Calendar

May
26
Tue
2015
Take A Student to Work Day Palm Beach!
May 26 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

The Business Development Board and the School District of Palm Beach County have added a new alternative to the nationwide Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day celebrated every year across the country. The new program, called “Take A Student to Work Day” is scheduled for May 26.

The Business Development Board’s Branding and Marketing Education Task Force created Take a Student to Work Day so high school students could gain knowledge about the top-tier employment opportunities that are available in Palm Beach County. It’s important that students are able to see first-hand that there are many great career opportunities here. We want our best and brightest students to remain in Palm Beach County.

Public and private businesses are encouraged to volunteer to host a student for a day of job shadowing. The Business Development Board is particularly looking for businesses within the county’s booming industry clusters including agribusiness, aviation, aerospace, engineering, business and financial services, distribution and logistics, clean technology, healthcare, information technology, biotechnology and manufacturing.

The Business Development Board will notify participating businesses by Tuesday, May 19 whether a student has been placed with their company and give them some guidelines for the day. Students will not receive service credits towards graduation from the school district for participation but they will receive an excused absence from school if they provide a note in advance advising the school of their participation in the program.

The Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches and the North Palm Beach Chamber have all stepped up in identifying companies that will host a student for the day. We thank you for your continued support as education directly impacts our ability to recruit companies to Palm Beach County!


Businesses who are able to host a high school student from 9am-2pm can fill out this form:

May
27
Wed
2015
Starting Your Business @ FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building
May 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

FSBDCN-LOGO-RGB-MEDThe SBDC has a variety of training events and workshops to meet your needs and help develop or grow your business. By working hard and smart with SBDC, you will be able to build a true competitive advantage for your business.

Jun
3
Wed
2015
Expert Finance Strategies for Navigating Growth and Change @ The News-Press
Jun 3 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Managing a company that’s growing or changing at extremely fast rates is like driving at high speed on a winding road. It can be a challenge to stay in control. Join GrowFL as we bring together experts in the field of finance to help you navigate this landscape. We know your main challenges as the leader of a growth company and can help provide resources and expertise to get you the answers you need to succeed. This interactive session will help you better understand how to ensure you have the working capital you need, you are managing your cash flow, how to achieve traditional financing, how to leverage alternative forms of financing for inventory purchases.

This event will feature Ryan Ayres, Business Acquisition Manager SWFL and Vice President of Business Banking for Wells Fargo, as well as Chris Collins, Vice President and Business Development Officer for LSQ Funding. These experts will help you better understand how to ensure you have the working capital you need, you are managing your cash flow, how to achieve traditional financing, and how to leverage alternative forms of financing for inventory purchases.

Information and Registration

Jun
9
Tue
2015
Starting Your Business @ FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building
Jun 9 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

FSBDCN-LOGO-RGB-MEDThe SBDC has a variety of training events and workshops to meet your needs and help develop or grow your business. By working hard and smart with SBDC, you will be able to build a true competitive advantage for your business.

Jun
11
Thu
2015
2nd Annual Why Miami Panel Conversation @ EPIC Hotel- Metropolis Ballroom
Jun 11 @ 4:30 pm – 8:30 pm

beacon councilThis event is intended to provide and introduction to Miami for young professionals who are new to the area, transitioning into the business community or just looking to get more civically engaged.

Ticket price includes passed Hor d’oeuvres and 2 Drink tickets (1 drink needs to be redeemed at Lilt, hotel lobby). Cash bar only. Valet- $12.00
Details and Registration

Jun
15
Mon
2015
Starting Your Business @ FSBDC at the University of South Florida, Port Tampa Bay Building
Jun 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

FSBDCN-LOGO-RGB-MEDThe SBDC has a variety of training events and workshops to meet your needs and help develop or grow your business. By working hard and smart with SBDC, you will be able to build a true competitive advantage for your business.

Jun
26
Fri
2015
Tools That Work for Economic Development – SARASOTA @ City of Sarasota, City Hall
Jun 26 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

General Description

Tools That Work for Economic Development WorksshopEffective economic development requires leadership. Policy decisions, implementation strategy and economic reality ideally come together to achieve a community’s economic development goals. This program provides real-world guidance on the fundamentals and tools of realistic economic development. Elected officials can use them to guide strategies for sustainable economic development in their communities.

Each workshop is limited to the first 100 registrants. Participation is limited on a space-available basis, and to city affiliated interests.

Speaker: Kevin S. Crowder, CEcD

Kevin Crowder is the director of economic development for Redevelopment Management Associates, an economic development and redevelopment consulting firm. He has practiced economic development in Florida for more than 20 years, which includes 15 years as the director of economic development and government affairs for the City of Miami Beach. Crowder serves on the Florida Redevelopment
Association Board of Directors and is an IEDC-certified economic developer. His expertise includes public-private partnerships, business improvement districts, market research, business and entrepreneurial assistance, private capital investment, redevelopment agency programs and government affairs. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to network among themselves for best practices and innovations.

