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 critical that we dedicate a section of our website to sharing the area's resources that can assist in the development of an idea for 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. Find Additional links to resources on our Business page. For a comprehensive economic development chart with links that have resources from the municipal to the federal level click on the Ecosystem Chart on the left.

Precision Accounting
 Idea Stage - ResourceWebsiteEmailPhone Focus
Rollins College for Advanced EntrepreneurshipRollins Center for Excellence email 407-691-1125 educate & connect 
Seminole TechSeminole Tech's Website email  407-733-0885network with high tech businesses 
1 Million Cups OrlandoWebsite for 1 Million Cups   educate, engage and connect entrepreneurs
SBDC at Seminole StateSBDC Website  email407-321-3495 no cost one-on-one business consulting 
National Entrepreneur CenterNationalEC email  407-420-4848multiple resources for training and assistance 
Longwood Economic DevelopmentLongwood Businessemail407-260-3430  general assistance 

Business Funding

Development Stage - ResourceWebsite Email Phone Focus 
 Money GeekMoney Geek   Funding your Startup
 Money GeekMoney Geek - Your Money  Best Business Credit Cards of 2021
Small Business
SBA - North District email904-443-1900counseling on a
number of business
Department of Business and Professional RegulationsMy Florida License  850-487-1395licensing and
regulating business
Florida BusinessState of Florida Corporations    
Seminole County
Business Tax Receipts
Seminole Tax email 407-665-1000annual county
business tax receipts 
Longwood Business Tax ReceiptsBusinesses
Services Taxes
email 407-260-3442   annual Longwood
business receipts
AccionSmall Business
  affordable small
business loans
Starter StudioTechnology Accelerator email  407-378-4150educational programming, coaching, and funding
Florida Funders

 813-775-6990 assist in funding early-stage tech companies
 Florida Venture ForumFunding Guidance email  813-335-8116education and guidance
to interact with investors
Athena PowerLink OrlandoWomen-Owned Business Assistance email  407-646-2446advisory panel to assist
the woman business owner 
Canvs Orlando CoworkingStart and Grow a Business  email 407-378-4150connect startups to a
broader entrepreneurial ecosystem
UCF Business IncubatorClass A Office and Shared Resourcesemail 407-278-4880 mixed-use incubator 
Catalyst Orlando Coworking SpaceFlexible Month to Month Spaceemail407-982-3999a diverse community with month to month spaces
 BFS CapitalSmall Business Funding Solutions  866-905-4334 deliver funding solutions for your growth
Growth Stage - Resources Website Email Phone Focus 
Seminole County Chamber of CommerceSeminole Business email 407-708-4600 provide programs to
enhance economic vitality
Hispanic Business Initiative FundHispanic Business email 407-428-5872provides bilingual assistance
to establish or expand a Hispanic
owned business 
Central Florida Christian Chamber of CommerceChristian Chamber email 407-484-3899 offers an environment to grow
your business
African American Chamber of CommerceBlack Commerceemail 407-420-4870cultivates a thriving business
environment for the African
American business owner
GrowFLGrow Florida email 407-823-6384 assists second stage growth
companies prosper
Seminole County Advisory CouncilAdvisory Boardemail 407-708-4458matchmaker between established
businesses and area professionals 
ScoreBusiness Mentoring 
407-420-4844 former business executives
assisting companies to get
off the ground, grow, and achieve their goals
Career SourceCareer Source Central Floridaemail 407-531-1231 proven workforce solution 
Optimization Stage - Resources Website Email Phone Focus 
Seminole County Economic DevelopmentSeminole County Businessemail 407-665-7219pre-approved development
sites, job training and
infrastructure incentives 
Enterprise FloridaEnterprise Florida's Websiteemail 407-956-5600assist in the location, relocation
and expansion plans 
Florida Department of Economic OpportunityFlorida Jobs  850-245-7105 workforce programs,
community development
opportunities and economic development initiatives
Florida High Tech CorridorFlorida High Techemail 407-708-4630promotes high tech growth
in the region
Orlando Economic Development CommissionOrlando EDCemail407-422-7159attract, retain and grow
jobs in the Orlando region