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St. Lucie County

Resource Agencies in St. Lucie County

All Stages

What do you need help with?

CareerSource Research Coast

Whether you are looking at hiring, retraining or retaining your staff, our experienced Business Services staff wants to provide you with customized and dedicated service at no cost.

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 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.

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) is a local municipal or public power utility, and is owned by the citizens that we serve. FPUA’s mission is to provide our customers with economical, reliable, and friendly service in a continuous effort to enhance the quality of life in our community.

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.

Indian River State College Virtual Incubator

We are an accessible collaboration space for use by entrepreneurs, business owners, inventors, professionals, telecommuters, students and independents. Enjoy professional space where you can copy, collate and work on your presentations and conduct business without being cramped on the kitchen table or in the spare bedroom.

Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast

The Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast, Inc. (MIATC) is a not-for-profit trade association composed of members in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties who are dedicated to the promotion of pleasure boating and its related industries through education of our members and the boating public.

PoweringFlorida | Small Business Tool

PoweringFlorida combines the power of both Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Planning and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) workforce data in one easy-to-use application to help you quickly explore and compare Florida’s communities; gain a broad understanding of the labor force statistics, consumer spending, geography, demography and other important data; and identify and evaluate all available sites and buildings in each community.

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.

St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce

We offer exposure of your business through networking events, ribbon cutting ceremonies, and valuable marketing opportunities at no charge to the business. We also host events throughout the year which help with business to business marketing as well as business to consumer marketing.

St. Lucie County Tax Collector Business Tax Receipts

A business tax receipt is required when you conduct business in St. Lucie County, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie or the Village of St. Lucie. You will need one business tax receipt for each location from which you are operating your business and for each category of business you are conducting.

Treasure Coast Builders Association

We are a professional association of over 500 member firms representing over 8,000 individuals. TCBA represents and protects the interests of the building industry in Florida's Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties.

Treasure Coast Research Park

We prepare shovel-ready sites; market the park to research decision makers; and recruit a network of service providers to meet the need for scientific, finance and legal resources.

Treasure Coast SCORE

We offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge. We also provide local workshops and events to connect small business owners with the people and information they need to start, grow, and maintain their businesses.

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.

Treasure Coast SCORE

We offer small business entrepreneurs confidential business counseling services at no charge. We also provide local workshops and events to connect small business owners with the people and information they need to start, grow, and maintain their businesses.

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?

Indian River State College Virtual Incubator

We are an accessible collaboration space for use by entrepreneurs, business owners, inventors, professionals, telecommuters, students and independents. Enjoy professional space where you can copy, collate and work on your presentations and conduct business without being cramped on the kitchen table or in the spare bedroom.

PoweringFlorida | Small Business Tool

PoweringFlorida combines the power of both Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Planning and Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI) workforce data in one easy-to-use application to help you quickly explore and compare Florida’s communities; gain a broad understanding of the labor force statistics, consumer spending, geography, demography and other important data; and identify and evaluate all available sites and buildings in each community.

Launching Stage

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

What do you need help with?

Florida 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.

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority

Fort Pierce Utilities Authority (FPUA) is a local municipal or public power utility, and is owned by the citizens that we serve. FPUA’s mission is to provide our customers with economical, reliable, and friendly service in a continuous effort to enhance the quality of life in our community.

St. Lucie County Tax Collector Business Tax Receipts

A business tax receipt is required when you conduct business in St. Lucie County, Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie or the Village of St. Lucie. You will need one business tax receipt for each location from which you are operating your business and for each category of business you are conducting.

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 Research Coast

Whether you are looking at hiring, retraining or retaining your staff, our experienced Business Services staff wants to provide you with customized and dedicated service at no cost.

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.

Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast

The Marine Industries Association of the Treasure Coast, Inc. (MIATC) is a not-for-profit trade association composed of members in Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee counties who are dedicated to the promotion of pleasure boating and its related industries through education of our members and the boating public.

St. Lucie County Chamber of Commerce

We offer exposure of your business through networking events, ribbon cutting ceremonies, and valuable marketing opportunities at no charge to the business. We also host events throughout the year which help with business to business marketing as well as business to consumer marketing.

