Broward County

Resource Agencies in Broward County

Idea Stage

Broward SCORE

Our mission is to help entrepreneurs and small business men and women start, develop, and grow businesses in Broward County. We provide you with in-depth, industry-specific business assistance to help evaluate a business idea or plan, stimulate business growth and ensure long-term stability.
  • (954) 356-7263
  • mail@browardscore.org
  • 299 E. Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Hispanic Business Initiative Fund | HBIF

We specialize in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their business in Florida. If you are looking to start or expand your business or simply need information about small business resources in Florida, you have come to the right place!
  • (407) 428-5872
  • contact@hbifflorida.org
  • 3201 E. Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL 32803

Hispanic Unity of Florida Emerging Entrepreneurs

The Emerging Entrepreneurs Program expanded in 2014 and now includes a broad range of support including, but not limited to: sales, marketing, business plans, QuickBooks, social media, etc.
  • (954) 964-8884
  • AHernandez@HispanicUnity.org
  • 5840 Johnson St. Hollywood, FL 33021

SBDC Fort Lauderdale

Our business consultants will work with you one-on-one to help you with International Market Planning, Export Marketing Planning, Government Contracting, Strategic Business Planning, Marketing Planning, Access to Capital, Loan Proposal Development, Cash Flow Management, Social Media, Websites, Feasibility Studies, Market Research and more.
  • (954) 762-5235
  • info@SBDCFortLauderdale.org
  • 111 Las Olas Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Formation Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to forming your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea stage. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

Broward College Innovation Hub

A mixed-use business incubator, focusing on housing a dynamic community of entrepreneurs, start-ups, mentors, advisors and investors, and serving as a one-stop resource for business owners, innovators and committed individuals pursuing their entrepreneurial ambitions.
  • (954) 201-7981
  • etriay@broward.edu
  • 6400 NW 6th Way Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

City of Lauderhill International Trade Incubator

We provide market information, strategy consulting, contacts and resources for foreign companies, particularly from but not limited to, participating Lauderhill Sister City countries doing business in the US.
  • (954) 730-3041
  • 3800 Inverrary Blvd. Lauderhill, FL 33319

National Entrepreneur Center

We provide a single location where small businesses can access a variety of business resources, technology, research tools and more than eight resident support organizations who can provide assistance.
  • (407) 420-4848
  • info@nationalec.org
  • 3201 E. Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL 32803

Launching Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to launching your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea and Formation stages. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

Broward County Business Tax Receipts

The Local Business Tax (formerly known as Occupational License) is required of any individual or entity choosing to engage in or manage any business, profession or occupation in Broward County, unless specifically exempted. When you pay a Local Business Tax, you receive a Local Business Tax Receipt, which is valid for one year, from October 1 through September 30.
  • (954) 357-6200
  • businesstax@broward.org
  • 115 S. Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

City of Coconut Creek Business Tax Receipts

If you engage or manage any business, profession, or occupation within the City of Coconut Creek, you will need to apply for and obtain a Business Tax Receipt (BTR). Whether your business is operated from a commercial location or is home-based, a BTR is required pursuant to both state and local law. If your business has more than one location, a separate BTR is required for each location.
  • (954) 973-6752
  • BTR@coconutcreek.net
  • 4800 West Copans Rd. Coconut Creek, FL 33063

City of Cooper City Business Tax Receipts

If you are opening a commercial business in the City of Cooper City, you are required to obtain a local business tax receipt.
  • (954) 434-4300
  • 9090 SW 50th Place Cooper City, FL 33328

City of Coral Springs Business Tax Receipts

Entrepreneurs need to know that a business tax receipt is required before engaging in any business in the City of Coral Springs, including home-based businesses.
  • (954) 344-5958
  • 9551 West Sample Rd. Coral Springs, FL 33065

City of Dania Beach Business Tax Receipts

Responsible for processing applications and issuing Local Business Tax Receipts for all businesses conducted within the city; including assuring that all new businesses comply with zoning, building, and fire department requirements.
  • (954) 924-6800
  • 100 W. Dania Beach Blvd. Dania Beach, FL 33004

