All new businesses need to establish a network of resources to ensure their success, and tech startups are no exception. Whitehouse & Cooper has compiled this list of resources to help technology startups in Florida explore the various options available to them.
Business Plans (yes, you need one)
- SBA. http://www.sba.gov/category/navigation-structure/starting-managing-business/starting-business/how-write-business-plan
- SBDC. http://www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/FL/local-resources/128
- SCORE. http://www.score.org/chapters-map
Early Business Management and Development
The Florida Business Incubation Association offers numerous incubator programs located throughout the state. Program services range from office space assistance to help obtaining funding. http://www.fbiaonline.org/Incubators/incubators.htm
Florida also has many private accelerator programs, with the following being a few of them:
- http://starterstudio.com/ (Orlando)
- http://www.tbinnovates.com/grow-it.cfm (Tampa)
- http://www.tampabaywave.org/firstwave-accelerator/ (Tampa)
- http://www.incubatemiami.com/ (Miami)
- http://www.startup-miami.com/ (Miami)
Business owners know that without capital, the business will not succeed. As painful as that may be, many owners seek funding too soon to be approved. Before asking too soon, become familiar with funding groups in your area to see how other startups have prepared for their various funding rounds.
- Minority Business Loan Information (external site)
While the list above should be very helpful, we know new resources are coming online in Florida regularly. If you would like to see a resource included in the page, please use the form below to submit it for our consideration.