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Status of Florida’s Efforts to Address Challenges to Business Establishment and Expansion, Report No. 14-04, January 2014
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  • Business association representatives and economic development experts identified several common barriers to business establishment and expansion in Florida. These include access to capital, workforce availability and quality, and government regulations. In our more in-depth analysis of regulation as a barrier in the area of residential contracting, we found varied opinions regarding issues often described as barriers; these issues include state and local licensing requirements, permitting and zoning processes, and inspection procedures.
  • Florida state agencies have recently implemented initiatives aimed at making it easier for businesses to establish and expand in the state, including facilitating online registration and licensing and streamlining regulatory processes. Other southeastern states have also sought to address barriers to business growth and are examining regulatory reform, directing state agencies to revise rules, and soliciting information about business barriers and related feedback from the private sector.
  • During the 2013 session, the Legislature addressed several issues identified as important to fostering a business-friendly environment. In addition to monitoring these recent legislative actions and the agency initiatives noted in this report, the Legislature could consider options to improve access to local regulatory and business information.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Business and Professional Regulation
Department of Revenue
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
Department of Economic Opportunity
Department of Environmental Protection

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