• May 2017

    Help us celebrate our local small businesses all month long!

    2017 Delray Beach "We ♥ Small Biz Month" Partners

    2017 We ♥ Small Biz Month Partners

  • Showing the Love

    With more than 93% of Delray Beach companies having 30 or fewer employees, small business is big business in Delray Beach. Our local small business owners contribute both to our economy and to our sense of community. They are our bosses, our neighbors, our sponsors, and our friends.

     

    In Delray Beach "small" doesn't mean insignificant. We're proud to be home to so many entrepreneurs and innovators that work hard to be successful. We ♥ Small Biz in Delray Beach, and we work hard to show them the love everyday.

     

    Check the schedule below for details on events and happenings around town that can benefit your small business!

  • Small Biz Event Calendar

    2017

    May 25, 9:30am

    "Social Media: Expanding Your Presence" by SBDC

    @ Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W. Atlantic Avenue

     

    Social media is becoming an increasingly important communications tool for business reach new customers, drive sales, and grow a lasting brand. Get expert tips on the best ways to use social media to expand the presence of your small business. 

     

    Free admission. Details and registration available from the SBDC at Palm Beach State College.

    May 20, 5-9pm

    Sets in the West

    @ NW 5th Avenue, in front of the Spady Museum (170 NW 5th Avenue)

     

    Now in its third year, Sets in the West is a free, family-friendly street festival open to the public and designed to celebrate local businesses and highlight the community's history and culture. Enjoy live entertainment, including headliner Eric Biddines, local band Spider Cherry, and host Ian Caven, along with live artist painting, food trucks, kids activities, games and more! The Spady Museum will also be open, with displays highlighting Florida’s Emancipation Day.

     

    Free event. Visit setsinthewestdelray.com for more info.

    May 19, 6-11pm

    TED Center & FWBC "Shining Stars" Gala

    @ Benvenuto Restaurant, 1730 N. Federal Hwy, Boynton Beach

     

    Join us as the TED Center and Florida Women's Business Center prepare to honor outstanding businesses in our community at their 2017 annual awards gala.

     

    For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and table purchases, email TED Center Executive Director Seabron Smith.

    May 17, 9:30am-noon

    Pineapple Grove Arts District Business Walk

    @ Pineapple Grove Arts District

     

    Delray Beach's economic development team will show some love to our Pineapple Grove Arts District businesses, going door-to-door to say hello, offer small thank-you gift, and get to know them a little better.

     

    For more information, contact the Delray Beach Office of Economic Development, 561-243-7009 x 1511.

    May 16, 5-8pm

    Delray Business Expo 2017

    @ Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Avenue

     

    The Delray Business Expo 2017 is the signature annual trade show and networking event by the Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce. With more than 200 attendees each year, it's a great opportunity to discover new products, services and technologies while meeting leads, customers and service providers from new and established companies of all sizes in the Delray Beach area.


    Free admission. Details and vendor information available on the Chamber website.

    May 12, 8:30am-3:30pm

    2017 InnovateHER SBA Challenge, hosted by Florida Women's Business Center

    @ South County Civic Center, 16700 Jog Rd, Delray Beach

     

    The SBA is launching the third annual InnovateHER Challenge, a national prize competition to showcase the most innovative products and services that have a measurable impact on the lives of women and families, have the potential for commercialization, and fill a need in the marketplace. The local Palm Beach County competition is being hosted by the Florida Women's Business Center.

     

    Register on the FWBC website to receive a free application to participate.

    May 10, 8:30am

    Downtown Merchant & Business Association Meeting

    @ Northern Trust Bank, 770 E. Atlantic Avenue

     

    The Downtown Merchant & Business Association (DMBA) provides a forum for downtown businesses to collaborate on programs, communicate, and be a collective voice that advocates for activities that promote the retention and smart growth of the downtown business community. Owners and operators of all restaurants of restaurants, businesses, and retail shops throughout the DDA district are welcome to join.

     

    More information is available from the Delray Beach DDA website.

    May 9, 8am

    Foundations: Entrepreneur Session - Successes & Failures of Startups

    @ Chamber of Commerce, 140 NE 1st Street

     

    Foundations, a monthly meeting open to all Delray Chamber of Commerce members for starting or growing your business. This month, get practical insights from an experienced local entrepreneur on how to better prepare for both successes and failures in business.

     

    Free to attend, no RSVP necessary, coffee provided. More information on the Chamber website.

    May 8, 3pm

    CRA Business Grants Workshop

    @ Chamber of Commerce, 140 NE 1st Street

     

    Learn about the grant opportunities available through the Delray Beach CRA, including eligibility criteria, application requirements, and the approval process.

     

    Advance registration required. Call the CRA at 561.276.8640 for info and registration.

    May 6, 9am-2pm

    Delray GreenMarket in the Park

    @ Old School Square Park, NE 2nd Avenue, a half block north of Atlantic Avenue

     

    This open-air market is a Saturday morning destination, operated by the Delray Beach CRA. More than 60 vendors offer local farm-to-fork produce, just picked citrus and juice, farm fresh eggs, raw milk and butter, 100% grass-fed and finished (antibiotic and hormone free) Florida beef, poultry, pork and lamb, fragrant artisan baked goods, plenty of gluten free, vegan and sugar free products, fresh cut flowers, plants and other unique gourmet fare.

     

    Free event, with live music each week. Visit delraycra.org/greenmarket for more info.

    May 6, 8am-4pm

    The 8th Annual SCORE Business Conference

    @ St. John Paul II Academy, 4001 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton

     

    Speakers from Google, GoDaddy, Yelp, Constant Contact, and Office Depot Foundation will offer exclusive tips, insight and tools to grow your small business. Learn the latest in marketing and sales to close deals and gain customers. Hear from 3 successful local entrepreneurs that have built multi-million dollar businesses from scratch, and sign up for a free 30-minute private business consultation with a business expert.

     

    Networking during the included breakfast and lunch. Free to attend, but seating is limited. Details and registration available online through South Palm Beach SCORE.

    May 5, 6-9pm

    DDA First Friday Artwalk

    @ Downtown Delray Beach

     

    Experience an evening of art, education and relaxation in our award-winning Arts Town. This self-guided tour and year-long event invites you to explore the heart & soul of our art scene on the First Friday of every month from 6 - 9 p.m. Enjoy art galleries and working studios while you meet with many of our talented, local artists. The Art Walk features three artistic areas; Atlantic Avenue, Pineapple Grove and Artists Alley.

     

    Free event - no ticket, pass, or coupon required. Don't forget to use #DelrayArtWalk when you share your Art Walk photos on social media. Details and list of participating galleries and studios available on the DDA website.

    May 2, 5:30pm

    We ♥ Small Biz Presentation & Proclamation

    @ Delray Beach City Hall, Commission Chambers, 150 NW 1st Avenue

     

    Help us commemorate Delray Beach's third annual "We ♥ Small Biz Month" observance, as the City Commission prepares to adopt a proclamation in support of the initiative. The Office of Economic Development will make a brief presentation to explain the initiative and acknowledge local partners.

     

    For more information, contact the Office of Economic Development, 561-243-7009 x1511.

    May 1 through May 13

    Annual Mother's Day Orchid Giveaway

    @ Downtown Delray Beach

     

    Shop in downtown Delray Beach May 1 - May 13 and receive one Phalaenopisis Orchid Plant with every $200 spent at Downtown Delray Beach fashion boutiques, specialty stores, gift shops, art galleries, spas, salons and fitness studios.

     

    Visit the Delray Beach DDA website for details.

