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Small Business Start-up Guide

Incorporation Plan to do business as a corporation?  Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations
Business Name  If your business does not operate as a corporation, you plan to run your business under a name other than your own full name, register the business with a "fictitious" name.

Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations
Online document filing at:


City License If your business is in a city within Brevard County, you'll need to obtain a Business Tax Receipt (aka Occupational License) from the City and Brevard County.  

Brevard County Tax Collector's Office -

Cocoa -

Cocoa Beach -

Melbourne -

Palm Bay -


Titusville -
County License

If your business is outside the City, but inside Brevard County, you will need a  Business Tax Receipt from the County. 

Brevard County Business Tax Receipt

Corporate Income Tax Corporations in Florida must pay State corporate income tax. Florida Department of Revenue -
Personal Property Tax   Brevard County taxes the personal property of businesses (for items such as business equipment.) Brevard County Property Appraiser -
Employee Tax Information If you hire employees, payroll tax must be withheld. Internal Revenue Service -
Employer Identification Number All businesses, except sole proprietorships with no employees, must register for a federal identification number. Internal Revenue Service -,,id=98350,00.html
Federal Income Tax Withholding and Social Security Tax Employers must withhold from  employees salaries for federal tax and pay for Social Security.  Internal Revenue Service -
Federal Unemployment Tax: Most businesses with one or more employees must contribute to a federal fund that pays for unemployment insurance to workers who  have been laid off. 

Internal Revenue Service -


State Unemployment Tax Businesses must also pay into a State fund that pays unemployment insurance. 

Department of Revenue -


Worker's Compensation Companies with four or more employees must pay into a State fund that compensates workers who are injured on the job. In construction businesses, the rules that apply are stricter.

State Compliance Division of Workers Compensation -

Health Department Information:  People who open, own or operate restaurant, hotel, or child care or other businesses need to comply with public health regulations.

State Department of Business and Professional Regulation -
Brevard County Health Department -


Zoning:  Business owners must make sure that the business they want to conduct is permitted on the property that the business will be located.

Brevard County Planning and Development Department -

New Employee Hire Reporting Requirements: Federal and State law requires employers to report all new/rehire employees who work in the State of Florida to whom the employer anticipates paying earnings.

Florida New Hire Reporting Center -



Department of Agriculture Various businesses are governed by the Florida Department of Agriculture. Starting a small business? Check with the Department of Agriculture -


Economic Development Commission of Florida's Space Coast

Florida Today


Doing Business in Florida

Florida Small Business - The guide for entrepreneurs and emerging companies

Florida Trend

Forms, Permits & Licenses


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