Entrepreneurial and Small Business Development

Small and emerging businesses generate wealth and provide a significant source of employment in today's high technology global economy. They stimulate job creation, develop crucial innovations in both products and services and diversify the economic base. Thus, we feel it it critical that we dedicate a section of our website to sharing the area's resources that can assist in the development of an idea to the optimization of that thriving business. 

Recognized by Nerdwallet as the 7th Best Florida City to Start a Business, Longwood believes that a community that meets the needs of its entrepreneurs increases the chances of job growth within small businesses, and those gains translate into a more vibrant community.

Although we have categorized the following resources into four stages of development, The Idea Stage, The Development Stage, The Growth Stage and the Optimization Stage, be aware that any of the resources may support multiple stages of a small business' growth. Additional links to resources can be found on our Business Links page.

Precision Accounting
 Idea Stage - Resource Website Email Phone  Focus
Rollins College for Advanced Entrepreneurship Rollins Center for Excellence  email  407-691-1125  educate & connect 
Seminole Tech Seminole Tech's Website  email   407-733-0885 network with high tech businesses 
1 Million Cups Orlando Website for 1 Million Cups      educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs
SBDC at Seminole State SBDC Website   email 407-321-3495  no cost one-on-one business consulting 
National Entrepreneur Center NationalEC  email   407-420-4848 multiple resources for training and assistance 
Longwood Economic Development Longwood Business email 407-260-3430   general assistance 
Development Stage - Resource Website  Email  Phone  Focus 
Small Business
Administration
SBA - North District  email 904-443-1900 counseling on a
number of business
topics 
Department of Business and Professional Regulations My Florida License    850-487-1395 licensing and
regulating business
Florida Business State of Florida Corporations       
Seminole County
Business Tax Receipts
Seminole Tax  email  407-665-1000 annual county
business tax receipts 
Longwood Business Tax Receipts Businesses
Services Taxes
 email  407-260-3442 annual Longwood
business receipts
Accion Small Business
Loans 
    affordable small
business loans
FireSpring Fund Technology Funding email   407-378-4150 seed funding for
technology entrepreneurs
Florida Angel Nexus Business Funding email   386-530-3714 assist in fundraising 
 Florida Venture Forum Funding Guidance  email   813-335-8116 education and guidance
to interact with investors
Longwood Micro-Enterprise Revolving Loan Longwood Incentives  email  407-260-3430  loans for businesses
(1-5 employees) 
Athena PowerLink Orlando Women Owned Business Assistance  email   407-646-2446 advisory panel to assist
the woman business owner 
Canvs Orlando Coworking Start and Grow a Business   email  407-378-4150 connect startups to a
broader entrepreneurial ecosystem
UCF Business Incubator Class A Office and Shared Resources email  407-278-4880  mixed-use incubator 
Catalyst Orlando Coworking Space Flexible Month to Month Space email 407-982-3999 diverse community with month to month spaces
 BFS Capital Small Business Funding Solutions    866-905-4334  deliver funding solution for your growth
Growth Stage - Resources  Website  Email  Phone  Focus 
Seminole County Chamber of Commerce Seminole Business  email  407-708-4600  provide programs to
enhance economic vitality
Hispanic Business Initiative Fund Hispanic Business  email  407-428-5872 provides bilingual assistance
to establish or expand an Hispanic
owned business 
Central Florida Christian Chamber of Commerce Christian Chamber  email  407-484-3899  offers an environment to grow
your business
African American Chamber of Commerce Black Commerce email  407-420-4870 cultivates a thriving business
environment for the African
American business owner
GrowFL Grow Florida  email  407-823-6384  assists second stage growth
companies prosper
Seminole County Advisory Council Advisory Board email  407-708-4458 matchmaker between established
businesses and area professionals 
Score Business Mentoring 
407-420-4844  former business executives
assisting companies to get
off the ground, grow and achieve their goals
Career Source Career Source Central Florida email  407-531-1231  proven workforce solution 
Optimization Stage - Resources  Website  Email  Phone  Focus 
Seminole County Economic Development Seminole County Business email  407-665-7219 pre-approved development
sites, job training and
infrastructure incentives 
Enterprise Florida Enterprise Florida's Website email  407-956-5600 assist in location, relocation
and expansion plans 
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Florida Jobs    850-245-7105  workforce programs,
community development
opportunities and economic development initiatives
Florida High Tech Corridor Florida High Tech email  407-708-4630 promotes high tech growth
in the region
Orlando Economic Development Commission Orlando EDC email 407-422-7159 attract, retain and grow
jobs in the Orlando region