The SBDC - Small Business Development Center has several offices in the Florida panhandle.
- Panama City - located in the Panama City Mall, 850-818-0570
- Fort Walton Beach - 815 Beal Parkway NW, 850-586-7809
- Pensacola - 9999 University Parkway, 850-474-2528
- Pensacola Downtown - 117 W Garden St., 850-912-4434
Consulting services from the SBDC are at no cost. The SBDC is grant funded by the SBA and the State of Florida. Visit SBDC Website
Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a public-private partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI’s mission is to expand and diversify the state’s economy through job creation. In pursuit of its mission, EFI works closely with a statewide network of economic development partners and is funded both by the State of Florida and by private-sector businesses. Learn More
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Step 1: Research Starting a Business
Step 2: Identify Your Type of Business
Step 3: Form Your Business
Online Filing: Articles of Incorporation,
Form a Limited Liability Company
Form a Partnership
Step 4: Register Your Business Name (Optional)
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Economic Development in the Florida Panhandle Region
Northwest Florida includes a permanent population of 1.4 million and a workforce exceeding 700,000. In addition, the region attracts millions of visitors annually, due in large part to the extensive coastline along the Gulf of Mexico, where the beautiful white sand beaches are consistently rated among the best in the world.
Due to its unique location within the State of Florida, Northwest Florida is proximate to all Southeast U.S. markets. The region is attractive for all types of economic development projects, including those requiring access to deep water or barge facilities. The region’s higher education institutions, including three research universities - Florida State University, Florida A&M University, and the University of West Florida provide cutting-edge research across a wide range of disciplines, and the region’s military installations support a broad range of companies and provide a continually renewing source of skilled and dedicated workers.