Urban League Named CSC Organization of the Year
Fort Lauderdale, Fla, (March 11, 2019) – On February 22, 2019, the Urban League of Broward County won the Non-Profit Organization of the Year Award in the Collective Impact for Youth Category at the 9th Annual Community Care Plan Non-Profit Awards presented by Signature Grand and hosted by 2-1-1 Broward.
Urban League of Broward County Gets $25,000 Grant from Florida Panther’s Foundation to Assist Entrepreneurs
Fort Lauderdale, FL (Nov. 19, 2018) – The Urban League of Broward County has received a $25,000 grant from the Florida Panther’s Foundation to support the agency’s work in helping minority and veteran entrepreneurs create thriving businesses.
Urban League of Broward County Calls for Unity Following Contentious Mid-Term Election
Fort Lauderdale, FL (Nov. 7, 2018) – The Urban League of Broward County is thankful for the massive voter turnout in yesterday’s election and for all who ran for office and worked hard to make a difference in our community. The organization congratulates all the candidates who won at the local, state and national races. The agency also congratulates the organizers of the successful local and state ballot measures, especially the passage of Amendment 4, which restores the voting rights of ex-felons.
The Secret To A Local Cosmetic Brand’s Success: “It’s All In The Oil”
Minority-owned businesses in Broward County now have a new way to gain access to capital. The Capital Access Fund (CAF) is a lending initiative which provides capital and business education for minority entrepreneurs. It’s available through a partnership between Morgan Stanley, National Urban League Urban Empowerment Fund, National Development Council, and the Urban League of Broward County.
Child Development Center Owner Uses CAF Loan to Grow the Business
Minority-owned businesses in Broward County now have access to a new pool of capital. The Capital Access Fund (CAF) is a lending initiative which provides capital and business education for minority entrepreneurs. It’s available through a partnership between Morgan Stanley, National Urban League Urban Empowerment Fund, National Development Council, and the Urban League of Broward County.
Urban League of Broward County Selected by Citi Foundation’s Community Progress Makers Fund to Accelerate Economic Opportunity
April 26, 2018, Fort Lauderdale, FL. The Citi Foundation announced that Urban League of Broward County (ULBC) was selected as the recipient of a $500,000 grant as part of the 2018 Community Progress Makers Fund. The Fund is a $20 million, two-year initiative by the Citi Foundation to support high-impact community organizations that are driving economic opportunities in our communities by bringing together residents, nonprofits, businesses, and municipal agencies.
Thanks to New Lending, Message Spa Owner Finds Her Zen
There’s a new way for minority-owned businesses in Broward County to get access to capital. The new Capital Access Fund (CAF) is a lending initiative which provides capital and business education for minority entrepreneurs. It’s available through a partnership between Morgan Stanley, National Urban League Urban Empowerment Fund, National Development Council, and the Urban League of Broward County.
Fort Lauderdale Photographer Expands Business With New Capital Access Fund
Across Broward County, Florida, minority-owned businesses are getting access to much-needed capital through the new Capital Access Fund (CAF) – a new lending initiative which provides capital and business education for minority entrepreneurs. It became available in November, 2017 through a partnership between Morgan Stanley, National Urban League Urban Empowerment Fund, National Development Council, and the Urban League of Broward County.
Broward College and Urban League of Broward County Awarded $3,187,500 Florida Job Growth Grant for Workforce Training
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (March 8, 2018) – Broward College and the Urban League of Broward County are proud to announce they were awarded $3,187,500, the largest amount ever awarded for a single project, by the Florida Job Growth Grant Fund for its Building the CORE (Critical Occupation Response through Education) program.
Morgan Stanley, National Urban League's Urban Empowerment Fund, National Development Council & Urban League of Broward County, Partner to Launch the Capital Access Fund to Provide Minority-Owned Businesses in Florida with Greater Access to Capital
(Fort Lauderdale Florida – November 17, 2017) – On November 28, 2017, Morgan Stanley, National Urban League Urban Empowerment Fund (NUL-UEF), National Development Council (NDC), and the Urban League of Broward County (ULBC) will launch a historic initiative to provide minority-owned businesses in Florida with greater access to capital through the Capital Access Fund (CAF) – a lending initiative which provides access to capital and business education for minority entrepreneurs. Through the partnership, CAF and the ULBC’s Entrepreneurship Center will expand its efforts to promote sustainability, create jobs and build…
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL September 6, 2017 – Based on the severity of the impending storm (Hurricane Irma) and to ensure safety for all, the Urban League of Broward County offices will be closed on Thursday, September 7, 2017, until it can safely regain access.
Urban League of Broward County Issues Statement about Charlottesville, Virginia Hate Rally
Urban League of Broward County Issues Statement about Charlottesville, Virginia Hate Rally
Urban League of Broward County President and CEO Honored For Her Work in Community
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – July 28, 2017 – Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh, president and CEO of Urban League of Broward County, was recognized in June for her community work in helping to uplift families out of economic hardship. She also celebrated co-founding a national organization that promotes the personal growth and development of African-American women.
Broward Entrepreneur Finds Success With Help From Urban League Loan Fund
As a teenager, Keel Russell still remembers looking around his low-income community in Broward County and realizing how tough it was to succeed financially. He wanted to avoid all the dreaded challenges holding back so many of his family friends and relatives. His ticket out: become an entrepreneur.
African-Americans Can Have Major Impact with Their Purchasing Power
Social injustice continues to remain a big issue. You can see it across our community in the widening gaps between the rich and poor, the unequal distribution of government resources, and the disenfranchisement of individuals and entire groups from the political process.
