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: 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.

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: 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.