City of Deerfield Beach Business Tax Receipts

A Business Tax Receipt is required before any person may engage in, manage, or be in charge of any business, profession, or occupation in the City, including home-based businesses.
  • (954) 480-4333
  • web.btr@deerfield-beach.com
  • 150 NE 2nd Ave. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

City of Fort Lauderdale Business Tax Receipts

A business tax is required, pursuant to local and state laws, to operate a business from a commercial or residential location. A business tax receipt is valid from October 1 through September 30 of the following year.
  • (954) 828-5195
  • BusinessTax@fortlauderdale.gov
  • 100 North Andrews Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

City of Hallandale Beach Business Tax Receipts

Every person, firm, partnership, or corporation engaged in business within the City must complete an application for business tax and pay required fees.
  • (954) 457-1341
  • 400 South Federal Highway Hallandale Beach, FL 33063

City of Hollywood Business Tax Receipts

In order to operate your business in Hollywood, you will need to apply for and obtain a local business tax receipt. Whether your business is operated from a commercial location or is home-based, a local business tax receipt is required pursuant to both state and local laws.
  • (954) 921-3225
  • 2600 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, FL 33020

City of Lauderdale Lakes Business Tax Receipts

Business owners planning to operate in the city must apply for a business tax receipt prior to conducting business.
  • (954) 535-2486
  • 3521 NW 43rd Ave. Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319

City of Lauderhill Business Tax Receipts

Before you sign the lease or purchase the commercial property, your company must receive approval to operate a business in the City.
  • (951) 739-0100
  • renewals@lauderhill-fl.gov
  • 5581 W. Oakland Park Blvd. Lauderhill, FL 33313

City of Lighthouse Point Business Tax Receipts

A Local Business Tax License is a tax for the privilege of engaging in or managing any business, profession, or occupation within the commercially zoned City districts.
  • (954) 943-6500
  • 2200 NE 38 St. Lighthouse Point, FL 33064

City of Margate Business Tax Receipts

Any person desiring to open a business or profession within the City must first apply for and receive a Local Business Tax Receipt. The Local Business Tax Receipt year commences October 1 and expires September 30.
  • (954) 935-5330
  • edevdirector@margatefl.com
  • 5790 Margate Blvd. Margate, FL 33063

City of Miramar Business Tax Receipts

Any person wishing to engage in or manage any business, profession or occupation with the City, including a home-based business, is required by ordinance to acquire a City Business Tax Receipt.
  • (954) 602-3040
  • businesstax@miramarfl.gov
  • 2300 Civic Center Place Miramar, FL 33025

City of North Lauderdale Business Tax Receipts

A Business Tax Receipt is required before engaging in any business in the City, including home-based businesses.
  • (954) 724-7069
  • 701 SW 71st Ave. North Lauderdale, FL 33068

City of Oakland Park Business Tax Receipts

The owner or corporation officer of the business must apply in person for the Business Tax Receipt.
  • (954) 630-4350
  • 5399 North Dixie Highway Oakland Park, FL 33334

City of Parkland Business Tax Receipts

All businesses in Parkland are required to have a City Business Tax Receipt and a Broward County Business Tax Receipt.
  • (954) 753-5447
  • 6600 University Dr. Parkland, FL 33067

City of Pembroke Pines Business Tax Receipts

Every individual, business, or other entity wishing to operate a business in the City must obtain a Local Business Tax Receipt.
  • (954) 450-1050
  • 10100 Pines Blvd. Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

City of Plantation Business Tax Receipts

All businesses operating in the City are required to have a local business tax receipt. All local business tax receipts expire on September 30 and must be renewed annually.
  • (954) 797-2237
  • 400 NW 73rd Ave. Plantation, FL 33317

City of Pompano Beach Business Tax Receipts

A BTR is a tax for the privilege of engaging in or managing a business, profession, or occupation within the city limits.
  • (954) 786-4668
  • businesstaxreceipt@copbfl.com
  • 100 West Atlantic Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33060