    April 28, 9:30-10:30am

    "Finding, Nurturing & Keeping Good Talent" by SBDC

    @ Delray Beach Public Library, 100 W. Atlantic Avenue

     

    Good employees are the heart of the company. What are the best practices and legal considerations of finding the right employees for your organization? Then how do you keep them engaged in your business as you grow together? Kathleen Culhane, Senior Certified Professional of the Society of Human Resources and Consultant for the Small Business Development Center at Palm Beach State College will lead a discussion on the many facets to consider and plan for as you continue to build your team.

     

    Free admission. Details and registration available from the SBDC at Palm Beach State College.

    April 27, 5:30pm

    YPAD Meet the Brewer: Brews Then Blues

    @ Old School Square, Crest Theatre Building, 51 N Swinton Avenue

     

    Young professionals under age 40 are invited to this unique networking and beer tasting event! Enjoy a Meet & Greet with John Galanti of Lagunitas Brewing Company, and taste their lineup from Pilsners to Stouts. Tickets include light bites, beer, and free entry into Blues on the Square, featuring Joel Dasilva and the Midnight Howls, 7:30pm at the Old School Square Pavilion.

     

    Admission: $12 advance; $15 at the door. Find details and registration on the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce website

    April 27, 12:15-1:30pm

    Delray Attorney Roundtable

    @ Chamber of Commerce, 140 NE 1st Street

     

    Open roundtable event for local attorneys, to network with peers and see how the Delray Beach Chamber can assist your practice. Free to attend if you bring your own lunch. Or pre-reserve a lunch for $15.

     

    Details and registration are available on the Chamber website.

    April 27, 9am-noon

    Realtor Roundtable

    @ Chamber of Commerce, 140 NE 1st Street

     

    The Chamber’s Realtor Roundtables are specifically designed to enhance our Realtor Members’ success by arming them with the latest information, updates and trends to enhance their professionalism and knowledge. Learn about upcoming projects, business grant opportunities for tenant prospects, automation systems for commercial and residential properties, and so much more!

     

    Free event for Chamber members; $25 entry for non-members. Details and registration available on the Chamber website.

    April 11, 8am

    Foundation - Drilling into Recruiting: Tips to Find Great Employees

    @ Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, 140 NE 1st Street

     

    Foundations, a monthly meeting open to all Delray Chamber of Commerce members for starting or growing your business. This month, get expert tips about ongoing recruiting activity, fun and informative ways to filter applicants, and how to treat your candidates like customers.

     

    Free for Chamber members. No RSVP necessary. Coffee provided. More information on the Chamber website.

    April 10, 3pm

    CRA Business Grants Workshop

    @ Chamber of Commerce, 140 NE 1st Street

     

    Learn about the grant opportunities available through the Delray Beach CRA, including eligibility criteria, application requirements, and the approval process.

     

    Advance registration required. Call the CRA at 561.276.8640 for info and registration.

    April 7-9, 9am-6pm

    55th Annual Delray Affair

    Downtown Delray Beach, along Atlantic Avenue from the Intracoastal to NW 2nd Ave

     

    The Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce is celebrating its 55th year of the largest arts & craft festival in the Southeast United States, the Delray Affair! The award-winning event stretches 12 city blocks in downtown Delray Beach, and is often recognized for its eclectic mixture of fine art, great crafts and funky products from around the world.

     

    For artist information, general information and updates on new events and activities, visit the Delray Affair website.

    Mar 27, 5:30-9pm

    9th Annual Savor the Avenue

    along East Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Delray Beach

     

    Experience an amazing evening under the stars at South Florida's longest dining table, down the center of Atlantic Avenue. Make a reservation or sit back and observe, as hundreds of people dine in the heart of Downtown Delray Beach.

     

    Reservations required. For details and tickets, visit: DowntownDelrayBeach.com/SavorTheAvenue

    Mar 21, 8-9am

    Foundations: Pricing Matters - Tips to Measure & Calculate Your Pricing Margins

    @ Chamber of Commerce, 140 NE 1st Street

     

    Foundations, a monthly meeting open to all Delray Chamber of Commerce members for starting or growing your business. This month, get tips from an SBDC expert on tracking your money, measuring your spending and ROI, and calculating the right price margins for your business.

