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City of Boca Raton

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Specific responsibilities of the Department include comprehensive and current planning activities, zoning regulation, environmental protection and conservation, building permits and inspections, code enforcement, business tax collection, land records management, and housing programs.

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201 W Palmetto Park Road, Boca RatonFL 33432
561-393-7789

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GDBC Entrepreneurship Institute

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GBDC Entrepreneurship Institute is a 501c 3 organization specializing in services for Small Businesses, Entrepreneurs, Non Profits and the Public Sectors.

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3200 S Congress Ave #104, Boynton Beach FL 33426

561-894-4510

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City of Lake Worth

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The City is actively engaged in improving and streamlining all things related to opening and operating a business in Lake Worth.  From consistent and understandable zoning regulations to acquiring a business tax license, the focus is on customer service. Small or large, mom and pop or corporate giant – Lake Worth has a space for you.

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7 North Dixie Highway, Lake Worth, FL 33460
561.586.1600

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City of West Palm Beach

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The City of West Palm Beach is a diverse, vibrant, and evolving community that couples big-city amenities with the personality and appeal of a small town. The City of West Palm Beach is built for business, and through the prioritization of businesses large and small, entrepreneurship remains an economic development goal for the city. As one of the three largest cities of South Florida, and the center most city in Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach also continues to be at the forefront of sustainable and energy-efficient practices. The City has been awarded a 4-Star rating by the STAR Communities Rating System for social, environmental, and economic sustainability, and continue to be a leader in developing environmentally progressive practices. A vibrant and diverse cultural hub, the City of West Palm Beach offers opportunities to enjoy world-class art, entertainment, shopping, and dining experiences.  A historic city, West Palm Beach has always been a destination for those who wish to build new enterprises, achieve success, and personally flourish. A resilient and progressive community, the City of West Palm Beach continues to exemplify Business. Life. Balanced.

 

ENTREPRENEUR SUPPORT:

The City of West Palm Beach puts entrepreneurs squarely in the middle of its economic development efforts. One of the ten goals in the City’s economic development plan is dedicated to entrepreneurs and small businesses. This goal includes tactics such as entrepreneur network building, City sponsored events for entrepreneurs, grants that can assist with building improvements and partnerships with local organizations such as Palm Beach Tech, Business Development Board of Palm Beach County, and local universities and colleges to provide resources for entrepreneurs.

SUCCESS STORY:

The City of West Palm Beach helped Queen of Shiba, an Ethiopian restaurant , expand to a full restaurant with two incentives (Facade and SIP), which resulted in $28,000 for phase one. They also helped with adjacent building owned by same owner with Facade incentives, which resulted in $67,000. The restaurant had help with purchasing a building directly across street to create another business to assist with critcal mass. Last but not least, the city assisted with marketing the grand opening event and other events held at restaurant and also created Styx Alley for additional businesses to drive traffic along with adding additional parking for Queen of Sheeba – 2019

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

401 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL 33401

561.822.2222

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City of Delray Beach

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Delray Beach is a robust $9 billion small business economy where 93% of the entrepreneurial firms are small, defined as employing less than 30 people.  Every day, more than 18 professionals from the City of Delray Beach, Delray Beach CRA, Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Development Authority, Small Business Development Center, SCORE, Florida Women’s Business Center and The TED Center give advice and counsel to entrepreneurs as they start-up, scale and grow their ventures in Delray Beach.

Four years ago, we launched the We Small Biz campaign to recognize and celebrate the contributions made by the entrepreneurial firms and small businesses who call Delray Beach home. Regular touchpoints and feedback from them are driving and inspiring more business-friendly policies, processes and programs in Delray Beach.

 

SERVICES:

A one-stop shop for business owners, executives and entrepreneurs who find themselves needing assistance with site selection for a new office, commercial or industrial space; navigating local business processes, permitting, licenses and funding assistance (grants-incentives) programs; seeking introductions to key business, community, civic and/or elected officials or even with solving the challenges of growing your team and hiring new people (workforce development services).

