Business Programs

The City's Business Programs are a free service designed to provide technical assistance to spur business growth and creation and to identify the needs of local employers to connect them with resources to help companies thrive in Deerfield Beach.

Level Up Program

The Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce Deerfield Beach Council and the City of Deerfield Beach have created a tailor-made business program specific to Deerfield Beach's minority women business owners and entrepreneurs. The program is a 6-month educational program cultivated from the feedback given by local minority women business owners in the city during the Level Up Public Forum on June 21, 2023. We are very excited to announce the launch of the program starting November 8, 2023. See below for the full schedule.  

Where: Central City Campus, 401 SW 4th Street, Suite A, Deerfield Beach, FL 33441 (2nd Floor) 

Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Registration is required. Please use link to register: www.ftlchamber.com/LEVELUP 

For more information on the program, please contact Kaitlyn Collier, Business Development Manager, at email kcollier@deerfield-beach or phone (954)-290-0585.

Upcoming Sessions:

Date Session Title and Link to Register (when available)
11/08/2023 Business Finance, Priscilla Diaz, TRUIST
12/13/2023 Business Planning and Strategies - Corlette Deveaux, DG Incorporated
1/10/2024 Marketing, Branding, and Using TikTok as a Tool - Jacqueline I. Jimenez, Newsworthy Stories and Will Concord, Greyson Capital, LLC.
2/14/2024 Business Expansion and Support - Dr. Sara Alshareef, FAU's Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
3/13/2024 Business Scaling and Growth Strategies - Judith Mergilles
4/10/2024 Pitch Contest - Hosted by Sandy Michael McDonald and panel to include: SBDC, Urban League, Glover Franchise Consultants, LLC., and TRUIST

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BUSINESS EDUCATION SESSIONS

In partnership with SCORE Broward, these online sessions aim to provide small business owners and entrepreneurs the resources and tools they need to start, grow, and thrive. 

Online sessions are free. Registration is required. For more classes, please visit: www.score.org/broward

Class: Date: Time:
Using LinkedIn to Drive Revenue Click the link to view recording ----
Simple Steps for Starting a Business - Session 1 Click the link to view recording ----
Simple Steps for Starting a Business - Session 2 Click the link to view recording ----
Simple Steps for Starting a Business - Session 3 Click the link to view recording ----
Simple Steps for Starting a Business - Session 4 February 1, 2024 6:00 PM
Sourcing Capital for Your Business March 4, 2024 6:00 PM
Motivation al logro (Spanish) May 8, 2024 6:00 PM
Earned Media: "The Best Kept Secret in Business" June 17, 2024 6:00 PM
Build & Improve Your Social Media Presence [Facebook/Instagram] July 29, 2024 6:00 PM

The Leadership Program - Dale Carnegie

In partnership with Dale Carnegie of Southeast Florida, the City offers a Free Certificate Program in the Foundations for Business Success. This world-renowned training is intended to assist business owners, entrepreneurs and the general public in building the courage and confidence needed to polish the unique strengths that ultimately help them achieve more in every part of their business life. City of Deerfield Beach residents, business owners and employees of companies located within City limits are free.  

Sessions include:

The Foundation for Success

  • Understand the cycle for growth and change
  • Develop a motivating vision as a professional
  • Create professional connections that enhance success

Empowering Communication

  • Use our experiences to communicate more confidently  
  • Communicate with clarity and conciseness  
  • Discover how past experiences Influence

Take Command

  • Identify personal hot buttons and our role in disagreements
  • Give others the benefit of the doubt and cushion opinions for greater acceptance
  • Apply a formula for contributing Ideas and disagreeing in an agreeable way

Elevate and Inspire Others

  • Celebrate success
  • Concentrate on the strengths of others
  • Develop skills in giving and receiving positive feedback

Start Date:  Saturday, March 23rd.

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM 

Location: Hillsboro Community Center - 50 Hillsboro Technology Drive, Deerfield Beach, FL 


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Entrepreneurship Program 

The Entrepreneurship Program has been designed to bring business ideas to life. This free program targets aspiring entrepreneurs, side hustlers, and freelancers who want to explore and activate income-generating ideas suited to their backgrounds, interests, and capabilities.

Next sessions:

Registration is closed. To be put on the waitlist for the next set of classes, please email kcollier@deerfield-beach.com

Date Time Location
January 27, 2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Hillsboro Community Center, 50 Hillsboro Technology Dr., Deerfield Beach, FL 33341
February 3, 2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Hillsboro Community Center, 50 Hillsboro Technology Dr., Deerfield Beach, FL 33341
February 10, 2024 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Hillsboro Community Center, 50 Hillsboro Technology Dr., Deerfield Beach, FL 33341

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Business Visitation Program

The Business Visitation Program is a free service designed to enhance lines of communication with the local businesses, identify their needs and connect them with available resources. The Program also allows the Economic Development staff to gather valuable industry data to be used for future planning. No business is individually identified in the reporting of results. 

