(Ft. Lauderdale – May 2017) – The Broward County Public School’s (BCPS) Procurement & Warehousing Services Department Supplier Diversity & Outreach Program (SDOP) will host a Business Outreach Event on May 8, 2017 from 9 am to 1 pm, at the Urban League of Broward County, 560 NW 27th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 33311. The event will provide an overview of the new Supplier Diversity Outreach Program Policy 3330 and a 2017 Procurement Opportunities Forecast. It is designed for all businesses in the tri-county area interested in doing business with BCPS and is free to attend. Refreshments will be provided for attendees.

The purpose of the event is to unveil the new Supplier Diversity Outreach Program and provide detailed information on how to provide products and services to Broward County Public Schools. Business owners will be able to speak directly with key Broward County Public Schools staff about up-coming business opportunities.

“The School Board is keeping its promise to promote supplier diversity and ensure equal opportunity for local small, minority and women-owned businesses to provide products and services to Broward Schools,” said Mary Coker, Director, Procurement and Warehousing Services Department. “We are ensuring that there is a fair and balanced bidding environment and are eager to help vendors with the process.”

The Supplier Diversity Outreach Program builds capacity in the local business community by providing increased opportunities for underutilized business to do business with BCPS, generate growth among local businesses by providing increased preferences to Small/Minority/Women Business Enterprises (S/M/WBEs), and create jobs and career opportunities for local residents.

The adoption of the new Supplier Diversity Outreach Program followed a Disparity Study completed in 2015 that identified barriers and various forms of marketplace discrimination that weakened the participation of minority and women-owned businesses. The new policy, approved on January 18, 2017, takes effect on July 1, 2017.

Register to attend the event at bcpsprocurement17.eventbrite.com or contact The Mosaic Group at [email protected] or 561.651.9565. For more information about the Supplier Diversity Outreach Program, call (754) 321-0505 or visit browardschools.com/sdop.



Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is the sixth largest school district in the nation and the second largest in the state of Florida. BCPS is Florida’s first fully accredited school system since 1962. BCPS has over 271,000 students and approximately 175,000 adult students in 236 schools, centers and technical colleges, and 100 charter schools. BCPS serves a diverse student population, with students representing 208 different countries and 181 different languages. To learn more, visit browardschools.com. Follow BCPS on Twitter @browardschools and Facebook at facebook.com/browardschools, and download the free BCPS mobile app.

(Miami, FL – April)  – The Black Owned Media Alliance (BOMA) has nominated the Mosaic Group for Marketing/PR Firm of the Year. Awards will be presented at the 2017 BOMA Awards Luncheon, which takes place on Wednesday, April 26th at the Hilton Miami Airport, 5101 Blue Lagoon Drive Miami, FL 33126. The BOMAs were created to honor agencies, businesses and individuals that make a positive impact in the black community. This years’ BOMA Awards features Cheryl Pearson McNeil, Nielsen’s Senior Vice President of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement as the keynote speaker.

“I am always humbled by receiving awards for doing my job,” says Mosaic Group CEO Ann Marie Sorrell, “I hope that we continue to make a positive impact in all communities as we move forward.”

The Mosaic Group is an eleven-year-old full service marketing/events/PR company servicing the tri-county area of Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade. The Black Owned Media Alliance was established to address the disparity that exists in advertisement spending with Black Owned Media.

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(Ft. Lauderdale – April 2017) – Another Northwest- Progresso- Flagler Community Redevelopment Agency (NPF CRA) incentive program applicant has received a recommendation for approval from the CRA Advisory Board. The funding request is for Invasive Species Brewing, LLC in the amount $110,353 for the purpose of renovating the building and site at 726 NE 2 Avenue and purchase equipment to construct an artisan brewpub.   The incentive funding package for the brewery and taproom consist of $85,557 from the Property and Business Improvement Program and $24,796 from the CRA Façade Program.  The pub is located just south of the Flagler Greenway in the Flagler Village neighborhood.

Invasive Species Brewing is a partnership of brewers and co-founders Phil Gillis, former brewer at the Funky Buddha and Josh Levitt, former brewer at MIA Brewing Co.  They have teamed up with Chris and Jordan Bellus, the brothers who founded and operate Laser Wolf, a popular bar in Progresso Plaza since 2010.

“We are thrilled with the resurgence in the Flagler Village area, which can be largely credited to the assistance of the CRA, and extremely thankful for the CRA Board’s recommendation for assistance,” says Josh Levitt, co-owner of Invasive Species Brewing, “we are looking forward to becoming a big part of the local community and an exciting destination for residents.”

Invasive Species Brewing has leased the property since January 2016.  They have a five-year lease with two 5 year options to renew.   The pair has invested over $200,000 of their own capital to date on project expenses including renovating the interior structure and the purchase of brewery equipment.   CRA Funding will be used for additional interior and exterior renovation consisting of new windows and doors, electrical and AC upgrades, sidewalk, landscaping, and irrigation.   In addition, funding will be used for the purchase of additional brewery equipment.  The incentive program funding is provided as a 5-year forgivable loan.  Invasive Species Brewing estimates that the new business at full operation will create 13 to 15 jobs and are committed to giving priority in hiring to residents of the CRA.  With the additional funding provided by the CRA, they plan on opening for business in Summer 2017.

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