Step 2: Creating Your Business

You've Decided to Take Step 2

Get started by researching State of Florida information for creating a new business and deciding what kind of business structure fits best for your future company's needs.

Choose a Business Name

You can start your business name research at the Florida Division of Corporations. It offers a free online search so that you can ensure that the name you've selected is available for registration.

Fictitious Name Requirements

A fictitious name (or assumed name, trade name or DBA name, which is short for "doing business as") is a business name that is different from your personal name, the names of your partners or the officially registered name of your LLC or corporation. If you will be operating under a fictitious name, you will have to register that name with the Florida Division of Corporations.

Business Structures

There are several types of business structures, each with its own benefits and limitations. While it can be changed later, it is far easier to make this decision correctly at the start.

The most common business structures available to you are:
Sole Proprietorship
General Partnership
Limited Partnership
Limited Liability Company
Limited Liability Partnership

View the available forms from the State of Florida.

Tips and Resources

Pasco County has an abundance of resources at your fingertips for help.

Pasco Enterprise Network
Free Market Research
Build Your Business Plan
Small Business Development Center at USF
Other State and Federal Resources