Florida's Small Business Support Team
Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI) works to propel Florida forward by expanding and diversifying the state’s economy. We tell Florida’s story of low taxes, common sense regulation and creating the jobs that power our shared tomorrow. EFI’s public-private structure offers unique flexibility to move at the speed of business for entrepreneurs looking to start up, relocate to or expand in Florida. At EFI, we are focused on diversifying Florida’s economy with an array of economic sectors to further strengthen our resiliency. We also match Florida small businesses with the untapped potential of international markets. Last year, EFI helped more than 2,300 small and medium-sized Florida businesses engage internationally. We showcase the advantages entrepreneurs have to get started here, and the foundations existing businesses need to stay competitive.
Jamal Sowell, President and CEO
(877) YES-FLORIDA • enterpriseflorida.com
Florida SBDC Network
Congratulations! Owning and operating a small business can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. What comes with a sense of enrichment, however, can be a sense of isolation. State designated as Florida’s principal provider of small business assistance, the Florida SBDC Network is your source for the no-cost expertise, experience and resources to help your business grow and succeed. Whether you are just starting out, or have been in business for years, our mission is to help you find success. Visit us online to learn more about our services — including capital access, strategic planning, international trade, disaster resiliency, cybersecurity, government contracting and more — and to find one of our 45 offices nearest you.
Michael Myhre, CEO
(850) 898-3479 • floridaSBDC.org
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Under the supportive leadership of Governor DeSantis, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) continues to be committed to creating an environment where small businesses can succeed. Our agency offers a variety of programs that provide disaster recovery assistance, loans, tax credits, and technical assistance to help Florida’s small businesses flourish. These services are designed to help entrepreneurs and small business owners invest in their local communities by creating opportunities and jobs for Florida residents. The Sunshine State’s low taxes, coupled with its business-friendly policies, make it an ideal location for investors to create, grow and develop businesses. This year, the agency is prioritizing long-term recovery assistance to aid Floridians in rebuilding their communities and small businesses after the most recent hurricanes. To learn more information about the vast array of services offered at the agency, please visit DEO’s webpage: floridajobs.org/smallbusiness.
Ken Lawson, Executive Director
(850) 245-7105 • floridajobs.org
In today’s evolving business environment, a skilled, capable workforce gives your company a competitive edge. The CareerSource Florida network provides professional recruiting, hiring and training assistance at little or no cost to businesses in every industry.
CareerSource Florida is focused on ensuring Florida’s future workforce can meet and exceed the demands of businesses today and tomorrow. Under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, CareerSource Florida is collaborating with our education and economic development partners to make Florida No. 1 in the nation for workforce education.
Our impact is significant. We assisted more than 65,000 businesses last year in communities ranging from the smallest towns to the largest metro areas in the state.
Let’s work together to strengthen your workforce, grow your business and make Florida the global leader for talent.
Michelle Dennard, President and CEO
(850) 692-6887 • careersourceflorida.com