Broward County promotes and encourages diversity in the marketplace, through economic development efforts, procurement practices and trade development.

Broward County is First in Florida to Require Domestic Partner Benefits from Vendors Companies doing business with Broward County must now provide equal healthcare benefits to their employees with domestic partners. Broward is the first county in Florida to pass such a law. The amended Equal Benefits Ordinance pertains to companies with five or more employees who wish to qualify for County government contracts worth $100,000 or more. Companies are exempt from the law if they do not provide healthcare or family leave benefits to any employees, but if benefits are provided companies must treat married and registered unmarried couples equally under an ordinance. Unmarried couples must be in Broward County’s Domestic Registry to be eligible for benefits.
Posted March 2012

Broward County's First ADA symposium is Huge Success ADA Symposium
Broward County held its first Americans with Disabilities Act Symposium on January 25, to help establish a dialogue with local individuals and companies interested in learning more about how business and industry are impacted by the U.S. Department of Justice 2010 regulations amending the Act's Title II provisions. The event was hosted by the Broward County Office of Intergovernmental Affairs and Professional Standards, and sponsored by Humana and AT&T. More... 
Posted March 2012

Woman and man at workSupport For Small And Minority Business
The Office of Economic and Small Business Development promotes business growth in Broward County - including small, minority and women-owned firms - by providing a variety of innovative business development programs. Workshops, seminars and other learning opportunities are offered throughout the year to disseminate information to the local business community. Broward County also supports the efforts of the Small Business Advisory Board to enhance communication with small and disadvantaged businesses in the County. The goal is to uncover opportunities for these businesses that contribute to their growth and economic success. More...
Posted March 2012

carpenter at workSupport For Business Expansion
Working in conjunction with community partners such as the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Enterprise Florida, Workforce One and local municipalities, Broward County's Office of Economic and Small Business Development undertakes a number of activities to support business expansion, promote job growth, diversify the County's industrial mix, and expand the local tax base. The County actively supports international trade. More... 
Posted March 2012
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Domestic Partnership Benefits
Broward County offers its employees Domestic Partner benefits, and encourages private industry to act similarly. To encourage this practice, the County gives preference to contractors who provide benefits for Domestic Partners of their employees. For more information, contact the Purchasing Division at 954-357-6065. More... 
Posted March 2012


Indian dancerCultural Diversity In The Arts
Broward Cultural Division offers a Cultural Diversity Program (CDP) to encourage and assist small, not-for-profit cultural organizations based in culturally diverse ethnicities (African, Latin, Asian-Pacific Islander, or Native American descent). The CDP seeks to preserve cultural heritages and traditions through the arts and create opportunities for Broward residents to experience culturally diverse/ethnic-specific cultural programs and events. Grant monies may be used for general operating expenses associated with the organization's total program or for specific projects. The Division also hosts grant-writing workshops to assist organizations who wish to apply for CDP. More...
Posted March 2012

Action Foundation Inc logoBroward's Cultural Division, in partnership with the A.C.T.I.O.N. Foundation and The Artist Initiative, holds a Cultural Diversity Artists' Forum four times annually, an opportunity for artists and arts organizations to meet and discuss needs and new ideas. The forum offers artists an opportunity to learn about the different services offered by the Cultural Division, including, grants, workshops, school and community artist residencies, teaching opportunities, publications and marketing. It is also an opportunity for participants to learn new skills for career enhancements and to network with other artists and arts organizations. The forums are free, but space is limited. More...
Posted March 2012