Program Agenda

8:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:15 a.m. What Drives Economic Development?
10:00 a.m. Managing and Funding Economic Development
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Real Estate and Public Private Partnerships
11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Retention vs. Recruitment
1:00 p.m. Branding for Business
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. Measuring Economic Development
2:30 p.m. Wrap Up Exercise – Economic Drivers and Opportunities
3:30 p.m. Adjourn

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NOTE: This year, the Florida League of Cities is using a new online registration system for the convenience of our members. This new system requires online registration for any FLC event. The good part is that for any event, a member need only remember a password and the system will recognize them and enter all the data for that person. This will streamline the process for people who are registering for others, as well as themselves. If you have any problems with the registration portal, please contact Carol Westmoreland at cwestmoreland@flcities.com or (850) 701-3608. We are working very hard to ensure a smooth transition for this system, and every new system has a learning curve. Thank you for your patience and please do let us know how we may be of assistance at any time.

Aug
11
Tue
2015
Tools That Work for Economic Development – WINTER PARK @ Winter Park Civic Center
Aug 11 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

General Description

Tools That Work for Economic Development WorksshopEffective economic development requires leadership. Policy decisions, implementation strategy and economic reality ideally come together to achieve a community’s economic development goals. This program provides real-world guidance on the fundamentals and tools of realistic economic development. Elected officials can use them to guide strategies for sustainable economic development in their communities.

Each workshop is limited to the first 100 registrants. Participation is limited on a space-available basis, and to city affiliated interests.

Speaker: Kevin S. Crowder, CEcD

Kevin Crowder is the director of economic development for Redevelopment Management Associates, an economic development and redevelopment consulting firm. He has practiced economic development in Florida for more than 20 years, which includes 15 years as the director of economic development and government affairs for the City of Miami Beach. Crowder serves on the Florida Redevelopment
Association Board of Directors and is an IEDC-certified economic developer. His expertise includes public-private partnerships, business improvement districts, market research, business and entrepreneurial assistance, private capital investment, redevelopment agency programs and government affairs. This workshop will give participants an opportunity to network among themselves for best practices and innovations.

Program Agenda

8:30 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
9:15 a.m. What Drives Economic Development?
10:00 a.m. Managing and Funding Economic Development
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Real Estate and Public Private Partnerships
11:45 a.m. Lunch
12:30 p.m. Retention vs. Recruitment
1:00 p.m. Branding for Business
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. Measuring Economic Development
2:30 p.m. Wrap Up Exercise – Economic Drivers and Opportunities
3:30 p.m. Adjourn

DOWNLOAD FLIER

NOTE: This year, the Florida League of Cities is using a new online registration system for the convenience of our members. This new system requires online registration for any FLC event. The good part is that for any event, a member need only remember a password and the system will recognize them and enter all the data for that person. This will streamline the process for people who are registering for others, as well as themselves. If you have any problems with the registration portal, please contact Carol Westmoreland at cwestmoreland@flcities.com or (850) 701-3608. We are working very hard to ensure a smooth transition for this system, and every new system has a learning curve. Thank you for your patience and please do let us know how we may be of assistance at any time.

Oct
4
Sun
2015
IEDC 2015 Annual Conference
Oct 4 – Oct 7 all-day

IEDC 2015 Annual Conference

EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 5

Join economic developers from around the world to discuss the most important issues in economic development today, including:

  • Infrastructure development and public financing
  • Building effective economic development organizations and affiliates
  • Encouraging a robust private sector
  • Relationships and communication

The growing global economy requires new methods to secure economic resiliency for the future. What better place than Alaska, the New Frontier, to explore a new foundation for economic prosperity, and evolving roles for economic development practitioners. The conference will follow four tracks that explore the theme of creating future growth & prosperity:

  • Government and Economic Resiliency
  • Frameworks for a Robust Private Sector
  • Value Proposition of NGOs and Nonprofits
  • Role of Institutes of Higher Learning in Economic Development

With over 1,000 projected attendees, this event is essential for economic developers at all stages in their careers and at all levels within the profession. Don’t miss out on the largest international gathering of economic development professionals in the world.

Information and Registration

Nov
5
Thu
2015
Florida Companies to Watch Awards Program @ Hard Rock Live
Nov 5 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

FLCTW

Presented by GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, in association with Edward Lowe Foundation, Florida Companies to Watch (FLCTW) celebrates growing second-stage companies headquartered in Florida.

Companies to Watch is a unique way to recognize and honor second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes, making them “worth watching”.

View the FLCTW program video.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship is now available! Get your company in front of second-stage companies entrepreneurs and show your support by becoming a sponsor. For information on sponsorship, contact tnemecek@growfl.com.