US Department of Treasury Awards Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Certification to Central County Community Development Corporation

Urban League of Broward County is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Central County Community Development Corporation, has been certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) by the US Department of Treasury. This designation is federal recognition of CCCDC’s mission and successful history of advancing community and economic development.

AT&T Donates $100,000 to Urban League Affiliates in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties

The Urban League of Broward County and Urban League of Greater Miami are pleased to announce a $100,000 donation from AT&T. The contribution will be used to help build a more resilient workforce by providing reskilling pathways to employment for at-risk and displaced workers. The donation is part of the AT&T Believe Miami℠ grassroots initiative to create positive changes in underserved communities. 

Statement by Urban League of Broward County in Response to Grand Jury Verdict in the Breonna Taylor Case

Fort Lauderdale, FL - The Urban League of Broward County joins the national expression of outrage to the recent grand jury decision regarding the police shooting of Breonna Taylor and calls for the release of grand jury transcripts as a first step in bridging the deep divide between law enforcement and the black community.

Spirit Airlines Commits $250,000 in Airline Travel to Organizations Supporting Social Justice, Civil Rights

Spirit Airlines (NYSE: SAVE) is pledging $250,000 worth of airline travel to nine organizations across the country, advocating for social justice and civil rights. The donation builds on Spirit’s mission to give back to the communities where they live and work.

"I Can't Breathe!" Urban League of Broward County Statement

The Urban League of Broward County expresses our most sincere condolences to the family of George Floyd and to the innumerable Black lives that have been lost to police violence.

Fifth Third Commits $75,000 to Address Effects of COVID-19 in South Florida

Fifth Third Commits $75,000 to Address Effects of COVID-19 in South Florida 2 nonprofits receive funds to help with emergency efforts

Urban League Announces Restructuring and Key Leadership Changes

The Urban League reorganized its senior leadership to support the organizational structure focused on five business pillars: innovation, program impact, revenue generation, marketing and community development. “While our successful history allows us to build on our past achievements, our future depends on transformative solutions that advance our mission,” said Dr. Baugh. “Today’s announcement signifies my long-term commitment to the Urban League and our ability to create lasting change for our community.”

Urban League of Broward County CEO Receives Ending Poverty Leadership Award from the United Nations Association

The Broward County Chapter of United Nations Association (UNA-Broward) - a national membership organization devoted to strengthening the U.S.-UN relationship through public education and advocacy – honored Urban League of Broward County President and CEO Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh at the 2019 UN Day Global Leadership Award Luncheon on October 22, 2019 at the Signature Grand in Davie. This year’s theme, “Our Plant. Our Future” focused on the UN’s commitment to the climate crisis. 

9TH ANNUAL SOUTH FLORIDA BLACK ECONOMIC FORUM: LUNCH BREAK CHAT WITH WALTER BOND

In celebration of the National Black Business Month, The Mosaic Group (www.mosaicgroup.co), in partnership with the Urban League of Broward County (www.ulbroward.org), will host the 9TH Annual South Florida Black Economic Forum (SFBEF) on Friday, August 16, 2019 at the Urban League of Broward County located at 560 NW 27TH Avenue, Fort Lauderdale.

Urban League of Broward County Names New Board Chair and Welcomes Three New Members

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The Urban League of Broward County has named Sidney C. Calloway as the new Chair of its Board of Directors and welcomed three new board members.  The new Board Members will help lead the organization in the coming year as it works to advance the lives of African-Americans and others in historically underserved communities by providing them with more access to education, entrepreneurship, jobs, justice, housing, and health.

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…

Hurricane Irma

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 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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.