During a confidential one-hour on-site visit the City of Deerfield Beach Economic Development team meets with business owners and managers to better understand industry needs and identify resources to meet those needs. The program also provides businesses with an opportunity to share and showcase what they do best. 

Based on each company’s interests and needs, staff may address programs or services that can save the business time and money, such as:

  • Connections to state incentive programs and grants 
  • Municipal planning and permitting 
  • Government regulations 
  • Talent attraction and training 
  • Business to business introductions 

After the visit, the Economic Development staff follows up on issues found during the meeting and remains the business’ first call for all types of questions or assistance throughout the year. 

The City of Deerfield Beach invites business owners and managers to participate in the Business Visitation Program. To schedule a visit, or to request an invite to a Business Roundtable, please e-mail Kaitlyn Collier, Business Development Manager or call 954-290-0585.

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HireDFB Program

HireDFB has been designed to encourage the hiring and retention of Deerfield Beach residents to jobs in the City and to help offset onboarding costs. Eligible applicants may receive a one-time award based in increments of $500 per eligible employee for a maximum of 100 awards per business.

Eligibility 

Applicants must meet all the following requirements to be eligible to receive assistance: 

  • Be non-retail businesses located within City limits. 
  • Applicants must possess a valid City and County Business license. 
  • A business must either own the property or have an executed multi-year lease (2-year minimum). 
  • The new jobs offered by the Applicant shall add to the City’s total job base and/or result in a net increase in the number of employees of the non-retail business.

Application 

Application submissions that qualify will be awarded on a first-come basis until funding has been depleted for the FY in which the Program is active. Validation and determination of award based on application and supporting documentation is at the sole discretion of the City.


Summary of Terms 

  • The program is subject to the City’s funding cycle and applications are accepted and reviewed on a first-come, first eligible, first complete basis. 
  • All new jobs must be on-site at a facility located within City limits. 
  • Existing employees on current payroll are not eligible. 
  • The employer must offer a minimum of 5 new jobs. 
  • Preference will be given to businesses that hire residents from low-income census tracts in Deerfield Beach. 
  • Positions must be filled within one (1) month of approval of application. 
  • Employer must retain employee(s) for a minimum of three months. 
  • An award may be made based in increments of $500 per eligible employee for a maximum of 100 awards per business. This means an employer may receive up to $50,000 per program year for eligible new hires employed.

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Workforce Development / Ready2Work Program

Workforce development is an essential component of economic growth and designs and implements programs to create, sustain and retain a workforce that can support the changing needs of current and future businesses. As stated in the Economic Development Strategy, the City is committed to creating new job opportunities for Deerfield Beach residents by developing intensive, industry-specific job training, and education programs in target and cluster industry sectors.

The City partners with prestigious organizations to develop and provide job training for residents and employees of companies located within City limits, and to supply local employers with access to job-specific skilled workers. Programs are tailored to provide job training in the skills employers are seeking, such as Soft Skills, Leadership, Business Operations, Human Resources, Project Management, Health Care, Supply Chain Operations, and more. The Workforce Development, or what is referred to as Ready2Work Program, has been designed to assist participants in maximizing access to careers with growth potential with the development of key skills. The programs offered are listed below.

Training for the Hispanic Entrepreneur:

Líderes de Extraordinaria Influencia 

La Ciudad se asocia una vez mas con Florida International University (FIU) para ofrecer un certificado en Comunicación para residentes, dueños de negocios y empleados de empresas ubicadas en Deerfield Beach. El programa gratuito está comprendido de 2 sesiones semanales por 4 semanas. El mismo sera conducido por la conocida autora de best sellers, Sonia Gonzalez-Boysen.

Al finalizar el programa, los participantes podrán: 

  1. Impactar, persuadir y conquistar al público en reuniones y entornos interdisciplinarios. 
  2. Maximizar las habilidades de negociación a través de resultados que aumentan la productividad efectiva. 
  3. Lograr un desarrollo personal y profesional, y ser capaz de ser asertivo usando habilidades de inteligencia emocional. 
  4. Obtener un Certificado Digital de Florida International University.

Este programa estará abierto a 20 participantes residentes / empleados de empresas ubicadas en Deerfield Beach. Todo candidato debe ser mayor de 18 años, poseer diploma de secundaria e identificación valida. También debe comprometerse a completar el programa.

  • Fecha de Inicio: 
  • Horario: 
  • Costo: 
  • Registro 

Para mayor informacion o inscripciones de grupo, comuniquese con Kaitlyn Collier o kcollier@deerfield-beach.com.

Que dicen los graduandos del programa anterior?

Rapid Credential Program 

The City is partnering with Broward College to encourage City residents to enroll in an in-demand, high-quality Certificate program to get critical skills in essential and emerging careers. Rapid Credential provides participants with critical skills needed in essential and emerging careers. These programs are designed so that individuals can train in a minimum amount of time and quickly join the workforce in a high-wage career with a Technical Certificate and/or an industry certification credential at NO COST to the student.

Programs are available in Business, Education, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), Health Care, and more. 

  • Classes Coming Soon!
  • FREE for eligible Florida Residents