FYI Transition: Florida Self-Employment Resources

Resource Description Phone Fax Email

The Abilities Fund
322 South Linn Street, Suite 15, Iowa City, IA 52240

The first and only nationwide community developer and financial institution targeted exclusively to advancing entrepreneurial opportunities for Americans with disabilities. Provides financial products, training, technical assistance services, and advisory supports to individuals with disabilities and the organizations that support them. (866) 720-3863 (319) 338-2528

Florida Small Business Development Center Network
401 E. Chase St., Suite 100, Pensacola, FL 32502

Serves as the statewide single point of contact for the advancement of an entrepreneurial environment; thus, creating a positive foundation for the development and growth of micro, small and medium enterprises in Florida. The Network's focus on the critical needs of businesses drives its direction and performance expectations. The Florida SBDC program is the most experienced economic development network serving Floridians statewide. (850) 473-7800 (850) 473-7813
The Able Trust
106 East College Avenue, Suite 820, Tallahassee, FL 32301
The Able Trust believes that when people with disabilities want to work, they should. The Trust supports individuals non-profit vocational rehabilitation programs throughout Florida with fund-raising, grant making and public awareness of disability issues. (888) 838-2253 or (850) 224-4493

Bay County Small Business Incubator
2500 Minnesota Avenue, Lynn Haven, Florida 32444

The Bay County Small Business Incubator (BCSBI) is a non-profit Small Business Incubator program established with a mission to give new and existing service and light manufacturing businesses the training and tools to become successful. (850) 271-1107

(850) 271-1109

Business and Emerging Technology Accelerator BETA-1
317 Centre Street, Amelia Island, FL 32034

BETA-1 creates 21st century companies in North Florida and South Georgia by licensing or assisting in developing technology, and applying it to commercial market opportunities. We also help entrepreneurs and new ventures to dramatically reduce the risk of building and growing their companies through access to experienced business and technical professionals with broad development expertise. (904) 261-4334

Central Florida Community Development Corporation Inc.
847 Orange Avenue, Daytona Beach, FL 32114

CFCDC will assist business clients with the development of an action plan to launch their business. (386) 258-7520 (386) 238-3428

Collins Center for Public Policy, Inc.
1415 East Piedmont Drive, Suite 1, Tallahassee, Florida 32308

The Collins Center uses its experience with various areas of government and business to provide clients with comprehensive consulting services. (850) 219-0082 (850) 219-0491

Community Equity Investments, Inc.
302 North Barcelona Street, Pensacola, FL 32501

CEII is a not-for-profit community development corporation (CDC) based in Pensacola, which provides a variety of small business lending, affordable housing and community development programs in Northwest Florida and Southern Alabama.

(850) 595-6234 or (888) 605-2505 (850) 595-5254

Daytona Beach Enterprise Center
Central Florida Community Development Corporation

CFCDC manages the Daytona Beach Enterprise Center for the city of Daytona Beach. (904) 258-7520 (904) 238-3428

Entrepreneurial Education Center
Miami-Dade College, 6300 NW 7th Avenue, Miami, FL 33167

The Center provides education and training to small and minority entrepreneurs in small business management. The Center also has a Small Business Development Center to provide one-on-one counseling to clients and a business library is also available.

(305) 237-1900 (305) 237-1908
The Entrepreneurial Institute, Florida Memorial College
Business Administration, 15800 NW 42nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33054
Program provides small business training and technical assistance to minority business owners and operators as recommended in the Metro-Miami Action Plan Trust. (305) 626-3155 (305) 626-3127
Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami, Inc. (FANM), W.O.W. (Women out of Welfare) Program
710 NE 152 Street, North Miami Beach, FL 33162
Helps unemployed women with business skills start small businesses and become financially independent and eventually get off the welfare rolls. The rationale for the program is that when women have economic power, they invest in their children and their environment. (305) 948-5690 (305) 324-6785
FAAST, Inc., Florida Alliance for Assistive Services & Technology, Inc.
1020 East Lafayette Street, Suite 110, Tallahassee, Florida, 32301-4546

FAAST is designed to develop and implement a consumer responsive, comprehensive, statewide system of technology-related assistance and systems change for individuals from birth to death.

(850) 487-3278

Florence Villa Community Development Corporation Micro-Loan Program
111 Avenue R North East, Winter Haven, FL 33881

Mission: Development of thriving economy and community base by creating business opportunity. (941) 299-3263 (941) 299-8134

Florida Association for Micro-Enterprise (FAME)
6260 North Ocean Boulevard, Ocean Ridge, FL 33435

(561) 742-1234 (561) 733-4461

Florida Community Loan Fund, Inc.
3107 Edgewater Drive, Suite 2, Orlando, Florida 32804

Florida has a rapidly growing low-income population whose needs far exceed the current capacity of the states nonprofit sector. The fund is a statewide development lending intermediary that provides affordable, flexible capital to community-based groups that work to support economic development, affordable housing, and social services.

(407) 246-0846 (407) 246-0856

Florida Department of State, Starting a Business in Florida

Helps with continually updated links to web resources related to business startups.

Florida Small Business Resource Page
1221 Brickell Avenue, Suite 900, Miami, Florida 33131-3234

(305) 661-8503 (305) 661-8621

Florida State Telecommuting Program
Department of Management Services
Human Resource Management
4050 Esplanade Way, Building 4040, Suite 360, Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0950

Telecommuting is a work arrangement whereby selected state employees are allowed to perform the normal duties and responsibilities of their positions through the use of computers or telecommunications, at home or another place apart from the employees' usual place of work.

(850) 922-5449

Florida WWINS, Inc.
3318 San Pedro Street, Clearwater, Florida 33759

(727) 723-7714
Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce
3 Independent Drive Jacksonville, FL 32202
Phone: (904) 924-1100 Fax: (904) 924-1103

Mission: To establish an effective microloan program in the First Coast region that will provide loans, training, and technical assistance to low-income persons.

Lee County Economic Development
2180 W. First Street, Suite 306, Fort Myers Fl 33901

Provides incentives and programs for small businesses which locate or relocate in the area. (800) 330-3161 or (239) 338-3161 (239) 338-3227
Miami-Dade Department of Business Development
175 NW 1st Avenue, 28th Floor, Miami, FL 33128
Responsible for coordinating and implementingminority business enterprise activities. (305) 349-5960 (305) 349-5919