KEY INDUSTRY: Entrepreneurship

Florida entrepreneurs have more resources than ever before.

Our clear, sunny skies and unspoiled environment is a perfect fit for entrepreneurs seeking a balance of a superb quality of life with a sense of community and strong business climate. We pride ourselves in having the right size of government with less regulation and a small town approach to supporting our business community.

Our universities and local education institutions are training the next generation to think like entrepreneurs.

Venture capitalists and angel investors are increasingly concerned with quality of life in areas that allow access to mature markets and investments for resiliency and environmental sustainability.

Citrus County and the Nature Coast, where perfecting the Florida lifestyle is an art form and perfect for entrepreneurs. Swim with the manatees, bike the extensive trail system, golf an award winning course, reel in a trophy catch on one of our scenic lakes, rivers or the bay, or just relax in front of a gorgeous sunset. In fact, outdoor activities, festivals and events abound in Citrus County year round. Citrus County is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise with ample recreational/hospitality amenities to serve its citizens.

Citrus County is also very pro-business with some of the lowest tax rates in the State and home to entrepreneurs big and small across a broad range of business activities, the tourism industry, the healthcare sector, business service industry and the energy production industry.

The $200 million publicly funded Suncoast Parkway 2 extension has begun, and promises local businesses a quicker, easier connection between Citrus County and all points south, including the Tampa area’s Airport and Port.

In 2019 local entrepreneur Anette Skoog competed in the finals of the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) Ag Innovation Challenge competition, the first time Florida has had a finalist in the competition.

Entrepreneurship Snapshot

Citrus County’s outlook is forward thinking, sustaining a business community based on quality of life, preserving our natural resources, fair taxes and competitive property costs. Well-informed entrepreneurs with the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of development with huge growth potential are already arriving, will you be next?

Crystal River based Mertailor has crafted goods for Lady Gaga and Disney and has been featured in W Magazine and Marie Claire.


Total Workforce


Unemployment Rate


Between Ages 18 and 54

Annual Average Wage

Learn more about our workforce & available education

Doing Business in Citrus

Initial Steps

The necessary steps for locating, starting or growing your business in Citrus County.



Citrus County has the utilities and communication technology needed to get your business up and running.

Business Incentives

Local and state incentives help companies that are locating and doing business in Citrus County.


Taxes & Cost of Living

A highly favorable tax climate in Florida provides advantages for every type of business.


Easy access to I-75, deepwater marine ports, international airports and railway system.

Quality of Life

From freshwater lakes to spring-fed rivers flowing to the Gulf of Mexico, discover adventure in Citrus County!

Interested in becoming an Entrepreneur?

If you’re looking for help with questions about starting, locating or expanding a business in Citrus, contact the Citrus County Economic Development team.