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Lake County

Resource Agencies in Lake County

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CareerSource Central Florida

Take your business to the next level by partnering with us in proven workforce solutions that improve the skills of your staff, boost productivity, and increase the efficiency of your business. We provide access to funded training services, focused on successful completion of demand-driven certification and training programs. Employed Worker Training and On-The-Job Training services elevate employees’ skills, providing a competitive edge for both your staff and business.
Hiring, Workforce Assistance

Lake County Economic Development

Whether you are a local business looking for support or needing to expand or an out-of-county business interested in relocating to Lake County, we are your one-stop shop for information and support.
Available Buildings & Sites, Business Expansion and/or Relocation

African American Entrepreneurs Association

Our mission is to create and nurture a team of like-minded African American entrepreneurs and supporters within our communities by establishing structure, accountability, and utilization of our personal and professional experiences to help one another grow economically, socially, and professionally while mentoring and using these life experiences to provide resources and professional education to aspiring entrepreneurs.
Business Development, Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Networking

Astor Area Chamber of Commerce

As a Chamber member, your business will be listed in our directory and displayed in our office. We will refer you each time we have a request for your products/services. You can gain more exposure through our networking events and opportunities.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Central Florida International Trade Office

Whether you're looking to expand your business into Central Florida, searching for a local connection, or you are a local business looking to export, you have come to the right place! We can quickly connect you to the international trade resources you need throughout the Central Florida region!
Importing & Exporting

City of Clermont Business Tax Receipts

Anyone desiring to engage in a business in Clermont, whether in a commercial zone or from home, is required to pay for and obtain a Business Tax Receipt from both the City of Clermont Planning and Zoning Department and the Lake County Tax Collector's office.
Business License, Taxes

City of Mount Dora Business Tax Receipts

Anyone engaged in any business, profession, occupation, trade, amusement, or industry within the city limits of the City of Mount Dora is required to have a Business Tax Receipt, prior to opening a business.
Business License, Taxes

East Lake County Chamber of Commerce

We unite hundreds of business and professional firms, creating a unique central agency working to improve businesses and creating a healthy environment in which to conduct business.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

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.
Available Buildings & Sites, Business Expansion and/or Relocation

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.
Business License

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.
Networking

Florida High Tech Corridor Council | The Corridor

A 23-county region spanning from Florida’s Sun Coast to Space Coast, The Corridor is a place where research and innovation thrive. Chaired by presidents of the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF), the Florida High Tech Corridor Council drives progress in the region. Our mission is to attract, retain and grow high tech industry and the workforce to support it. We envision a 23-county Florida High Tech Corridor region with a high-wage, high-value economy that leads the nation and world in technology invention and innovation.
Funding / Financial

Florida Medical Manufacturers Association

The Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium (FMMC) is a state-wide association of medical device firms, that exists to unite, promote and grow our industry.
Business Development, Education & Training, Manufacturing, Networking

Florida SBDC at UCF | Lake County

Our trained and experienced consultants are available to discuss ideas and provide personalized, confidential guidance free of charge. Areas in which our consultants can help include: business planning, market research, advertising, financial analysis, loan assistance, record keeping, taxes, selling to the government, business valuation, business start-up and more.
Business Development, Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Government Contracting, Importing & Exporting

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.
Awards & Recognition, Business Development, Funding / Financial, Networking

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.
Manufacturing

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.
Awards & Recognition, Business Development, Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Government Contracting, Importing & Exporting, Manufacturing

Harvard Business School Club of South Florida Alumni Angels

The Harvard Business School Alumni Angels of South Florida is a volunteer based angel investor group that seeks to support and enrich the local startup ecosystem. Through a structured process of sourcing, screening, and pitch events, members are exposed to a variety of early stage ventures seeking funding and mentorship.
Funding / Financial

Lady Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

Our mission is to foster business awareness and activity, to enhance both the community and business environment, to uphold commercial integrity, and to advocate and strengthen business relationships by providing networking opportunities and programs of interest and educational benefit to its Members.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Lake Eustis Area Chamber of Commerce

Membership benefits include: monthly Chamber recognition breakfast, newsletter, leads group, mailing labels, decals, business listing in our online directory, referrals, contacts, business-after-hours events and more.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce

As a member you''ll receive: networking opportunities, newsletter promotion, listing on our online membership directory, access to events, educational seminars, leads groups and more.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Leesburg Partnership

