Doing business in the North Florida District

Business requirements

SBA’s Business Guide lists the requirements needed to start, grow, and expand your business. Since laws and taxes vary by state, here’s what you need to do before starting your business in our area.

Business name and registration

Register your business name with the county clerk where your business is located. If you are a corporation, you will also need to register with the Secretary of State.

Business licensing and zoning

Licenses are typically administered by a variety of state and local departments. It is important to consider zoning regulations when choosing a site for your business. Contact the local business license office where you plan to locate your business. You may not be permitted to conduct business out of your home or engage in industrial activity in a retail district.


IRS Florida Taxpayer Assistance Centers
400 West Bay St.
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: 904-665-1040

850 Trafalgar Ct., Maitland
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: 321-441-2586

Health and Safety

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
107 E Madison St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: 850-245-7105

Florida OSHA Area Offices
5807 Breckenridge Pkwy, Suite A
Tampa, FL 33610
Phone: 813-626-1177

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Local assistance

Need help? Get free business counseling in your area.

SBA lending in our area

  • Loan programs

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    Learn more about SBA's 7(a) loans, 504 loans, and microloans that you can use for your business.
  • Local lenders

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    Download a list of participating lenders in our area.
  • Lender Match

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    Describe your business needs and get matched with an SBA-backed lender in your area.
  • Lending activity reports

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    View 7(a) and 504 lending activity reports from our district.

Additional local resources

Download our guide to SBA resources

Learn about the opportunities available for small businesses nationwide.

Last updated May 3, 2023