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Polk County

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Central Florida Development Council

Resource Agencies in Polk County

All Stages

Central Florida Development Council

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

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

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.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

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.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

CareerSource Polk

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

Catapult Lakeland

A community-centered coworking space located in Lakeland, FL. Which aims to foster the growth of startups in Central Florida and maintain their success through affordable membership, thoughtful education, and funding to drive local business forward.
Co-Working / Office Space, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training

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.
Business License, Taxes

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.
Business License, Taxes

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.
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 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

Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce

Chamber members are part of Team Fort Meade, which means members benefit from referrals, networking and adverstisement sponsorship.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Frostproof Chamber of Commerce

We promote, support and develop tourism, business and the enhancement of Frostproof by building strong partnerships between business and community.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

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

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.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

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

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.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce

Our mission is to promote and enhance a strong business climate while supporting a desirable quality of life in the greater Lake Wales area.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Lakeland Economic Development Council

We help create jobs and capital investment by attracting new companies as well as facilitating the expansion of existing companies in the Lakeland area.
Available Buildings & Sites, Business Expansion and/or Relocation

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.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

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

SCORE Central Florida

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.
Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training

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.
Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Funding / Financial, Networking

Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce

Major areas of Chamber focus include small business support, marketing and programming, business advocacy, education, economic development and tourism.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

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

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What do you need help with?

SCORE Central Florida

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.
Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training

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

SCORE Central Florida

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.
Business Plan, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training

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.
Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training, Funding / Financial, Networking

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

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?

Catapult Lakeland

A community-centered coworking space located in Lakeland, FL. Which aims to foster the growth of startups in Central Florida and maintain their success through affordable membership, thoughtful education, and funding to drive local business forward.
Co-Working / Office Space, Coaching & Mentorship, Education & Training

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.
Business License, Taxes

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.
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?

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.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

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.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

CareerSource Polk

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

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.
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

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

Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce

Chamber members are part of Team Fort Meade, which means members benefit from referrals, networking and adverstisement sponsorship.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Frostproof Chamber of Commerce

We promote, support and develop tourism, business and the enhancement of Frostproof by building strong partnerships between business and community.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

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

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.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

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.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Lake Wales Chamber of Commerce

Our mission is to promote and enhance a strong business climate while supporting a desirable quality of life in the greater Lake Wales area.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

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.
Business Development, Education & Training, Networking

Winter Haven Chamber of Commerce

Major areas of Chamber focus include small business support, marketing and programming, business advocacy, education, economic development and tourism.
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?

Central Florida Development Council

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

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

Lakeland Economic Development Council

We help create jobs and capital investment by attracting new companies as well as facilitating the expansion of existing companies in the Lakeland area.
Available Buildings & Sites, Business Expansion and/or Relocation

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

Polk County's Entrepreneurs


Angela and Marty Higgenbotham
The Rocking H Ranch
Lakeland
Barbara Herrington
All About Aging, LLC
Winter Haven
Bonnie Liss
Phoenix Graphics
Winter Haven
Bradley Lunz
The Lunz Group
Lakeland
Carole Bulger
Bulger Equipment
Lakeland
Cathy Ward
1st Priority Staffing
Lakeland
Dave Kramer
AllProWebTools
Lakeland
David Robinson
DSM Technology Consultants
Lakeland
Deron and Jill Stults
Bagley Branded Products
Lakeland
Dr. Vanessa Orasky
Family Mobile Veterinary Clinic
Lakeland
Grant Nieddu
Spark Sites
Lakeland
JD Arbuckle
Conquer Today
Lakeland
Jamie Clemens
Loud Life Productions
Lakeland
Jonathan and Sarah Bucklew
Seventeen20
Lakeland
Jordan Weiland
Jordan Weiland Photography
Lakeland
Joshua Watson
IronRock Software
Lake Wales
Kate Lake
My Office & More
Lakeland
Kia Young
Data B.I.T.S., LLC
Lakeland
Larry Bull
Createch Machine and Design
Lakeland
Larry Madrid
Madrid Engineering Group, Inc.
Bartow
Laura Helm
Ashton Events
Lakeland
Loni Lebanoff
CogniTutor
Winter Haven
Luis Arias and Adriana Salazar
Cake Makers Studio
Lakeland
Marnice Miller
Human Capital Resources and Concepts Inc.
Winter Haven
Maureen Pamela Brothers
SpickleFickle
Kissimmee
Mel and Isabel Gordon
Atmospheric Water Generator, LLC d/b/a Quench Innovations
Lakeland
Renee Pobjecky
Pobjecky & Pobjecky, LLP
Winter Haven
Robert Kincart
A·C·T Environmental & Infrastructure, Inc.
Bartow
Ronald Boehm and Barbara Richardson
B.H.I. Services, Inc.
Lakeland
TJ Zimmerman
Concord Coffee
Lakeland
Tahnee Marea
Tahnee Marea Photography
Lakeland
Theresa Pickard
Pyramid Fasteners, Inc.
Bartow
Tom Bowles
Alltek Services
Lakeland
Yvonne A. Jones
My Success Circle Marketing
Lake Wales

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