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Lake County

Resource Agencies in Lake County

All Stages

What do you need help with?

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 Angel Nexus

We connect qualified companies with aggressive development plans to investors from the Florida community. We focus on businesses that already have some proof of concept and we will do our best to refer all Florida companies to resources to assist in eliminating the roadblocks slowing down growth.

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.

Florida SBDC Northeast 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.

Florida SBDC Northwest 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.

Florida SBDC South 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lake-Sumter State College Business Opportunity Center

The mission of the Business Opportunity Centers (BOC) is to provide comprehensive business assistance to the tenants of the LSCC Business Incubator Program and to all other businesses in Lake County via the Small Business Development Center. The goal of the Business Incubation Program (BIP) is to provide a nurturing, professional environment for companies in their early stages of development to grow, graduate and prosper.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Orlando Economic Development Commission

The Orlando EDC is a not-for-profit, public-private partnership that attracts, retains and grows jobs for the region. We provide key services and support to companies at no cost — ranging from location and expansion expertise to long-term planning with community stakeholders.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Idea Stage

What do you need help with?

Florida SBDC Northeast 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.

Florida SBDC Northwest 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.

Florida SBDC South 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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

Lake-Sumter State College Business Opportunity Center

The mission of the Business Opportunity Centers (BOC) is to provide comprehensive business assistance to the tenants of the LSCC Business Incubator Program and to all other businesses in Lake County via the Small Business Development Center. The goal of the Business Incubation Program (BIP) is to provide a nurturing, professional environment for companies in their early stages of development to grow, graduate and prosper.

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.

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.

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.

Florida Angel Nexus

We connect qualified companies with aggressive development plans to investors from the Florida community. We focus on businesses that already have some proof of concept and we will do our best to refer all Florida companies to resources to assist in eliminating the roadblocks slowing down growth.

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 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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Orlando Economic Development Commission

The Orlando EDC is a not-for-profit, public-private partnership that attracts, retains and grows jobs for the region. We provide key services and support to companies at no cost — ranging from location and expansion expertise to long-term planning with community stakeholders.

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Business Plan Writing Made Easy, Thursday, May 04, 2017

Where: Lake Sumter State College Foundation Building, Foundation Building When: Thursday, May 04, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsWriting a successful business plan requires preparation. More importantly, you must get started! From identifying your target market to financial projections, this seminar will guide you through outlining the key sections of the plan, making the writing process easy.Speaker: Stan AustinIf the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Theresa at 352.602.4575.Fee: No CostLink

Bookkeeping and Tax Fundamentals, Thursday, May 11, 2017

Where: Lake Sumter State College Foundation Building, Foundation Building When: Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMStarting your business with the right set of books will save you time and money in the future! This class provides the basic record keeping and tax preparation for your small business. Topics include chart of accounts, federal & state tax requirements, sale tax and tax decisions. Prepare yourself to find solutions to financial organization you may face within your business!If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Theresa at 352.602.4575.Fee: No CostLink

Business Plan Writing Made Easy, Thursday, May 11, 2017

Where: SBDC at Clermont, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Thursday, May 11, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMTopic: Business BasicsWriting a successful business plan requires preparation. More importantly, you must get started! From identifying your target market to financial projections, this seminar will guide you through outlining the key sections of the plan, making the writing process easy.Speaker: Stan AustinIf the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.Fee: No CostLink

Bookkeeping and Tax Fundamentals, Thursday, May 18, 2017

Where: SBDC at Clermont, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMStarting your business with the right set of books will save you time and money in the future! This class provides the basic record keeping and tax preparation for your small business. Topics include chart of accounts, federal & state tax requirements, sale tax and tax decisions. Prepare yourself to find solutions to financial organization you may face within your business!If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.Fee: No CostLink

Insurance for Business, Thursday, May 18, 2017

Where: Lake Sumter State College Foundation Building, Foundation Building When: Thursday, May 18, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMTopic: Managing a BusinessHow much business insurance do I need? What kind of insurance do I need? Where do I get it? This is a "Basic" Business Insurance class. It will discuss the most common types of insurance necessary for start-up business ventures and help you explore how to tailor your insurance requirements to your specific business.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Theresa at 352.602.4575.Fee: No CostLink

SCORE Workshop: Ways to Use the Internet in Your Business

Explore ways that a website can enhance your business and how to benefit from social media and email marketing as well as customer management tools. Register at http://conta.cc/2nDrIqE

