Broward College, Strikers introduce business incubator

FORT LAUDERDALE — Broward College officials on Thursday introduced its new business incubator, the Innovation Hub at Broward College, at an open house on its Cypress Creek location. As part of the event, the College celebrated its partnership with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, who will be collaborating with the incubator as they seek innovative solutions in sports business. Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo, who is a part-owner of the Strikers, joined Broward College officials, along with Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Jesse Panuccio and other local business leaders for a tour of the business incubator and discussion on possible opportunities.

The 5,400 square-foot Innovation Hub at Broward College is designed to be a mixed use business incubator, focused on housing a dynamic community of entrepreneurs, start-ups, mentors, advisors and investors, and serving as a one-stop resource for business owners, innovators and committed individuals pursuing their entrepreneurial ambitions. It will offer access to mentors – through Broward College’s collaborative partnerships with Broward SCORE, the Small Business Development Center and the Enterprise Development Corporation – as well as angel investors, including New World Angels. There will be seminars and workshops on various business topics focused on specific skills helpful to startup companies that will also be open to the public for a fee. This fee may be discounted or waived depending on the course and workshop. Through this intermingling of individuals and resources, the Innovation Hub seeks to serve as a business ecosystem that fosters efficiency and innovation.

Community Relations Board holds talks on trust of police

MIAMI-DADE — The county Community Relations Board is hosting a series of forums where residents and police officers can discuss concerns about interaction with law enforcement.

The first forum will be held 5 to 8 p.m. today at the South Dade Regional Library, 10750 SW 211th St. in Cutler Bay. Attendees can share insights and proposals with CRB members, law enforcement leaders and community activists. The goal is to reduce tensions and improve trust between residents and police.

Upcoming forums will be held 6:30 to 9 p.m. Jan. 29 in the Lehman Auditorium at Florida Memorial University, 15800 NW 42nd Ave.; and 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at North Dade Regional Library, 2455 NW 183rd Street in Miami Gardens.

Rare WWII fighter planes headed to South Florida

BOCA RATON — In honor of our WWII Veterans, the Collings Foundation’s Wings of Freedom Tour is bringing extremely rare bomber and fighter aircraft to South Florida as part of 110-city nationwide tour.

Aircraft that will be on display include the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine O Nine” WWII Heavy Bomber, Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft” WWII Heavy Bomber and P-51 Mustang fighter. The Wings Of Freedom Tour will be on display until Jan 25 at Boca Raton Airport Signature Flight Support, 3300 Airport Drive in Boca Raton.

The tour continues in Pompano Beach, Jan. 26 through 29, and Fort Lauderdale, Jan. 29 through Feb. 1.

 Compiled from staff, wire reports