Welcome to Business Florida
A Message to Florida Business Leaders
For those just becoming familiar with Florida’s wealth of opportunity, I hope you find this 2020 Opportunity Guide to be a helpful introduction to the diversity and depth of Florida’s business community.
This dynamic state of more than 21 million residents and more than 126 million visitors each year boasts numerous stories of innovation and entrepreneurship. However, we know we can do even more. We are working tirelessly to make Florida the premier place to start or grow a business in the 21st century. That includes everyone from an entrepreneur with big dreams to a family-owned small business looking to expand.
Florida is also ready to receive businesses, large and small, from high-tax, over-regulated states where job creation and expansion are stifled by heavy-handed government policies. We are actively looking for ways to reduce barriers to opportunity. In January, we held a “Deregathon” event in conjunction with Florida’s Professional Licensing Boards to find solutions to harmful occupational licensing requirements that curtail economic growth.
We are proud to be a pro-business state with no state personal income tax, no corporate income tax on limited partnerships or subchapter S-corporations, no state-level property tax assessments, and no property tax on business inventories.
U.S. News & World Report has ranked Florida’s public university system the best in the nation for three consecutive years. Our manufacturing sector has grown at three times the national average over the past three years. Additionally, we are making unprecedented strides to preserve the environmental and water resources that make Florida a prized jewel.
Working with the Florida Legislature, I am committed to ensuring our government continues to reduce arbitrary regulation and taxation, so that Floridians in all 67 counties can succeed and businesses around the world feel welcome in the Sunshine State.
We have so much going for us, but we must not rest on our laurels. Whether it be removing unnecessary regulations for businesses, expanding our manufacturing sector, or investing in education and the environment, we believe Florida will remain a model state for economic prosperity and welcome you to do business here.
Governor Ron DeSantis
Chairman, Enterprise Florida