Frequently Asked Questions
Here are the answers to the most frequent questions the Chamber receives regarding entrepreneurship and small business.
Q: Where is my first stop if I am thinking about starting a business?
A: The Hillsborough County Small Business Information Center (SBIC) is a great resource for assistance and information on starting a business. Some great materials can be found by clicking here.
Q: I need advice on my business plan, can you help?
A: The SBIC outlines general information on business plans on this page of their web site.
Q: Are there training courses or counseling sessions available for businesses?
A: Both the SBIC and the University of South Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provide training and counseling for new and existing businesses in the Tampa Bay area. Visit www.hillsboroughcounty.org/sbic/home.cfm or www.sbdctampabay.com/training for more information.
The Chamber also hosts a monthly educational program designed to meet the needs of our small business members. You can find out more by clicking here.
Q: Where can I receive general information on starting a business?
A: The SBDC provides great answers to questions regarding starting a business at this link.
Q: What is S.C.O.R.E. and where are they located?
A: S.C.O.R.E. stands for Service Corps. of Retired Executives. You can find their information by clicking here.
Q: How do I learn about minority and women-owned certification?
A: The SBDC has a specific web page dedicated to common questions on minority certification. Visit this link for more information
Q: Where can I find easy steps to register my business and obtain a license?
A: Find steps to obtaining a Florida business license by visiting this link.