The Leesburg Partnership is an association of residents, government, business people and resources that are focused on the goal of aiding in the physical, economic, and social revitalization of the Leesburg Community.
Awards & Recognition, Networking

Mid-Florida SCORE

We provide free and confidential counseling with experienced professionals from varied business and educational backgrounds. The mentoring continues as long as needed and multiple counselors may participate. Counseling is done face-to-face or using the internet. We also provide a series of seminars and workshops designed to explain and educate entrepreneurs on how to get started, grow or revitalize their business. Attendees learn management skills, how to put together a business plan and gain knowledge about marketing, finance, funding and more.
Business License, Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training

Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber becomes a partner and extended marketing arm with significant benefit components that include: a variety of advertising opportunities, business to business relationship building, referrals and targeted business participation.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

National Entrepreneur Center

We provide a single location where small businesses can access a variety of business resources, technology, research tools and more than eight resident support organizations who can provide assistance.
Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Government Contracting, Importing & Exporting, International Trade

Orlando Economic Partnership

The Orlando Economic Partnership unifies the community’s strategies to create a more prosperous economy for all. Through the power of partnerships OEP strengthens regional assets and businesses, advocates for regional priorities and writes the next chapter of Orlando’s story.
Available Buildings & Sites, Business Expansion and/or Relocation

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.
Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Importing & Exporting

Rollins College Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship

We educate and connect students and alumni with advanced entrepreneurs. All of the center’s faculty have started, purchased or run a successful business. A blend of entrepreneurial faculty and business owners provides students with unprecedented and regular access to learn and closely collaborate with top entrepreneurial minds.
Education & Training

South Lake Chamber of Commerce

We assist all businesses and offer many benefits of membership including: referrals, listing in our online directory, business after hours events, Chamber breakfast meetings, Annual Banquet, business forums, business expo, decals and more.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Tavares Chamber of Commerce

Our mission is to enhance and develop a strong bond among business, governments, education and community with positive programs and events to foster business growth and life residency.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Umatilla Chamber of Commerce

Our focus is to encourage growth of existing business and to promote the vision of the community by facilitating community activities and fostering an atmosphere conducive to business development and environmental and historic preservation.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

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Mid-Florida SCORE

We provide free and confidential counseling with experienced professionals from varied business and educational backgrounds. The mentoring continues as long as needed and multiple counselors may participate. Counseling is done face-to-face or using the internet. We also provide a series of seminars and workshops designed to explain and educate entrepreneurs on how to get started, grow or revitalize their business. Attendees learn management skills, how to put together a business plan and gain knowledge about marketing, finance, funding and more.
Business License, Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training

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.
Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Importing & Exporting

Rollins College Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship

We educate and connect students and alumni with advanced entrepreneurs. All of the center’s faculty have started, purchased or run a successful business. A blend of entrepreneurial faculty and business owners provides students with unprecedented and regular access to learn and closely collaborate with top entrepreneurial minds.
Education & Training

Formation Stage

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

What do you need help with?

African American Entrepreneurs Association

Our mission is to create and nurture a team of like-minded African American entrepreneurs and supporters within our communities by establishing structure, accountability, and utilization of our personal and professional experiences to help one another grow economically, socially, and professionally while mentoring and using these life experiences to provide resources and professional education to aspiring entrepreneurs.
Business Development, Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Networking

National Entrepreneur Center

We provide a single location where small businesses can access a variety of business resources, technology, research tools and more than eight resident support organizations who can provide assistance.
Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Government Contracting, Importing & Exporting, International Trade

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?

City of Clermont Business Tax Receipts

Anyone desiring to engage in a business in Clermont, whether in a commercial zone or from home, is required to pay for and obtain a Business Tax Receipt from both the City of Clermont Planning and Zoning Department and the Lake County Tax Collector's office.
Business License, Taxes

City of Mount Dora Business Tax Receipts

Anyone engaged in any business, profession, occupation, trade, amusement, or industry within the city limits of the City of Mount Dora is required to have a Business Tax Receipt, prior to opening a business.
Business License, Taxes

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.
Business License

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.
Awards & Recognition, Business Development, Funding / Financial, Networking

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?

