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The climate is ripe for... BUSINESS ...among the top 5 States &
3rd overall in business growth... is
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Florida is ranked fourth in the United States with a large and diverse population. The state’s Legislature actively seeks new businesses and industries to come to Florida and supports entrepreneurs and businesses to success and prosperity. Click here

Florida ranks No. 1 in the nation for workforce; among the top 10 for technology, innovation and access to capital; and third overall in Chief Executive’s survey of the best places for jobs and business growth. (Chief Executive, March 2009)

Four Florida metros, Orlando, Sarasota-Bradenton, Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, and Jacksonville, are among the nation’s best places to start a small business. (Bizjournals, Feb 2009) Click here

Cities 2008 - 2009 Largest Metros Index. Florida consistently ranks among the top states in this annual report, which measures economic growth, job creation and technology growth. (Milken Institute, September 2008)

Florida continues to rank among the top five states for best tax climates for business, according to a Tax Foundation survey. With no state income tax and low corporate taxes.

Florida’s economic climate ranks No. 1 in the U.S., according to Forbes’ Best States for Business. Ranking eighth overall, Florida also scored among the top five in the Labor and Growth Prospects categories. (Forbes, August 2008)

In 2007, Inc. magazine saw Sarasota-Bradenton-Venice ranked No. 8 on a list of 393 "boomtowns", and No. 3 among mid-size cities.

Planning is critical to successfully start and build a business. You’ll need to decide on a business structure, and obtain the necessary licenses and permits. Then learn about leadership traits, decision-making skills, and how to manage your employees. The Small Business Administration can help. Click here

More helpful information for starting your business Click here
Match your interests to career options through self assessment tools Click here

Economic Development Councils:
Manatee Co. EDC... Click here
Sarasota Co. EDC... Click here
Charlotte Co. EDC... Click here

Venture Capital Firms... Click here

Institute for the Aged... Click here

Tampa Bay Technology Incubator... Click here

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