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Florida Small Business Development Center  Provides free, private consultations and a variety of assistance for the small business entrepreneur.  Located at Seminole State College. 

S.C.O.R.E.  This non-profit organization is dedicated to the success of small businesses.  Contact them for free, one-on-one counseling services or sign up for one of their business seminars.

Business and Trade Associations

Business Associations    Small business, women's and minority associations from

Florida Trade Associations  Associations for Florida businesses.  Florida Trend Magazine.

Florida United Businesses Association  A lobbying and trade association representing small businesses in the state.

Gateway to Associations  Directory of thousands of trade, professional, and philanthropic associations.  American Society of Association Executives.  Updated daily.

National Association of Women Business Owners  Local Orlando chapter.  Educational events, networking.

Business Development

Enterprise Florida   Business assistance programs, demographics, properties, and more.  The official economic development organization for the State of Florida.   Headquartered in Orlando, eFlorida is a public-private partnership.

Florida Small Business Development Center  Provides free, private consultations and a variety of assistance for the small business entrepreneur.  Located at Seminole State College.   A sub-center of the University of Central Florida's Small Business Development Center.  

Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center  An online resource that connects entrepreneurs with support organizations in their area.

GrowFL  Grow your business with the help of experienced professionals.   The Florida Economic Gardening Institute at UCF offers assistance for second-stage businesses. 

Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission   A non-profit, private/public partnership dedicated to assisting businesses in the Central Florida area.  Provides services and support.

Minority Business Development Agency  Dedicated to helping Central Florida minority business owners succeed.  U.S. Department of Commerce.

National Entrepreneur Center  Provides a single location where small businesses can access a variety of business resources, technology, and research tools.  Get free one-on-one counseling, sign up for low-cost seminars, and more. A public-private partnership. Sponsors include Walt Disney World, Bright House, UCF, and Orange County. 

SCORE  This non-profit organization is dedicated to entrepreneurial education and the success of small businesses.  Contact them for free, one-on-one counseling services or sign up for one of their business seminars.

Seminole County   One of the fastest growing markets in the country and a community well prepared to do business with business.  A nice place to visit and an even better place to live and work.

Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce      For additional city and regional Chambers as well as links to Seminole County municipalities.

Seminole State College's Seminole Advisory Board Council  Connects established businesses with area professionals to help businesses grow.  Qualifying businesses are assigned advisors who provide the expertise the company needs.

Seminole Technology Business Incubation Center  Offers support to technology-based companies in the early stages of development.  A joint venture of Seminole County Government, Seminole State College, and the Seminole County Port Authority.

University of Central Florida's Business Incubation Program  UCF's award-winning program provides support to companies in the early stages of development.  Services include mentoring, educational programs, marketing/PR support, networking, and more. Offices are located in: Apopka, Orlando, Sanford, and Winter Springs as well as Osceola and Volusia Counties. 

UCF Venture Lab assists those entrepreneurs interested in launching technology businesses.

U.S. Small Business Administration  Resources and services to assist you from the popular Federal government agency. The basics of small business are covered in this handy guide for the North Florida area, including Orlando. 

Chambers of Commerce

African American Chamber of Commerce of Central Florida  Informational resources and support for the African-American business community.

Asian American Chamber of Commerce   Provides leadership and support to Central Florida's Asian business community.

Casselberry Chamber of Commerce  Represents businesses and professionals who serve the greater Casselberry community. 

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metro Orlando  Provides leadership and support to Central Florida's Hispanic business community.

Oviedo-Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce  This regional Chamber serves the needs of new and growing businesses in the Oviedo-Winter Springs area.

Sanford Chamber of Commerce  Serves Seminole, west Volusia, and Orange Counties.

Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce   Whether you are in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Lake Mary/Heathrow, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford, or Winter Springs, the Chamber is here to help you. 

Networking Groups

Connections Groups  Network with Central Florida professionals and business owners. 

Kiwanis  Find a local club.

National Association of Women Business Owners  Local Orlando chapter.  Networking, educational events.

Orlando Black Professionals  A networking, support, and training group for Black professionals and business owners.

Orlando Young Professionals   Meet other young professionals with varied backgrounds and interests. 

Rotary International  Search for local groups.

Small Business Resource Network   Connect with experienced professionals, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Women on a Mission to Earn Commission   Where women help women succeed.  A social, stress-free networking atmosphere.  Local chapters throughout the Central Florida area.

Women's Endeavors in Business  Support system, programs, and networking with other Central Florida business women.