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Business Assistance, Consulting, Workshops

Florida Small Business Development Center Network
(866) 737-7232 or
(850) 473-7800
www.floridasbdc.org

• FSBDC at Fort Lauderdale
(954) 762-5235
www.SBDCFortLauderdale.org

• FSBDC at Florida Gulf Coast University
Fort Myers
(239) 745-3700
www.fsbdcswfl.org

• FSBDC at Indian River State College
Fort Pierce
(772) 462-7296 or (888) 283-1177
www.irscbiz.com

• FSBDC at the University of North Florida
Jacksonville
(904) 620-2476 or (800) 450-4624
www.sbdc.unf.edu

• FSBDC at Monroe
Key West
(305) 809-3156
keywestsbdc.org

• FSBDC at the University of Central Florida
Orlando
(407) 420-4850
www.sbdcorlando.com

• FSBDC at the University of West Florida
Pensacola
(850) 474-2528
www.sbdc.uwf.edu

• FSBDC at Florida A&M University
Tallahassee
(850) 599-3407
www.sbdcfamu.org

• FSBDC at the University of South Florida
Tampa
(813) 905-5800
www.sbdctampabay.com

• FSBDC at Florida International University
Miami
(305) 779-9230
sbdc.fiu.edu

• FSBDC at Palm Beach State College
Palm Beach Gardens
(561) 862-4726
www.palmbeachstate.edu/SBDC

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
(850) 245-7105
www.floridajobs.org/business-growth-and-partnerships

U.S. Small Business Administration
(800) 827-5722
www.sba.gov

• Miami District Office (South Florida)
(305) 536-5521
www.sba.gov/offices/district/fl/miami

• Jacksonville District Office (North Florida)
(904) 443-1900
www.sba.gov/offices/district/fl/jacksonville

SCORE
800) 634-0245
www.score.org
Chapters Statewide

National Entrepreneur Center
(407) 420-4848
www.nationalec.org

Black Business Investment Corporations

BAC Funding Corporation
(305) 693-3550
www.bacfunding.com

BBIF Florida
(407) 649-4780
www.bbif.com

Central Florida Community Development Corp.
(386) 258-7520
www.cfcdc.com

First Coast BBIC
(904) 634-0543
www.firstcoastbbic.org

Metro Broward Economic Development Corp.
(954) 587-3755
www.metrobroward.org

Northwest Florida BBIC
(850) 552-3544

Palm Beach County BBIC
(561) 845-8055
www.pbcbbic.com

Tampa Bay BBIC Hillsborough County:
(813) 425-2043
Pinellas County:
(727) 826-5785
www.tampabaybbic.com

Hispanic Business Initiative Fund Florida
www.hbifflorida.org

• Orlando (407) 428-5872

• Miami (786) 329-5830

• Tampa (813) 634-6246

Women's Business Centers

• Florida Institute of Technology
Melbourne, Orlando, Rockledge
(321) 674-7007
wbc.fit.edu

• Jacksonville Chamber Foundation
Jacksonville
(904) 366-6640
www.jaxwbc.com

• The Center for Technology Enterprise & Development
Delray Beach
(561) 265-3790
www.flwbc.org

• The Centre for Women
Tampa
(813) 251-8437
www.thecentre.org

Financing

SBA Lenders
The U.S. Small Business Administration does not make loans directly to small business owners; however, many local lenders can assist with the application process for an SBA-backed loan. For information, contact one of the SBA district offices in Florida.

• Miami District Office
(305) 536-5521
www.sba.gov/offices/district/fl/miami

• Jacksonville District Office
(904) 443-1900
www.sba.gov/offices/district/fl/jacksonville

Certified Development Companies
These nonprofit corporations work with the SBA and private-sector lenders to provide financing to small businesses.

• Coastal Area District Development Authority
(912) 261-2500
www.cadda-sba.org

• Florida Business Development Corp.
(561) 433-0233
www.fbdc.net

• Florida First Capital Finance Corp.
(888) 320-5504
www.ffcfc.com

• Gulfcoast Business Finance Inc.
(727) 895-2504 or (800) 850-2504
www.gulfcoastbiz.com

• Independent Development Services Corp.
(239) 652-5588
www.idscorp.org

• Tampa Bay Economic Development Corp.
(813) 831-8600
www.tedcoloans.com

Florida Finance Network
A group of nonprofit economic development lending organizations whose sole purpose is to ensure Florida small businesses have open access to available and affordable financing resources.
www.floridafinance.org

• Access Florida Finance Corporation
(850) 765-0375
www.accessfloridafinance.com

• Florida Development Finance Corporation
(407) 956-5631
www.enterpriseflorida.com/fdfc

• Florida Export Finance Corporation
(786) 845-0400
www.fefc.biz

• Florida First Capital Finance Corporation
(888) 320-4504
www.ffcfc.com

• Neighborhood Lending Partners
(813) 879-4525
www.nlp-inc.com

Florida Microfinance Programs
(850) 717-8479
www.floridajobs.org/microfinanceprograms

Industrial Revenue Bonds
IRBs offer tax-exempt, low-interest bond financing to qualified, financially sound manufacturing and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