     

    Free to attend, no RSVP necessary, coffee provided. More information on the Chamber website.

    Mar 14, 7:45-9am

    Chamber Membership & Media Breakfast

    @ Delray Beach Golf Club & Restaurant, 2200 Highland Avenue

     

    Network with other members of the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce while learning how to get your business in the media! A moderated panel of media professionals will offer ideas for promoting your business, followed by a live Q&A session.

     

    Tickets are $25 for Chamber members, $35 for non-members. Details and registration available on the Chamber website.

    Mar 13, 3pm

    CRA Business Grants Workshop

    @ Chamber of Commerce, 140 NE 1st Street

     

    Learn about business grant opportunities available through the Delray Beach CRA, including eligibility criteria, application requirements, and the approval process.

     

    Advance registration required. Call the CRA at 561.276.8640 for info and registration.

    Mar 9, 5:15-7pm

    Contacts & Cocktails

    @ Fairfield Inn & Suites, 910 W. Atlantic Avenue

     

    Bring a friendly smile and plenty of business cards for this installation of the Chamber of Commerce's monthly networking event, where you'll enjoy cocktails, conversations, and culinary delights.

     

    Member Admission: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Non-member admission: $25. Find details and registration on the Chamber website.

    Feb 14, 8am

    Foundations: Don't Get Screwed; How to Keep the IRS Away

    @ Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, 140 NE 1st Street

     

    Foundations, a monthly meeting open to all Delray Chamber of Commerce members for starting or growing your business. This month, get tips from a panel of local experts on when, where and how to file your taxes. A representative from the Palm Beach County Tax Collector's Office will also share information and materials.

     

    Free to attend, no RSVP necessary, coffee provided. More information on the Chamber website.

    Feb 13, 3pm

    CRA Business Grants Workshop

    @ Chamber of Commerce, 140 NE 1st Street

     

    Learn about business grant opportunities available through the Delray Beach CRA, including eligibility criteria, application requirements, and the approval process.

     

    Advance registration required. Call the CRA at 561.276.8640 for info and registration.

    Feb 11, 9am-2pm

    Delray GreenMarket in the Park

    @ Old School Square Park, NE 2nd Avenue, a half block north of Atlantic Avenue

     

    The Delray GreenMarket has extended its season through the end of May! This open-air market is a Saturday morning destination, operated by the Delray Beach CRA. More than 60 vendors offer local farm-to-fork produce, just picked citrus and juice, farm fresh eggs, raw milk and butter, 100% grass-fed and finished (antibiotic and hormone free) Florida beef, poultry, pork and lamb, fragrant artisan baked goods, plenty of gluten free, vegan and sugar free products, fresh cut flowers, plants and other unique gourmet fare.

     

    Free event, with live music each week. Visit delraycra.org/greenmarket for more info.

    Feb 9, 5:15-7pm

    Contacts & Coctails

    @ Carl's Patio, Delray Marketplace (14859 Lyons Rd #114)

     

    Grow broader awareness for your business and build relationships within the community over cocktails, conversations, and culinary delights. Don't forget to bring business cards!


    Member Tickets: $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Non-Member Tickets: $20. Details and tickets available on the Chamber website.

    Feb 4, 9am-2pm

    Delray GreenMarket in the Park

    @ Old School Square Park, NE 2nd Avenue, a half block north of Atlantic Avenue

     

    The Delray GreenMarket has extended its season through the end of May! This open-air market is a Saturday morning destination, operated by the Delray Beach CRA. More than 60 vendors offer local farm-to-fork produce, just picked citrus and juice, farm fresh eggs, raw milk and butter, 100% grass-fed and finished (antibiotic and hormone free) Florida beef, poultry, pork and lamb, fragrant artisan baked goods, plenty of gluten free, vegan and sugar free products, fresh cut flowers, plants and other unique gourmet fare.

