Best Small Business Resources in the Tampa Area

Starting a business is a life-changing experience. Florida has dozens of great resources to help entrepreneurs get started. Our team researched and vetted organizations in the Tampa area and compiled our list of recommended resources in this article.

You can also read our guide to starting a business in Florida.

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Entrepreneur Collaborative Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Financial
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Description

Hillsborough’s Entrepreneur Collaborative Center serves as a flexible venue for free and low-cost entrepreneurial services, including workshops, lectures, consulting, and other events hosted by partnered organizations. The center usually offers several events on topics ranging from social networking to online accounting. Most events require registration and are free to the public.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2101 E. Palm Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
813-204-9267

HOURS OF OPERATION:

MON-THURS: 8am - 5pm

FRI: 8am - 3pm

SAT-SUN: Closed


Prospera

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Financial
  • Sales & Marketing

Description

Prospera is a nonprofit organization specialized in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to start or expand their business. This organization empowers Hispanic entrepreneurs through mentoring services, financial planning, sales and marketing plans, and other resources to prepare entrepreneurs to start a business. Prospera does not charge for many of their services, and other services are low cost.

Restrictions

Only Hispanic applicants will be considered for Prospera’s grant program.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

600 N. Westshore Blvd., Suite 1050
Tampa, FL 33609
813-634-6246


CO.STARTERS

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Business Planning
  • Networking

Description

CO.STARTERS is a 10-week program that equips aspiring and veteran entrepreneurs with the skills needed to start a business. The classes meet once a week in the evenings and teach entrepreneurs all the skills they need to turn an idea into a business, start a business, and grow an established business.

Restrictions

There is a fee to enroll in the courses provided.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 US Hwy 19
New Port Richey, FL 34652
888-607-2726 x 221
bmartin@pascoedc.com


CoWork Tampa

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Coworking
  • Networking

Description

CoWork Tampa is a coworking space located in the heart of Tampa, Florida. Membership includes access to printing, meeting rooms, and a large kitchen. There are several membership tiers available, ranging from “virtual” access which includes a mailbox and meeting room access to tiers with private desks and 24/7 access. Space also hosts community events that inform members of new software, tools, and resources that can be useful to startups.

Restrictions

This organization offers paid memberships only.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

3104 North Armenia Ave., Suite 2
Tampa, FL 33607
800-531-2986
info@coworktampa.com


SBDC at the University of South Florida Tampa

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Financial

Offers Free Service

Description

The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

1101 Channelside Drive, Suite 210
Tampa, FL 33602
813-905-58700


Tampa SCORE

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Networking

Offers Free Service

Description

SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.


The Helen Gordon Davis Women's Business Center

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Fundraising
  • Networking

Description

Women's Business Centers are nationwide programs established by the SBA to assist women in starting small businesses. Some of these centers are combined with other local organizations and use that relationship to offer even more services. Each Women's Business Center has counselors who can provide mentorship and assistance with business planning. Women’s Business Centers also provide a network of other businesses, and some have loan programs available

Restrictions

The Women's Business Centers are, as the name implies, meant for women primarily.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

305 S. Hyde Park Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606
813-251-8437


TiE Tampa Bay

Here are the Principle Service Areas:

  • Mentoring
  • Business Planning
  • Networking

Description

TiE Tampa Bay is the Tampa branch of the global non-profit TiE organization, offering networking, mentoring, and educational programs designed to spur entrepreneurship. TiE has a focus on education, networking, and angel funding and charges a membership fee. TiE also connects entrepreneurs with mentors, though they are not in-house.

Restrictions

There is a membership fee.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

2410 Northside Dr.
Clearwater, FL 33761
727-499-0358
tietampabay@gmail.com