City of Sunrise Business Tax Receipts

Any person and/or company who maintains a permanent business location or branch office within the City for the privilege of engaging in or managing any business, profession or occupation is required to obtain a business tax receipt.
  • (954) 572-2352
  • BTRdocuments@sunrisefl.gov
  • 10770 West Oakland Park Blvd. Sunrise, FL 33351

City of Tamarac Business Tax Receipts

All businesses are required to be licensed by the City whether it is a Commercial Business or a Residential Business.
  • (954) 597-3537
  • 7525 NW 8th Ave. Tamarac, FL 33321

City of Weston Business Tax Receipts

Every business in Weston must have a Business Tax Receipt to engage in business within the City.
  • (954) 385-2000
  • BTR@westonfl.org
  • 17200 Royal Palm Blvd. Weston, FL 33326

City of Wilton Manors Business Tax Receipts

All businesses must obtain a City and County Business Tax Receipt prior to engaging in any business.
  • (954) 567-6065
  • 2020 Wilton Dr. Wilton Manors, FL 33305

Florida Angel Nexus

We connect qualified companies with aggressive development plans to investors from the Florida community. We focus on businesses that already have some proof of concept and we will do our best to refer all Florida companies to resources to assist in eliminating the roadblocks slowing down growth.
  • (386) 530-3714
  • Info@FloridaAngelNexus.com
  • 12201 Research Pkwy. Orlando, FL 32826

Florida Venture Forum

The Florida Venture Forum is a statewide member organization that helps entrepreneurs obtain funding through education, strategic partnering and effective networking. The Forum's educational programs provide in-depth information on topics such as raising debt and equity capital, human resources, finance, management, term sheet negotiation, valuations, marketing and R&D.
  • (813) 335-8116
  • info@floridaventureforum.org
  • 707 W. Azeele St. Tampa, FL 33606

Town of Davie Business Tax Receipts

The Town has multiple types of Business Tax Receipts, consisting of commercial, home, and peddler/solicitor/seasonal sales.
  • (954) 797-1112
  • BTR@davie-fl.gov
  • 6591 Orange Dr. Davie, FL 33314

Town of Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Business Tax Receipts

To operate a business in the Town, you must first obtain a Business Tax Receipt, formerly called an occupational license.
  • (954) 640-4203
  • 4501 North Ocean Dr. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 33308

Town of Pembroke Park Business Tax Receipts

Business Tax Receipts are valid from Oct. 1st to Sep. 30th. All businesses operating within the Town must obtain a business tax receipt before engaging in business.
  • (954) 966-4600
  • 3150 SW 52nd Ave. Pembroke Park, FL 33023

Growing Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to growing your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea, Formation, and Launching stages. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

CareerSource Broward

We connect employers to the largest pool of talent in the area and provide resources and training.
  • (954) 677-5555
  • 2610 West Oakland Park Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

City of Coral Springs Economic Development Office

We can assist companies and site selectors in identifying sites that match required criteria, coordinate site visits, serve as liaison with other city departments and state agencies, determine eligibility for business incentives programs, and facilitate permitting.
  • (954) 346-6996
  • azeinieh@coralsprings.org
  • 9551 West Sample Rd. Coral Springs, FL 33065

City of Fort Lauderdale Economic Development

Working in conjunction with other local, regional and state organizations, technical assistance and support services are provided to both our current and targeted new businesses and industries.
  • (954) 828-4518
  • MChen@fortlauderdale.gov
  • 914 NW 6th St. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

City of Hollywood Economic Development

The City's economic development team provides support to help grow the business community. A variety of programs and resources are available to meet the needs of the business community.
  • (954) 921-3201
  • gzambrano@hollywoodfl.org
  • 2600 Hollywood Blvd. Hollywood, FL 33020

City of Lauderdale Lakes Business Resource Center

The Center provides training, networking opportunities and resources necessary to assist businesses.
  • (954) 535-2490
  • celestined@lauderdalelakes.org
  • 4300 NW 36th St. Lauderdale Lakes, FL 33319

