Grow Your Business

Entrepreneurial Resources

There are many resources that entrepreneurs can take advantage of to grow and scale their businesses within the region. We have pooled the information from a variety of resources to provide you with advice and best practices.

Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce

The mission of the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce is to serve the economic development, prosperity, and sustainability of our community and region through connectivity, leadership, education and support.

Learn More About the AACC >

SCORE Orlando

They offer free business advice, low-cost or no-cost business training, seminars, webinars and workshops and numerous other templates and tools to assist you in your journey to open your new business or grow your existing one.

Learn More about SCORE Orlando >

National Entrepreneur Center (NEC)

Through a cooperative effort of a diverse group of organizations, the National Entrepreneur Center offers access to professional business assistance, quality education programming and practical industry expertise.

Learn More About the NEC >

Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center

The FLVEC is an online directory of resource agencies that serve entrepreneurs, organized for each state of your business.

Connect to the FLVEC >

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Ready-to-use business tools to help you get the job done faster and easier, including model business documents, financial spreadsheet templates, checklists, and official government forms.

Small Business Tools >

U.S. Small Business Administration

Resource center that features sections on starting and managing a business: Choosing Your Business Structure; Exploring Loans, Grants & Funding; Choose Your Location & Equipment; Hire & Retain Employees; Exporting; Running a Business; Healthcare; and Business Guides by Industry.

Starting & Managing a Business >

Enterprise Florida

Small Business Assistance Programs, Financial Assistance, Assistance for High Tech Start Ups and Contracting Opportunities.

Start up a Florida Business >

Florida Department of Financial Services

Resources and information available to small businesses about Florida agencies such as agency license verification, worker compensation and fire standards and training. There are also many links to find helpful information to improve business processes.

Small Business Owners’ Insurance: a guide for consumers >

Florida Department of Revenue

Find valuable information regarding sales tax information, emergency disaster information, tax incentives for businesses, submit corporate income information and many types of business forms and publications

Business Owners Guide to Sales & Use Tax >

University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program

The UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development effort designed to help create & sustain jobs in the community and spur economic growth throughout the region. This goal is accomplished by helping early-stage businesses grow to the point where they need to hire employees in order to continue operating and growing. Since 1999, we have assisted more than 350 early-stage companies, who’ve sustained more than 6,725 job. The total economic output of these firms is nearly $1.6 billion in Central Florida.

Business Incubation Program >

Business Resources

While the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce provides direct assistance for new and existing businesses, here are a number of other partners who provide valuable assistance. The following is a partial listing of some of those partners.

Apopka Area

Orange County Business Tax Receipt


Local Business Tax Receipt (Needed for All Businesses).

Orange County Permits & Licenses


Orange County’s One-Stop Permitting.

Orange County Planning & Development


Comprehensive planning, development review, permitting, environmental and special area planning.

Orange County Zoning Division


Responsible for the interpretation and implementation of zoning regulations that have been adopted in accordance with the County’s Comprehensive Plan and supports the Board of Zoning Adjustment by processing variances to the zoning code as well as special exceptions.

Orange County Vendor Services & Procurement


Orange County bidding process, bids, contracts and purchasing.

Orange County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO)


Traffic Counts, Transportation Statistics, Public Transportation

City of Apopka Planning & Zoning Division


Responsible for developing and implementing the city’s Comprehensive Plan and zoning regulations. This includes the review of commercial and industrial projects, structural permits, land uses, signs and billboards, fences, additions, arbor permits, and home occupations.

City of Apopka Procurement Services


Enrollment for Bid notices and vendor registration through DemandStar.

City of Apopka Business Tax Receipt


Local Business Tax Receipt (Needed for Commercial Businesses as well as Home/Mobile Businesses)

CareerSource Central Florida —Employer Center


Employer Services, Post Job Openings, Financial Incentives, Training Resources.

Orange County Municode Library

Land Development Codes & Ordinances for Orange County and Incorporated Communities