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Starting a business

Step 1  Research and Plan Your Business

A business plan is the blueprint you will follow to develop your idea into a successful business venture. A business plan allows you to think through your business concept and determine if it is really a good opportunity.

Step 2  Get Business Assistance and Training   

Local Resources:
Small Business Development Center
Center for Innovation & Economic Development  
Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Step 3  Choose a Business Location

Decide on a location for your business.  Will you work out of your home or will you need to purchase or lease a facility?  What type of space will you need?  (i.e. lab space, office space, warehouse, retail).  What is the best location?
Gainesville Enterprise Zone Map
Gainesville Innovation Zone  

Step 4  Finance Your Business                                                                                  

Federal, state and local governments offer a wide range of financing programs to  help small business start and grow their operations. These programs include low-interest loans, venture capital, and scientific and economic development grants.
SBA Loan Guarantee Program                                     

Step 5  Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business

When beginning a business, you must decide what form of business entity to establish. 

Step 6  Regsiter a Business Name (DBA)

Step 7  Get Employer Identification Number                                                      

Online EIN Application 

Step 8  Register for State and Local Taxes                               

City of Gainesville Business Tax
Alachua County Local Business Tax
State Sales Tax                                                                
Federal Tax

Step 9  
Obtain Business Licenses and Permits

Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation
Florida Division of Hotel & Restaurants
Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Zoning Compliance Permit

Step 10 Employer Responsibilities

There are several legal steps you need to take to hire employees.
Employ Florida


(Reference: 10 Steps to Starting a Business,