Alachua County is committed to creating a business-friendly, diverse and innovative environment where entrepreneurs thrive. Attracting and retaining businesses are key commitments to community prosperity.


Business Resources Guide
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This Business Resources Guide is designed to meet your need for information, assistance and support in one of the most dynamic innovation environments in the state of Florida. It is designed as a directory; connecting entrepreneurs and business owners with service providers, support organizations and programs.

Explore this guide to find out more about local, state and national programs, service providers and organizations that can help grow your business. Accessing these resources to make connections, develop and finance your business. It can also inform you of incentives and permits processing.

Whether taking the first step to start a business, expanding to the next level, or considering relocating to our community, this guide is a great start to connect you with the resources of our community.

The County values your decision to become part of the Alachua County business community. If you have questions or comments, please contact Edgar Campa-Palafox, Alachua County Economic Development Coordinator at (352) 374-5204 or email: epalafox@alachuacounty.us

Start and Locate a Business

Why Alachua County?

Alachua County has a lot to offer new and existing businesses, from highly educated employees to an easily accessible transportation network. Visit the data center of The Council for Economic Outreach to learn more about our business friendly community.

Choosing a business location

The Alachua County Department of Growth Management, in partnership with the local community, has strived to create land use policies that help businesses locate near major transportation and employment hubs (Activity Centers). Recently the department has spearheaded policies that allow Traditional Neighborhood Developments and Transit Oriented Developments (TOD) by right in many land use categories. TNDs and TOD's are mixed use communities, often along multi-modal transit lines, allowing employees to live within minutes of their work.

Map Genius Any business must be located not only for the target audience, but in the appropriate zoning district.
Use the Map Genius to find an appropriate location for your business and then get the zoning district for that location. See the Use Table in the Unified Land Development Code to determine what zoning district(s) are necessary for your type of business

Home Based Businesses

Why a Home Based Business?

Starting a Home-Based Business is great way to supplement or replace your current income. In order to have a home-based business an application must be made to the Alachua County Building Department. General home-based businesses are allowed in any established residence, while Rural Home-Based Businesses are allowed only in the Agriculture zoning district.

Qualified Target Industry (QTI)


What is Qualified Target Industry?
  • QTI is a program sponsored by the State of Florida that provides tax incentives for the location of specific types of businesses within Alachua County.
  • QTI businesses include bio-technology, green industries, and clean technology.
  • QTI incentives must be approved by the Board of County Commissioners.
How does the County help QTIs?
  • 20% Local Match of Tax Incentives.
  • Expedited Review of Development Plans
  • Meeting-intensive process designed to shorten communication time between staff and applicant.
  • Interactive plan review to reduce confusion and increase collaboration.
  • Contact the Development Review division for more information at (352) 374-5249.
How do I get started with the QTI program?