Links to federal, state and local resources help you start or expand your business.

Federal

Federal Employer Identification NumberNecessary if entity has employees and/or is a corporation or partnership and/or is a non-profit. 4210 Metro Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33916, 239-938-7601 131, Phone: 305-536-5521

State

Registration, State of Florida   For corporations, partnerships, or LLC’s.  Office of the Secretary of State Corporate Information Department, PO Box 6327, Tallahassee, FL 32314, Corporations: Phone: 850-245-6052, LLC: 850-245-6051, Partnerships: 850-245-6051, 

Florida Dept. of Business & Professional Regulations & Licensing, 1940 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399, Phone: 850-487-1395   

Florida Department of Revenue, Consult for Corporate Income Tax, Sales and Use Tax, Florida Unemployment Tax, Tax on Out-of-State Purchases requirements.  2295 Victoria Avenue, Suite 270, Fort Myers, FL 33901, 239-338-2416     

Florida New Hire Reporting Center, Once an employee is hired, employers must report such if the employee resides and/or works in the State of Florida within 20 days of hire, whether full-time or part-time, rehires and/or all returns-to-work.  PO Box 6500, Tallahassee, FL 32314, Phone: 888-854-4791   

Florida Dept. of Financial Services. Division of Workers Compensation, For a construction business that has one or more full or part-time employees; for another business that has four or more full or part-time employees:   200 East Gaines Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399, Phone: 850-413-1609 or 800-742-2214                        

County

Lee County Tax Collector, 2480 Thompson Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901, Phone: 239-533-6000   

 Lee County Community Development, Certificate of Use, Permitting, Zoning, Lee CountyConsult if the business is located other than in your home.  Municipalities also have such a requirement. 1500 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901, Phone: 239-533-8585 

Property Appraiser, Lee County Property AppraiserKnown as Tangible Personal Property Tax, all counties tax the personal property or business equipment of businesses.  2480 Thompson Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901, Phone: 239-533-6100    

Cities

 

City of Bonita Springs, 9220 Bonita Beach Rd., Suite 111, Bonita Springs, FL 34135, Phone: 239-444-6150  

City of Cape Coral, 1015 Cultural Park Blvd., Cape Coral, FL 33990, Phone: 239-574-0401   

City of Fort Myers, 2200 Second Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901, Phone: 239-321-7900    

City of Sanibel, 800 Dunlap Road, Sanibel, FL 33957, Phone: 239-472-3700   

Town of Fort Myers Beach, 2523 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931, Phone: 239-765-0202 

Support Agencies

Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) @ Florida Gulf Coast University, 10501 FGCU Blvd. South, Lutgert Hall, 2nd Floor, Fort Myers, FL 33965, Phone: 239-745-3700      

Women's Foundation of Southwest Florida, Serving Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades Counties,  (239) 908-0301

Florida Women’s Business Center (FWBC)401 W Atlantic Ave, Suite 9, Delray Beach, FL 33444, 561-265-3790 x111  

Women’s Business Development Center – FloridaFor certification of women-owned business status used to connect with companies desiring to do business with such certified enterprises, 13155 SW 134th Street, Suite 205, Miami, FL 33186, 305-971-9446  

VBOC Veteran Business Outreach Center   Mission is to help create, develop, and retain veteran-owned small business enterprises. 

Florida Association of Nonprofit Organizations (FANO) - Start-up and education services.  7480 Fairway Drive, Suite 205, Miami Lakes, FL 33014, Phone: 305-557-1764 or Facebook.com/FloridaNonprofits

Southwest Florida Enterprise Center - A business incubator dedicated to assisting start-up and emerging businesses.  3903 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Suite #5, Fort Myers, FL 33916, Phone: 239-321-7086

Goodwillswfl.org/microenterprise/  Goodwill Enterprises of Southwest Florida MicroEnterprise Program

Careersourcesouthwestflorida.com/  CareerSource Southwest Florida

 

Chambers of Commerce (COC)/Associations

FLchamber.com/florida-2030/   Florida Chamber of Commerce

Greater Fort Myers COC, 2310 Edwards Drive. Fort Myers, FL 33901, Phone: 239-332-3624,

Chamber of Commerce of Cape Coral, 2051 Cape Coral Parkway – East, Cape Coral, FL 33904, Phone: 239-549-6900  

The Chamber of Southwest Florida, 5237 Summerlin Commons Blvd., Suite 114, Fort Myers, FL 33907, Phone: 239-275-2102, 

Estero COC, 9351 Corkscrew Road, Estero, FL 33929, Phone: 239-948-7990   

Fort Myers Beach COC, Key Estero Shops, 1661 Estero Blvd, Ft Myers Beach, FL 33931, 239-454-7500     

SW Florida Hispanic COC, 1400 Colonial Blvd, #250, Fort Myers, FL 33907, Phone: 239-418-1441   

Lee County COC, PO Box 60834, Fort Myers, FL 33906, Phone: 239-931-0931   

North Fort Myers COC, 2787 North Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, FL 33903, Phone: 239-997-9111

Sanibel and Captiva Islands COC, 1159 Causeway Road, Sanibel Island, FL 33957, Phone: 239-472-1080

Bonita Springs COC, 25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive, Bonita Springs, FL 34135, Phone: 239-992-2943