• Florida Development Finance Corporation
(407) 956-5695
www.enterpriseflorida.com/fdfc

Labor & Employment

CareerSource Florida
(850) 921-1119
www.careersourceflorida.com

Employ Florida Marketplace
(866) FLA-2345
employflorida.com

Florida New Hire Reporting Center
(888) 854-4791 or (850) 656-3343
www.fl-newhire.com

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
(850) 245-7105
www.floridajobs.org/business-growth-and-partnerships

Florida Department of Financial Services, Workers’ Compensation
(850) 413-1609
www.myfloridacfo.com/wc

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Child Labor Program
(850) 488-3131
www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/reg/childlabor

U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division
(866) 487-9243
www.dol.gov/whd

Fort Lauderdale (954) 356-6896

• Jacksonville (904) 359-9292

• Miami (305) 598-6607

• Orlando (407) 648-6471

• Tallahassee (850) 942-8341

• Tampa (813) 288-1242

• West Palm Beach (561) 640-0474

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
www.eeoc.gov

District Office (800) 669-4000

Small Business Liaison
Miami (305) 808-1799
Tampa (813) 202-7924

U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(800) 321-6742
www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness

Fort Lauderdale (954) 424-0242
Jacksonville (904) 232-2895
Tampa (813) 626-1177

USF SafetyFlorida
Florida’s official OSHA safety and health consultation program dedicated to serving small businesses; consultants statewide.
(866) 273-1105
www.usfsafetyflorida.com

U.S. Department of Justice, Americans with Disabilities Act
(800) 514-0301
www.ada.gov

Taxes

FEDERAL
U.S. Internal Revenue Service

(800) 829-4933
www.irs.gov/businesses/small

Tax Forms and Publications
(800) 829-3676
www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs

Tax Calendar Options for Businesses and Self-Employed (Publication 1518A)

Tax Guide for Small Business (Publication 334)

Circular E, Employer’s Tax Guide (Publication 15)

Starting a Business and Keeping Records (Publication 583)

Small Business Federal Tax Responsibilities (Publication 4591)

STATE
Florida Department of Revenue
(800) 352-3671
www.myflorida.com/dor

Forms, Permits & Licenses

Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations
(850) 245-6058
www.sunbiz.org

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Licensing
(850) 487-1395
www.myfloridalicense.com

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Licensing
(800) 435-7352 (Florida only)
(850) 410-3800
www.freshfromflorida.com

Florida New Hire Reporting Center
(888) 854-4791 or (850) 656-3343
www.fl-newhire.com

Florida Department of Revenue
(800) 352-3671
www.myflorida.com/dor

U.S. Internal Revenue Service
(800) 829-4933
www.irs.gov/businesses/small

U.S. Small Business Administration
(800) 827-5722
www.sba.gov

Legal Structure

Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations
www.sunbiz.org

Corporations
(850) 245-6052

Limited Liability Companies/Partnerships
(850) 245-6051

U.S. Internal Revenue Service Publications
(800) 829-3676
www.irs.gov/publications/index.html

Partnerships (Publication 541)

Limited Liability Companies (Publication 3402)

Corporations (Publication 542)

Intellectual Property

U.S. Copyright Office
(202) 707-5959 or (877) 476-0778
www.copyright.gov

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
(800) 786-9199 or (571) 271-1000
www.uspto.gov

Insurance

Florida Department of Financial Services
www.myfloridacfo.com/division/consumers/understandingcoverage. Click “insurance library” and “consumer guides” for answers to specific questions and access to:

• Small-Business Owner’s Insurance

• Natural Disasters: Your Guide to Insurance and Financial Preparation in the
Event of a Natural Disaster

Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
(888) 685-1555
www.citizensfla.com

Florida Market Assistance Plan
(800) 524-9023
www.fmap.org

Florida Department of Financial Services, Workers’ Compensation
(850) 413-1609
www.myfloridacfo.com/wc

Florida Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriting Association Inc.
(941) 378-7400
www.fwcjua.com

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
(888) 419-3456
www.floridahealthfinder.gov

National Flood Insurance Program
Region IV Liaison
(770) 220-5200
www.fema.gov/small-businesses

Government Contracting

MyFloridaMarketPlace.com
(866) 352-3776
www.dms.myflorida.com/myfloridamarketplace

Florida Department of Management Services, State Purchasing
(850) 488-8440
dms.myflorida.com/business_operations/state_purchasing

FSBDC Government Contracting Services
(850) 473-7806
www.fsbdc.org/services/government-contracting

Central & North Florida Minority Supplier Development Council
(407) 404-6700
www.fmsdc.org

Export/ International Trade

Enterprise Florida International Trade & Business Development
www.enterpriseflorida.com/trade-offices

Jacksonville/Northeast (904) 359-9350

Miami-Dade/Southwest (305) 808-3660

Orlando/Central Florida (407) 956-5639

Pensacola/Northwest/Tallahassee (850) 469-8989

Tampa Bay (813) 276-9430

West Palm Beach/Southeast (561) 832-8339

FSBDC International Trade Services
(850) 473-7800 or (866) 737-7232
www.floridasbdc.org/services/international-trade

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