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Creating a Business
Get started by researching State of Florida information for creating a new business and deciding what kind of business structure fits best for your future company's needs.
Choose a Business Name
Fictitious Name Requirements
A fictitious name (or assumed name, trade name or DBA name, which is short for "doing business as") is a business name that is different from your personal name, the names of your partners or the officially registered name of your LLC or corporation.
If you will be operating under a fictitious name, you will have to register that name with the Florida Division of Corporations.Back to Top
There are several types of business structures, each with its own benefits and limitations. While it can be changed later, it is far easier to make this decision correctly at the start. State of Florida incorporation forms are available.
The most common business structures available to you are:
- Sole Proprietorship
- General Partnership
- Limited Partnership
- Limited Liability Company
- Limited Liability Partnership
Find a good business location
Once you have a business name and structure, it is a good idea to find a good location. Developed by Miami-Dade County and the Beacon Council, miamidadesites.com uses GIS mapping to display commercial and industrial properties, enhanced with useful neighborhood information.Back to Top
Tips and Resources
Organizations that offer suggestions on opening a business in Miami or the State of Florida.
- Relocating to Miami
- Florida Small Business Development Center
- Doing Business in Florida
- U.S. Small Business Administration: Steps to Starting a Business
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