A worker holds a sign that says "We are open, come inside!" at the entrance of a cafe.
Good Things Start Here

Start a Business in Collier County

Grow Your Business in Paradise

Start Here, Grow Here

Entrepreneurs are an engine of the Collier County economy and we can assist as you accelerate your business. A variety of local programs are available to assist entrepreneurs in strengthening a company’s ability to achieve its growth goals. These include the Immokalee Culinary Accelerator, Tamiami Angel FundSmall Business Development Center, SCORE Naples and GoodWill's MicroEnterprise Program. Collier EDO can help startups by identifying financial partners, providing industry research, and facilitating introductions to larger businesses and potential customers.

Goodwill’s SWFL MicroEnterprise Institute assists individuals with a business idea in developing a plan to guide their start-up process or strengthen their existing business. Subject matter experts and experienced business coaches work with participants each evening to develop their plan.

For more information on these programs, please contact us. For permitting questions please call the Collier County Growth Management Department at: (239) 252-2400

A. From the Collier County Tax Collector’s Office. http://www.colliertax.com/ 

A. colliertaxcollector.com has a FAQ tab that is very informative on “Business Tax Receipts” or call 239-252-2477

A. Yes, a resident can obtain a Business Tax Receipt (home occupational license) for businesses that meet zoning approval. The zoning approval is obtained at the Growth Management Division, Business Center located at 2800 North Horseshoe Drive, Naples, FL. The Business Tax Receipt Instructions and Application and the Land Use and Zoning Certificate for Home Business Application can be found at the following link: http://www.colliertax.com/ 

A. Examples would be a home-based office, a computer type business, or a business where you build something in your house or garage and then sell it elsewhere. The home occupation shall be clearly incidental to the use of the home and not change the character of the home. 

A. All materials associated with a home occupation must be stored in a completely enclosed structure such as a garage or shed. 

A. The Collier County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) does not certify DBEs, but rather uses the list of DBEs identified in the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Uniform Certification Program (UCP) Directory. The BCC utilizes the FDOT website DBE Directory. The directory lists the firm’s name, contact person, address, phone number, and the type of work the firm has been certified to perform as a DBE., which provides information regarding available DBE’s in all or nearly all construction trades, as well as providers of all types of goods and services. The Directory’s database is continuously supplemented and updated. The DBE directory can be found by clicking here.

A. You may provide information about your home occupation on a web site; however, no signs are permitted on or off-site. 

A. The Land Development Code has different requirements for zoning classifications. A Zoning review and approval may be obtained at the Growth Management Division Business Center located at 2800 North Horseshoe Drive, Naples, FL. The Zoning review will determine the zoning classification of the vacant lot and determine what is permissible.