Orange County Government Public Information Officer

Orange County Partners with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and National Entrepreneur Center to Host Free Business Training Event Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Orange County GovernmentWHAT:

In recognition of National Community Development Week, April 11-April 15, 2023, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will conduct a free training event for small businesses and business leaders.

The two-hour program will include information about federal and state programs, economic opportunities, workforce development and technical information related to grant contracts, labor and wages and compliance.

Federal grant applicants and local building contractors and subcontractors are encouraged to participate in the class.


  • Jose Alvarez, HUD Region IV Administrator
  • Jerry L. Demings, Orange County Mayor
  • Belinda Kirkegard, National Entrepreneur Center President
  • Dr. Alesia Scott Ford, HUD Field Office Director, Jacksonville


Wednesday, April 5, 2023
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
*Mayor Demings will make opening remarks*


National Entrepreneur Center
3201 E. Colonial Dr., Suite A20
Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 420-4848




HUD provides grants to states and local governments to strengthen communities and expand economic opportunities. Many local small businesses participate in the procurement of goods and implementation of activities under these grants. Orange County receives more than $10 million in community development grants annually to address the needs of disadvantaged communities.

On March 15, 2023, HUD announced the allocation of $3.3 billion in Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds to help communities recover from disasters and build inclusive resilience to climate change. Orange County expects to receive an allocation of $219.7 million to address infrastructure and housing needs and help build a stronger more climate resilient community.

About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its residents and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, one of the nation’s largest convention centers and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners, including the Mayor, who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit or go to Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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