October 1, 2014

A strong future for Florida small businesses

New reports point to Florida's economic recovery; increases in sales and capital expenditures.

Starting and growing a business

What you need to know to be a success.

A great climate for women entrepreneurs

Women are starting small businesses in Florida at a rate faster than the national average.

Florida Business Registration Guide

Official reference guide for doing business in Florida

Meet the Coach

Business coach Ron Stein offers sales and marketing strategies to help grow your business.

Ron Stein on Sales and Marketing

What a square pizza will teach you about marketing
It's simple really. People have problems and they want to solve them. Sometimes people have a desire to acquire something or a curiosity as to if there's a better way to do something. Many times they are trying to solve a very specific dilemma.
[More from Ron Stein]

Small Businesses Advice

Looking for changes means noticing your surroundings
"A person starts to live when he can live outside himself." - Albert Einstein
[More from Jerry Osteryoung]

Small Business Basics

Starting/Growing a Small Business
Before launching your small business, take some time to review these important topics and frequently asked questions.

Start with a Better Business Plan
A business plan is a written document that describes the nature of your business and the product or service you intend to provide.

Financing Your Business
Knowing the most efficient and cost-effective way to generate funding can make or break your revenue stream..

Labor Law
Before you begin hiring staff, find out which state and federal labor laws apply to your business.

The ACA and Small Employers
Although the ACA does not require that businesses provide health insurance, it does offer tax credits for eligible small businesses.

Taxes
You need to be aware of the taxes you may be required to collect and/or pay on both state and federal levels.

Forms, Permits & Licenses
Unless you plan to go it alone--you will need to obtain certificates, licenses and permits in order to legally operate.

Intellectual Property
Patents, trademarks and copyrights protect your invention or product.

Insurance
Minimize risk by insuring your people and assets.

Government Contracts & Exporting
Government contracting and exporting can help you reach markets you might not have considered.

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Corporations

Trademarks, Service, Collective and Certification Marks

Fictitious Names

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)

Partnerships

Judgment Liens

Info Services
Access blank forms and publications in a variety of formats.

Corporate Filings at a Glance
Information required on documents to be registered with the Division of Corporations.

Need Help? — Whom to Call
Telephone numbers and Internet addresses for state agencies of interest to Florida small businesses.

Sun Biz

Success Profiles

Florida offers a great climate for women entrepreneurs to achieve succes.

LuLu Cosmetics
Carola Seminario
"I've learned to manufacture with better quality and narrow the choices."

Comfort Keepers
Kathryn Murphy
"We made the right decisions not to be the fastest-growing or biggest, but to be the best."

Mettron Contracting
Sharen Parrish Hannah
"We always have a ready supply of laborers. The issue is trying to make sure when a project is ready you are ready."

Ten Star Supply
Donna Killoren
"We are nimble. That's the beauty of a small business."

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Creating an Opportunity Economy

Gov. Scott
Gov. Scott
Ken Detzner
Ken Detzner

Governor Rick Scott

Secretary of State Ken Detzner

Publisher of Florida Small Business Andrew P. Corty

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Enterprise Florida

CareerSource Florida

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

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