     

    Free event, with live music each week. Visit delraycra.org/greenmarket for more info.

    Jan 29, 1-4pm

    Fashion Week Boutique: Shopping Event

    @ Old School Square Fieldhouse, 51 N Swinton Avenue

     

    Enjoy a pop-up fashion boutique from many of the 2017 Delray Beach Fashion Week participants, featuring all of the clothing & accessories that were showcased and on display during Fashion Week.

     

    Free to attend. Light bites provided by Papa's Tapas, Cash Bar. Details available online.

    Jan 28, 7-9pm

    Swim & Surf Runway Show

    @ Old School Square Park, NE 2nd Avenue, a half block north of Atlantic Avenue

     

    Swim & Surf Finale Runway Fashion Show featuring swimwear & beachwear from local designers and merchants. Free Event, with $25 ticketed runway seating.

    Details and tickets available online.

    Jan 27, 6-9pm

    Stiletto Race

    @ East Atlantic Avenue and SE 4th Avenue

     

    Stiletto Race hosted by Vince Canning Shoes & Delray Beach Achievement Centers for Children & Families. A Fab & Funky Race for a Cause! Compete in variety of categories for the chance to win prizes, a fabulous trophy & of course the bragging rights.

     

    Free to watch; $25 entry to participate. Details and registration online.

    Jan 27, 11:30am-1:30pm

    Tropical Paradise

    @ Che, 900 E. Atlantic Avenue, along the Intracoastal Waterway

     

    The Resort Wear Fashion Show & Luncheon at Che!!! is a part of 2017 Delray Beach Fashion Week. Tickets: $35 per person, includes three-course lunch & show. Tickets and additional information available online.

    Jan 26, 7pm

    Delray on the Runway Designer Fashion Show

    @ Il Bacio ( 29 SE 2nd Avenue)

     

    The Downtown Development Authority is proud to share with you the original designs of our Downtown Delray Beach Designers. These unique individuals are excited to showcase their fashions from elegant to extraordinary, highlighting these original designs that can be found in their stores in Downtown Delray Beach. Guests are invited to wear all white.

     

    Tickets: $40, available online.

    Jan 26, 8-9am

    Business & Bagels

    @ Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce, 140 NE 1st Street

     

    Get your day started out right building business relationships while enjoying coffee and bagels.

     

    Admission: $5 members, $10 non-members. Details available on the Chamber website.

    Jan 25, 6-9pm

    An Evening Downtown

    On Atlantic Avenue, in front of the Coloney Hotel (525 E. Atlantic Avenue)

     

    Opening Night & the launch of Delray Beach Fashion Week on Atlantic Avenue in front of The Colony Hotel, featuring Evening Wear & a Hair Showcase by Downtown Boutiques & Hair Salons, along with an Art Expo.

     

    Free event, $25 ticketed runway seating. Details available online.

    Jan 25-29

    Delray Beach Fashion Week 2017

    Created by the Delray Beach Downtown Development Authority and local merchants, the 4th annual Delray Beach Fashion Week celebrates spectacular fashion, local designers, art and beauty with a series of runway events, shopping experiences, and showcases throughout the downtown.

     

    Visit delrayfashionweek.com for details and complete schedule.

    Jan 21, 9am-2pm

    Delray GreenMarket in the Park

    @ Old School Square Park, NE 2nd Avenue, a half block north of Atlantic Avenue

     

    The Delray GreenMarket has extended its season through the end of May! This open-air market is a Saturday morning destination, operated by the Delray Beach CRA. More than 60 vendors offer local farm-to-fork produce, just picked citrus and juice, farm fresh eggs, raw milk and butter, 100% grass-fed and finished (antibiotic and hormone free) Florida beef, poultry, pork and lamb, fragrant artisan baked goods, plenty of gluten free, vegan and sugar free products, fresh cut flowers, plants and other unique gourmet fare.

     

    Free event, with live music each week. Visit delraycra.org/greenmarket for more info.

