New conference in Broward seeks to boost small business in the community

Whether setting up a new restaurant, a real estate agency or law practice, starting a small business in our community can become a tricky proposition. How much funding and resources do you need to start up? What laws and regulations do you need to look out for? And how can you get your name out there in such a competitive market?

Broward County’s Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) plans to start local entrepreneurs on the right foot with the upcoming, inaugural Capacity Building Conference – set for Friday, March 4 and Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

Themed “Strategic Pathways to Growth,” this free two-day event seeks to help businesses chart a course to success by strengthening their core capacities in general business operations through insightful dialogue and key connections. Scheduled panels include key topics for any entrepreneur starting out or seeking to expand their operations. Get help navigating the mires of marketing through social media at the “Marketing Strategies” panel, or learn what insurance plans you need (and don’t) within your industry at the “Safety & Loss Control” discussion. The keynote address will also be delivered by Florida Secretary of Commerce and President of Enterprise Florida, Bill Johnson.

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On Saturday, the conference will also offer a Business Financing Clinic, where entrepreneurs can get their business strategies accessed. There will also be the county’s signature “Broward is Buying” expo, where local entrepreneurs can both share their range of services, all while exploring contracting opportunities with the county.

This event is perfect for Broward County vendors. Sponsor and exhibitor opportunities are still available for this much-anticipated event. To find out more about this conference, and how you can get your business registered, visit



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