We Love Small Biz in Delray Beach
Crowned as “Most Fun Small Town in America” in 2012 by Rand McNally, Delray Beach has grown into a vibrant go-to spot in South Florida. Even with its development, the city has continued to maintain its small town ambiance with the extensive variety of small businesses.
Delray businesses offer residents and visitors some of the best entertainment and cuisine in South Florida. This month, the Delray Beach economic development team, supported by the City and the Delray Beach CRA presents, “We Love Small Biz Month,” a power-packed, month-long series of seminars and special events designed to show the love for local small businesses. Some of the events include: Local Opportunities Workshop, Focus on Women Breakfast, YPAD Entrepreneur Roundtable and Small Biz MiniCon. Listed below are the events with their dates, times and locations.
- We ♥ Small Biz Month Proclamation– May 5, 6 pm at City Hall
- Local Opportunities Workshop-May 6, 6 pm at Delray Beach Public Library
- Focus on Women Breakfast-May 12, 8 am at Seagate Country Club
- Osceola Park Business Walk-May 13, 10 am
- West Atlantic Business Walk-May 20, 10 am
- YPAD Entrepreneur Roundtable-May 27, 5:30 pm at Crane’s Beach House
- Small Biz MiniCon-June 3, 8:30 am at Delray Beach Public Library
Since 1996, the community has loved the Delray GreenMarket, a Saturday morning destination for many that began as a project funded by the Community Redevelopment Agency. It’s a prime opportunity for local merchants to sell their products and for residents and visitors to shop and support local businesses and cottage industry goods. A typical Saturday features over 65 vendors with a long list of products that include produce, baked goods, flowers and plants, Florida grass fed and finished beef, chicken, pork along with weekly live musical entertainment. Some of our local vendors are Loic’s Bakery, Amazing Creations, Finn-A-tic Fish Co. Alderman Farms, Thomas Produce, Green Cay, Farmer Jay and so many others. In addition, the GreenMarket celebrates with holiday-related events like Trick-or-Treat at the Market and the Annual Easter Bonnet Pet Parade.
“The GreenMarket is an outing people look forward to every weekend because there’s something for everyone to enjoy. That, along with the friendly people of our community, keeps patrons coming back,” says Lori Nolan, GreenMarket Manager.
Besides shopping the GreenMarket, a typical Saturday usually includes strolling along Atlantic Avenue, browsing around in the different art galleries followed by lunch at one of the many restaurants that offer anything from Thai, American and Mexican cuisine and then you can wrap up your day in Delray, biking down to the beach to watch the sun set.
With all of the opportunities and services each business provides, there’s no wonder we love small businesses here in “Florida’s Village by the Sea”!