 

SUCCESS STORY:

One of the entrepreneurial firms that the City of Delray Beach supported and watched grow from a startup is Delivery Dudes, a food delivery service who is growing nationally and currently employs 82 from their Delray Beach headquarters.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

100 NW 1st Avenue, Delray Beach, Florida 33444

561-243-7000

Joan K. Goodrich –  [email protected]

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City of Boynton Beach

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The City of Boynton Beach aims to create a business-friendly, innovative environment where entrepreneurs can not only establish themselves but flourish. To help generate this environment, it offers two Economic Development Grants that aim to help the establishment of new businesses and aide in the expansion of existing businesses. The Commercial Rent Reimbursement and Interior Build-Out Grant Programs are designed to provide financial assistance to business during their critical first year or expansion year of operation. The city also created a Local Business Preference ordinance establishing a local business preference of 5% in the acquisition of goods and services. A sealed bid or proposal submitted by a certified local firm that is located within the City of Boynton Beach will receive a 5% or $5000, whichever is less, bid evaluation preference. For informal purchases, City departments and staff are strongly encouraged to utilize local businesses if they otherwise meet purchasing policy requirements.

SUCCESS STORY:

Non-Prophet Brewing Co. opened in the City in 2017 and offers a twist on brewing in the form of fermented sweat tea with multiple flavors called kombucha. This is a new and untapped market in the City and in the South Florida region where Non-Prophet has been selling wholesale throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. You can find Non-Prophet Brewing products in over 60 establishments throughout the tri-counties, but their home-base is in Boynton Beach. The products are brewed and manufactured at its Boynton Beach location in the heart of the brewery district. To assist Non-Prophet in expanding its business, the City Commission awarded them two economic development grants totaling $27,000. They received both Commercial Interior Bold-out and Rent Reimbursement Grants that help Non-Prophet in its critical first year of operations in the City. These grants also allowed Non-Prophet to hire new employees to expand its operations into a sit-down environment for tastings. The City is thrilled to have a successful business settle in Boynton Beach where the product market is growing exponentially every year.

 

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100 E. Boynton Beach Boulevard, Boynton Beach, FL 33435

561-742-6000

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Palm Beach County Office of Small Business

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The Office of Small Business Assistance is responsible for monitoring conditions affecting small businesses within the marketplace that can provide goods and services to Palm Beach County, thus creating an environment that encourages the growth and development of small businesses in Palm Beach County.

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50 S. Military Trail, Suite 202, West Palm Beach, FL 33415

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FAU Tech Runway

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FAU Tech Runway is a South Florida public-private partnership that serves as a hub to accelerate technology development and incubate startup companies. This incubation and acceleration happens in a 28,000-square-foot collaborative working space that provides entrepreneurs with a complete ecosystem to house, educate, mentor and fund their companies from origination through venture funding. Since launching in 2014, FAU Tech Runway has helped entrepreneurs secure more than $46 million in investor funding and generate $23 million in revenue. More than 52 companies have launched at FAU Tech Runway, creating more than 300 new jobs with an average salary of $63,000. FAU Tech Runway provides startups with free working space, expert mentoring, interns, marketing assistance, Stanford’s Lean LaunchPad curriculum, privileged access to angel and investor networks and regional events, and $15,000 awarded to the top seven startup companies.

STUDENT SUCCESS STORY:

FAU Tech Runway student entrepreneur Devin Willis has developed a way to improve the speed and accuracy of cancer diagnoses. Willis’s invention, SlideMap, is a low-cost 40x slide scanner that uses recent advances in deep learning for image recognition, technology that can be found in driverless cars. SlideMap can accurately classify every cell on a tumor slide, which can help a pathologist provide a more accurate diagnosis. Willis placed fourth in the national 2017 Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, where he won $1,000 and attended a taping of a Discovery Network show. As a part of the FAU Tech Runway Venture Class 5 Program to accelerate startups, SlideMap is benefitting from top-notch mentors who could prove instrumental in bringing the product to market. For cancer patients, that can’t come soon enough.

SUCCESS STORY:

No FAU Tech Runway company has sky rocketed to success more quickly than EagleEye Intelligence, a game-changer in technology-driven public safety. The company is the brainchild of serial entrepreneur and FAU alum Scott Adams, who was one of the first entrepreneurs directly affiliated with FAU Tech Runway. “I needed infrastructure and space, and it was very helpful to be close and involved in some of the early decisions as they unfolded while Tech Runway formed,” Adams said of his decision to launch EagleEye Intelligence there. In two years, EagleEye has raised $14 million in venture capital and grown from two employees – Adams and co-founder Rex Ciavola – to 31. The company provides critical incident management solutions for public safety and security.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

901 NW 35th Street, Boca Raton, FL 33431

561-297-8000

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