Colleen Robbs

Director of the Equal Business Opportunity Program Office
Solid Waste Authority

Ms. Robbs is the Director of the Equal Business Opportunity Program Office for the Solid Waste Authority (SWA) of Palm Beach County. She has more than twenty-five years of experience in economic development, small business enterprise financing, and Small/Minority/Women Business Enterprise Program Administration. Colleen’s focus is to increase availability, build capacity, and grow contract participation by S/M/WBEs in SWA’s procurement and contracting. Through sustainable community outreach and business partnerships, she seeks to build awareness of the contracting opportunities that are available to the local business community.

As Director, Colleen manages and leads a dynamic team of staff who are dedicated to assisting local certified small, minority and women-owned businesses do business with SWA. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Clark Atlanta University and Master of Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University, has received numerous awards and recognitions from business and trade organizations for her work with small and minority businesses, and is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.


The Palm Beach Partners is a coalition of City, County, State and non-profit agencies aligned to maximize economic development opportunities for small businesses throughout the South Florida region.

The group includes: City of Riviera Beach, Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners, Solid Waste Authority, Office Equal Business Opportunity, Department of Airports and Palm Tran), School District of Palm Beach County, City of West Palm Beach, Center for Technology Enterprise and Development (TED Center), and PARAGON Florida, Inc.


Our goal is to extend this distinctive business opportunity beyond our respective geographic and organizational borders to benefit small, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises (SBEs, M/WBEs, or DBEs) throughout the entire South Florida region.

Please join us in making the 2019 Palm Beach Partners Business MatchMaker Conference & Expo an unrivaled, collaborative success.


  • Workshops exposing business on how to build connections and contracting opportunities with government agencies, and how to build your credit and obtain a small business loan.

  • Sign-Up for a Power Talk meeting with Government Agencies and Private Corporations.

  • The "Real Business" Networking Reception and Awards Presentation

  • Who will you meet?

  • The Matchmaker Conference provides the opportunity to meet with Procurement Representatives from public and private entities attending and supporting this event exclusively to meet with Small Businesses

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