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While corporations must register with the Secretary of State, if you engage in business using any name other than your own, it must be registered under the Fictitious Name Act. It protects both business and the public. The Fictitious Name must be advertised one time in a newspaper in the county where the applicant's principal place of business will be located and proof of publication need not be submitted.

You may obtain forms for registering your fictitious name from a local newspaper or Fictitious Name Department at 850-245-6058, or visit www.sunbiz.org. Corporation information is also available at www.sunbiz.org.

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All business which buy for resale or offer for sale or lease tangible personal property, or which offer real property for rent must register with the Department of Revenue and be issued a Sales Tax number. You may obtain your sales tax number at:
  Sales Tax Information
  800-352-3671
  www.myflorida.com/dor

Once you apply for a City of Hollywood Business Tax Receipt, it may be necessary for you to obtain a business tax receipt from Broward County. Contact:
  Broward County Local Business Tax Receipt Department
  115 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale
  954-765-4697
  www.broward.org/revenue

Restaurants are required to have a Hotel & Restaurant License. Contact:
  Hotel & Restaurant Commission
  850-487-1395
  www.myfloridalicense.com/dbpr/hr/index.html

A Hotel & Restaurant License is required for apartments and rental units if there are five or more units under one roof, rented on an annual basis. If the owner lives in one of the five units, he does not need a Hotel & Restaurant License. All units rented on a weekly, monthly or "transient" basis are required to obtain a Hotel & Restaurant License regardless of the number of units.

To sell alcoholic beverages, you must first obtain an Alcoholic Beverage License. Contact:
  State of Florida Beverage Department
  5080 Coconut Creek Pkwy, Suite C
  Margate, FL 33063
  954-917-1346 (Enforcement)
  954-917-1350 (License)