Urban League of Broward County Selected to Build Afford Housing through New County Project
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. (March 24, 2017) – The Urban League of Broward County has been selected to build affordable single-family homes as part of a new Board of County Commissioners project to construct more homes for qualifying very-low to moderate income households across Broward County.
Urban League Helps Broward School District Adopt New Supplier Diversity Outreach Policy
The Urban League of Broward County proudly participated in drafting a new School Board of Broward County policy to provide fair and equitable distribution of procurement and contracting opportunities to our local diverse business community. Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D., CEO and President of the Urban League of Broward County, was a key part of the 30-member Disparity Study Work Group that reviewed, prioritized and provided feedback to the District’s new Supplier Diversity Outreach Program, known as Policy 3330.
Long Arc of History Will Judge President Obama Favorably
“Yes, we can…yes, we did.” These were the bookend pledges of Barack Obama -- the words he used to describe the start, and now the end, of an extraordinary eight-year presidency full of expectations that he'd deliver on hope and change for Americans, especially people of color.
Urban League Stakeholders Meeting Encourages More Minority Businesses To Be Included in Local Projects
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – November 21, 2016 – The Urban League of Broward County recently held its annual stakeholders meeting in which a panel of top Florida CEOs discussed the importance of hiring more small and minority-owned businesses for public and private projects in order to help diversify, innovate and strengthen local economies.
Importance of Supporting Health Care Reform
In the past three years, the rate of African American without health insurance has dropped by nearly 50 percent, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. That amounted to about three million adults gaining medical coverage -- many for the first time in many years. Those are astounding figures.
Urban League of Broward County Raised More Than $300,000 at Annual Red Gala
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. (November 1, 2016) – The Urban League of Broward County, a nonprofit human services organization, raised more than $300,000 during its Sept. 24 Red Gala, presented by BankUnited, to support the agency’s education, jobs, housing, and health programs.
Three New Board Members Join Urban League of Broward County
Fort Lauderdale, FL – October 27, 2016 – Urban League of Broward County welcomes three new board members to help the organization focus on its mission of securing economic self-reliance, parity, power, and civil rights for families and individuals across the community.
The Need for More African-American Male Teachers
Education is a key component of social-economic success in our nation. Yet gaining a quality education isn’t so easy for many African-American children who end up in some of our lowest-performing schools. One way to change that is to attract more diverse, empathic teachers into our school system so they can serve as good role models to our children and make education more engaging, fun and practical to daily life.
Statement on Recent Violence Against Police Officers and Members of the Minority Community
The Urban League of Broward County offers our condolences to the police officers killed and wounded in Dallas last night following a peaceful demonstration triggered by this week’s officer-involved fatal shootings of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge and Philando Castile in Falcon Heights.
Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh Celebrates 20 Years of Service
Wow! It has been 20 years since I donned my one good interview suit to convince the CEO, Don Bowen and the Vice President, Blanche Templeton to hire me. It has been 20 years since I walked through our doors with a small box with decorative items for my first "real" office. It has been 20 years today that I can say I made the BEST decision to join the Urban League team.
Urban League Employment Fair Creates Better Shot at Success for Hundreds in Broward
More than 600 people attended an employment fair on June 15 organized by the Urban League of Broward County, indicating a need for good paying local jobs even though the unemployment rate in Broward County has dropped significantly in recent years. Job seekers, ages 16 and older, looked for career opportunities from close to 40 leading local employers, including Broward College, Walgreens, Walmart, MD NOW, Toyota, Macy’s, and many other companies.
NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE’S STATE OF BLACK AMERICA RANKS MIAMI METROPOLITAN AREA 25th IN UNEMPLOYMENT EQUALITY
Fort Lauderdale (May 17, 2016) – According to the 2016 State of Black America® report, the Miami Metropolitan area (which includes Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach counties.) ranked 25th nationally in unemployment equality and 17th in income equality. “These findings give us a gauge as to where we are and how far we have to go,” says Urban League of Broward County President and CEO, Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh
Urban League Hosts “Operation Trust” To Focus on Victims’ Rights, Offender Rehabilitation and Crime Prevention
The Urban League of Broward County is hosting a forum on April 23 called “Operation Trust,” to bring attention to victims’ rights, offender rehabilitation, and crime prevention. The event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Urban League of Broward County headquarters in Fort Lauderdale is part of our agency’s efforts to improve resident’s understanding of the judicial process – how to interact with law enforcement, comprehend their rights, and be clear on what to do if they are victims of crime.
Urban League of Broward County Students Win at Brain Bowl Competition in Tampa
Great news…Ten students participating in Urban League of Broward County’s National Achievers Society have won first and second places in the Florida Education Fund’s Annual State Brain Bowl Competition. The students took part in the competition on March 18 and 19 in Tampa to enhance their skills in mathematics, writing and reading. The team in the 9-10 grade Math Brain Bowl team placed first, and the team in the 11-12 Grade Math Brain Bowl placed second.
Urban League’s Spring Job Fair Drew Major Employers in Broward County
The Urban League of Broward County hosted the Spring Job Fair on March 16 featuring some of Broward County’s largest employers. Organized with Broward College, the job fair at the Urban League’s Fort Lauderdale headquarters attracted hundreds of local residents seeking jobs with major companies such as Fed Ex, Hilton Hotels, Macy’s, and Broward Health. Recruiters conducted one-on-one interviews with job applicants.