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Lake County Economic Development


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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.


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Resource Agencies to Know:

All Stages

What do you need help with?

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

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 Tax Collector Business Tax Receipts

A Business Tax Receipt is required for any business operating within the jurisdiction of Lake County. All businesses providing merchandise or service to the public, even a one-person company or home-based occupation, must pay the business tax.
Business License, Taxes

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

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

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 License, Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Funding / Financial, Importing & Exporting

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

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.
Education & Training, Hiring

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

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

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 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 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

Idea Stage

What do you need help with?

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?

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 License, Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Funding / Financial, Importing & Exporting

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?

Lake County Tax Collector Business Tax Receipts

A Business Tax Receipt is required for any business operating within the jurisdiction of Lake County. All businesses providing merchandise or service to the public, even a one-person company or home-based occupation, must pay the business tax.
Business License, Taxes

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

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.

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?

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

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 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

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

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.
Education & Training, Hiring

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

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

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

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?

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

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

Entrepreneurs to Know:

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Anita Torres
Passion Powered Leadership
Mount Dora
Arathi Rajagopalan
Across Borders Management Consulting Group
Mount Dora
Ben Homan
Skillful Antics
Clermont
Bridgette Bennett
Bennett Law Center
Groveland
Claire Evans
amaZulu Inc.
Clermont
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
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
Lisette Otero-Lewis
2WebGroup
Palm Coast
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
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
Tim Fischer
Vac-Tron Equipment
Okahumpka
Timothy Totten
Final Embrace, LLC
Eustis
Wendy Taylor
Strategic Online Marketing
Sorrento

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