Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Avoid Administrative Dissolution or Revocation

Yes we have called and emailed and shouted about this for months, but there are still a few business owners who have not filed your annual report. The original deadline of May 1st has obviously passed and the very final deadline is quickly approaching.  If you do not file by this final deadline of Friday, September 28th, your business will be dissolved or revoked. To reinstate a business is expensive and time consuming.

Avoid having your business administratively dissolved or revoked by filing your annual report by 5pm this Friday, September 28th, if you have not yet done so. Filings can be submitted directly on the Sunbiz website. Access to this website will not be available from 5 pm Friday, September 28th, until 8 am Monday, October 1st, for any electronic activity.

If you file between now and Friday, there will be a $400 penalty fee. It gets worse after Friday at 5pm. Any businesses that fail to submit annual reports by this deadline must file for reinstatement in order to continue doing any business.  The fee to file for reinstatement can be up to $750 or more. The longer you are inactive, the more it will cost.

If you took care of this by May 1st this post does not apply to you. We never want our clients to pay unnecessary fees or be caught working without being properly setup with the state. Feel free to contact us if we can assist you in any way with annual report filing or reinstatement. 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Registered Contractors Grandfathering Starts October 1st

We have some amazing news for anyone who holds a Registered Contractor’s license that is under the purview of the CILB. If you have held an active state-registered license for a minimum of 5 years, you can submit an application to receive an equivalent Certified License as of October 1, 2012. This means that you can then be licensed to do work in any county throughout Florida without having to get multiple county licenses! All you would need to do is register your one license in the county you wish to do business!

House Bill 897, which passed during the 2012 legislative session, was approved by Governor Rick Scott on May 4, 2012. This bill will re-open and extend the time period for contractors to request that their registered contractor’s license be grandfathered to a state wide certified contractor’s license. This grandfathering time period will take effect on October 1, 2012 and applications will be accepted until November 1, 2015.

The basics:
  • Currently hold a valid state-registered construction license. (Specialty Licenses are not included in this grandfathering provision.)
  • Have, for that category, passed a written examination that the board finds to be substantially similar to the examination required to be licensed as a certified contractor under this part.
  • Have held an active state-registered license for a minimum of 5 years.
  • Have not had your contractor's license revoked at any time, nor have had your license suspended or been assessed a fine in excess of $500 within the last 5 years.
  • Hold the correct minimum insurances.
  • Meet the minimum 660 credit score, or obtain a bond if you do not.
  • Supply the application fee of $309.00.

This could be the perfect opportunity to expand your territory. Start getting those jobs that have always been just outside your reach…  Call the Team at Licenses, Etc. today to find out more. 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Licenses, Etc. Welcomes Todd and Sean

We are excited to be able to introduce some new team members to Licenses, Etc.! The gals you have come to know and love, have been joined by two gentlemen! Say hello to Todd and Sean and welcome them into our licensing family. To give them a proper introduction, some basic information about these guys has been written up below:

Todd Babbitt hails from the Washington, DC area, moving to Naples in 2001. Todd has an extensive business background including several years as a residential property investor and landlord, and a Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch. Todd holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the New York Institute of Technology, and is a Certified Financial Planner. Todd has three beautiful women in his life, his wife and two young daughters.

Sean Dinneen has been a part of the Naples service industry for 10 years and has always enjoyed working with people. He considers his attention to detail and unwavering honesty to be some of his greatest attributes. He recently acquired his Florida Real Estate Sales license and has a strong desire for success. While away from the office, he enjoys playing racquetball, Crossfitting and cooking for friends and family.

Now that you know, you won’t be shocked to hear a male voice when you call! We know that these two will serve you just as dedicatedly as the gals have. Give us a call if you need anything.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Congratulations, August licensees!

Congratulations to the following Licenses, Etc. clients who were approved in August:

  • Jamin Poe at P3 Construction & Energy Solutions, LLC of Pensacola, FL
  • Ricardo Escobar of Doral, FL
  • Irvin Zelaya at CNI Concepts Enterprises, Inc. of Miami, FL
  • Charles Pritt at Hoffman Plumbing & Air Conditioning, LLC of Tampa, FL
  • Del Suppo, Jr at Tri State Pool Covers, LLC of Donora, PA
  • Blake Madgett at Madgett Construction, LLC of Boynton Beach, FL
  • David Moran at Dusckas Development Group, LLC of Estero, FL
  • Christopher Smith at UCMS, LLC of Lakeway, TX
  • Joseph Crites at RF Installations, LLC of Grand Prairie, TX
  • Michael Meridith at Hubbard Construction Company at Winter Park, FL
  • Walt Hogan at Posh Pools of Florida, Inc. of Palm Harbor, FL
  • Shawn Callahan at Certified Roofing, LLC of Cocoa, FL
  • Sandi R. Kuhlemann at B and J Roofing, Inc. of Atlanta, GA
  • Arthur Powell, III at Powell's A/C Repair, Inc. of Tampa, FL

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