Starting a Business

Starting a new business or bringing your business to Florida?
Learn more about our comprehensive Business Startu-Up Process, need help - complete our Free Consultation Request Form and an expert business service consultant will contact you shortly.

Registering a New Business Online:
Online business registration offers an interview process that will lead you quickly through all the questions required for your business start-up.

Before Beginning Business Registration:
In some cases, you may be required to make decisions or obtain licenses before you register your business.

Are you a licensed professional starting a professional limited liability company, medical or legal corporation? If so, you must apply for approval from your professional licensing board first. The Secretary of State cannot accept a PLLC registration without approval of the licensing board. See Professional Licensing Boards for contact information.

Are you beginning a business that will require special licensing, such as the sale of lottery tickets, alcoholic beverages or other regulated materials or services? Find the appropriate contact in the Apply for Licenses and Permits section and check on the requirements and limitations that may apply. For example, rules of the licensing agencies may affect the type of business you choose, or who may serve as officers of the new business.
A few specific activities do not require business registration. Check out this information before you start registration.

Making Key Decisions About Business Structure:
Your decision about business structure will be very important to the future of your business.
There are many different business structures defined by Florida laws. These structures provide different ownership configurations, differences in liability protection and other differences. Some can be owned by an individual, some by one or more people, and others only by multiple people or companies.

Some licensing bodies require certain business structures before the company may be licensed to provide those services or products.

Visit our Resources section, Get Startup Help for assistance. The decision you make will affect the information you must provide when you begin the registration.

 If your activity does not seem to be 'business activity', you may be exempt from registration. If you want to learn more about exemptions before you start your registration, see Exemptions to Business Registration to learn more.

Visit the Secretary of State resource Welcome to Florida for an overview of steps required for various business types.

 Expanding an Out-of-State Company to Florida

If your company is already established in another state and you plan to do business in Florida, this information may help.

Are you planning to establish a business location in Florida? The resources and links to state and local licensing requirements may help you find answers to questions about how to get started.

Is your business contact with Florida, so that you think you might be exempt from registration? If you want to learn more about exemptions before you start your registration, see Exemptions to Business Registration to learn more.

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