Small Business Support
U.S. Small Business Administration
Florida has two regional Small Business Administration offices within the state, which can provide specific information on small business loans, grants, bonds, venture capital and other financial assistance. They also provide free counseling, advice, and information on starting, operating or expanding a small business.
Start a New Business
If you have an idea for a new business and need help making it a reality, please visit the following websites:
SBA.gov: A step-by-step guide on how to start a new business.
Florida Small Business Development Centers: Provides free training and counseling on business management to entrepreneurs and small business managers.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR): Helps small businesses engage in federal research, allowing them to develop their technology for commercial markets.
The following links can help you expand your business into new markets abroad and increase your sales to foreign buyers.
Office of Commercial and Business Affairs (CBA): Coordinates U.S. State Department advocacy on behalf of American businesses and provides assistance in opening markets, protecting intellectual property, and resolving trade and investment disputes. CBA also provides information on U.S. export controls for sensitive equipment and technologies, and business-related visas for employees, partners and clients of U.S. firms.
Trade Agreements Compliance Program: Supports American businesses facing a tariff or experiencing difficulties with a foreign customs office that will not clear their goods for importation.
Federal, state and local governments often require contracting opportunities to complete a task. By statute, federal agencies must award 23 percent of prime contracts to small businesses.
MBDA’s Phoenix-Opportunity Matching System: A free tool available to all registered minority firms and those seeking to do business with minority firms that gathers together opportunities from many databases in one easy-to-use interface.
State Contracting: Find contracting opportunities with the state of Florida.
Florida Dept. of Business & Professional Regulation: Obtain a license to provide a state-regulated service.
Small Business Environmental Compliance Assistance: Provides technical and regulatory assistance to small businesses regarding environmental protection issues.