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Central Florida Development Council


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We offer business services to local companies and prospective companies looking to expand or relocate their operations. We focus on domestic and international business recruitment, business retention and expansion, small business development and marketing in Central Florida’s Polk County.


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Florida Venture Forum

The Florida Venture Forum is a statewide member organization that helps entrepreneurs obtain funding through education, strategic partnering and effective networking. The Forum's educational programs provide in-depth information on topics such as raising debt and equity capital, human resources, finance, management, term sheet negotiation, valuations, marketing and R&D.

Dundee Area Chamber of Commerce

We represent businesses all over the East Polk County area, helping to create a climate where business can flourish to create good community relations and support important opportunities for advertising throughout the area.

Enterprise Florida

Enterprise Florida recruits new business to the state, and works to retain and expand existing industry and business. We provide site selection services, demographic information, incentive information and much more.

Florida Division of Corporations | Sunbiz

Our activities include a variety of business entity filings, trade and service mark registrations, federal lien recordings, judgment lien filings, uniform commercial code financing statements, fictitious name registrations, notary commissions, and cable and video service franchises.

Florida Economic Development Council

Since 1964, the Florida Economic Development Council has promoted economic development throughout the state of Florida. Today we are its primary resource for developing economic development professionals, issues education, networking, and recognition of excellence among members of the profession. 500+ professionals count on FEDC to educate, advocate, and connect on their behalf.

Winter Haven Economic Development Council

We foster the expansion of existing businesses and industry, attract new high-skill, high-wage business and industry; expand economic and job opportunities for Winter Haven residents; broaden the local tax base and enhance relationships with local, regional, state, national and international economic development organizations and agencies.

FloridaMakes

FloridaMakes is a nonprofit that works with individual manufacturing companies, to deliver company-centric service with bottom-line results, designed to: help you expand your market opportunities; adopt best practices, advanced technologies and training, and make the best use of existing public and private state and national resources available to enhance and further your company's growth.

GrowFL

We provide strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring. We help companies overcome obstacles to growth and lead them towards prosperity.

Prospera

We specialize in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their business. We offer a variety of services especially designed for Hispanic small business owners, to empower them through training, consulting, grants and access to capital.

Small Business Assistance Center

From developing a business plan to building your brand, we’re committed to helping entrepreneurs and business owners make the best decisions with their business development and marketing strategies.

TiE Tampa Bay

TiE Tampa Bay is a not-for-profit organization created to foster entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, and education in Florida. TiE Tampa Bay is part of the global TiE group, the largest not-for-profit organization promoting entrepreneurship globally. This allows for TiE Tampa Bay to offer unique programs that bring to Florida world-class expertise and thought-leadership from around the globe.

City of Lake Alfred Business Tax Receipts

If you engage or manage any business, profession, or perform any business within our City limits, you need to purchase a tax receipt. If your business has more than one location, a separate tax receipt is required for each location. A separate tax receipt is issued for each use performed within your business.

City of Auburndale Business Tax Receipts

Any person who maintains a permanent business location or branch office within the City for the privilege of engaging in or managing any business, profession, or occupation is required to obtain a local business tax receipt.

Bartow Chamber of Commerce

Your investment in the Chamber gives your business added credibility, visibility and marketability. And, it provides numerous opportunities for you to promote your business to other members, as well as to the public.

CareerSource Polk

We connect employers with qualified, skilled talent and job seekers with employment and career development opportunities in Polk County, FL.

Catapult Lakeland

Catapult exists to help entrepreneurs launch their business to the next level through collaboration, mentoring and programming. We strive to enable the development of visionary ideas in the Lakeland area.

Central Florida SCORE

Our Certified Mentor volunteers experience fields range in start ups, business plans, sales/marketing, manufacturing, mergers/acquisitions, economic development and much more. We provide guidance and counseling to entrepreneurs in start up and existing businesses to help them succeed and thrive.

Haines City Chamber of Commerce

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life while working to ensure the future prosperity of our community
through a unified voice and proactive service. We are a Local Network Provider that helps its members promote their businesses locally and nationally.

Auburndale Chamber of Commerce

We help increase your company's visibility through several networking opportunities. In addition, we give you visibility on our website, special discounts, educational and learning opportunities, ribbon cuttings and more.

Lake Alfred Chamber of Commerce

We are a proud business community with a mix of traditional retail/service businesses; industry; and the quickly growing antique shops, tea rooms; and specialty businesses.

Mulberry Chamber of Commerce

We work with our members to grow their business, speak out for our community and get results, support programs and projects that grow our economy, and bring thousands of people together to move our community forward.

Idea Stage

What do you need help with?

