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How to Start a Jacksonville Business
1. File Formation Paperwork
When starting a business in Jacksonville, your first step will probably be filing formation paperwork with the Florida Division of Corporations. Florida LLCs file Articles of Organization ($125) and Florida corporations file Articles of Incorporation ($70). As part of your filing, you’ll need to appoint a Florida registered agent who will be listed on your articles.
You won’t need to register with the state if you’re forming a sole proprietorship. However, if you’re trying to choose between starting a sole proprietorship and an LLC, remember that a sole proprietorship doesn’t offer the personal asset protection or tax advantages that come from owning an LLC.
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- Business owners must write or purchase their own operating agreements or bylaws
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Jacksonville Business Resources
Feeling overwhelmed or want some in-person guidance? Here are some Jacksonville-specific business resources and organizations to help you on your way.
Getting the lay of the land
- City of Jacksonville Small Business Help Sessions: Get answers to your specific questions about permits, zoning, fire inspections, and certificates of use. These sessions are held twice a month, and you must register to join. Fill out the registration form online and find answers to some frequently asked questions on the city’s Small Business Help page.
- Jacksonville Public Library Small Business Resources: The library’s Small Business Resources Collection contains links to data for market research, information on business planning, and even tips for starting a side hustle.
- Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of North Florida (UNF): The Florida SBDC at UNF offers free business consulting and trainings on a variety of topics, including starting your business, government contracting, bookkeeping, and even hurricane preparedness. You can sign up for no-cost consulting online.
- US Small Business Administration (SBA) North Florida District: SBA North Florida provides free business consulting and support. The office can also connect you with state and federal resources and help you find funding, including Florida small business grants. And, if you’re feeling in need of inspiration, you can read some of the small business administration Jacksonville’s success stories.
Doing business with the City of Jacksonville
- Bidding Opportunities for Work with the City of Jacksonville: If you’d like to work with the city, check the bid opening schedule and learn about bid awards for contractual services and supplies, professional services, and capital improvements. Contracts with the city can range from landscaping to engineering design services.
- Jacksonville Small and Emerging Business (JSEB) Directory: To support the local economy in Jacksonville, the city made a goal to fulfill at least 20% of its contracts by hiring small and emerging Jacksonville businesses. You can sign up to be a supplier online, and once you’re approved, your business will be listed in the JSEB Directory. The directory is open to the public, so joining the JSEB supplier portal not only increases your opportunities for working with the city but also allows private citizens and businesses to find your services.
Connecting with the local business community
- Jacksonville Business Professionals (JBP): Jacksonville Business Professionals is an organization that allows professionals like accountants, attorneys, insurance providers, and lenders to network and further their education. Another major goal of JBP is collaboration between members, so if you’re part of this sector, JBP membership could bring you business opportunities. You can apply for membership online.
- Downtown Investment Authority (DIA): The Downtown Investment Authority offers resources to developers and other businesses seeking to invest in downtown Jacksonville. The DIA has numerous incentives and programs for partnering with the city to do business. Project profile assessment forms and applications are available online.
- JAX Chamber: JAX Chamber provides support to local businesses through initiatives like the JAX Bridges Entrepreneurship Program and resources such as the Jacksonville Women’s Business Center. Additionally, JAX Chamber advocates for business-friendly policies and laws in North Florida. You can fill out the membership application online.