Starting and maintaining a business venture can be a complicated affair, and due to the permanent and non-refundable nature of local, state and federal filings, any error can contribute to delays and further expenses when running your business.
Florida Business Filings Co.™ can help you realize your business vision by assisting you in the preparation and filing of the necessary documents required to register and maintain your small business, corporation or limited liability company in the state of Florida. Florida Business Filings Co.™ combines user-friendly secure online applications and tools with the support of experienced small business specialists to provide you with affordable and easy-to-use premium business services.
Florida Business Filings Co.™ can take care of all your document preparation and business formation needs and assure that your filings will be done properly and in a timely manner, saving you stress and money.
Our dedicated support team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and can be contacted via chat, phone or email.
To check the corporate records of your corporation or llc, use our Florida Corporate Search Engine
To check the information on your fictitious name registration, use our Florida Business Search Engine
To check the status of your order, simply search your invoice number at our order status page
The business structure you choose will have legal and tax implications. Learn about the different types of business structures and find the one best suited for your business.
A sole proprietorship is the most basic type of business to establish. You alone own the company and are responsible for its assets and liabilities.
There are several different types of partnerships, which depend on the nature of the arrangement and partner responsibility for the business.
A corporation is more complex and generally suggested for larger, established companies with multiple employees.
An S corporation is similar to a C corporation but you are taxed only on the personal level.
Limited Liability Company
An LLC is designed to provide the limited liability features of a corporation and the tax efficiencies and operational flexibility of a partnership.
Non Profit Organization
Non profit organizations use profit to improve services, rather than pay dividends to investors. If your business is registered as a nonprofit, you are eligible for certain government resources.
Many well-known companies like Apple and Ford started as home-based businesses. Learn more about how to set up a home-based business and what you need to know to comply with laws and regulations.
Establishing a business presence on the Internet can be a great way to sell and market goods and services. Learn more about how to start and manage an online business.
Franchises can provide an opportunity for ready-made business success, but they also come with a variety of challenges. Find out what you need to know before purchasing a franchise.
People form cooperatives to meet a collective need or to provide a service that benefits all member-owners.
Source: U.S. Small Business Administration
Adapted for: Florida Business Filings Co.™ (copyright © 2017 all rights reserved)
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This privacy statement provides notice of the standards and terms under which Florida Business Filings Co.™ protects the privacy of information supplied by visitors to sites on the World Wide Web that are owned and operated by Florida Business Filings Co.™, including floridabusinessfilings.com.
This privacy statement provides notice of our information collection practices and of the ways in which your information may be used. This policy may change from time to time, so please check back periodically to review this information.
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When you provide personally-identifiable information to Florida Business Filings Co.™ through one of our websites, it will be used to fulfill your specific request. In most cases, you will be given the opportunity to select whether you do, or do not, want Florida Business Filings Co.™ to use this information for additional purposes. You may also request that Florida Business Filings Co.™ not use your information by contacting us, however, Florida Business Filings Co.™ reserves the right, in its discretion, to send you bulletins and other important information about your Florida Business Filings Co.™ services.
Absent any instructions from you, Florida Business Filings Co.™ may use information you provide to inform you about additional services and products offered by the Florida Business Filings Co.™ family of companies, Florida Business Filings Co.™ authorized agents, and other goods and services providers with whom Florida Business Filings Co.™ has relationships and whose offerings might be of interest to you. Florida Business Filings Co.™ will not, however, sell or trade your personally-identifiable information unless we are authorized or legally required to do so, or in the case of imminent physical harm to the visitor or others.
On those Florida Business Filings Co.™ sites where you may provide Florida Business Filings Co.™ with credit card or other ordering information via the web, Florida Business Filings Co.™ protects and secures this information by employing commercially customary web-based security and encryption protocols, examples of which include Secure Socket Layer (SSL) and Secure Electronic Transaction (SET).
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Florida Business Filings Co.™ gathers this information for the limited purpose of determining customer service and website needs. We accomplish this by using certain technologies, including "cookies" (a technology that can be used to provide the visitor with tailored information about Florida Business Filings Co.™ services).
Florida Business Filings Co.™ does not combine information collected in this way with any personally-identifiable information. You can set your browser to notify you when you receive a cookie and you can refuse it.
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Notwithstanding the foregoing and in compliance with applicable laws, Florida Business Filings Co.™
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(II) takes reasonable measures to protect its proprietary rights. For the limited purposes of accomplishing such cooperation and measures and in compliance with applicable laws, Florida Business Filings Co.™ may be required to disclose personally identifiable information.
In addition, Florida Business Filings Co.™ may elect to monitor the areas of communication of any kind
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(II) if such disclosure is necessary or appropriate to operate Florida Business Filings Co.™; or
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Florida Business Filings Co.™ is a filing agency and does not render any legal, accounting, tax, or other advice. This site provides only general information and should not serve as a substitute for having a review by an attorney or accountant familiar with your specific situation. We strongly recommend that before placing your order with us, you review your proposed actions and filings with your attorney, accountant, or other qualified adviser.
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Neither Florida Business Filings Co.™ nor any member, officer, or employee of Florida Business Filings Co.™ warrant (i) the accuracy of any information contained in the records or on the systems of the Florida Secretary of State or other state or federal governmental agencies or entities, or (ii) the reliability of any information placed by you or others in our system, or (iii) the time frame within which the Florida Secretary of State or other state or federal governmental agencies or entities will update their records nor the time frame within which the Florida Secretary of State or other state or federal governmental entities will file or confirm filing of any documents or filings which we transmit and/or submit on your behalf.
