Does anyone at the SBC help with writing a Business Plan?
SCORE has Business Plan templates on their websites - www.jacksonville.score.org. The Achieve Your Business Dream workshop series offered by the Chamber and SCORE will help you in writing your business plan. Also, you may schedule an appointment with a SCORE Mentor to review your business plan.
I’m interested in Government Contracting what should I do?
SBA 8(a) Certification may be an option for socially and economically disadvantaged business owners that have been in business for at least three years.
To learn more about 8(a) program, call the NF District office 904.443.1900 and ask to speak to a Business Opportunity Specialist.
Does the Chamber give loans? If not, who can I contact?
No, you may contact the Small Business Admin. (SBA) to find out about their loan program.
Where can I get info on Franchise?
How can I obtain a Dunn Number?
You must register with Dunn & Bradstreet
How can I Obtain a Tax ID Number?
Go to IRS website or call IRS
Do I need a permit for a business dealing with food?
All businesses dealing with food must have a permit from the Division of Hotels and Restaurants, State Agriculture Department or the State Health Department. State
For more info: 850.487.1395.
What is a CERTIFICATE OF USE (COU)?
A COU is a three part review by Zoning, Fire Marshall and Building Inspection officials to ensure the use of a facility meets all applicable state and local laws and ordinances.
A Certificate of Use is required for any new or expanding business located in the City of Jacksonville. For further information, please contact:
Planning and Development Department
214 N Hogan St
Jacksonville, FL 32202
How can I obtain proper Insurance for my business?
Contact an insurance agent to get a quote on insurance
What is a good Recordkeeping System?
QuickBooks is one of the software system used by small businesses.
How do I register for different taxes I may need?
Register with Federal & State Depts. This includes taxes/employees; your bookkeeper or accountant can set it up.
Where do I find info on opening a Home-based Business?
Before you conduct business from your home, you must execute a disclosure statement with the Building and Zoning Department. There are certain restrictions to businesses conducted out of your home.
Businesses run from residences must meet the 11 criteria in the home occupation disclosure statement, as found on the Development Services Division web page.