SCORE Lunch N Learn: 5 Ways to Automate Your Marketing

Get a free lunch AND stuff yourself with great ideas on how to make your life easier while achieving the marketing essential to your small business. We will be sharing the top 5 ways to automate your marketing while planning ahead to convert and keep customers. Learn how Autoresponders work while you focus on other things that must be done. You’ll learn how to use them to follow-up, inform, entertain and provide incentives for action and engagement. Register at http://conta.cc/2kQBFv8

Insurance for Business, Thursday, June 01, 2017

Where: SBDC at Clermont, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Thursday, June 01, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMTopic: Managing a BusinessHow much business insurance do I need? What kind of insurance do I need? Where do I get it? This is a "Basic" Business Insurance class. It will discuss the most common types of insurance necessary for start-up business ventures and help you explore how to tailor your insurance requirements to your specific business.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.Fee: No CostLink

Marketing for Business Success, Thursday, June 01, 2017

Where: Lake Sumter State College Foundation Building, Foundation Building When: Thursday, June 01, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesThis is a "Basic" Marketing class. Come find out about the four "P's" of Marketing. Learn what a feature, benefit and value statement are and know when and where to express each. Learn about the new emerging marketing mediums so you will be better prepared for the future!Speaker: Stan AustinIf the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Theresa at 352.602.4575.Fee: No CostLink

Marketing for Business Success, Thursday, June 08, 2017

Where: SBDC at Clermont, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Thursday, June 08, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesThis is a "Basic" Marketing class. Come find out about the four "P's" of Marketing. Learn what a feature, benefit and value statement are and know when and where to express each. Learn about the new emerging marketing mediums so you will be better prepared for the future!Speaker: Stan AustinIf the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.Fee: No CostLink

Web and Social Media for Business Success, Thursday, June 08, 2017

Where: Lake Sumter State College Foundation Building, Foundation Building When: Thursday, June 08, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesIt all starts with a website! Learn the basics of what needs to be in your website and how the search engines see you. Then what? Exploit the internet to the benefit of your business! What are the best practices for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and geo-locations? Topics include: strategy, return on influence, and keys to success. Come learn how to make electronic media work best for you!If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Theresa at 352.602.4575.Fee: No CostLink

Web and Social Media for Business Success, Thursday, June 15, 2017

Where: SBDC at Clermont, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Thursday, June 15, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesIt all starts with a website! Learn the basics of what needs to be in your website and how the search engines see you. Then what? Exploit the internet to the benefit of your business! What are the best practices for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and geo-locations? Topics include: strategy, return on influence, and keys to success. Come learn how to make electronic media work best for you!If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.Fee: No CostLink

SBRN Lunch with the Experts-Market Research: What it is and How to Use it to Grow Your Business, Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Where: WT Bland Public Library, Mount Dora When: Wednesday, June 21, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PMTopic: Marketing and SalesUnderstanding your customers and the market for your product/service is paramount to your business. Market research is a tool that can give you a clearer understanding of not only your market, but your competition and industry as a whole. It can also help identify business opportunities. Join our experts as they explain what research is available to you as a business owner and how and where to access that information.Co-Sponsor: TD BankIf this class is full, please contact Cesar Gomez to be placed on a wait list. Email: Cesar.Gomez@ucf.edu Phone: 352.404.7338Fee: No CostLink

How To Start Your Business, Thursday, July 13, 2017

Where: Lake Sumter State College Foundation Building, Foundation Building When: Thursday, July 13, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThis NO COST seminar is designed to help entrepreneurs understand what it takes to start a business, including: . An introduction to business plans and the importance of preparing one. . Exploring business entities - sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, and Limited Liability Corporation. . Determining the local, state, or federal licensing requirements. This workshop will help take the mystery out of starting a business and give you the confidence to become a business owner.Speaker: Stan AustinIf the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Theresa at 352.602.4575.Fee: No CostLink

Financing Your Business, Thursday, July 20, 2017

Where: Lake Sumter State College Foundation Building, Foundation Building When: Thursday, July 20, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMTopic: FinancingDo you need money to start or expand your business? In this seminar, you will learn about various financing options through banks; types of loans and SBA guaranteed loan programs.If the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Theresa at 352.602.4575.Fee: No CostLink

How To Start Your Business, Thursday, July 20, 2017

Where: SBDC at Clermont, South Lake Campus, Lake Sumter State College When: Thursday, July 20, 2017 6:00 PM to 9:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceThis NO COST seminar is designed to help entrepreneurs understand what it takes to start a business, including: . An introduction to business plans and the importance of preparing one. . Exploring business entities - sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation, and Limited Liability Corporation. . Determining the local, state, or federal licensing requirements. This workshop will help take the mystery out of starting a business and give you the confidence to become a business owner.Speaker: Eddie HillIf the class is full and you are unable to register, please call Cesar at 352.404.7338.Fee: No CostLink