We’ve long heard that small businesses are the backbone of our national economy and the latest stats certainly support the critical role played by independent businesses that employ fewer than 500 employees. Not only do small businesses make up more than 99.9% of all firms, they employ 48% of all workers.
The City of Hollywood recognizes the value of businesses both small and large and is committed to supporting those that have chosen Hollywood for their operations. We are fortunate to have the Greater Hollywood Chamber of Commerce as a strong partner in our efforts to encourage business investment and expansion. Through its networking and recognition programs, focus on training and development and engagement in business recruitment and retention, the Chamber is working to provide its members with the tools they need to grow and succeed.
Hollywood was officially founded in the 1920’s to be both a “workground” and a “playground,” a place where people could “make a living and live while making it.” Today Hollywood is the 12th largest city in the state, located in the heart of South Florida on the Atlantic Coast with easy access to both Fort Lauderdale and Miami. When it comes to location, Hollywood has it, home to Port Everglades, one of the busiest cruise and shipping ports in the world, and at the crossroads of major transportation routes that connect South Florida to the rest of the world.
As we seek to ensure that Hollywood is a welcoming, vibrant, sustainable destination city now and into the future, we are working to transform key commercial corridors to support targeted growth and encourage the kind of investment that leads to jobs and a higher quality of life for Hollywood families. This year we expect work to be completed on the US 441/State Road 7 corridor making it a welcoming western gateway for Hollywood with new opportunities for enhanced transit and zoning that supports redevelopment and business expansion. Work on Hollywood Boulevard heading into Hollywood’s original downtown is now underway and will be a catalyst for this area to be rejuvenated, enhancing adjacent neighborhoods and building a strong sense of place.
The growth of Hollywood’s business base continues to be a critical component of our vision for the future of the city. As a small business owner myself, I know what can be accomplished when a group of people work toward a common goal. We want to help create the kind of environment in Hollywood where entrepreneurs feel comfortable dreaming, owning and expanding. I’m proud of the supportive business environment fostered by our Chamber and the many involved and engaged business people who are committed, not just to their own success, but to the success of the city and its residents as a whole. You’ll find many of them listed in this annual chamber directory. I want to thank them for their hard work, determination and the contributions they make each and every day to the betterment of this community.