Why South-West Florida

Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, and Lee Counties

At the International Trade Hub, we serve a variety of international business sectors by helping companies to do business, whether outbound or inbound.

As a pro-business state, Florida offers a profuse amount of incentives; a celebrated business tax climate, extensive multi-modal infrastructure systems, featuring international airports, 15 deep-water seaports, extensive highway and rail networks and two major spaceports.

Business Incentives
  • Qualified Target Industry Tax Refund
  • Capital Investment Tax Credit
  • Special Incentives
  • A Workforce Training Incentive, the Quick Response Training Program (QRT)
  • High Impact Performance Incentive
  • Quick Response Training
  • Incumbent Worker Training Program
Global Reach

As an unmatched state in diversity, strong cultural and trade connections with Latin America; Florida’s global reach brings truth to the idea of being the global hub for business in the United States of America.

Workforce

Florida offers a large and talented pool of workers to employers. Thanks to a favorable tax structure and lower business, labor cost in Florida is lower than in some of our neighboring states. As a global hub for business, Florida’s professionals are more culturally and linguistically diverse, providing a cutting-edge advantage to employers in the global marketplace.

CareerSource Florida, the state’s innovative partnership for workforce training, provides programs such as Quick Response Training and Incumbent Worker Training to help existing and new companies recruit, train and maintain cutting-edge skills and keep pace with new technologies.

Multinational Businesses

Florida includes multinational businesses that take advantage of the state’s unique position as a gateway to Latin America. Add to that a highly skilled workforce and favorable tax laws, and it becomes clear why Florida is a top pick for foreign enterprises looking to create a presence in the U.S.

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“El International Trade Hub en Port Manatee se enfoca en proporcionar una incubadora o un espacio de aterrizaje suave para las compañías que buscan ingresar al mercado estadounidense. Estas son compañías que de otro modo buscarían en otras áreas del país.”

Carlos Buqueras
CEO, Port Manatee

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