The City of Hollywood’s Office of Communications, Marketing & Economic Development (CMED) is open for business, compiling information to assist Hollywood businesses throughout the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. We encourage you to check the City of Hollywood’s webpage, sign up for City and Business email/text updates, and follow us on Facebook. Our team is available to talk you through any of your business-related issues. Contact us at 954.921.3620 or by email.
Is Your Commercial Property Ready For An Update? Would $25,000 Help?
The Commercial Property Improvement Program (CPIP) is an incentive program designed to improve the facades of publicly or privately owned commercial or industrial buildings along specific commercial corridors. This program is based on the premise that exterior improvements to commercial buildings in highly visible locations will stimulate private investment, attract customers, and result in new economic opportunities. Grant funding is available to commercial and industrial property owners that intend to restore, renovate or improve their property. Click here for more information on CPIP.
Interested participants are encouraged to watch a Public Information Session recording to learn how to apply for this reimbursable grant (see below).
CPIP Public Information Sessions
Wednesday, June 9 • 3:00 p.m. • Watch the Recording
Wednesday, June 16 • 11:00 a.m. • Watch the Recording
Free Business Assistance Programs For City Residents And Business Owners
The City of Hollywood’s Office of Communications, Marketing + Economic Development has recently entered into a partnership with Broward SCORE to provide educational and advisory services to City residents and small business owners through December 2021.
This partnership is a part of the City’s “Backing Business” initiative, as these supportive programs aim to help the City’s economy grow during the COVID-19 pandemic. Resources available to the City’s start-up and small business community include:
Advanced Business Solutions Team: Broward SCORE provides a team of seasoned business specialists to help your existing small businesses identify growth opportunities, solve problems, and plan for the future. Through a series of meetings, the Advanced Business Solutions Team works with your management team to devise a plan for achieving your objectives.
One-on-One Business Mentoring: Broward SCORE offers personal remote mentoring sessions with local seasoned business professionals who are committed to helping our local business community stronger through these difficult times. Book your phone or video mentoring session online. Sessions are typically one-hour in length. Prepare to discuss any opportunities or problems your business may be facing.
Business Education Program: Workshops on a diversity of business topics are scheduled throughout the remainder of the year and will be offered virtually utilizing a live webinar format. Many of the webinars will focus on pandemic recovery topics and led by local business professionals with specific knowledge on starting and running businesses in Broward County and the City of Hollywood.
Founded in 1964, Broward SCORE is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) with over 70 volunteer mentors, workshop presenters, and business support personnel. The chapter offers a diverse program of business support services throughout the year and is provided at no-cost to start-ups, existing businesses, or those who are thinking of starting a business. More information on these exciting new programs can be found here: https://broward.score.org/city-hollywood-cmed
Missed our Virtual Open House?
Click here to watch the recording and learn about all of the FREE resources available to your Hollywood business.
Broward County January 2022 Jobs Increased by 44,100 year over year
Broward County’s job report indicated a 3.6 percent unemployment rate in January 2022. This rate was 3.2 percentage points lower than the region's year ago rate of 6.8 percent. The labor force was 1,048,504, up 37,916 (+3.8 percent) over the year. Nonagricultural employment in the Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Bch-Deerfield Bch Metro Division was 864,600, an increase of 44,100 jobs (5.4 percent) over the year.
“We’re very pleased to see that the unemployment rate is nearly reaching pre-pandemic levels. The interest from companies looking at Greater Fort Lauderdale as a location of choice and local expansions in our target industries remains very strong, supporting the overall year-over-year job growth trends, positively impacting all industries”, said Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance President and CEO Bob Swindell. “We thank our many partners and investors, and leaders at Broward County and our cities, who have been working with us to grow and diversify our economy over these recent challenging years.”
Data and Analysis
In the month of January, all industries gained jobs compared to the previous year in Broward County.