Astor Area Chamber of Commerce

As a Chamber member, your business will be listed in our directory and displayed in our office. We will refer you each time we have a request for your products/services. You can gain more exposure through our networking events and opportunities.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

CareerSource Central Florida

Take your business to the next level by partnering with us in proven workforce solutions that improve the skills of your staff, boost productivity, and increase the efficiency of your business. We provide access to funded training services, focused on successful completion of demand-driven certification and training programs. Employed Worker Training and On-The-Job Training services elevate employees’ skills, providing a competitive edge for both your staff and business.
Hiring, Workforce Assistance

CareerSource Central Florida

Take your business to the next level by partnering with us in proven workforce solutions that improve the skills of your staff, boost productivity, and increase the efficiency of your business. We provide access to funded training services, focused on successful completion of demand-driven certification and training programs. Employed Worker Training and On-The-Job Training services elevate employees’ skills, providing a competitive edge for both your staff and business.
Hiring, Workforce Assistance

Central Florida International Trade Office

Whether you're looking to expand your business into Central Florida, searching for a local connection, or you are a local business looking to export, you have come to the right place! We can quickly connect you to the international trade resources you need throughout the Central Florida region!
Importing & Exporting

East Lake County Chamber of Commerce

We unite hundreds of business and professional firms, creating a unique central agency working to improve businesses and creating a healthy environment in which to conduct business.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Florida Medical Manufacturers Association

The Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium (FMMC) is a state-wide association of medical device firms, that exists to unite, promote and grow our industry.
Business Development, Education & Training, Manufacturing, Networking

Florida SBDC at UCF | Lake County

Our trained and experienced consultants are available to discuss ideas and provide personalized, confidential guidance free of charge. Areas in which our consultants can help include: business planning, market research, advertising, financial analysis, loan assistance, record keeping, taxes, selling to the government, business valuation, business start-up and more.
Business Development, Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Government Contracting, Importing & Exporting

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.
Manufacturing

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.
Awards & Recognition, Business Development, Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Government Contracting, Importing & Exporting, Manufacturing

Lady Lake Area Chamber of Commerce

Our mission is to foster business awareness and activity, to enhance both the community and business environment, to uphold commercial integrity, and to advocate and strengthen business relationships by providing networking opportunities and programs of interest and educational benefit to its Members.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Lake County Economic Development

Whether you are a local business looking for support or needing to expand or an out-of-county business interested in relocating to Lake County, we are your one-stop shop for information and support.
Available Buildings & Sites, Business Expansion and/or Relocation

Lake Eustis Area Chamber of Commerce

Membership benefits include: monthly Chamber recognition breakfast, newsletter, leads group, mailing labels, decals, business listing in our online directory, referrals, contacts, business-after-hours events and more.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Leesburg Area Chamber of Commerce

As a member you''ll receive: networking opportunities, newsletter promotion, listing on our online membership directory, access to events, educational seminars, leads groups and more.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Leesburg Partnership

The Leesburg Partnership is an association of residents, government, business people and resources that are focused on the goal of aiding in the physical, economic, and social revitalization of the Leesburg Community.
Awards & Recognition, Networking

Mount Dora Area Chamber of Commerce

The Chamber becomes a partner and extended marketing arm with significant benefit components that include: a variety of advertising opportunities, business to business relationship building, referrals and targeted business participation.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

South Lake Chamber of Commerce

We assist all businesses and offer many benefits of membership including: referrals, listing in our online directory, business after hours events, Chamber breakfast meetings, Annual Banquet, business forums, business expo, decals and more.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Tavares Chamber of Commerce

Our mission is to enhance and develop a strong bond among business, governments, education and community with positive programs and events to foster business growth and life residency.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Umatilla Chamber of Commerce

Our focus is to encourage growth of existing business and to promote the vision of the community by facilitating community activities and fostering an atmosphere conducive to business development and environmental and historic preservation.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

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.
Available Buildings & Sites, Business Expansion and/or Relocation

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.
Networking

Florida High Tech Corridor Council | The Corridor

A 23-county region spanning from Florida’s Sun Coast to Space Coast, The Corridor is a place where research and innovation thrive. Chaired by presidents of the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF), the Florida High Tech Corridor Council drives progress in the region. Our mission is to attract, retain and grow high tech industry and the workforce to support it. We envision a 23-county Florida High Tech Corridor region with a high-wage, high-value economy that leads the nation and world in technology invention and innovation.
Funding / Financial

Orlando Economic Partnership

The Orlando Economic Partnership unifies the community’s strategies to create a more prosperous economy for all. Through the power of partnerships OEP strengthens regional assets and businesses, advocates for regional priorities and writes the next chapter of Orlando’s story.
Available Buildings & Sites, Business Expansion and/or Relocation

