Broward County Small Business Grants – ODP Corporation has partnered with the South Florida Latin American Chamber of Commerce and the Broward County League of Cities to award cash grants to six small businesses through Elevate Together™, powered by Round It Up America®. Watch the video to learn more.
BOCA RATON, Fla.–( BUSINESS WIRE )–ODP Corporation (NASDAQ:ODP), a leading provider of business services, products and digital workplace technologies through an integrated B2B distribution platform with an online presence and approximately 1,100 stores, announced today that six minority-owned businesses in South Florida selected to receive the first round of small business grants through Elevate Together™, supported by Round It Up America®.
Broward County Small Business Grants
ODP Corporation has partnered with the South Florida Latino Chamber of Commerce and the Urban League of Broward County to help identify South Florida African-American and Latino-owned small businesses that will receive grant money under this program based on criteria developed by local selection committees. Eligible small businesses with five or fewer employees were asked to apply and provide a short video about their business model and how they will use the grant to help grow their business.
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The first Elevate Together™ cash grant recipients were notified of their $10,000 awards during a virtual and in-person celebration with nonprofit community partners and ODP Corporation representatives, including CEO Jerry Smith. From investing in digital marketing tools to hiring new employees and purchasing updated business equipment, each of the following South Florida entrepreneurs will use their grants to help take their businesses to new heights:
“We are excited to support these small businesses with grant money to help them continue to innovate, grow and thrive,” said Smith. “We look forward to expanding our reach and helping to create new entrepreneurial opportunities for Black and Latino small businesses through grant money and more through Elevate Together™ powered by Round It Up America®.”
Selected small businesses will also be paired with trained, certified small business mentors to provide long-term advisory support as they grow.
“Small businesses are the backbone of any community, and the South Florida Latin American Chamber of Commerce (SFLHCC) is excited to partner with ODP Corporation to help support these entrepreneurs through Elevate Together™,” said William M. Lopez, President and CEO. executive director of SFLHCC. “These grants will have a major impact on the future growth and development of these businesses.”
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Elevate Together™, introduced earlier this year, is designed to help accelerate the creation, growth and prosperity of Black and Latino small businesses through training, access and assistance in collaboration with the National Urban League Entrepreneurship Centers and the US Latino Chamber. trade As a founding partner of this nonprofit initiative, ODP Corporation is proud to pledge an initial investment of $250,000 to help launch the program in five markets and enable eligible small business owners to gain access to technical assistance programs, mentoring services, professional networks and more that.
“The Elevate Together™ program provides an opportunity for traditionally underserved communities to gain access, exposure and sustainable growth,” said Dr. Germaine Smith-Beau, President and CEO of the Urban League of Broward County. “We are proud to partner with ODP Corporation to help meet the unique needs of minority business owners and entrepreneurs throughout South Florida.”
ODP Corporation (NASDAK:ODP) is a leading provider of business services and workplace equipment, products and digital technology solutions for small, medium and large enterprises through an integrated business-to-business (B2B) distribution platform that includes world-class supply chains supply and distribution, dedicated sales and technical staff, online presence and approximately 1,100 stores. Through its banner brands Office Depot®, OfficeMax®, CompuCom® and Grand&Toi®, among others, the company offers its customers the tools and resources they need to focus on their passion — starting, growing and running their business. For more information, visit news.theodpcorp.com and investor.theodpcorp.com.
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ODP Corporation has awarded the first round of grants to six small businesses under the Elevate Together™ program based on the Round It Up America® program. In an effort to attract television and film production to Broward County, provide economic growth and create high-paying jobs for residents. , and offers new and exclusive opportunities for small businesses to stimulate the local economy, the county has amended its Lauderdale/Brouard Film Incentive Program, which was enacted last year.
The incentive program requires some local costs. It also requires that a certain percentage of the project be made in the county, a certain percentage of the supplier must be in the county, and the production must employ at least one student/recent graduate of a local college or university and a proven veteran. Learn more about the program here.
The OESBD has released its 2021 annual report detailing the many accomplishments it has seen throughout the year and reiterating that there are real opportunities for certified small businesses in Broward County. We encourage you to read the report to learn more about our work, including programs and services that create real opportunities for small businesses and economic development.
The Broward County Purchasing Department issues and receives bids through an electronic bidding system called Periscope S2G. We encourage you to register online for free with Periscope S2G to receive call notifications and respond electronically to District calls. Steps to register:
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Please note: Signing up for Periscope S2G is free and you don’t need to pay a fee to view any of our requests after signing up. Although Periscope S2G offers a subscription service for a fee (“LinksPlus”), it is not necessary to do business with Broward County.
Our CBEs bid for and win contracts. They are also PRIMARY contractors. If you are not certified, get certified NOW – real opportunities are available! Have questions about certification programs? Call us at 954-357-6400 and ask to speak with a certification specialist.
The District sets goals of at least 25% for most projects and contracts for our certified small businesses.
In December, the county commission approved their participation and funding for the Southern Opportunity and Resilience (SOAR) loan fund. The county funding will provide flexible, affordable capital of up to $100,000 and free business support services to small businesses and nonprofits in Broward County to help them navigate and recover from the Covid-19 economic crisis. The loans are for the smallest small businesses and those that have historically been underfunded, including businesses in rural areas and businesses owned by women, people of color and immigrants. The fund is managed by the NDC on behalf of the district. Learn more!
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NOTE. To be eligible for a loan from the SOAR Fund, a small business must meet the requirements. The previous application must be completed and submitted by the owner of the company with the largest ownership interest, and all owners with more than 20% ownership will have to confirm the information provided.
The US Small Business Administration (SBA) recognizes that LGBTQ+ businesses in the United States contribute an estimated $1.7 trillion to the US economy, creating thousands of new jobs each year. SBA and OESBD recognize LGBTQ+ innovators and entrepreneurs who provide essential services and diversify our communities.
The SBA helps entrepreneurs gain access to capital, mentorship and business opportunities. The following resources will help you get started:
Do you still need help with your rent due to the long-term economic impact of the pandemic? The district received an additional $22 million in federal funding. Our Family Success department will review all previously rejected applications to see if applicants meet the requirements of the new program. No need to sign in again. New applicants, visit Brovard.org/RentalAssistance.
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The OESBD has identified small business targets for the following projects. These projects have not yet been published for collection. However, it’s time to get your business certified and ready! In addition, we recommend that you meet with the project managers to understand the scope of the project prior to release.
The South Florida Health Foundation, the region’s largest philanthropic organization focused on achieving health equity in previously underserved communities, announced it is investing up to $1.2 million in the startup of an AI-based technology platform designed to increase opportunities to meet contracts for local residents and minorities. owned by small businesses with regional institutions: Broward County, Broward College, Florida International University, and the University of Miami; Broward County Public Schools and Miami-Dade Public Schools; UHealth and Broward Health; City of Miami and Miami-Dade County. This initiative is the first in which a large number of large institutions come together to combine contracting capabilities as well as supplier lists. It is also the first time there is a single entry point for multi-institution contracting opportunities. “I am proud to work with multiple agencies to streamline these processes and create contracting opportunities for small businesses in our communities,” said Broward County Mayor Michael.