Business Resources

Start a Business in DeSoto County

DeSoto County is a great place to start a business! And we're here to help you along the way. Below are some useful tips to help you start that business you've been thinking about. We're here to lend you support, offer you resources and help you in any way we can. Head over to the contact page to drop us a line. Or email us or give us a call. We're here for you.

Create a Business Plan

Creating a business plan is possibly the most important part of starting a business. A business plan is an outline of your business idea: your business goals, how you'll achieve them and the time frame you'll achieve them in. They're often required by banks when seeking a business loan for a new business. If you need help creating a business plan the Florida Small Business Development Center is a great resource. They have free business consulting and low-cost training to help you get started.

Decide on a Business Name

Naming a business can be fun but it can also be difficult. There are many free or low-cost resources online to help you name your business. Shopify has a free business name generator that uses AI to generate brand names. Another company, Frozen Lemons, will come up with 4 business names for under $100. The hard part is choosing the right one!

Structure Your Business

There are pros and cons to each type of legal business structure. We recommend speaking to a lawyer or a business counselor when it comes to deciding your business structure.

Get a Federal Employer Identification Number

Something every business has to do is register for an Employer Identification Number or EIN. To get an EIN you must apply with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Click Here to apply for one now. This is a FREE service offered by the government. Beware of websites charging money to do this for you.

Secure a Location

DeSoto County has great office spaces, retail spaces and land ready to be developed into your dream business location. We can get you in touch with local commercial real estate agents to assist you in finding the perfect space for your new business. Visit our "Contact Us" page to get in touch about locations.

SFSC Business Classes

South Florida State College offers a variety of Business classes to help you learn before starting or while running your business. Learn more about what they offer on their website.

The City of Arcadia

There are many economic incentives to open a business in DeSoto County and the City of Arcadia website can direct you to the many economic initiatives currently available.

BOCC of DeSoto County

Visit the DeSoto Board of County Commissioners website to learn more about how the county can help you start a business here in DeSoto County.

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