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Florida is Open for Business

Businesses Large and Small are Welcome to Florida

As the economy rebounds from the COVID-19 global pandemic, the Florida Chamber of Commerce is encouraging employers to make the move to Florida with its new “Open for Business” campaign. Recent trends show major employers and corporations are considering relocating employees and operations from high-cost states like New York and California to high value locations with a low-cost of living. Florida is a prime location for consideration with its competitive offerings and pro-business, pro-jobs climate. 

Constantly ranked one of the best states for business, Florida is committed to keeping regulatory requirements and business taxes low. That, along with a strong economy and zero personal state income tax, makes it a better state to do business.

1. Size of the Economy

17th Largest in the World

....if Florida were a country. We're growing to the 10th largest!
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2. Growing Population & Economy

More than 4 million residents expected by 2030

Income is moving to Florida with $1.2M in wealth relocating to Florida every hour.
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3. Top-Quality Education

Florida is ranked among the top 5 states

...in the nation for its education system, fostering the best talent to prepare Florida's workforce.
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4. Lower Taxes

Florida has NO state income tax

...and is ranked 4th in the nation for its business tax climate.
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5. Job Creation & Diversity

More than 1 out of every 11 jobs created in the U.S.

...since 2015 were created in Florida.
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6. Infrastructure

Florida is a Top State for Infrastructure

...thanks to six straight years of $10B in state transportation and infrastructure funding.
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7. Accessability

Florida is a Gateway to Emerging Markets

...in the Americas and for international trade moving through the Panama Canal.
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8. Growing Business is a Priority

Florida is a right to work state

...with a government committed to regulatory certainty.
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9. Fiscal Stability

Unlike New York, Illinois and California

...Florida is currently ranked 2nd in the nation for fiscal stability, resulting in a AAA bond rating.
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10. Quality of Life

Florida is known for great weather, recreation and culture

...while offering an affordable cost of living. Say goodbye to cold winters; Miami’s average temperature in December is 76 degrees.
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Build For Opportunity Awareness Campaign

Our partner at Enterprise Florida has launched the Built for Opportunity Awareness Campaign to highlight businesses that are prospering because Florida is open for business and avoiding lockdowns. These highlights include diverse industries such as tourism, agriculture and transportation, as well as Florida’s manufacturing industry which accounts for more than $55 billion in output to the state’s economy. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Governor and his administration ensured that businesses could still operate by keeping industries open. From being the first to open schools, to fighting for Floridian’s right to work, along with a broad range of policies, Florida is open and ready for business.

Here are some of their stories:

J HENRY’S BARBER SHOP

J. HENRY, ORLANDO

When the pandemic hit his barbershop J. Henry felt helpless. But with Florida having the back of small businesses, he was able to turn helpless into hope and is thriving today.

ASTIN FARMS 

MADISON ASTIN SALTER, PLANT CITY

Astin Farms is a fourth-generation farm in Plant City, Florida that keeps on growing. With more than 1,400 employees, it’s committed to keep fresh, Florida produce on tables across the nation.

TERVIS

ROGAN DONELLY, SARASOTA

As the nation’s favorite tumbler, Tervis had a responsibility to its customer to keep production moving. With support from the state of Florida, Tervis kept its assembly line going safely for its employees and customers.

BACKWOODS BRIDGES

HENRY CARL, FREEPORT

Backwoods Bridges is a Veteran-owned company with 28 employees that runs like a family. Today, Backwoods Bridges is thriving due to the support and direction from the state of Florida.

RETRO FITNESS

ANDREW ALFANO, WEST PALM BEACH

Health clubs around the country closed during the pandemic and some never reopened. But for Retro Fitness, clear and concise communication from the state of Florida allowed it to reopen safely and help its franchisees reopen too.  

MARTIN’S COUNTRY MARKET

DURRELL MARTIN, ARCADIA

Even when sandwich and coffee sales slowed down at the beginning of the pandemic, Durrell Martin was hopeful and continued to invest in his business because Florida was serious about keeping the state open.

FOR THE TABLE HOSPITALITY

MATT THOMPSON, TALLAHASSEE

For the Table Hospitality successfully opened a restaurant during the pandemic thanks to Florida’s clear communication and unparalleled support for small businesses.

AMWAT MOVING WAREHOUSING STORAGE

GLORIA PUGH, TALLAHASSEE

Business is always on the move. And when organizations needed to quickly relocate to Florida, AMWAT Moving Warehousing Storage kept them going.

CULHANE’S IRISH PUB

MARY JANE CULHANE, JACKSONVILLE

When COVID threatened to close doors, Culhane’s Irish Pub kept theirs open by starting a new spirit line called 5 Sisters Spirit Vodka.

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REGINE BONNEAU, WINTER PARK

School closures during the pandemic was a challenge felt by everyone. As a small business owner, Regine Bonneau was grateful for Florida’s leadership to safely reopen schools.

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