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Enterprise Florida

It is no secret that Florida is growing at a tremendous pace and has become the best place to start and expand a business. Since 2019, Florida has led the nation in new business. As the state’s principal economic development agency, Enterprise Florida is focused on helping businesses of all sizes thrive here in the Sunshine State with a large focus on Florida’s small business community that drives the economy. Through Enterprise Florida’s Minority & Small Business Entrepreneurship and Capital (MaSBEC) division, we are able to connect and guide those looking to start and grow their small business. In addition, through our Rural Expansion Toolkit Initiative, we work with rural communities to offer grants to make sites build-ready and competitive for site selection projects. Our goal at Enterprise Florida is to do everything possible to create an environment where businesses of all sizes have the opportunity to succeed.

Contact us and let us help you maximize your success here in Florida. For more information on MaSBEC, go to enterpriseflorida.com/small-business/.

For more information about the Rural Expansion Toolkit,
go to enterpriseflorida.com/rural/.

(877) YES-FLORIDA • enterpriseflorida.com



Florida Small Business Development Center Network

Congratulations! Owning and operating a small business can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. State designated as Florida’s principal provider of small business assistance, the Florida SBDC Network is your source for the resources and guidance 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 launch, grow and thrive. 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:

Greg Britton, State Director
(850) 898-3479 • floridaSBDC.org




Florida Department of Economic Opportunity

Under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, the state of Florida is putting Freedom First, including your freedom to earn a living and operate a business. Florida’s economy has flourished despite the challenges our nation has encountered over the past two years. By June 2021, Florida’s labor force surpassed pre-pandemic levels, and in December 2021, Florida’s labor force grew by 2.6% over the year, outpacing the national average and the top 10 most populous states.

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is furthering this mission as we continue to cultivate an economic environment in which all Floridians may thrive. In Florida, we believe in lifting up job creators and small business owners. The Sunshine State is the optimal location for small businesses to invest, and we remain committed to providing programs and resources that will benefit Floridians for generations.

For more information about the resources you can utilize, visit FloridaJobs.org.

Dane Eagle, Executive Director
(850) 245-7105 floridajobs.org



CareerSource Florida

Florida’s economic recovery, talent development and business growth are CareerSource Florida’s top priorities as Florida continues to see job growth, increases in labor force and a decline in unemployment. Whether your business needs to recruit specialized talent, hire new team members, train existing employees, or all three, the CareerSource Florida network of business and workforce development professionals offers expertise, funding and resources — including labor market data — to help businesses succeed. Under the leadership of Governor Ron DeSantis, we are collaborating with our education and economic development partners to make Florida No. 1 for workforce education. The CareerSource Florida network assisted more than 96,000 Floridians who secured employment last year, including 5,800 military veterans. If you need to start, grow or rebuild your business, CareerSource Florida is here to help. Together, let’s make Florida the global leader for talent.

Michelle Dennard, President and CEO
(850) 692-6887 careersourceflorida.com

CareerSource Florida