The leisure and hospitality (+18.1 percent), information (+11.5 percent) and government (+0.5 percent) industries grew faster in the metro area than statewide over the year.
Non-Agricultural employment shows a slight month to month decrease in January 2022, with a couple of sectors showing growth: Professional and Business Services (+2,700, 3.1%) and Leisure and Hospitality (+1,600, 1%).
Ready to Put Your Idea to the Test?
Apply today and ignite your idea! The City of Hollywood and the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce have partnered to present the SPARK Hollywood Pitch Competition and are seeking entrepreneurs at any stage of development to pitch their big idea.
The ‘quick-pitch competition’ will feature entrepreneurs and new ventures competing for cash prizes by giving a three-minute presentation of their innovative business proposal to a panel of judges comprised of local investors and business professionals. SPARK aims to bridge the gap between investors, businesses, and entrepreneurs.
The Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the City’s Office of Communications, Marketing and Economic Development SPARK Hollywood events are designed to support and grow entrepreneurship in our City. Finalists will present the day of the SPARK Pitch Competition in person on May 26.
If you have the next great idea or business apply today! Applications must be submitted by April 14, 2022. For more information, visit: www.sparkhollywoodfl.com
Introduction to Government Contracting
Did you know that there are State and Local government contracts available for local businesses looking to get started in contracting? If you are considering joining the world of government contracting, there’s a lot of information to know. The goal of this webinar is to simplify the process to help you get started.
Tuesday, March 1 • 1PM • Webinar • Free • Register Here
Essentials for Entrepreneurship Development
This free webinar will provide an overview of the entrepreneurship lifestyle, and what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur while maintaining work/life balance. You'll learn how to create a brand, articulate the “Why” of your business, and build brand storytelling, starting with your Elevator Pitch and Value-Problem-Solution-Action messaging.
Wednesday, March 2 • 6PM • Webinar • Free • Register Here
Alternative Financing For Your Business
The goal of this workshop is to prepare you to get the funding that you need to start your business or to grow and expand it. This is an interactive seminar where participants will share their objectives with the presenter.
The workshop will walk you through the basics of:
- Bank Lending
- Venture and Angel Capital
- Alternative Financing Strategies
- Private Investors
The participant will leave the workshop with an understanding of what banks and investors are looking for when providing capital to small businesses. They are lending and investing!
This is a unique opportunity to get insight that is typically not available. Resources of Banks (that are actually lending) and investors will be shared with the participants.
Thursday, March 3 • 6PM • Webinar • Free • Register Here
Stand Out Online With Google's Tools for Small Business
This workshop will introduce you to Google's many tools to help you operate your business. Having an online presence is important to the success of many businesses. Visibility on search sites can lead customers to your business. Google is one of the "go to" places for online searches. Google can also provide significant cloud based infrastructure for small businesses that empowers owners at little or no cost. This workshop will introduce you to Google's many tools to help you operate your business. Get your business on Google for free. Learn how to be found when people search on Google. Position your business on Google Maps. Build your first website for free. Use Google tools to start a website. View templates that are easy to use.
Monday, March 7 • 6PM • Webinar • Free • Register Here
Build a Paid Marketing Strategy
Trying to build a strong paid marketing strategy that increases your lead generation and bottom line? Learn the basics of paid advertising through marketing, key platforms to utilize, and tools to build a strategy to grow sales. Learn the advantages of different marketing outlets such as Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Tik Tok, Google, and Amazon. Hear tips on how to utilize each platform effectively and how to capitalize on paid advertising for sales and lead generation.
- Budgeting effectively
- Analytics that matter in paid advertising
- Building a strong funnel using ads
- Effective content creation
- Targeting a specific audience
Wednesday, March 9 • 6PM • Webinar • Register Here
MS PowerPoint Basic
PowerPoint is a component of the Microsoft Office suite, and it can help you create presentations and slide shows. This Microsoft PowerPoint basic tutorial is for beginners or those looking for a refresher. This high level review will cover the basics and will help you learn how to navigate the program in order to create a basic presentation on your own. This step by step review can also be used to practice alongside of the instructor as she navigates through the tabs and tools in real time if you have access to your own version of PowerPoint during the training and a second monitor. All the basics of PowerPoint, such as selecting, adding & formatting new slides, inserting text, pictures, graphs & charts, formatting, transitions & animations will be covered.
