial moves you can make right now. The City of Deerfield Beach brings to you this free symposium on starting your own brand as a source of extra income and to improve your quality of life.
Tuesday, September 27• 9:00AM • Webinar • Free •Register
Federal Government Contracting 101
This workshop provides information on registering with the federal government, how to locate federal opportunities, who to market to within the federal government, and so much more!
Tuesday, September 27• 10:00AM • Webinar • Free •Register
Managing Human Resources in 2022
It’s critical to protect your company and yourself as an employer, whether you are about to hire your first employee or have 50 employees, by creating and developing strong human resource procedures. Whether you are a small business owner, human resources manager or office manager, this seminar will address five critical HR issues that all employers face:
• Employee Handbook and Documentation
• Onboarding Employees Effectively
• Discipline and Termination Safely
• Employee Performance and Documentation
• 2021 Compliance, Safety and OSHA
Tuesday, September 27 • 1:00PM • Webinar • Free •Register
Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps
Learn about Google My Business, a free tool for local businesses who want to connect with customers on Google Search and Maps.
In this session you'll learn how to:
• Create or claim your Business Profile on Google
• Manage your business info across Google Search and Maps
• Use Google My Business to connect with potential customers
• Create a free website using the info from your Business Profile
Wednesday, September 28 • 10:00AM • Webinar • Free •Register
Cybersecurity Basics, for Startups and Entrepreneurs
Since 2020, the FBI has reported a 300% increase in cybercrimes. Small businesses are prime targets of these attacks due to lack of awareness when it comes to protecting systems and data. This webinar will teach you:
Why small businesses are targets of cybercrimes
Proactive measures that will help you avoid data loss, scams, and cyberattacks
The single most important thing you can do today to ensure your business can recover quickly from any IT disaster, including a cyberattack
Wednesday, September 28 • 6:00PM • Webinar • Free •Register
Intellectual Property: Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law
As you grow your business, you build value in its name, logos, trademarks, and bylines. They can be as valuable as your business reputation and profit levels. Are you in a creative business? Designers, illustrators, painters, software engineers, writers, and authors can all create works with long lasting value. Are you an inventor? How do you establish proof of ownership of your invention? Attend this workshop and learn:
Whether you need protection for your intellectual property
If so, which methods are appropriate to your situation?
What processes are involved?
How much you can do yourself, and at what point a lawyer might be needed?
The timelines involved
By investing a few hours in this workshop, you will have up-to-date information on a key issue that you should address to decide if you need to protect or enhance the value of your business for any intellectual property.
Monday, October 3 • 6:00PM • Webinar • Free •Register
How to Leverage Small Minority Certifications to Obtain Government Contracts Webinar
During this session you will learn the following:
Understand the four main levels of government.
How funding sources can influence the type of required certification.
Understand which programs have set-asides and which have participation goals.
Learn what certification programs have had the most success and why.
Learn about Hub-Zones and how they help small businesses engage in public work.
Understand how to market your certified firm to the government and to government contractors.
Tuesday, October 4 • 1:00PM • Webinar • Free •Register