Hernando County Office of Business Development

Hernando County Small Business

Small Businesses providing diversity and innovation are essential to the economy of Florida and Hernando County . 

According to Small Business Administration statistics, small businesses represent more than 99 percent of all employers  and provide approximately 75 percent of the net new jobs added to the economy.

Hernando County has it's share of small businesses that make a welcome contribution to the county's  economy. Whether just starting your small business or expanding it, Hernando County can be the right place for your business. 


Small Business Links

Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation     

Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations


Small Business Administration  

Small Business Development Center
 University of South Florida  

Starting a Business in Florida
Starting a business in Florida

Hispanic Business Initiative Fund

Business Licenses, Permits and Regulation  

www.irs.gov  Tax Center Information for Small Businesses



    Form: Small Business Administration 504 Loan Application (2.5MB PDF file)

Business.USA.gov: The Business Gateway to Federal Resources

Pasco/Hernando Chapter 439
Counselors to America's Small Business

A resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration

If You Are A Business Owner Or Manager,
SCORE Is For You!

Visit the Local SCORE website

American SBDC Florida at USF
Small Businesses looking for
start-up and growth assistance
can get help through
Florida's SBDC
at the University of South Florida


Businesses moving into a new location or existing businesses that are expanding must contact the Hernando County Development Department at 352-754-4050 to determine if a Business Use Permit is required.
A Business Use Permit provides the business owner the opportunity to meet with county inspectors to ensure that the space meets zoning, building, and fire code requirements for the specific business. The Business Use Permit also provides for Certificate of Occupancy for the business.


    Business Plans and Planning

  • Automated Business Plan Template web.sba.gov/busplantemplate/BizPlanStart.cfm  - SBA's tool designed to help you build a business plan. At the end of the program you will be able to generate and save a formatted business plan which can later be further modified or presented as a final product.

  • BizPlanIt's Virtual Business Plan www.bizplanit.com/resources/virtual-business-plan-template.html  - Step-by-step walkthrough of business plan sections including basics to include and mistakes to avoid.

  • Business Owner's Toolkit www.toolkit.com/tools/index.aspx#starting_your_business  - Downloadable business plan for manufacturer, service and retailer businesses.

  • Business Plan Archive www.businessplanarchive.org/
    A collection of (primarily dot com) business plans archived by the University of Maryland.

  • Bplans.com www.bplans.com/sample_business_plans.php  - Find, view, download and edit sample business plans.

  • INVenture Business Planner https://www.agecon.purdue.edu/planner  - Free, online business planning tool with a self-assessment that asks key questions and produces a downloadable, personalized business plan. A tutorial provides a helpful walkthrough.

  • The Plan - A Step-By-Step Business Plan Workbook www.mastercard.com/us/business/en/pdf/plan.pdf  - MasterCard's Working for Small Business user-friendly workbook.

  • Hernando County Chamber of Commerce www.hernandochamber.com/  – hosts numerous training, business networking and other programs which benefit local businesses.

  • Small Business Development Center www.sbdctampabay.com/  – Operated by the University of South Florida and located within the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, the SBDC provides free one-on-one counseling to new or existing businesses on a wide variety of topics including business plans, finance/loans, government contracting and more.

  • Write a Business Plan that Works www.sitepoint.com/article/business-plan-wont-sit-shelf  - Step by step guide on how to write a valuable business plan that can actually guide your business success.

  • SCORE439.org www.score439.org  - Mission: to assist local men and women to launch  or purchase an existing business, to assist mature businesses in successfully resolving marketing/sales, engineering/manufacturing, human resources, and managerial problems and to assist local small business owners to either expand their operations or sell their businesses, to assist our clients to seek and obtain the necessary funds to carry out their business objectives, to develop and conduct low-cost small business seminars for our clients and the general public.

  • Selecting a Business That Fits www.sba.gov/content/selecting-business-fits  - SBA podcast. Starting a business must be pursued for the right reasons or it is destined to fail. Explores importance of selecting a business that blends with your interests and skills.

    Licenses and permits

  • Florida state information www.sunbiz.org/downloads.html  - A listing of pertinent Florida Division of Corporations forms

  • Business Licenses or Occupational Licenses, formerly handled by the Tax Collector's Office, are no longer required in Hernando County. However, building contractors and state licensed industries must contact the applicable local or state agency to determine license requirements.

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15800 Flight Path Drive Brooksville, FL 34604  Phone (352) 540-6400  FAX (352)754-5361