Saturday, March 12 • 9:30AM • Webinar • Free • Register Here
SBA and Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50,000 or Less
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars.
The Treasury and SBA have also eased the burden on PPP lenders, allowing lenders to process forgiveness applications more swiftly. On October 2, the SBA began approving PPP forgiveness applications and remitting forgiveness payments to PPP lenders for PPP borrowers.
Click here to view the simpler loan forgiveness application.
Click here to view the instructions for completing the simpler loan forgiveness application.
Click here to view the Interim Final Rule on the simpler forgiveness process for loans of $50,000 or less.
Small Businesses: Apply today for monthly bill credit as part of FPL’s Main Street Recovery Credit Program
FPL is now accepting applications for the Main Street Recovery Credit Program, which expands their COVID-19 relief effort by offering bill credits to qualifying small and independent businesses.
Establishments in FPL’s service area that are eligible to apply for the program include:
- New small businesses
- Small businesses that were inactive for at least six consecutive months after March 2020
- Existing small businesses operating in federally designated Opportunity Zones
Qualifying small businesses would receive a monthly 10% credit based on the prior month’s energy charge portion of their bill through 2021. Small business customers can click here to fill out an application and seek approval for the new program.
The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) has secured funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) to capitalize a small business revolving loan fund for businesses adversely impacted by Coronavirus. These funds, provided pursuant to the March 2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), will be administered by the SFRPC through its Revolving Loan Fund CARES Act Program.
$5,380,000 is available for businesses. Click here to learn more and apply.
County Loans Available for Small Businesses and Non Profits
The County Commission has approved funding for the Southern Opportunity and Resilience (SOAR) Loan Fund. This funding will provide flexible, affordable capital up to $100,000 and free business support services to small businesses and nonprofits in Broward County to help them navigate and rebuild from the Covid-19 economic crisis. The loans are designed to reach the smallest of small businesses and those that have been historically underbanked, including those in rural areas and those owned by women, people of color, and immigrants. The fund will be administered by NDC on behalf of the County.
NOTE: To be eligible for a SOAR Fund loan, a small business must meet the requirements. The pre-application should be completed and submitted by the owner of the business with the largest ownership interest, and all owners with more than 20% ownership will be required to attest to the information provided. Learn more here: SOAR Fund | Connect2Capital.
Broward is Buying Tradeshow
Join the Broward is Buying Reverse Tradeshow Friday, March 4, at 2 p.m. Make connections that count to your business! Meet Broward County Certified Agency Buyers (CABs) and learn what they buy and how to sell directly to them. Be prepared to provide details and discuss your products or services. Free parking is available on-site. Register!
Goldman Sachs Black In Business: Free 12-Week Business Education Program
Black in Business is designed specifically for Black woman-owned sole proprietors who have a revenue-generating business and have been operating for at least one year. The program will provide:
• Free 12-week business education program with online and in-person programming
• $2,000 stipend
• All-expense paid trips to Goldman Sachs in NYC
• Business advisors to guide your path to growth
All applications must be submitted by March 15th --- https://onegs.iad1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_b1nO6ikX7zdMyma
For eligibility requirements and additional information, please visit:
Hispanic Small Business Bootcamp
Calling local businesses! Florida Atlantic University will be offering an “Entrepreneur Boot Camp” to local Hispanic and Latino businesses. This program is held every year and features business leaders coaching residents on how to launch and maintain a successful small business. For participants who are Spanish language dominant, the program is offered in Spanish. The program will be held at FAU’s Davie campus. To register, click here!