    Jan 19, 5:30pm

    YPAD Exclusive Fashion Week Preview

    @ Honey, 16 E. Atlantic Avenue

     

    The Young Professionals Association of Delray Beach invites young professionals under age 40 to mix and mingle with peers and some of Delray's hottest fashion designers and retailers at this haute happy hour and mini fashion show!

     

    Free event, no RSVP required. Details on the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce website.

    Jan 14, 9am-2pm

    Delray GreenMarket in the Park

    @ Old School Square Park, NE 2nd Avenue, a half block north of Atlantic Avenue

     

    The Delray GreenMarket has extended its season through the end of May! This open-air market is a Saturday morning destination, operated by the Delray Beach CRA. More than 60 vendors offer local farm-to-fork produce, just picked citrus and juice, farm fresh eggs, raw milk and butter, 100% grass-fed and finished (antibiotic and hormone free) Florida beef, poultry, pork and lamb, fragrant artisan baked goods, plenty of gluten free, vegan and sugar free products, fresh cut flowers, plants and other unique gourmet fare.

     

    Free event, with live music each week. Visit delraycra.org/greenmarket for more info.

    Jan 11, 5:15-7pm

    Contacts & Cocktails

    @ Old School Square, Ocean Breeze Room, 51 N. Swinton Ave

     

    Members $10 in advance, $15 at the door, future members $20. Register online through the Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce website. Sponsored by the Delray Art League.

    Jan 9, 3pm

    CRA Business Grants Workshop

    @ Chamber of Commerce, 140 NE 1st Street

     

    Learn about the grant opportunities available through the Delray Beach CRA, including eligibility criteria, application requirements, and the approval process.

     

    Advance registration required. Call the CRA at 561.276.8640 for info and registration.

    Jan 10, 8am

    Foundations: Hammer Out A Marketing Plan

    @ Chamber of Commerce, 140 NE 1st Street

     

    Foundations, a monthly meeting open to all Delray Chamber of Commerce members for starting or growing your business. This month, watch an expert design a marketing plan, and learn how to use a hashtag, YouTube, and other apps to grow your business.

     

    Free to attend, no RSVP necessary, coffee provided. More information on the Chamber website.

    Jan 7, 9am-2pm

    Delray GreenMarket in the Park

    @ Old School Square Park, NE 2nd Avenue, a half block north of Atlantic Avenue

     

    The Delray GreenMarket has extended its season through the end of May! This open-air market is a Saturday morning destination, operated by the Delray Beach CRA. More than 60 vendors offer local farm-to-fork produce, just picked citrus and juice, farm fresh eggs, raw milk and butter, 100% grass-fed and finished (antibiotic and hormone free) Florida beef, poultry, pork and lamb, fragrant artisan baked goods, plenty of gluten free, vegan and sugar free products, fresh cut flowers, plants and other unique gourmet fare.

     

    Free event, with live music each week. Visit delraycra.org/greenmarket for more info.

  • News & Press Releases

    Find the latest news and information from our partners below. Be sure to check back often for updates and post-event coverage.

  • Our Partners

    We ♥ Small Biz is a collaborative initiative, implemented through the joint efforts of nine organizations that serve local small businesses. Each of us offers a different set of resources, and collectively we're here to help you start up, expand, and sustain your enterprise.

     

    Not sure which organization you should work with? No problem. Once you connect with any of us in the Delray Beach family, we'll make sure you're well taken care of.

    City of Delray Beach

    Delray Beach Community Redevelopment Agency
     

    Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce

    Downtown Development Authority

    West Atlantic Redevelopment Coalition

    Delray Beach Marketing Cooperative

    SBDC at Palm Beach State College

    Center for Technology, Enterprise & Development

    South Palm Beach SCORE

    The KTCH | Creative Coworking | Delray Beach

    The KTCHN

    Pineapple Grove Arts District

    Pineapple Grove Arts District

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