How to start a business in Lakeland, Florida

You have a good idea — now the fun begins.

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If you’ve lived in Lakeland for five minutes, you’ve likely noticed that Lakeland loves small businesses. We’re rounding up some helpful resources and information to get you started.


  • Central Florida SCORE — Polk County entrepreneurs can get mentorship, classes, and workshops through this local nonprofit. Attend its next event, the Small Business Expo, on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 9 a.m. at My Office and More (122 E. Main St.).
  • Catapult Lakeland — This Lake Mirror-adjacent workspace offers coworking space, offices for rent, dedicated desk space, a maker space, and a commercial kitchen. Catapult is catered towards new businesses as startups.
  • The Well — Lakeland’s $1.3 million, 4,700-sqft Midtown workspace supports underrepresented business owners to launch, grow, and sustain their businesses.
  • COhatch — Across from Munn Park, you’ll find Lakeland’s newest coworking and social space. It features member perks like podcasting rooms, private offices, health and wellness programs, and more.
  • The Lakeland Chamber of Commerce — This local nonprofit equips local businesses with vital support through events, workshops, and more. Become a member.


Find information regarding funding and financial incentives at the following institutions:


Here’s what a few local business owners said about starting your own business:

  • “Tell someone your idea! Then believe in it every day...” — @crash_bookshop
  • “Start with basics: legal creation online with the state. For FL, Always create an LLC and then acquire an FEIN from the IRS…” — @puravie
  • “... Relationships and reputation are so important.” — @venuelakeland
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