Lake County's Entrepreneurs


Anita Torres
Passion Powered Leadership
Mount Dora
Arathi Rajagopalan
Across Borders Management Consulting Group
Mount Dora
Bart Brainerd
Firehawk Helicopters
Leesburg
Ben Homan
Skillful Antics
Clermont
Bridgette Bennett
Bennett Law Center
Groveland
Cheryl Brown
Brian's Technology Daycare LLC
Groveland
Claire Evans
amaZulu Inc.
Clermont
Doug Mintz
Cubicles Plus Office Furnishings
Leesburg
Doug and Kendra Akers
Akers Media Group, Inc
Leesburg
Dr. Javier Placer, MD and Dara Sánchez
Specialized Rehabilitation Physician Group
Clermont
Erin Nicole Johnson
Concierge Media Solutions
Tavares
Gary and Debbie Tutor
Anchor Coatings, Inc.
Leesburg
Jacky Souders
MyTEK Lab
Minneola
Jalil Sadool
Steamroller Studios
Eustis
James Corbett
AFAB Enterprises
Eustis
James Pinard
Studio Pinard
Clermont
Jimmy Branam
BranamJames Construction
Leesburg
Joe and Sabrina Ciceri
Electrical Works
Leesburg
John Sokol
Great Chicago Fire Brewery & Tap Room
Leesburg
Karen Marshall
Karen Marshall Health Coaching
Mount Dora
Kirston Harley
Love At Home Home Care LLC
Mount Dora
Lourdes McAgy
Total Nutrition Technology
Leesburg
Marc Robertz-Schwartz
Red Apples Media
Leesburg
Mellissa Jagrup-Lee and Benjamin Conrow
Alive & Well Corp
Minneola
Michael Dolan
Adventure Boat Share
Leesburg
Monica Wofford
Contagious Companies, Inc.
Clermont
Ned and Debra Bowers
Skybolt Aerospace Fasteners
Leesburg
Randy Crain
Crain Entertainment, Inc.
Clermont
Ricardo Funk
Dust Busters of Lake County
Leesburg
Rob Galloway
Jones Brothers Air & Seaplane Adventures
Tavares
Roger Minger
Jolly Roger's Guns Gold & Pawn Inc.
Umatilla
Scott Alderman
Rusty Anchor Boat Tours
Mount Dora
Stan Van Meter
FleetMode
Mount Dora
Stanley Adwell
Intellisteel
Leesburg
Tasia May
Compassionate Connections Home Care LLC
Eustis
Tim Fischer
Vac-Tron Equipment
Okahumpka
Timothy Totten
Final Embrace, LLC
Eustis
Tony DeNicola
TDJ Travel
Fruitland Park
Wendy Taylor
Strategic Online Marketing
Sorrento

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Upcoming Entrepreneur Events

Franchise Ownership (Webinar)

From SCORE Mid-Florida - https://midflorida.score.org/content/take-workshop-6: Considering business ownership? Ready to leave employment behind? Want to start a business while employed? This No Cost event is for anyone that wants to: create their own corporate ladder; start a business while employed; enjoy career independence; build equity in their own business; learn about franchises expanding in their markets; hear about business financing options. Presentations: by experts in the franchise industry Panel discussions: ask questions of and get the answers you need from our panel of franchise owners and franchise industry experts. Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Intellectual Property (IP) from a Business Standpoint (Webinar)

From SCORE Mid-Florida - https://midflorida.score.org/content/take-workshop-6: > > Intellectual Property (IP) comes in many forms and can be a significant strategic advantage to any business. Learn how your business can benefit. This webinar will cover patents & trademarks, licensing a product you have invented and how to calculate how much to pay for licensing a product from someone else. Our presenter, Rod Hosilyk, is an entrepreneur and business professor who has helped countless small businesses across the country. Pre-registration is required for this event. The registration fee of $15 can be paid via credit card or a PayPal account.

Business Insurance 101 (Webinar)

From SCORE Mid-Florida - https://midflorida.score.org/content/take-workshop-6: > Get expert advice from Bill Nelson, a SCORE mentor, and former underwriter and insurance agent, on what risks your business should insure and how to go about getting coverage suitable to your needs. With decades of experience, Bill has seen it all and can help you understand what risks you should be insuring no matter what type of business you have. This workshop is not about selling you insurance; it is a chance for you to learn what and what not to insure from an experienced business insurance underwriter. This webinar is free but pre-registration is required.