The Alliance Fellowship Program
MWBE Fellowship Program Overview & Process
The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance selects up to ten Minority and Women Business Leaders (Fellows), headquartered in Broward County, per year to strengthen its diverse business leadership for economic development. The unique 3-year program allows qualified leaders full membership in the Alliance at a subsidized and escalating rate.
The Fellowship program is designed to identify minority and women-owned businesses that have already established themselves as companies with staying power but which need to take the next step into the Broward business community.
The Alliance selects up to ten (10) qualified Minority and Women Business Leaders with the following criteria, to join its Fellowship Program:
- Certified Minority/Woman Business Enterprise.
- Primary place of business is located in Broward County
- Properly licensed to operate a business in Broward County.
- Business must have been in operation for three (3) years or more
- Minimum of 5 employees.
Preference is given to businesses in the County’s targeted industries:
- Advanced Materials and High-Tech Manufacturing
- Alternative Energy and Renewable Resources
- Aviation / Aerospace
- Global Business Services
- Global Media and Production
- Headquarters and Management Operations
- Human Resources and Higher Education
- International Trade and Logistics
- Life Sciences
- Marine Industries
It is a 3-year commitment in which the company joins the Alliance at the Entrepreneurship Council level ($2,500) and agrees to the terms of the fellowship award. The first year is free and the two subsequent years the company agrees to pay a percentage of the membership until the 4th year when it is the full price.
Year 1 - Full scholarship
Year 2 - 75% discount. $625
Year 3 – 40% discount. $1500
Year 4 – Full membership. $2,500, Entrepreneurship Council
Payments can be made annually or quarterly, whichever is more convenient for the company.
The company enjoys all the benefits of the Entrepreneurship Council while at the same time understands that they must themselves get involved in the Alliance programs to maximize their benefits. Ultimately, it is up to the company to establish those strong business contacts that translate to better business opportunities.
To learn more about the fellowship program, please click here
to download an application or contact Tania Vinaixa at 954-627-0133.