Doing business in the South 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
51 SW First Ave.
Miami, FL 33130
Phone: 305-982-5077

3848 W. Columbus Dr.
Tampa, FL 33607
Phone: 813-302-5500

Florida Department of Revenue Services
5050 W. Tennessee St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399
Phone: 800-352-3671

Health and safety

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

Florida Occupational Safety and Health Administration
5807 Breckenridge Parkway, Suite A
Tampa, FL 33610
Phone: 813-626-1177

State small business profiles

Need information on the local business landscape? SBA's Office of Advocacy has the latest demographic and statistics on local small business economic activity.

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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.
  • 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

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Last updated April 1, 2024