So you’re ready to start a business in Orlando?

You came to the right place

It's true that 80% of new businesses in Orlando fail within 18 months. Our goal is to do everything possible to help you be part of the 20% that don't. Central Florida has many resources available to help business owners like you start and grow a successful business. We created the Orlando Entrepreneurs Network & Resource Center to help get you on the right path. First things first, take a look at the tabs below to find great resources for various aspects of your new business.

Connect with startup business advisors in Orlando

Orlando has numerous organizations that focus on advising new businesses. We’ve taken the time to list several of the most popular below. If you need help choosing one, or want to speak to one of our business advising specialists, contact us.


We are a scaleup accelerator that provides high-growth entrepreneurs access to role models that have built startups that have scaled.

UCF Venture Lab & Accelerator

The UCF Venture Lab is a FREE Resource Center for UCF Students, Faculty, & Community Entrepreneurs.


The Florida SBDC Network (FSBDCN) delivers, through certified professionals, training and information to help businesses succeed.

Burnout Game Ventures

BGV’s mission is to cultivate aspiring entrepreneurs in the areas of video games, simulation and VR/AR into successful businesses.

Access relevant Orlando legal resources

When it comes to starting your business lawyers and legal resources are essential. Business lawyers are helpful professionals that can be utilized throughout your companies existence. Whether you are looking for help shaping your operating agreement, raising investment funding, creating a customer agreement, handling a dispute, selling your company, or any legal assistance in between, they’ll have your back. We have provided some helpful links in case you’d like to do certain things on your own such as registering for your company, filing a trademark or patent and more.

Links to relevant legal resources:


  • Register your company (SunBiz)

  • Apply for an EIN, Employee Identification Number,  from the IRS (Apply for EIN)

  • Operating Agreements best practices and common mistakes  (coming soon)

  • Determine ideal company structure (coming soon)

  • File Trademark or Patent (United States Patent & Trademark Office)

  • Common Startup business legal mistakes  (coming soon)

  • Investor Legal Documents (coming soon)

Get further legal assistance


Burr Forman

We invest our time and talents in our Clients, Colleagues and Communities. It is not just hard work, knowledge and experience that are integral to the quality and delivery of our legal services.

Entrepreneurship Law Firm

We are business lawyers in Orlando, Fl that represent closely held businesses and professionals. We have significant experience assisting entrepreneurs.

Tools & Templates

When you are starting a business there are many aspects to consider. Developing a business plan is an important first step. We’ve added several resources below to assist you with this endeavor. The business plan template is brought to you by the Kaufman Foundation. The business model canvas is an asset that can provide a quick overview of various aspects of your business – it is essentially a quick business plan that may change as you learn more about your market and customers. We’ve also included several financial templates to assist you.

Business Planning & Marketing Templates


  • Business Plan Template: Template from the Kaufman Foundation. Use and modify accordingly to meet your business planning needs.

  • Business Model Canvas: A visual snapshot created by Alexander Osterwalder that acts as a living business plan that should be modified based on experiments to find a scalable business model (product/market fit).

  • Customer Discovery Process & Template: A resource created by David Brim that helps business owners and marketers prioritize and understand their prospective customers to better communicate and influence them.

  • Cash Flow Statement: Managing cashflow is an extremely important skill for entrepreneurs. This template will help you do just that.


Online Resources to Consider


  • ZOHO: Customer Relationship Management Software (CRM)

  • QuickBooks Online: Bookkeeping and accounting software

  • Constant Contact: One of the top email marketing tools (Free trial).

  • Google Apps: Utilize a branded version of Gmail, Google Calendar & More.


Resources to understand yourself and team:

We all interpret the world in a unique way based on our past experiences, education, attitude, dominant thoughts, needs and goals. These factors act as a lens and shape our perception of what we experience which cause us to respond to people, events, and stress differently. Each of us also has natural character traits that can either be strengths or weaknesses in various situations. As an entrepreneur, leader, or manager, it is important to understand those on your team and prospective hires. Once you understand them you can more effectively translate a message or truth you are seeking to convey in a way that is easier for them to grasp through the lens they see the world through. You can also put them in situations or roles to maximize their likelihood of success. As an entrepreneur it is also extremely important to understand yourself. There are times when things may not go as planned. These trying times can can be stressful and test you mentally, financially and emotionally. During these times of stress you must know how to pick yourself up, make well informed and balanced decisions, be a good steward of capital & resources, and able to embrace uncertainty with faith and confidence.


Team and Individual Assessment tools:


strength-finder-logo Strength Finders Test: The Clifton StrengthsFinder is a Web-based assessment of normal personality from the perspective of Positive Psychology. It is the first instrument of this type developed expressly for the Internet. Over a secure connection, the Clifton StrengthsFinder presents 177 items to you. Each item consists of a pair of potential self-descriptors, such as “I read instructions carefully” versus “I like to jump right into things.” The descriptors are placed as if anchoring polar ends of a continuum. You are then asked to choose the descriptor that best describes you, and to identify the extent to which that chosen option is descriptive of you. You are given 20 seconds to respond to a given pair of descriptors before the assessment automatically presents the next pair. Take the Strength Finders Test




Myers-Briggs Personality Test: The purpose of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) personality inventory is to make the theory of psychological types described by C. G. Jung understandable and useful in people’s lives. The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment. Take the Myers-Briggs Test






Branding, Creative & Web Assistance

Taking the first steps in developing your brand are an essential part of starting your business.  We have organized a number of resources to help you develop your brand foundation.

Develop your brand foundation


Get your domain name (GoDaddy)

godaddy domain names








Set up branded emails (Google Apps)

google-apps image








  • Use Gmail, Google Calendar, G Chat & More with your company brand
  • Discount code (20% off basic plan): ACADERCX6AQC7MW
  • Discount code (20% off business plan): U4LQGHGV79X6TVE

Leverage email marketing (Constant Contact)








File for a trademark to protect your brand (United States Trademark & Patent Office)










Get Creative Assistance

Here are several local branding agencies that can assist you with designing your initial brand foundation

Three21 Creative

We are a rare breed; creative communicators and visual romantics to the core. We are poets of the digital realm, inspired by big-picture ideas and viral memes alike. We are Three21.

Brand Advance

Brand Advance is a creative marketing agency based in Central Florida which partners with companies that have passion and purpose to achieve their growth goals.