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Starting a Business in Florida — Doing Business in Florida

Whether you are starting a new business in Florida, moving an existing business to Florida from another state, or already operating a business in Florida, you will need to be aware of the various registration and licensing requirements which are applicable to your business. This includes registering with the appropriate state regulatory authorities, contacting the Florida Department of Revenue to obtain the required tax information, and applying for occupational licenses. The Florida Business Guide, published by State of, provides a detailed list of Florida business requirements, along with step-by-step instructions for correctly registering your business.

Seeking to incorporate your business?

Whether your corporation is a for-profit company or a nonprofit entity, you will need to register this with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations. If you already have an out-of-state corporation and plan on using your corporate name in Florida, you must also complete a Florida registration process. Other types of business entities, including sole proprietorships, LLC's (Limited Liability Company) and fictitious names, must also be registered in order to conduct their business activities in Florida.

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Florida Business Guide is designed to be a quick reference tool and provides an overview of various Florida business topics. This publication is general in nature and is not intended to apply to a particular business situation. The information presented is believed to be accurate but is not warranted. Anytime you are making important decisions, such as when you are planning and developing your business, we encourage you to seek the advice of your legal counsel, tax professional, or the appropriate government or regulatory authority to verify that you are in compliance with all applicable requirements.

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