Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Social Media Seminar Presented for the Interior Design Society

The Interior Design Society recently offered a seminar on social media at the Miromar Design Center in Estero, FL.  Lisa presented a beginner class in the morning and an advanced class in the afternoon.  In these presentations she touched on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  Accompanying her was Bronson Taylor of DumbPunk who spoke about websites and search engine optimization. 

About 60 individuals came to learn, making this a highly successful event.  The crowd had very insightful questions and everyone learned something.  Beth Ann Tuyls, President IDS Naples Chapter, said, “I feel a huge THANK YOU is in order!!! What a wonderful, successful event today! We have received so much positive feedback from this event.” 

To see the presentations in their entirety, click on the links below:

There are active links within this presentation, so click away!

If you have any questions after watching this (or would like to hire us to do the work for you), please don’t hesitate to call Lisa at 239-963-5369!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Electrical Rule Changes

Changes have just occurred in the electrical licensing world.  The following rule changes went into effect on Sunday July 17, 2011.  In a nutshell:

·  The Statement of Bonding Limits or Irrevocable Letter of Credit is no longer required.

·  Personal Financial Statements no longer need to be notarized.

·  Forms on the DBPR website have been updated.

Here are the actual statutes now in place at the ECLB.  The crossed-through portions have been removed from the requirements.

61G6-5.003 Requirements for Certification.

 (2) Every applicant must submit:

(a) A comprehensive financial statement reflecting the financial condition of the individual applicant during the previous fiscal year; provided, however, that the statement must have been prepared within 12 months of the date of filing of the application. The financial statement shall include a balance sheet. Unless prepared by a certified public accountant, the financial statement shall be signed in the presence of a notary by the individual applicant.

61G6-5.004 Requirement for Business Organizations.

In order that the Board may carry out its statutory duty to investigate the financial responsibility, credit, and business reputation of an applicant proposing to engage in contracting as a partnership, corporation, business trust, or other legal entity other than a sole proprietorship, an applicant shall be required to forward the following to the Department for review by the Board:

(1) A statement signed and sealed by an officer of a surety company licensed to do business in Florida, certifying that the company would issue a performance or payment bond in an amount of at least $10,000.00 to an applicant for a specialty certification and in an amount of at least $25,000.00 to an applicant for unlimited electrical or alarm certification at the time of application. However, an applicant may substitute an Unexpired Irrevocable Letter of Credit from a responsible financial institution in an amount of at least $10,000.00 or $25,000.00 respectively, in lieu of this requirement.

As always, look to the gals at Licenses, Etc. to help you get through the licensing process quickly and easily.  We are always looking out for what affects you. 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Facebook for Advanced Business User

There are more than 750 million active users on Facebook.  50% are active users that log on to Facebook in any given day.  The average user has 130 friends and people spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook.  Last night we discussed how to leverage this information to benefit businesses.
A few of the topics discussed were:

·         Facebook Advertising

·         Check - In Deals

·         Custom Applications including Fan Only Applets

·         Posting as Your Business

·         And much more...

To see the slide presentation in its entirety, go to  There are active links within this presentation, so be sure to click on the pictures!   

A big thank you to Whole Foods Market Naples for donating the snacks for this event.  What an amazing spread they made available last night.  Yummy!

If you have any questions after watching this (or would like to hire us to do the work for you), please don’t hesitate to call Lisa at 239-963-5369!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Important information on Glass & Glazing Licenses

Last week, we sent out an email blast regarding the Glass & Glazing license changes. Because this went into effect July 1, 2011, with very little publicity, we wanted to make sure you were aware of the changes. However, the effect of the changes on various licenses holders was unclear. Even for CILB!

We now have information straight from the CILB office. To be clear, Division I contractors ARE NOT affected by this change at all. If you hold a Division I license (CGC, CBC, CRC), you may continue to do glass and glazing work, including installing windows, storefronts, etc. The statutes have not yet been updated, but this is according to CILB executives.  When the new statutes are posted, we will let you know.

