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Robyn Barineau, Executive DirectorNew Business Portal Streamlines Opening a Business in Florida
Starting your own beauty salon can be a diz-
zying experience, even for the most prepared en-
trepreneur. The journey can seem daunting, from
formulating a business plan, to securing financing
– or even just picking a name for your business.
The myriad licenses, permits and registrations
needed are just a small part, but Florida’s Depart-
ment of Business and Professional Regulation will
make starting your business easier than ever with
the state’s new Business Information Portal.
The Business Information Portal( www.OpenMyFloridaBusiness.gov ), wh
ceived its official unveiling in late June, streamlines
the process for individuals seeking to start and op-
erate a business in the Sunshine State. Prospective
business owners can type their chosen business
field, and the portal will provide a checklist of all
that’s needed to enter the Florida business sector.
On the portal, prospective business owners
receive an interactive and printable checklist for
getting the licenses needed to get a salon up and
running. This includes how to register your new
business, applying for an Employer Identifica-
tion Number and registering for your state taxes
through the Department of Revenue.
Starting a business in Florida can mean register-
ing with the Department of Revenue and licensing
with the Department of Business and Professional
Regulation, the Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services or the state’s Department
of Health. This new portal will help clarify that
process. The site offers brief introductions to all
relevant state agencies and explanations for what
their state licenses cover.
For those that need help beyond licensing, the
site also contains a companion eGuide, which of-
fers help in getting a business moving forward.
The eGuide includes best practices and general
information regarding starting and operating a
business in Florida. That includes helping you for-
mulate your own business plan, pick a location for
your business and acquire financing.
The guide will also walk you through the state
requirements that fit most businesses, and it in-
cludes information about state regulatory agencies
and additional resources. Whether you need help