Small-Business Resources

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The City of Sunrise is a strong advocate for its small-business community. The resources on this page are a sample of the programs and initiatives currently in place in Sunrise and beyond.

Sunrise Small-Business Advisory Board
The City's Small-Business Advisory Board advises the Director of Economic Development on matters related to small business activity, development and support within Sunrise, while providing a strategy for promoting Sunrise as an attractive location for small businesses to operate.

Other duties include assisting in the development of information and/or programs regarding resources available to assist small and minority owned businesses; working closely with similar boards, chambers of commerce, and county/state/federal agencies toward the advancement, promotion, support and betterment of the small business community in Sunrise; and recommending policies, procedures and strategies to assist, support and promote small retailers and store-front business establishments throughout the City.

Preference for board appointments will be given to small business owners, certified property managers, community bank representatives, real estate brokers and retail leasing agents. For additional information - and to determine if there is a current vacancy  - please view the City Clerk's Commissions and Boards page. You may also contact Lou Sandora, Economic Development Director, at

Sunrise Business Disaster Planning Program
According to the United States Department of Labor, an estimated 40 percent of businesses that close down after a disaster never reopen. As part of the City’s commitment to local businesses, Sunrise Fire-Rescue's Office of Emergency Management provides free consultations on hurricane and disaster preparedness.

The Sunrise Business Disaster Planning Program is designed to help businesses build an emergency management plan customized for their business type and size. The program covers such continuity-planning topics as how to minimize property damage, mitigate disruption of commerce, achieve timely return to normal operations, and protect essential facilities, equipment and assets. For more information about the program and class offerings, e-mail

Broward County Office of Economic & Small Business Development
The Broward County Office of Economic & Small Business Development (OESBD) is primarily responsible for enhancing the economy of Broward County by recruiting new industry, supporting existing industries, and creating new value-added employment opportunities for residents. Its mission is to promote job growth, diversify the County's industrial mix, and expand the local tax base. The OESBD works closely with key partners to accomplish its mission.

County Business Enterprise 
The County Business Enterprise (CBE) program was designed to increase participation of small businesses in Broward County projects as both prime contractors and subcontractors. The County Business Enterprise Act of 2009 establishes a cumulative goal of 25% participation by CBE-certified firms in all County procurement contracts - excluding contracts under the Federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and the Broward County Small Business Enterprise, or Sheltered Market, program.

All firms seeking CBE certification must meet the same maximum gross receipts (averaged over three years), regardless of their industry. CBE eligibility requirements are as follows:


  • The firm must be independent;
  • The firm must have a continuing operating presence in Broward County;
  • Each owner must not have a personal net worth exceeding $750,000; and
  • The firm must not have an excess of $5 million in average annual gross revenue calculated over the previous three calendar years.

    Firms interested in a CBE certification can apply online.

    Small Business Development Center in Broward
    The Small Business Development Center in Broward is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network of over 30 centers funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The FSBDCN is a statewide economic development partnership between higher education and other stakeholder organizations dedicated to providing entrepreneurs and established businesses with the assistance needed to start, grow and succeed, contributing to the Florida economy.

    Services provided by the SBDC in Broward include personalized, one-on-one counseling, as well as training on a variety of topics – including business plan development, financing, and taxes. The SBDC also maintains an extensive library of business resources.

    SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. Because their work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) – and thanks to a nationwide network of 13,000+ volunteers, SCORE is able to deliver its services at no charge or at very low cost.

    SCORE can provide: volunteer mentors who share their expertise across 62 industries; free, confidential business counseling in person or via email; an online library of free business tools, templates and tips; inexpensive or free business workshops (locally) and webinars (online 24/7). Learn more at the Broward SCORE Web site.
    The SunBiz Web site provides continually updated links to web resources related to starting a business in Florida. Make your first stop if you need IRS Information, tips for selecting a business location, industry reports and more.

    U.S. Small Business Administration
    Since its founding in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses. SBA provides assistances primarily through its four programmatic functions: access to capital (loans, grants, bonds and venture capital); entrepreneurial development (education, information, technical assistance and training); government contracting (federal procurement); and advocacy. Visit to review their many resources.