Corporate Structure • Naming Your Business • Permits and Licenses • Location
Locating Your Business
Location, Location, Location
For businesses that depend heavily on customer traffic for success, choosing the right location may be more important than choosing a name. Aside from customer exposure, some factors to consider include:
Image Is the location consistent with the image you want to project?
Zoning Is the area zoned for your type of business?
Competition Are surrounding businesses complementary or competing?
Potential employees Does the area offer a labor pool you could draw from?
Suppliers Can suppliers find you easily?
Safety What is the crime rate? Will your employees feel safe alone in the building?
Affordability Are rents in this location consistent with your budget?
Condition Is the site ready to be occupied or will renovations be needed?
For More Info
Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Licensing
Division of Hotels and Restaurants
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Licensing
(800) 435-7352 (Florida only)
Florida Department of Health
Florida Office of Financial Regulation
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
U.S. Department of the Treasury