Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Registered Vs. Certified

With all this talk about grandfathering of registered licenses, we have gotten calls from many registered license holders. One of the state’s stipulations to this application is that the applicant must have a valid county competency card. Unfortunately some of the individuals that we have spoken to have let their county license lapse thinking that keeping the state registration current was all that they were required to do. This is not the case.

To fully understand a registered license, let’s start with the actual definition as given in the Florida Statutes:
“Any contractor who has registered with the department pursuant to fulfilling the competency requirements in the jurisdiction for which the registration is issued. Registered contractors may contract only in such jurisdictions.”

In laymen’s terms, first, you get a county license and then, second, you just tell the state that it exists by registering it. The license actually resides in the county. Letting the county competency card expire is letting the license technically expire.

So remember, keep the county competency card current and keep your state registration current. To be legally licensed both of these needs to be kept up to date. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to call. We are always here to help you.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Get Yourself a Website

About half of the contractors we meet through our firm don’t have a website.  Most of these contractors are small one-man operations who don’t understand why a website is necessary.  If you’re in the same boat, we would like to share what a website can do for you:

  • A website will act as an online calling card. This means that people can find information that will allow them to contact you for quotes and dates of availability
  • A website will give you an online presence. This is particularly important as fewer and fewer people are hitting the phone books and newspapers to find contact information for contractors like you. Think about it: why would they bother flipping through the Yellow Pages when they can simply type “Plumber in Naples” into Google and get an immediate result?  
  • A website can be your very best selling tool. You can tell people about yourself, what you offer, and show them examples of your previous jobs. Include customer testimonials, too!
Don't stay behind the times. Make sure you are a presence where your customers are searching. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Congratulations, January licensees!

Congratulations to the following Licenses, Etc. clients who were approved in January:
  • Andrew Waters at QJ, Inc. DBA Ace Air Conditioning of Lantana, FL
  • Stephen Brillati at Brillati Carpentry, LLC of Macomb, MI
  • John C. Gratton at Keys Contracting Services, Inc. of Marathon, FL
  • Chester Forbes at Forbes Can Fix It, L.L.C. of Melbourne, FL
  • Rollo C Page, II at Reel Construction Enterprises, L.L.C. of Santa Rosa Beach, FL
  • Robert Hine at Morca Construction Services, Inc. of Marco Island, FL
  • Jason Sain at Deangelis Diamond Healthcare Group, LLC of Naples, FL
  • Nicolas Costabile at High Rock Builders, LLC of Boynton Beach, FL
  • Shawn Beckman at Air Cool Inc of Naples, FL
  • Adam Eckelbarge at Mader Southeast and EB Builders, Inc. of Edgewater, FL
  • Kristopher Belligan at Sentry Metals, LLC of Nokomis, FL
  • Dennis Kaiser at DK of Naples, Inc. of Naples, FL
  • Garland Weis at Inlet Pools & Spas Corp. of Naples, FL
  • Reid Kessel at Central Florida Site Development, Inc. of Orlando, FL
  • Robert Bisbee at Advanced Technology Solutions Ocala, LLC of Ocala, FL
  • Lance Jones at Clear View Security Group of Orange Park, FL
  • Jorge Vaca-Ribera at JVR A/C Services, Inc. of Naples, FL
  • James McCann at The Posh Plumber, Inc. of Naples, FL
  • Richard Lowisz at Services 4 All Seasons, Inc. of Jacksonville, FL
  • John El-Koury at All Tropical Construction, LLC of Islamorada, FL
  • Kenneth Pence at Pence Plumbing, Inc. of Jupiter, FL

Any questions? Call Lisa at 239.777.8321 for more information.