Access to all government systems is more difficult during periods of peak use, and as a result, we are not responsible for any delays which may be caused due to our difficulty in accessing any government systems. The most difficult time to access the Florida Secretary of State's system is in the days including and immediately preceding May 1 of each year. Under current law, Annual Reports for Florida Corporations and Annual Reports for Florida Limited Liability Companies must be filed with the Florida Secretary of State on or before May 1 of each year in order to avoid substantial late filing penalties and the risk of dissolution of any late-filing corporation or limited liability company. Because it is more time intensive to complete filings and confirm filings with the Florida Secretary of State during peak periods, our fees for processing any Annual Reports first submitted to us for filing between April 25 and April 28, inclusive, incur a "Last-Minute Filing Surcharge" of $50, and any Annual Reports first submitted to us for filing between April 29 and May 1, inclusive, are subject to an "Emergency Filing Surcharge" of $75. It is impossible to guarantee that Annual Reports submitted to us for filing with the Florida Secretary of State after April 28 of any year will be timely filed; we will, however, use our best efforts to assure timely filing. The "Last-Minute Filing Surcharge" and "Emergency Filing Surcharge" are non-refundable, as long as we make a good-faith effort to timely complete these filings with the Florida Secretary of State on your behalf.
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This prohibition extends to the sending of unsolicited mass e-mailings from another service which in any way implicates the use of this site or any Florida Business Filings Co.™ Services, Florida Business Filings Co.™ equipment or any Florida Business Filings Co.™ e-mail address.
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If you use a domain name in connection with the Florida Business Filings Co.™ Hosting Service, or any other Florida Business Filings Co.™ Service, you must not use that domain name in violation of any trademark, service mark, or similar rights of any third party.
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By posting or submitting content to any Florida Business Filings Co.™ website, you:
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By submitting payment authorization by credit or debit card, you are agreeing that the credit or debit card charges authorized are irrevocable and non-changeable, and that you will not be entitled to a refund, credit, or charge-back for any services which you have authorized and which we undertake on your behalf. You also agree to pay any fees and charges which we may incur as a result of (i) the dishonor of your credit or debit card charge, (ii) any extraordinary charges we incur for your use of a credit or debit card (including, without limitation, investigating and resolving credit or debit card disputes) and/or (iii) our documenting to the reasonable satisfaction of the credit or debit card issuer that our charging your credit or debit card is proper. You also authorize us to charge your credit or debit card for any such fees and/or charges which we may incur. All charges which we process to your credit or debit card will appear on your statement with the descriptor, "Florida Business Filings Co.".
Providing prompt and efficient services is our highest priority. The preferred method of contacting us for the fastest possible service is by using our online contact system, utilizing the form on the "contact" portion on the top left of each page of our website. On occasion, hardware, software or transmission failures, clients providing us with incorrect email addresses, or other circumstances may prevent you from receiving a prompt response to your request for support. If you do not receive a response to your request for support within TWO (2) business days following the date of your request, you may contact us on our Client Service Hotline number of 1-800-998-4177. Be sure to advise the support representative or indicate on the voicemail whether you have previously attempted to communicate with us by email. Please also be sure to include your name, business name, telephone number(s), email address, the reason for your inquiry, and any further information which will assist us in promptly addressing your request. During those times when a live representative is not available on the Hotline, the Hotline is regularly monitored to ensure prompt response. While we will endeavor to respond more quickly, it is our policy to always respond to messages left on our Client Service Hotline number within TWO (2) business days following the date of your call.
If an order is cancelled after payment has been made by the client but before a research, name availability search, or investigation has been completed, Florida Business Filings Co.™ will refund to the client the total order amount less a $30 processing fee.
If the order is cancelled after a research, name availability search, or investigation has been completed but before the filing document has been created, Florida Business Filings Co.™ will refund to the client the total order amount less a $60 processing fee.
If the order is cancelled after the filing document is created, Florida Business Filings Co.™ will refund the total amount of the order less a $90 processing fee provided that the filing document is not already filed with the appropriate governmental agency.
Money paid to Florida Business Filings Co.™ that has already been paid to the government for filing fees or to suppliers is not refundable.
A $30 fee will be added to all checks returned to Florida Business Filings Co.™ due to non-sufficient funds or closed accounts. In addition, a bank service fee will be charged on these checks.
If you are not satisfied with Florida Business Filings Co.™ services please contact our support department.
Before submitting a request for the cancellation of your order, please read our Refund Policy
If you are not satisfied with Florida Business Filings Co.™ services please contact our support department.
A registered agent is an individual or business within a state who is designated to accept official and legal correspondence on behalf of a corporation or LLC.
The registered agent must be available during business hours and is responsible for making sure that official legal documents are received and forwarded to the corporation or LLC in a timely manner.
The registered agent address is the address used by lawyers and the government for official legal correspondence. The registered agent address must be a physical, in-state street address, and no p.o. boxes are acceptable.
The state of Florida, as well as most states, requires that every corporation and LLC doing business in the state must have a registered agent, as the corporation or LLC can not act as it's own registered agent.
Simply follow one of the links below:
In order to cancel your services you must first change your registered agent information with the Florida Department of State by removing Florida Business Filings Co.™ information, including our address, and have another registered agent assigned to your corporation or llc.
After changes are made with the state and can be verified through current corporate records
, please contact us by using the form located at our contact page
If you need assistance changing registered agents, you can use our services page
to submit your request.