South Florida businesses and entrepreneurs invited to attend 5-day event in June 2015

Broward County, FL - November is National Entrepreneurship Month and serves as the perfect occasion to convene the first official planning meeting for the upcoming Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) 2015 Airport Business Diversity Conference to be held in Broward County.  Over 60 attendees - comprised of AMAC leaders, staff and volunteers from the local community and across the globe - are expected to converge in the Greater Fort Lauderdale area from November 2 - 4, 2014 to discuss the conference agenda at the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Harbor Beach Resort and Spa, which will also serve as the host venue for the June 2015 conference.

"We are proud to sponsor the AMAC 2015 Airport Business Diversity Conference," according to Kent George, Director, Broward County Aviation Department. "It provides a great networking opportunity to the 2,000 individuals attending from across the country. Additionally, the conference will showcase the participation of small businesses locally in our concessions and Airport Expansion Program projects."

Scheduled from June 12 - 16, 2015, the 2015 Airport Business Diversity Conference is sanctioned as one of the County's Broward100 centennial celebration events.  Themed "Business Beyond the Beach: ELEVATING Global Opportunity", the conference will emphasize AMAC's focus on developing international markets and highlight Broward County's unique, strategic geographic position as a "Gateway to the Americas" and a hub of South Florida. Over 2000 guests are expected to attend the conference bringing an estimated economic impact of $5.5 million.

AMAC's 2015 Airport Business Diversity Conference is sponsored by the Broward County Aviation Department and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB).

"This is a tremendous opportunity to welcome AMAC and to showcase our "high flying" destination. Broward County will be introducing more than 2,000 small and minority-owned business attendees to Greater Fort Lauderdale and all of the opportunities and amenities that we offer," said Nicki Grossman, President and CEO, Greater Fort Lauderdale CVB. "From the beaches to the Everglades, there is something for everyone to enjoy!"

The Office of Economic and Small Business Development will lead the local event coordination effort in support of the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) and Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) programs it manages on behalf of Broward County, as required by the Code of Federal Regulations in order to receive federal funding for transportation projects. During the conference, the County plans to highlight successes in this area including the massive FLL South Runway Expansion and acknowledgement from the U.S. Department of Transportation for exceptional utilization of DBE firms. 

"The County's support of AMAC reflects our on-going commitment to providing unlimited economic opportunities to the local business community and assisting our businesses to expand their reach and focus beyond Broward County," said Sandy-Michael E. McDonald, OESBD Director.

Held annually over the past 30 years in various cities, the Airport Business Diversity Conference provides a platform for airports, corporations, entrepreneurs and the federal government an opportunity to participate in engaging and relevant educational and networking events.  Proceeds support AMAC's program initiatives and provide scholarships, career awareness and leadership development opportunities for students aimed at increasing more minorities and women representation in the airport industry through the AMAC Education and Scholarship Program. 

The upcoming planning meetings are by invitation. For more information on the planning sessions, contact Jasmine Jones, AMAC Local Planning Committee Chairperson, by phone at 954-357-8076954-357-8076, by email or visit Broward.org/EconDev.

Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC)
The Airport Minority Advisory Council (AMAC) serves as the nation's only non-profit trade organization dedicated to promoting the full participation of Minority/Women/Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/Small Business Enterprises (M/W/DBE/SBE) in airport contracting and employment opportunities.  AMAC assists airports and their business partners in achieving diversity goals that are mandated by federal regulations and in doing so help airport management become closer to the community in which it serves. For information about the Airport Minority Advisory Council, visit www.amac-org.com or call 703-414-2622703-414-2622.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the preferred domestic airport in South Florida, ranks 21st in the U.S. in total passenger traffic. With over 600 flights a day, FLL offers nonstop service to 100 U.S. cities and international destinations to Canada, the Bahamas, the Caribbean, Mexico, Latin American, and Europe. In 2013, FLL served 19.8 million domestic and 3.7 million international travelers.

Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts, and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a "beach chic" vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300+ miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping. For more info, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit www.sunny.org.

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The Office of Economic and Small Business Development
The mission of the Office of Economic and Small Business Development is to enhance Broward County's economy and contribute to an improved quality of life for all residents. Areas of focus include value-added job creation, business expansion and retention, small business growth, business development, international trade development, export readiness and entrepreneurial training and development. Services are delivered by the agency and through partnerships with state, local and private sector organizations. The Office of Economic and Small Business Development promotes equal access to Broward County procurement opportunities for small business enterprises in local and federal small business programs, and helps position small businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs to take advantage of opportunities, and grow their businesses beyond Broward. Call 954-357-6155954-357-6155 for more information or visit Broward.org/EconDev.

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