LAUDERHILL — State Rep. Hazelle Rogers, D-Lauderhill, recently co-hosted a business symposium on the State’s Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) through a newly created Department of Economic Opportunity loan program for small businesses.
The SSBCI is a $97 million allocation to Florida under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010.
Rogers partnered with local chambers of commerce in hosting the symposium which took place on Nov. 9 at the Lauderdale Lakes Library and Cultural Center.
The meeting focused on employers with 25 or fewer employees who are looking for capital and markets for their goods and services to help them expand and spur private sector jobs. More than 150 small business owners attended.
Presenters included representatives from Enterprise Florida, who spoke on The SSBCI, Capital Access Programs, and Opportunities in International Trade. The U.S. Department of Commerce addressed Export Readiness, the Florida Export Finance Corporation spoke on Export Financing and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau spoke on International Trade and Tourism.
Chamber partners for the gathering were the Greater Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and the Latin Chamber of Commerce of Broward County. Other chambers in attendance were the Lauderhill Regional Chamber of Commerce, Lauderdale Lakes Chamber, Jamaica USA Chamber and the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce.
Photo: COURTESY OF REP. ROGERS’ OFFICE
QUESTION TIME: A member of the audience asks a question during a business symposium hosted by state Rep. Hazelle Rogers of Lauderhill on Nov. 9.