Spotlighting 51 Locally Owned Businesses In West Broward

The Project

We know people prefer to buy local. In fact, national companies are now branding themselves to look and feel like local businesses. Our mission is to help small locally owned businesses in the West Broward community expand their reach and grow their online presence.

One of the biggest challenges for locally owned businesses is establishing a strong community network, so that potential customers can find and choose local. This challenge is intensified by the ability of nationally owned businesses to invest large sums of money into branding, advertising and online networking.

We believe in supporting and investing in our local community. That’s why we started the Fifty One In project. Over the next year, our goal is to spotlight 51 locally owned businesses in our West Broward community. This will bring targeted information about them to the web, where the majority of people turn today to find what they are looking for. We also will promote local events and “live local” ideas, so you can easily follow what’s happening in your neighborhood to get out & get to know your neighbors.

These spotlights are just the beginning. We aim to build a quality comprehensive network for our community, so our neighbors can choose to support each other. If you are a local business owner, please contact us for more information about receiving a free spotlight.

A Walk in the Dog Park

Dog Swim Buddies Snyder Park, Fort LauderdaleDogs are great social mediators.  Taking your dog for daily walks around your neighborhood is not only great for your health (and your pups!), it vastly improves your chances of getting to know your neighbors.  I’ve met many great neighbors on my walks that I would have never likely crossed paths with otherwise.


Another great way to meet your neighbors (for both doggies and owners) is to take your dog to one of the leash-free parks in our West Broward neighborhood.  Check out the city doggie parks in and around our neighborhood below.  Most have free admission (or a nominal charge on weekends/holidays).  Click the links for more information.


Barkham at Markham Dog Park, Sunrise

This approximately three-acre, fenced-in area, which opened just west of the entrance to Markham Park in March 2005, was designed as a space for dogs to play leash-free. It includes sections for both large and small dogs, and it was the first dog park in the county landscaped with Bermuda sod to provide a smooth, even, grassy playing surface.


Happy Tails Park, Plantation

Located at Seminole Park in the City of Plantation, the park provides five acres dedicated to man’s best friend. The park is home to the Plantation Canine Unit and features three distinct activity areas: a leash free run and fun area for large dogs, an exercise area ideal for agility training and an area for smaller dogs (twenty-five pounds or less).


Gary B. Jones Park for People and Pups, Tamarac

This outdoor dog park is open year round and includes shelters, covered benches, a dog wash area, drinking fountains, walking path, landscaping, and a parking area.The large dog area is officially named “Tam-A-Bark Run” and is designated for dogs weighing 25 pounds or more. The small dog area is known as “Wiggley Field” and is designated for dogs weighing 24 pounds and under.


Bark Park, Oakland Park

Dog Park featuring separate fenced areas for large dogs and small dogs, as well as parking for 30 vehicles. There are individual stations providing additional exercise and recreation features for dogs.


Dog Swim at Snyder Park, Fort Lauderdale (near the airport)
Though this park is a little further away, it’s one of the few options nearby for doggie swimming.  There is a clear swimming area at the lake that is always open during park hours.  This dog park has a separate small dog area, an agility course, drinking water, benches, and a little doggy maze.


Barkham at Markham Park in Sunrise, FLDogs Playing at Markham ParkDog Swim at Bark Park Snyder Park, Fort Lauderdale



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