Community Partners

The Office of Economic and Small Business Development (OESBD) is Broward County's policy and implementation vehicle for economic development, and is the lead agency for this purpose under the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. OESBD's mission is to implement a full range of strategies designed to enhance Broward County's economy, resulting in job creation and business expansion, and continually improving the quality of life of Broward citizens. Click here to view the OESBD website.


Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest public school system in the United States, the second largest in the state of Florida and the largest fully accredited K-12 and adult school district in the nation. BCPS has over 260,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 229 schools and education centers and 98 charter schools. Click here for the website of Broward County Public Schools, or here for their Facebook page, or here to follow @Browardschools on Twitter.


CareerSource Broward partners with the Florida Department Children and Families (DCF) by providing employment and training services to individuals who have been deemed eligible to receive Temporary Cash Assistance or services to divert them from receiving Temporary Cash Assistance. CareerSource Broward can also work with anyone else referred from DCF who is in search of employment. Click here to go to the DCF website.



The Florida TRADE (Transforming Resources for Accelerated Degrees & Employment) Consortium  is a group of 12 state and community colleges located throughout the State of Florida. In September of 2012, the Consortium was awarded a $15 million Department of Labor grant to develop and deliver accelerated technical training programs that would lead to entry-level jobs in manufacturing. Click here for more details on Florida TRADE.                 



The Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Alliance is Broward County’s official economic development partnership. Its mission is to lead Broward County in building a stronger and more diverse economy by stimulating the creation of new jobs and capital investment while facilitating the growth and retention of businesses in Broward County. To learn more, click here or call (954) 524-3113.




Founded in 1982, Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF) has grown to become the largest non-profit organization in Broward County; dedicated to serving a diverse multi-cultural, low-income population through 19 programs/services in three languages.  Programs include English classes, Employment/Job Readiness skills, Financial Literacy, Before/After school and Summer youth development programs, A licensed and certified Preschool, Free Tax Preparation, Naturalization/Citizenship assistance, Access to Healthcare and linkage to a host of other services provided by partners throughout Broward County.  Empowering Hispanics and other members of the community to become self-sufficient, civically-engaged and to lead productive lives  is HUF’s Mission. Click here to learn more about Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF)



Founded in 1975 as an affiliate of the National Urban League, the Urban League of Broward County is a community based organization dedicated to empowering communities and changing lives in the areas of education, jobs, housing, and health. Click here for the website for the Urban League of Broward County.

  Women In Distress is the only nationally accredited, state-certified, full service domestic violence center serving Broward County, Florida. Its mission is to stop domestic violence abuse for everyone through intervention, education and advocacy. Women In Distress strive to accomplish this mission through a 24-hour crisis line, emergency shelter program, individual counseling, support groups and professional trainings, which are aimed at educating the community on domestic violence. They offer confidential services are offered, free of charge, to victims of domestic violence no matter their race, sex, age, religion, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran or military status, immigration status or language spoken. Women In Distress believes that each survivor of domestic violence has the right to a safe, secure home and the capability to self-determine their violence free future. Click here for more details on Women in Distress.
  The Broward County Board of County Commissioners has instituted the "Broward County Workforce Investment Program" to encourage local economic development through the hiring of economically disadvantaged or hard-to-hire individuals. Through the program, contractors are encouraged to work with CareerSource Broward, the Florida Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, and their contract partners as a first source for the recruitment and possible employment of employees for work on County-funded projects. Projects covered under this program yield at least $500,000 in annual payments. Contractors seeking additional information on this program may contact the Economic Development Section of the Broward County Office of Economic and Small Business Development at 954-357-6400 or can click here.

The Coalition’s role is to develop and administer a comprehensive school readiness program that prepares children to succeed in school and in life, as described in the Local School Readiness Coalition Plan as approved by the Office of Early Learning. This in an ongoing process that involves building on existing services, working in cooperation with other programs for young children and coordinating and integrating program funding and services to achieve efficiency, accountability and full effectiveness. Click here to learn to learn more. 

  2-1-1 Broward is the live, 24-hour comprehensive helpline, providing all people with crisis, health and human services support and connecting them to resources in our community. Since 1995, 2-1-1 Broward, has been the community’s central point of entry into the health and human services system. Dialing 2-1-1 is an easy way for people who need help to get connected with the community service providers that can help them. The 2-1-1 Broward helpline is available to every individual and family in Broward County. Click here to learn more. 
  WLRN is Public Radio and Television for South Florida. WLRN Radio signed on in 1948 as a non-profit, non-commercial broadcast station licensed to the School Board of Dade County. WLRN-TV followed in 1955. Since then, WLRN has grown steadily to become an integral part of the community it serves, offering a rich and varied mix of news and information, arts and culture, childhood education and lifelong learning. WLRN is a multifaceted media enterprise comprising a television and a radio station, cable services, and closed-circuit educational channels. For more information, click here
One of BCT’s most valuable programs is the TOPS! program – Transportation OPtionS. TOPS! includes the Paratransit and Bus Pass programs. TOPS! offers automated systems that allow TOPS! customers the ability to review or cancel existing trips, and for some customers, to schedule new trips. These automated systems are available through the TOPS! Call Center 1-866-682-2258 or visit For more information, click here.
Broward County Transit's (BCT) community bus service is designed to increase the number of destinations within city limits ‚Äčthat residents can access through public transit. All community buses connect to BCT fixed routes and are wheelchair accessible and equipped with bike racks. For more information, click here.
  The Children's Services Council of Broward County is an independent taxing authority established by the voters in 2000.The CSC's mission is to provide leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance the lives of the children of Broward County and empower them to become responsible, productive adults.The organization funds close to a hundred programs that serve children and families, advocates for policies that protect the interests of future generations and provides leadership that brings the child-serving community together. For more information, click here.
  Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program that helps people who have physical or mental disabilities get or keep a job. VR is committed to helping people with disabilities find meaningful careers.Our Mission is "to help people with disabilities find and maintain employment and enhance their independence." Our Vision is "to become the first place people with disabilities turn when seeking employment and a top resource for employers in need of qualified employees."In addition to the general customer employment program, VR has additional specific programs designed to help eligible people with disabilities become employed. For more information, click here.

The National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) originally began as Women in Construction of Fort Worth, Texas. Sixteen women working in the construction industry founded it in 1953. Knowing that women represented only a small fraction of the construction industry, the founders organized NAWIC to create a support network. Women in Construction of Fort Worth was so successful that it gained its national charter in 1955 and became the National Association of Women in Construction. Today, NAWIC provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service and more. For more information, click here.
  Opportunities Industrialization Centers of South Florida (OIC-SFL) is a community-based workforce development, education and training organization that prepares individuals for the world of work by reducing barriers to employment, providing comprehensive vocational skills training and fostering youth aspirations through prevention and intervention strategies that support positive youth development and strengthen families. For more information, click here.