Available Grants and/or Loans and Credit Program
Safe & Clean Pledge: Show Your Commitment to Safely Welcoming Visitors
As Florida is currently among the top states for COVID-19 cases, and cases nationwide are rising, we need to reinforce and showcase that our entire community has a united front to proactively mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and that we are a safe and welcoming destination for all to enjoy.
Thank you to those of you who have taken the Visit Lauderdale Safe & Clean Pledge! More than 350 businesses have taken the pledge. Together we are instilling confidence among residents and travelers that we are committed to their safety and well-being.
If you haven’t already done so, please consider taking the Visit Lauderdale Safe & Clean Pledge today at sunny.org/pledge. Registration takes very little time, and it is FREE. Taking the pledge aligns with CDC recommended guidelines, and your business will be promoted as part of Visit Lauderdale’s marketing efforts on the program.
Upon taking the pledge, you are invited to display the destination’s clearly stated Safe & Clean protocols. You will receive:
• A downloadable Safe & Clean pledge to print and display
• A physical poster delivered to place of business to display
• The Safe & Clean logo will be added to your listing on sunny.org
CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE PLEDGE NOW
COVID-19 Reopening Guide for Small Businesses
COVID-19 has impacted every business differently, and every business will face tremendous challenges as our nation recovers from the coronavirus pandemic. This guide will walk you through the steps your business will need to take to reopen as restrictions are lifted across the country and your business prepares for the "new normal."
Public Dashboard Tracks Local COVID-19 Business Complaints
Residents Can See If Businesses Are Following Emergency Guidelines
Broward County has launched a new tool to help residents ensure they are doing everything they can to contribute to a safer, healthier community and stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Broward County’s Planning and Development Management Division has announced a public-facing dashboard of COVID-19 complaints about businesses not following sanitation, social distancing, facial covering and other reopening requirements contained in local Emergency Orders. The GIS-based website displays details about business complaints received, including:
- Name and location of businesses reported to be in violation
- Number and type of warnings and citations issued
- Complaint Outcomes (i.e. Warning Issued, Citation Issued, Resolved, or Pending Inspection)
The database is searchable by Commission District, and by municipality, making it easy for residents to find out if a business they plan on patronizing is observing all the requirements of the Emergency Orders.
According to the dashboard, the most common type of violation is Failure to Follow Social Distancing. Other types of violations include Not Approved to Reopen, Not Following Sanitation Requirements; Not Following Appointment Guidelines, and Allowing More than 50% Indoor Capacity.
Residents are encouraged to bookmark the dashboard at http://arcg.is/1riWfH and visit it frequently for updates in your area.
Residents are reminded, especially over the holiday weekend, to celebrate responsibly. Follow social distancing and facial covering guidelines whenever and wherever possible, even at family gatherings. If you observe that a business is not following the preventive guidelines, you can report it anonymously online at MyBroward.Broward.org, or call 311.
Hollywood Broadwalk's Expanded Temporary Cafe Zone Has Been Discontinued
Due to the issuance of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Emergency Order 21-102, suspending all COVID-19 restrictions on businesses, which includes indoor capacity limits and social distancing requirements, the City of Hollywood’s designated Temporary Café Zone along the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk has been discontinued.
As an expansion of the Permanent Café Zone, the City's Temporary Café Zone was in effect to assist Hollywood businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 safety measures by providing the opportunity to expand their dining areas onto the Broadwalk to allow for additional seating while keeping 6 feet between parties.
Effective immediately, only the area in the Permanent Café Zone indicated below may be utilized for outdoor seating by those businesses with Café Table Permits through the City’s Division of Engineering, Transportation and Mobility. If your business does not currently have a City permit for outdoor seating, please click here for information on how to apply.
Vacation Rental Changes Are Now In Effect
The City's new changes to the Vacation Rental License Program Ordinance are now in effect. These changes apply to all City properties which currently have a Vacation Rental License, as well as those property owners who are currently using their property as a vacation rental.
