Florida Business Guide · Doing Business in Florida

Whether you're starting or operating a business in Florida, you will need to make sure all state and local business registration requirements have been met. This 75 page publication includes information for registering with the appropriate state regulatory authorities, contacting the Florida Department of Revenue to obtain the required tax information, and applying for occupational licenses. The Florida Business Guide provides a more detailed list of Florida business requirements, along with step-by-step instructions for correctly registering your business.

Seeking to incorporate your business?

Whether your corporation is a for-profit company or a nonprofit entity, you will need to register this with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations. If you already have an out-of-state corporation and plan on using your corporate name in Florida, you must also complete a Florida registration process. Other types of business entities, including sole proprietorships, LLC's (Limited Liability Company) and fictitious names, must also be registered in order to conduct their business activities in Florida.

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Considerations needed for conducting business in Florida

  • Business registration
  • Florida fictitious names, dba information
  • Florida business licenses
  • Florida taxes
  • Forming a corporation in Florida
  • Florida small business issues

Corporation Issues

  • Starting a Florida corporation
  • Florida trademarks and service marks
  • Florida profit corporations
  • Florida non-profit corporations
  • LLC's (Limited Liability Company)

Tax Resources

  • Florida business taxes
  • Tax registration

Laber & Employment Issues for Employers

  • Employment and labor laws

Selected Florida Agencies Applicable to Florida Business

  • Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation
  • Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Florida Department of Environmental Protection
  • Florida Department of Financial Services
  • Florida Department of Health
  • Florida Department of State (Division of Corporations)

Business Guide Contents

  • Selecting a legal structure
  • Business name selection
  • Tax information
  • Business licenses
  • State regulatory issues
  • Workforce and labor issues
  • Employment laws
  • Business insurance
  • Intellectual property protection

Florida Business Guide is designed to be a quick reference tool and provides an overview of various Florida business topics. This publication is general in nature and is not intended to apply to a particular business situation. The information presented is believed to be accurate but is not warranted. Anytime you are making important decisions, such as when you are planning and developing your business, we encourage you to seek the advice of your legal counsel, tax professional, or the appropriate government or regulatory authority to verify that you are in compliance with all applicable requirements.