Relocating your business is a big decision and one that involves some planning. If you are moving your company to Florida, you will find plenty of resources to assist you in your transition. Before you start packing, follow these simple steps to prepare for your move to the Sunshine State.
Choose a location: each region of Florida is unique. Make a list of your company's needs, such as transportation and size of workforce, then study the demographics of Florida's diverse counties to determine which would be the best fit. You can find this research through Chambers of Commerce in each community, on www.FloridaTrend.com, and on the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations website at www.sunbiz.org. Additional details to help you choose a location are available on www.myflorida.com
Register with the state: You can file as a Florida corporation online at www.sunbiz.org. In addition, you may want to register your company's fictitious name on this same website. A fee schedule is available on the web page.
Obtain business licenses. The Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation is the agency that issues licenses to several types of Florida businesses, ranging from cosmetologists to restaurants. A list of all the business types they regulate can be found at http://www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/services.html. In addition, you may need to obtain a local business license. Check with your city hall or Chamber of Commerce to learn if one is required.
Register for Florida sales tax. Fortunately, Florida is one state that does not have a state income tax. However, if you are selling goods, you will need to register with the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) and obtain a sales tax number. Each Florida county is different on the amount of sales tax you must collect. A DOR representative will advise you of the percentage for the county you are located.
Hire employees. Florida has several resources available to help you find qualified employees for your company. The Employ Florida Marketplace (https://www.employflorida.com/) allows companies to register job openings. In addition, there are One Stop Centers throughout the state that assist companies and job seekers. Local centers can be found at http://www.floridajobs.org/onestop/onestopdir/
Kelli Peacock Dunn has been a news editor and photographer since 1998, working at a weekly newspaper in Northwest Florida. Her articles have also appeared in "Panama City Living" magazine and "The Lookout."