To assist property owners with meeting compliance deadlines, the City hosted multiple virtual question and answer sessions in February and March 2021. Staff was on-hand to answer questions related to the vacation rental license program, licensure, inspections requirements and more. You can watch the meeting videos by clicking the links below.
Tuesday, February 23 • 11:00 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. • Watch the recording
Tuesday, February 23 • 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. • Watch the recording
Monday, March 15 • 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. • Watch the recording
Monday, March 29 • 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. • Watch the recording
For more information on the new rules, click here to visit the Vacation Rental License Program webpage. For additional assistance, please contact the Office of Treasury via email at email@example.com.
Upcoming BrowardUP Programming
In addition to Broward College's popular health science courses, BrowardUP is pleased to be offering upcoming remote/online classes in the following areas:
- AWS Cloud Computing
- Project Management
- Process Improvement
- Front Desk Representative
- Supply Chain Customer Service Operations
- And More!
New courses are continually being added. Visit the BrowardUP website today!
BrowardUP Rapid Credentials Programs
All programs are FREE and take under one year to complete • Eligible students will receive free laptops!
Click here to learn more and apply: BROWARD.EDU/RAPIDS
The City of Hollywood urges its business community to evaluate the Short-Time Compensation Program in an effort to curtail major layoffs.
The Short-Time Compensation program helps employers retain their workforce in times of temporary slowdown by encouraging work sharing as an alternative to layoff. The program permits prorated reemployment assistance benefits to employees whose work hours and earnings are reduced as part of a Short-Time Compensation Plan to avoid total layoff of some employees. Apply here.
Florida Small Business Emergency Loan Program
Currently, the DEO is not accepting applications for the Emergency Bridge Loan Program. If you have previously applied, check your application status below.
View Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan
Frequently Asked Questions
Check Application Status
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and its emergency bridge loan partners will continue to review applications that are received online or postmarked by Monday, April 13, 2020. DEO and its Emergency Bridge Loan partners will continue to quickly and efficiently process loans for Florida businesses affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19 until available funds are expended.
For questions regarding the loan program, please contact DEO toll-free at 833-832-4494 or email FloridaBusinessLoanFund@deo.myflorida.com.
Has COVID-19 affected your business? Take this survey to help activate additional resources.
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) issued the Business Damage Assessment Survey to evaluate businesses affected by COVID-19 and the impacts the virus has had on the local economy. The survey’s feedback allows the State Government to fully assess the economic impact COVID-19 is having on Florida businesses and industries, in order to mobilize the appropriate resources to help alleviate those pressures. The Business Damage Assessment Survey can be taken online. Results will be shared with government agencies and local partners, including the Small Business Administration (SBA). For inquiries/assistance with the survey, contact ESF18@em.myflorida.com.
Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
Upcoming GHCC Programs & Content: Webinars and online classes, provided by GHCC members and experts, can be viewed here.
Hospitality Industry Resources
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau has compiled resources to assist the hospitality industry affected by COVID-19.
Attractions, tours, restaurants and any tourism business providing virtual tours, learning experiences, cooking demonstrations, entertainment, musical performances, etc. through videos or social media live streams, may fill out this form to be included in the Virtual Vacation Experiences page.
Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance
Businesses can request a virtual meeting with the Alliance regarding business preservation assistance, including low- or no-interest loan opportunities and short time compensation for employers. Additionally, the Alliance has compiled business resources here.
Additional Online Resources
Links to these established programs can be found on the City’s Economic Development website. Please continue to monitor www.hollywoodfl.org and www.choosehollywoodfl.com for the latest updates.
Economic Development Division
Raelin Storey, CMED Director
Herb Conde-Parlato, Economic Development Manager
Tekisha Jordan, Principal Planner
Marina Melo, Economic Development Marketing Coordinator
Community Redevelopment Agency - Beach & Downtown Districts
Jorge Camejo, Executive Director