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.

Grow Your Business with No-Cost

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at University of South Florida, has satellite offices throughout the 10-county Tampa Bay region. The non-profit organization assists existing, emerging and aspiring businesses in DeSoto county, through no-cost confidential business consulting, market research, and training. The Florida SBDC at USF’s professionally credentialed consultants have real-world experience and expertise to help you make the right business decisions. Consultant¹s expertise focuses on areas that are vital to owning and operating a successful business, including: strategic market research; market expansion and revenue growth; business and strategic plan development; access to capital and loan packaging assistance; financial analysis and assessment; accounting systems and financial literacy; feasibility analysis and start-up assistance. For assistance, go to and click on Schedule a Consultant in the top right side of the home page. For questions, contact Stacey Dadd at or 813.396.2713.

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.

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.

You Name It, We'll Be There!

Something we love more than anything is being there for our community. Please contact us with any questions, concerns or just to say hello.

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