October 25, 2014

Resources

Business Assistance & Legal Structure


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

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

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

• Miami District Office (South Florida)
(305) 536-5521
www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3109

• Jacksonville District Office (North Florida)
(904) 443-1900
www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3108

SCORE
Chapters Statewide
www.score.org

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

Black Business Investment Corporations

• Access Florida Finance Corp. Black Business Loan Program
(850) 765-0375
www.accessfloridafinance.com

• BAC Funding Corporation
(305) 693-3550
www.bacfundingcorp.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 (HBIF)
www.hbifflorida.org

• Central Florida Office, Orlando (407) 428-5872

• South Florida Office, Miami (786) 329-5830

• Tampa Bay Office, Tampa (813) 980-2765

Small Business Resource Network
www.sbrn.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 (South Florida)
(305) 536-5521
www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3109

• Jacksonville District Office (North Florida)
(904) 443-1900
www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3108

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

• Business Development Corporation of Northeast Florida
(904) 724-7455

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

• Essential Capital Inc.
(904) 398-9411
www.essentialcapital.net

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

• Florida First Capital Finance Corp.
(850) 681-3601 or (888) 320-5504
www.ffcfc.com

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

• St. Petersburg Certified Development Corp. (dba Gulfcoast Business Finance Inc.)
(727) 895-2504 or (800) 850-2504
www.gulfcoastbiz.com

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

Industrial Revenue Bonds
Industrial Revenue Bonds, issued by the Florida Development Finance Corporation (FDFC), offer tax-exempt, low-interest bond financing to qualified, financially sound manufacturing and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

Enterprise Florida Inc.
(407) 956-5695
www.eflorida.com

Labor & Employment Laws


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

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

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

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Child Labor Program
(850) 487-1395
www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/reg/childlabor

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

Local Offices:
• 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

• EEOC Headquarters
Washington, D.C. (202) 663-4900

• Miami District Office (800) 669-4000

• Tampa Field 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

Area Offices:
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

Affordable Care Act


HealthCare.gov
HealthCare.gov

IRS.gov - Small Business Health Care Tax Credit
www.irs.gov/uac/Small-Business-Health-Care-Tax-Credit-for-Small-Employers

SHOP Marketplace
(800) 706-7893
www.healthcare.gov/what-is-the-shop-marketplace

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/publications

Tax Calendar for Small Business and Self-Employed (Publication 1518)

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

Patents, Trademarks & Copyright


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
Insurance Publications www.myfloridacfo.com/division/consumers/understandingcoverage. Click links to “insurance library” and “consumer guides” for answers to specific questions and access to:

Small-Business Owner’s Insurance: A Guide for Consumers

Health Insurance: A Guide for Consumers

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

SBDC Business Continuity and Risk Management (BCRM)Program
(850) 473-7820
www.floridasbdc.org/specialprograms/bcrm

National Flood Insurance Program Region IV Contact:
(770) 220-5200
www.fema.gov/business/nfip

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

Florida Market Assistance Plan (FMAP)
(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

Government Contracts & Exporting


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

SBDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center Program
(850) 473-7806
www.fptac.org

Office of Supplier Diversity
(850) 487-0915
www.osd.dms.state.fl.us

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

Enterprise Florida International Trade & Business Development
www.eflorida.com

• Jacksonville/Northeast (904) 359-9350

• Orlando/Central Florida (407) 956-5639

• Pensacola/Northwest (850) 469-8989

• Tallahassee (850) 298-6632

• Tampa Bay (813) 276-9430

• West Palm Beach/Southeast (561) 832-8339

SBDC Office of International Programs
(850) 473-7800 or (866) 737-7232
www.floridasbdc.org/specialprograms/international

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