City of Miramar Economic Development

Miramar is the geographical center of corporate and business development in South Florida and has become a preferred locale for major corporations and Fortune 500 companies as well as hundreds of thriving small and mid-sized companies.
  • (954) 602-3274
  • gzambrano@miramarfl.gov
  • 2300 Civic Center Place Miramar, FL 33025

City of Parkland Economic Development

We are committed to working with businesses, large and small, new or established to ensure their success.
  • (954) 757-4105
  • gvasile@cityofparkland.org
  • 6600 University Dr. Parkland, FL 33067

Coconut Creek Chamber of Commerce

In addition to directory listings and discounts available exclusively to Chamber members, we organize monthly luncheons, meetings, and special events as networking opportunities.
  • (954) 633-8800
  • 5379 Lyons Rd. Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Coral Springs Chamber of Commerce

We offer many different promotional methods, making it easy to promote your company in a way that works best for you.
  • (954) 742-4242
  • info@cschamber.com
  • 11805 Heron Bay Blvd. Coral Springs, FL 33076

Davie Cooper City Chamber of Commerce

Our Chamber offers a vast array of programs, including weekly, monthly and signature annual events, in which business partnerships and individual friendships can be easily formed and nurtured.
  • (954) 581-0790
  • dccch@davie-coopercity.org
  • 4185 Davie Rd. Davie, FL 33314

Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce

We lead economic development by supporting the growth of area businesses, helping to attract and establish new businesses and fostering a healthy and inclusive business environment. Moreover, we improve quality of life through responsible, sustained leadership on community and regional issues of relevance to our members.
  • (954) 427-1050
  • director@deerfieldchamber.com
  • 1601 E. Hillsboro Blvd. Deerfield Beach, FL 33441

Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council

We link Corporations and Government agencies with Minority Business Enterprises to foster business development and expansion.
  • (305) 762-6151
  • sfmsdc@sfmsdc.org
  • 9499 NE 2nd Ave. Miami, FL 33138

Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber offers unique opportunities for its members through special events, regional and international business development, community forum programs, leads groups, networking functions, leadership programs, Trustee receptions, business after hours, area council functions an annual golf tournament as well as general membership programs.
  • (954) 462-6000
  • info@ftlchamber.com
  • 512 NE 3rd Ave. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Greater Dania Beach Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber provides a reliable source of community information and is a dependable resource for business referrals.
  • (954) 926-2323
  • 102 W. Dania Beach Blvd. Hollywood, FL 33004

GrowFL

We provide strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring. We help companies overcome obstacles to growth and lead them towards prosperity.
  • (407) 823-6384
  • growfl@ucf.edu
  • 12201 Research Pkwy. Orlando, FL 32826

Hallandale Beach Area Chamber of Commerce

We bring to you a number of communication, marketing and networking tools and programs that help you grow! They include monthly breakfasts with interesting speakers, evening business network exchange programs, health fairs, eco fair and special events throughout the year. We have ribbon cuttings for newly opened or remodeled businesses in our community
  • (954) 454-0541
  • info@hallandalebeachchamber.com
  • 400 South Federal Highway Hallandale Beach, FL 33063

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

We offer face-to-face networking opportunities, professional development, grass-root marketing opportunities, business advocacy, community involvement and much more!
  • (951) 923-4000
  • information@hollywoodchamber.org
  • 330 N. Federal Highway Hollywood, FL 33020

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea Chamber of Commerce

Chamber members receive monthly informational newsletter with advertising opportunities, listing on the Chamber website, relocation leads, member brochures and business cards displayed in our visitor center, networking events, business assistance and more.
  • (951) 776-1000
  • 4201 Ocean Dr. Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, FL 33308

Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce

Our Entrepreneur Training Institute, Central Broward Networking Group, Executive Coaching and Young Entrepreneur Academy are just a few of the initiatives available to you when you become a member of the Chamber. You will have access to classroom instruction, executive guest speakers, real life case studies and workshops to address your business challenges.
  • (954) 318-6118
  • info@lauderhillcc.com
  • 5557 West Oakland Park Blvd. Lauderhill, FL 33313

Margate Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber of Commerce is the most trusted source for local business information, ranks high on search engines to improve your online presence, and offers the best local resource directory for local customers.
  • (954) 582-0399
  • admin@margatechamber.org
  • 6221 Margate Blvd. Margate, FL 33063

Metro Broward Economic Development Corporation

MetroBroward is a catalyst for small business success; the only Certified Community Development Financial Institution in Broward County dedicated to small business lending.
  • (954) 587-3755
  • 1033 N.W. Sistrunk Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

Miramar Pembroke Pines Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber is committed to continue providing a variety of venues to assist the business owners of our region to become better businesses by becoming better business leaders.
  • (954) 432-9808
  • info@miramarpembrokepines.org
  • 10100 Pines Blvd. Pembroke Pines, FL 33026

Plantation Chamber of Commerce

We unite hundreds of businesses and professional firms, thus creating a unique central agency working to improve business and build a better community. Over 80 percent of the membership is composed of small businesses interested in prospering and creating a healthy environment to conduct business.
  • (954) 587-1410
  • info@plantationchamber.org
  • 7401 NW 4th St. Plantation, FL 33317

Pompano Beach Chamber of Commerce

Businesses can network with hundreds of prospective customers and clients at events such as our Business With A Twist, Business To Business Expo, Membership Breakfasts, Membership Briefings, Economic Updates, Legislative Breakfasts, Enterprise Group meetings and other scheduled events. Companies can take advantage of our Membership Service partnerships that can save your business hundreds of dollars annually.
  • (954) 941-2940
  • 2200 East Atlantic Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33062

South Florida Manufacturers Association

We promote the growth and economic well being of the regions manufacturers by acting as a unified force, representing common interests and providing needed benefits and services.
  • (954) 941-3558
  • info@sfma.org
  • 1000 West McNab Blvd. Pompano Beach, FL 33069

Sunrise Chamber of Commerce

The value of your membership is often related to your willingness to be a part of Chamber activities and programs. It’s about networking and we will do all we can to help you meet new people, share your business products/services and provide your company more visibility.
  • (954) 835-2428
  • suncc@sunrisechamber.org
  • 6800 Sunset Strip Fort Lauderdale, FL 33313

Tamarac Chamber of Commerce

Building your business through professional referral relationships. Generate more high-quality prospects.
  • (954) 722-1520
  • info@tamaracchamber.org
  • 7525 N. Pine Rd. Tamarac, FL 33321

Optimizing Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to optimizing your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea, Formation, Launching, and Growing stages. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

Enterprise Florida

Enterprise Florida recruits new business to the state, and works to retain and expand existing industry and business. We provide site selection services, demographic information, incentive information and much more.
  • (407) 956-5600
  • bspivey@eflorida.com
  • 800 N. Magnolia Ave. Orlando, FL 32803

Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance

Services offered by the Alliance include assistance with business relocation or expansion and site selection; incentive programs and information; market research.
  • (954) 524-3113
  • tholt@gflalliance.org
  • 110 E. Broward Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

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Upcoming Entrepreneur Events

GrowFL CEO Summit

This day-long event will feature presentations from manufacturing industry leaders from such organizations as the Manufacturers Association of Florida, as well as presentations from GrowFL and by industry experts to help improve the sales and marketing efforts of your business.

2016 Economic Enviornment for Business Growth

An interactive forum for local business leaders to discuss the economic issues of today and going forward. This forum is designed to broaden your outreach; answer questions you have about what it will take to expand and successfully grow your business in the local and global arena.

The StartUp Expo

The premier annual conference that brings together startup and early stage entrepreneurs, angel investors, venture capitalists and related service providers from throughout North America.Keynote Addresses by Jim Jensen of Ultimate Software and Serial Entrepreneur Rachel Braun Scherl.