Economic Development Resources
Small Business Development Center (SBDC): The SBDC in partnership with Florida Atlantic University offers high-level consulting and training to small and medium-sized businesses in Broward and Palm Beach Counties. The Florida SBDC at FAU has access to robust databases, business research resources and knowledgeable expert consultants who can help business owners and entrepreneurs successfully navigate the obstacles that come with the stages of the business life cycle, providing no-cost specialized services to fit their needs. From pre-venture businesses (exploring business feasibility) to established businesses (in business over three years), the SBDC at FAU can help. Consultations are confidential, one-on-one, either virtual or in-person.
SCORE Palm Beach County: SCORE Palm Beach County provides free and confidential business mentoring to both new and existing small businesses. Mentors are successful real-world business professionals whose goal is to help existing and startup businesses succeed. Mentoring is tailored to meet the needs of small businesses and includes subject-matter-experts across many business disciplines and industries.
CareerSource Palm Beach County: CareerSource Palm Beach County helps area businesses stay competitive through training grants and talent acquisition, and job seekers find new jobs through career assessments, training and employment assistance. CareerSource has a dedicated team of career counselors, business coaches and training providers that have successfully engaged with thousands of employers in Palm Beach County to provide recruiting, hiring, training and related services to help them connect with local talent, and awarded grants to area businesses and employees for training and educational assistance.
Center for Technology, Enterprise & Development, Inc. (TED Center): The TED Center supports the successful development of entrepreneurs, small companies, and start-up businesses by offering an array of business support resources and services. The services are developed to increase the likelihood that small and start-up companies will remain in business for the long term. The TED Center is devoted to assisting entrepreneurs, particularly in those vital initial stages of development by identifying opportunities and partnerships, staying abreast of industry trends, and providing instruction, training, and technical support.
Florida Women’s Business Center (FLWBC): The FLWBC aims to foster the participation of women entrepreneurs in the economy and to help women compete and succeed in today's global marketplace. FLWBC assists women in achieving their dreams by helping them start, run, and grow successful businesses, regardless of social or financial disadvantage, race, ethnicity, or business background. FLWBC’s primary objectives are to provide: training, counseling, mentoring, resources, referrals, and support to women entrepreneurs. Areas of assistance include but are not limited to: Business Start-Up, Business Plan Development, Business Recovery, Funding, Marketing, Accounting, Operations and Strategic Planning.
Boca Raton/Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce: The Boca Raton and Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce is the largest Chamber in Palm Beach County, with a membership presently composed of more than 1,700 companies representing over 130,000 employees in South Palm Beach County and beyond. The Chamber helps the community's businesses thrive by providing opportunities for leadership, networking, innovative business programs, education, and community involvement. The Chamber allows businesses to make a positive impact in their community, while gaining knowledge and contacts that will help your business: generate customers, save money, enhance credibility, create alliances, and increase visibility.
State and County Partners
Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Development: Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce: The Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to provide leadership that facilitates the creation of a prosperous regional economy and effective advocacy for our members. Investing in the Central Palm Beach community through Chamber membership supports a program of work that includes economic development, education & talent development, public policy, transportation & infrastructure, and technology – as well as business attraction, retention, and expansion. The Chamber is committed to bringing advanced leadership, advocacy, and growth opportunities to our members.
Palm Beach County Department of Housing and Economic Development: Palm Beach County's Department of Housing and Economic Development administers programs for business development, housing, and community initiatives. Programs and services offered by the Department include business loans, mortgage and housing investments, Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, Brownfields Program, and the County’s Commission on Affordable Housing.
Palm Beach County Office of Equal Business Opportunity (OEBO): The OEBO’s mission is to ensure that all local small businesses have an equitable opportunity to participate in the County's procurement process. Their purpose is to work with all Palm Beach County departments to provide support and technical assistance while promoting the economic growth, expansion and increased productivity of all small, minority, and women-owned business enterprises. The OEDO also administers a small business certification program to benefit small, minority, and women-owned businesses when participating in the County's procurement process.
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County (BDB): The BDB is a private, not-for-profit corporation that is designated by the State of Florida and Palm Beach County Commission as Palm Beach County's official economic development organization. The BDB works to attract and retain business investment through corporate relocations, expansions, and international trade; and provide marketing support and business networking services through a paid membership organization that partially funds their economic development services.
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO): The DEO combines economic development initiatives, workforce support and training, and community development efforts to fuel job creation around the state. The state and federal programs administered by DEO help support local businesses, engage talented job seekers and enhance our state’s diverse communities. Program areas overseen by the DEO include: tourism, international trade and investment, business recruitment, creation, retention, and expansion, minority and small business development, and rural community development.
Enterprise Florida, Inc.: Enterprise Florida is a public-private partnership of business and government leaders. Their goal is to promote Florida as a premier business destination and expand the state’s economy through private-sector job creation. Services include a broad spectrum of economic development efforts, ranging from assisting businesses with location and expansion decisions to facilitating international trade and exports, to supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs.