Gilbert Garcia Group would be happy to connect you to any the resources listed and assist with applications, licenses, contracts, etc.

Labor and Employment

CareerSource Florida
(850) 921-1119
www.careersourceflorida.com

Employ Florida Marketplace
(866) FLA-2345
employflorida.com

Florida New Hire Reporting Center
(888) 854-4791 or (850) 656-3343
www.fl-newhire.com

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
(850) 245-7105
www.floridajobs.org/business-growth-and-partnerships

Florida Department of Financial Services, Workers’ Compensation
(850) 413-1609
www.myfloridacfo.com/wc

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Child Labor Program
(850) 488-3131
www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/reg/childlabor

U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division
(866) 487-9243
www.dol.gov/whd

  • Fort Lauderdale(954) 356-6896
  • Jacksonville(904) 359-9292
  • Miami(305) 598-6607
  • Orlando(407) 648-6471
  • Tallahassee(850) 942-8341
  • Tampa(813) 288-1242
  • West Palm Beach(561) 640-0474

U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
www.eeoc.gov

U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(800) 321-6742
www.osha.gov/dcsp/smallbusiness

Fort Lauderdale (954) 424-0242
Jacksonville (904) 232-2895
Tampa (813) 626-1177

USF SafetyFlorida
Florida’s official OSHA safety and health consultation program dedicated to serving small businesses; consultants statewide.
(866) 273-1105
www.usfsafetyflorida.com

U.S. Department of Justice, Americans with Disabilities Act
(800) 514-0301
www.ada.gov

 
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Financing

SBA Lenders
The U.S. Small Business Administration does not make loans directly to small business owners; however, many local lenders can assist with the application process for an SBA-backed loan. For information, contact one of the SBA district offices in Florida.

Certified Development Companies
These nonprofit corporations work with the SBA and private-sector lenders to provide financing to small businesses.

Florida Finance Network
A group of nonprofit economic development lending organizations whose sole purpose is to ensure Florida small businesses have open access to available and affordable financing resources.
www.floridafinance.org

Florida Microfinance Programs
(850) 717-8479
www.floridajobs.org/microfinanceprograms

Industrial Revenue Bonds
IRBs offer tax-exempt, low-interest bond financing to qualified, financially sound manufacturing and 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations.

 
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Forms, Permits, Licenses

Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations
(850) 245-6058
www.sunbiz.org

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Licensing
(850) 487-1395
www.myfloridalicense.com

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Licensing
(800) 435-7352 (Florida only)
(850) 410-3800
www.freshfromflorida.com

Florida New Hire Reporting Center
(888) 854-4791 or (850) 656-3343
www.fl-newhire.com

Florida Department of Revenue
(800) 352-3671
www.myflorida.com/dor

U.S. Internal Revenue Service
(800) 829-4933
www.irs.gov/businesses/small

U.S. Small Business Administration
(800) 827-5722
www.sba.gov

 
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Government Contracting

MyFloridaMarketPlace.com
(866) 352-3776
www.dms.myflorida.com/myfloridamarketplace

Florida Department of Management Services, State Purchasing
(850) 488-8440
dms.myflorida.com/business_operations/state_purchasing

FSBDC Government Contracting Services
(850) 473-7806
www.fsbdc.org/services/government-contracting

Central & North Florida Minority Supplier Development Council
(407) 404-6700
www.fmsdc.org

 
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Insurance

Florida Department of Financial Services
www.myfloridacfo.com/division/consumers/understandingcoverage. Click “insurance library” and “consumer guides” for answers to specific questions and access to:

  • Small-Business Owner’s Insurance
  • Natural Disasters: Your Guide to Insurance and Financial Preparation in the
    Event of a Natural Disaster

Citizens Property Insurance Corp.
(888) 685-1555
www.citizensfla.com

Florida Market Assistance Plan
(800) 524-9023
www.fmap.org

Florida Department of Financial Services, Workers’ Compensation
(850) 413-1609
www.myfloridacfo.com/wc

Florida Workers’ Compensation Joint Underwriting Association Inc.
(941) 378-7400
www.fwcjua.com

Florida Agency for Health Care Administration
(888) 419-3456
www.floridahealthfinder.gov

National Flood Insurance Program
Region IV Liaison
(770) 220-5200
www.fema.gov/small-businesses

 
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Consulting

Florida Small Business Development Center Network

(866) 737-7232 or
(850) 473-7800
www.floridasbdc.org

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
(850) 245-7105
www.floridajobs.org/business-growth-and-partnerships

U.S. Small Business Administration
(800) 827-5722
www.sba.gov

SCORE
800) 634-0245
www.score.org
Chapters Statewide

National Entrepreneur Center
(407) 420-4848
www.nationalec.org

Black Business Investment Corporations

Hispanic Business Initiative Fund Florida
www.hbifflorida.org

Women’s Business Centers

 
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Export/International Trade

Enterprise Florida International Trade & Business Development
www.enterpriseflorida.com/trade-offices

  • Jacksonville/Northeast(904) 359-9350
  • Miami-Dade/Southwest(305) 808-3660
  • Orlando/Central Florida(407) 956-5639
  • Pensacola/Northwest/Tallahassee(850) 469-8989
  • Tampa Bay(813) 276-9430
  • West Palm Beach/Southeast(561) 832-8339

FSBDC International Trade Services
(850) 473-7800 or (866) 737-7232
www.floridasbdc.org/services/international-trade

 
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Taxes

FEDERAL

U.S. Internal Revenue Service
(800) 829-4933
www.irs.gov/businesses/small

Tax Forms and Publications
(800) 829-3676
www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs

  • Tax Calendar Options for Businesses and Self-Employed(Publication 1518A)
  • Tax Guide for Small Business(Publication 334)
  • Circular E, Employer’s Tax Guide(Publication 15)
  • Starting a Business and Keeping Records(Publication 583)
  • Small Business Federal Tax Responsibilities(Publication 4591)

STATE

Florida Department of Revenue
(800) 352-3671
www.myflorida.com/dor

 
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Intellectual Property

U.S. Copyright Office
(202) 707-5959 or (877) 476-0778
www.copyright.gov

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
(800) 786-9199 or (571) 271-1000
www.uspto.gov