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This section will provide tips on how to open your business in the State of Florida.

How to register a business as a Sole Proprietor
  1. Choose a name for your new business and check if it is available. You can check the availability of the name through the federal trademark database at www.uspto.gov/trademarks/index.jsp and at the state level with www.sunbiz.org.
  2. Register your business with federal, state, and local governments. While not necessary, you can register your business name as a federal and/or state trademark. If you will be conducting business with a name other than your own name you will need to apply for a "fictitious business name" with the state of Florida. Additionally, if you will open a business within Miami-Dade County you will need to apply for a Business Tax Receipt at the county and municipal level.
How to form a General Partnership
  1. Choose a name for your new business and check if it is available. You can check the availability of the name through the federal trademark database at www.uspto.gov/trademarks/index.jsp and at the state level with www.sunbiz.org.
  2. Register your business with federal, state, and local governments. While not necessary, you can register your business name as a federal and/or state trademark. If you will be conducting business with a name other than your own name you will need to apply for a "fictitious business name" with the state of Florida. Additionally, if you will open a business within Miami-Dade County you will need to apply for a Business Tax Receipt at the county and municipal level.
  3. The forms required to form a General Partnership are found at http://form.sunbiz.org/cor_gp.html. You may file it online or via mail.
  4. Additionally, if you will open a business within Miami-Dade County you will need to apply for a Business Tax Receipt at the county and municipal level.
How to form a Limited Partnership
  1. Choose a name for your new business and check if it is available. Florida law requires that an LLC name contain either "limited liability company," "L.L.C." or "LLC" as the last words in the name. Other rules may apply and so it is recommended to check with a professional. You can check the availability of the name through the federal trademark database at www.uspto.gov/trademarks/index.jsp and at the state level with www.sunbiz.org.
  2. Register your business with federal, state, and local governments. While not necessary you can register your business name as a federal and/or state trademark. If you will be conducting business with a name other than your own name you will need to apply for a "fictitious business name" with the state of Florida.
  3. Prepare the articles of organization to be filed with the Florida Department of State, Division of Corporation. These documents and additional documents associated with the formation of an LLC can be found online at http://form.sunbiz.org/cor_gp.html.
  4. Additionally, if you will open a business within Miami-Dade County you will need to apply for a Business Tax Receipt at the county and municipal level.
How to form a Corporation
  1. Choose a name for your new business and check if it is available. Florida law requires that a corporation name contain either "corporation," "company," "incorporated," "Corp.," "Inc.," or "Co." as the last words in the name. Other rules may apply, and so it is recommended to check with a professional. You can check the availability of the name through the federal trademark database at www.uspto.gov/trademarks/index.jsp and at the state level with www.sunbiz.org.
  2. The corporation must also abide by the following basic regulations:

    1. At least one director
    2. The directors must be at least eighteen years old
    3. The directors do not need to be residents of the state of Florida or shareholders unless otherwise indicated in the articles of incorporation
  3. The articles of incorporation need to be filed with the Florida Department of State, Corporation Division. These documents and additional documents associated with the formation of a corporation can be found online at http://form.sunbiz.org/cor_form.html. Additional procedures may be necessary. Please consult with a professional for further details.
  4. Additionally, if you will open a business within Miami-Dade County you will need to apply for a Business Tax Receipt at the county and municipal level.

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