Treasure Coast Builders Association

We are a professional association of over 500 member firms representing over 8,000 individuals. TCBA represents and protects the interests of the building industry in Florida's Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River and Okeechobee Counties.

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.

Treasure Coast Research Park

We prepare shovel-ready sites; market the park to research decision makers; and recruit a network of service providers to meet the need for scientific, finance and legal resources.

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Upcoming Entrepreneur Events

Byte-Size Cyber Security Program, Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Where: SBDC at Indian River State College, Bldg Y RM: 303, Fort Pierce When: Tuesday, February 27, 2018 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM71% of cyber attacks target small businesses. 60% of small companies go out of business within six months of a cyber attack. Find out what you can do to protect yourself and your business. Avoid threats including phishing, malware and more Maintain security - internally and externally - keep data safe Mitigate risks and follow remediation practices Acquire cyber security resources Co-Sponsor: Bank of America and C&W technologiesFee: No CostLink

Start-up Basics - Simple Steps for Starting your Business, Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Where: St. Lucie Chamber, Fort Pierce When: Wednesday, March 14, 2018 10:00 AM to 1:00 PMThis introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources. Attend this comprehensive workshop series to help you test your new business idea and get started on the right path. Join us for five three-hour sessions that help you understand the basics of: . The concepts involved with assessing a business idea . Marketing your product or service . Understanding business financials and how they work . How to fund and finance your business.Fee: No CostLink

Mastering Your Start-Up: 8 steps to Building your Business, Monday, March 19, 2018

Where: IRSC St. Lucie West Campus, Port St. Lucie When: Monday, March 19, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMJoin us for an 8-week course designed to help you take your idea to market. Build a business plan, learn about your market and competition, understand financials, learn about financing options and much more! Register today. Week 1 March 19 Planning Week 2 March 26 Marketing/Competition Week 3 April 2 Mastering Numbers - Part 1 Week 4 April 9 Mastering Numbers - Part 2 Week 5 April 16 Getting Financed Week 6 April 23 Mastering the Web Week 7 April 30 Cash & Taxes Week 8 May 7 Plans & Pitches Building F - room 144.Fee: No CostLink

Mastering Your Start-Up, Monday, March 19, 2018

Where: IRSC St. Lucie West Campus, Port St. Lucie When: Monday, March 19, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PMTopic: Start-up AssistanceWeek 1 March 19 Kick-Start Your Business Week 2 March 26 Marketing/Competition Week 3 April 2 Understanding Numbers - Part 1 Week 4 April 9 Understanding Numbers - Part 2 Week 5 April 16 Getting Financed Week 6 April 23 Navigating the Web Week 7 April 30 Cash & Taxes Week 8 May 7 Plans & Pitches Speaker: Tom Kindred, Regional Director of Florida SBDC at Indian River State CollegeFee: No CostLink

Start-up Basics - Simple Steps for Starting your Business, Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Where: St. Lucie Chamber, Fort Pierce When: Wednesday, May 02, 2018 12:00 PM to 2:00 PMThis introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources. Attend this comprehensive workshop series to help you test your new business idea and get started on the right path. Join us for five three-hour sessions that help you understand the basics of: . The concepts involved with assessing a business idea . Marketing your product or service . Understanding business financials and how they work . How to fund and finance your business.Fee: No CostLink

Start-Up Basics -, Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Where: St. Lucie Chamber, Fort Pierce When: Wednesday, May 09, 2018 9:00 AM to 11:00 AMThis introductory workshop focuses on the basics of testing your business idea and identifying the key factors that influence start-up success. Start-up Basics provides you with an overview of the skills and tools you need when deciding to start a business. In this session, you learn about: the advantages and disadvantages of owning a business, the most profitable form for your business, and the fundamentals of formation, organization, marketing, cash flow and funding sources. Attend this comprehensive workshop series to help you test your new business idea and get started on the right path. Join us for five three-hour sessions that help you understand the basics of: . The concepts involved with assessing a business idea . Marketing your product or service . Understanding business financials and how they work . How to fund and finance your business.Fee: No CostLink