Contractors who currently have a Specialty Glass & Glazing license will be receiving a new license in the mail with a new license number that begins with CGG.  The numeric portion of the license should remain the same.  Look for your license in the mail in the upcoming weeks.  All of your marketing materials need to be updated to include you new license number. You can also verify your license number here:  Just like any other contractor, your license number should be on any and every thing that is remotely considered advertising or marketing.  This includes, but is not limited to, business cards, truck or van wraps, brochures, advertisements, and more…

If you have any questions, as always please send them on over.  The rules are not always easy to follow or understand.  We are here to help you in any way we can.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Congratulations, June licensees!

Congratulations to the following Licenses, Etc. clients who were approved in June:
· John Martyn at A.T. Construction, Inc. of Drexel Hill, PA
· Kevin ‘Andy’ Martyn at A.T. Construction, Inc. of Drexel Hill, PA
· Richard Souza at Patriot Plumbing Contractor, LLC of Pace, FL
· Ryan Van Tasell at Exceptional Aluminum, Inc. of Cape Coral FL
· James D. Martin at Sims Construction & Remediation Services, LLC of Rockledge, FL
· William Frenzel at Frenzel Services, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale, FL
· Robert Vermurlen at C&A Construction Services, LLC of Troy, AL
· David Rios at River Dave Building & Plumbing Contractors, Inc. of Naples, FL
· Clemens Peschl at International Contents Experts, Inc. of Pompano Beach, FL
· Maynard Baker at Bakerfield Custom Homes Corp. of Tampa, FL
· Sean Gardere at Prodigy Construction & Development, Inc. of Windermere, FL
· Christopher Wood at CW Custom Construction, Inc. of Bradenton, FL
· Anthony C. Ferguson at Diesel Construction Group, Inc. of Jupiter, FL
· Saleh Rabah at All Phase Solutions, LLC of Delray Beach, FL
· Cherie Summa at Naples Dock & Marine of Naples, FL
· Kyle Klewin at Klewin Construction, Inc. of West Palm Beach, FL
· John Hose at i2 Visual, Inc. of Fort Myers, FL
Be sure to check them out!
And remember if you would like to be set up on Social Media Networking sites, call Lisa at 239.963.5369 for more information.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Revised Applications and New License Rules Effective July 1st

Some big things just happened at the state level regarding licensing and there are a couple of changes we need to report to you.  Home Inspection licensing was made more attainable during this year’s legislative session.  As of July 1st, Division 1 license holders can apply for a Home Inspector License via Grandfathering.  There are no additional CEU or experience requirements during Grandfathering, so take advantage of this one-time-only opportunity.  Grandfathering will be allowed until July 1, 2012.   There are also provisions for certain other inspectors to be Grandfathered under this new rule.  If you would like additional information, please let us know.  The fee to the DBPR is $330 and fingerprinting is still required.  As always, the gals at Licenses, Etc. can help you with the application.  Give us a call today to find out more.
A big revelation was that the Glass & Glazing license has lost its status as a specialty license and is now a Division 2 license.  This means that Division 1 licensees will need to hold a separate Glass & Glazing license in order to do work such as install windows, or will need to subcontract this work to a licensed Glass & Glazing Contractor.  We have been told that they will continue to use the same exam for this new license that they have been using for the specialty license.  All existing specialty glass and glazing contractors will be reclassified as Division II licensees.  The next available date to test for a Glass & Glazing license will be in August 16th and 17th.  The deadline to sign up is July 20th. 
And finally a note of caution to remind all that enforcement of unlicensed activity for Mold Assessors and Mold Remediators has now begun.  Please make sure that you are working within the laws.  Any contractor going into a location to assess for mold or to address a mold problem will need to be licensed to do so.  These are individual licenses and a license holder must be on site supervising or performing all work that is performed. 
We know that these are big changes in the licensing world.   If you have any questions as to how you may be affected, turn to the gals at Licenses, Etc. to answer all your licensing questions.  We are here to help you.