Prospera

We specialize in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their business. We offer a variety of services especially designed for Hispanic small business owners, to empower them through training, consulting, grants and access to capital.

Small Business Assistance Center

From developing a business plan to building your brand, we’re committed to helping entrepreneurs and business owners make the best decisions with their business development and marketing strategies.

TiE Tampa Bay

TiE Tampa Bay is a not-for-profit organization created to foster entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, and education in Florida. TiE Tampa Bay is part of the global TiE group, the largest not-for-profit organization promoting entrepreneurship globally. This allows for TiE Tampa Bay to offer unique programs that bring to Florida world-class expertise and thought-leadership from around the globe.

Central Florida SCORE

Our Certified Mentor volunteers experience fields range in start ups, business plans, sales/marketing, manufacturing, mergers/acquisitions, economic development and much more. We provide guidance and counseling to entrepreneurs in start up and existing businesses to help them succeed and thrive.

Formation Stage

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What do you need help with?

Launching Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to launching your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea and Formation stages. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

What do you need help with?

Florida Venture Forum

The Florida Venture Forum is a statewide member organization that helps entrepreneurs obtain funding through education, strategic partnering and effective networking. The Forum's educational programs provide in-depth information on topics such as raising debt and equity capital, human resources, finance, management, term sheet negotiation, valuations, marketing and R&D.

Florida Division of Corporations | Sunbiz

Our activities include a variety of business entity filings, trade and service mark registrations, federal lien recordings, judgment lien filings, uniform commercial code financing statements, fictitious name registrations, notary commissions, and cable and video service franchises.

City of Lake Alfred Business Tax Receipts

If you engage or manage any business, profession, or perform any business within our City limits, you need to purchase a tax receipt. If your business has more than one location, a separate tax receipt is required for each location. A separate tax receipt is issued for each use performed within your business.

City of Auburndale Business Tax Receipts

Any person who maintains a permanent business location or branch office within the City for the privilege of engaging in or managing any business, profession, or occupation is required to obtain a local business tax receipt.

Catapult Lakeland

Catapult exists to help entrepreneurs launch their business to the next level through collaboration, mentoring and programming. We strive to enable the development of visionary ideas in the Lakeland area.

Growing Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to growing your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea, Formation, and Launching stages. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

What do you need help with?

Dundee Area Chamber of Commerce

We represent businesses all over the East Polk County area, helping to create a climate where business can flourish to create good community relations and support important opportunities for advertising throughout the area.

FloridaMakes

FloridaMakes is a nonprofit that works with individual manufacturing companies, to deliver company-centric service with bottom-line results, designed to: help you expand your market opportunities; adopt best practices, advanced technologies and training, and make the best use of existing public and private state and national resources available to enhance and further your company's growth.

GrowFL

We provide strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring. We help companies overcome obstacles to growth and lead them towards prosperity.

Bartow Chamber of Commerce

Your investment in the Chamber gives your business added credibility, visibility and marketability. And, it provides numerous opportunities for you to promote your business to other members, as well as to the public.

CareerSource Polk

We connect employers with qualified, skilled talent and job seekers with employment and career development opportunities in Polk County, FL.

Haines City Chamber of Commerce

Our mission is to enhance the quality of life while working to ensure the future prosperity of our community
through a unified voice and proactive service. We are a Local Network Provider that helps its members promote their businesses locally and nationally.

Auburndale Chamber of Commerce

We help increase your company's visibility through several networking opportunities. In addition, we give you visibility on our website, special discounts, educational and learning opportunities, ribbon cuttings and more.

Lake Alfred Chamber of Commerce

We are a proud business community with a mix of traditional retail/service businesses; industry; and the quickly growing antique shops, tea rooms; and specialty businesses.

Mulberry Chamber of Commerce

We work with our members to grow their business, speak out for our community and get results, support programs and projects that grow our economy, and bring thousands of people together to move our community forward.

Optimizing Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to optimizing your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea, Formation, Launching, and Growing stages. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

What do you need help with?

Enterprise Florida

Enterprise Florida recruits new business to the state, and works to retain and expand existing industry and business. We provide site selection services, demographic information, incentive information and much more.

Florida Economic Development Council

Since 1964, the Florida Economic Development Council has promoted economic development throughout the state of Florida. Today we are its primary resource for developing economic development professionals, issues education, networking, and recognition of excellence among members of the profession. 500+ professionals count on FEDC to educate, advocate, and connect on their behalf.

Winter Haven Economic Development Council

We foster the expansion of existing businesses and industry, attract new high-skill, high-wage business and industry; expand economic and job opportunities for Winter Haven residents; broaden the local tax base and enhance relationships with local, regional, state, national and international economic development organizations and agencies.

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