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Community Association Board Members! Special Session for Certification at 2011 Entrepreneur?s Law School

Published: Jan 12, 2011 12:46 PM EST

This year the Entrepreneur’s Law School, a once-a-year opportunity, will offer a special three-hour track for community association board member who want to fulfill the State of Florida certification requirement to serve on a board.

Board Member Certification Training for Florida’s Community Associations will be conducted by attorneys from Alvarez, Sambol & Winthrop, P.A.  This special session will take place from 9 a.m. till noon on Saturday, January 29 and includes lunch. Topics will address all the categories required by the State of Florida for individuals to be certified to serve on a Board of Directors. State of Florida Topic Requirements include: Budgets and Reserves, Elections, Bids and Contracts, Financial Reporting, Operations, Dispute Resolution and Records Maintenance.         

On July 1, 2010, Florida Statute Section 718.112 was amended to provide two options for qualifying to serve on the board of directors or board of administration of a community association. Specifically section 718.112(3)(b), Florida Statutes, states: Within 90 days after being elected or appointed to the board, each newly elected or appointed director shall certify in writing to the secretary of the association that he or she has read the association’s declaration of condominium, articles of incorporation, bylaws, and current written policies; that he or she will work to uphold such documents and policies to the best of his or her ability; and that he or she will faithfully discharge his or her fiduciary responsibility to the association’s members. 

The statute provides also provides that newly elected board members may take, as an alternative option, a division approved educational curriculum.  Individuals who anticipate running for the board may participate in an approved educational curriculum before they are elected in order to fulfill this requirement. Visit: for additional information.

This is the 12th consecutive year of the popular Entrepreneur’s Law School and is being coordinated by the Small Business Development Center of Florida Gulf Coast University (SBDC). Sponsoring this year’s event are the law firm of Alvarez, Sambol & Winthrop, P.A., and Key Bank. The Entrepreneur’s Law School provides an opportunity to ask the experts specific legal questions, without expensive legal fees.           

The Day’s Topics and Presenters include:

The Entrepreneur’s Legal Checklist, Aaron Farmer

Identifying and Protecting Your Intellectual Property, James Cardle

Considerations in Buying or Selling a Business, Donna M. Flammang

Business Planning for 2011, Jeff Janeiro

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Protecting and Profiting from Intellectual Property, Edward Livingston

How Worker’s Compensation Impacts Your Business, Kristen J. Longberry

Legal Advice: Where, When, How, and Why?, Rachael S. Loukonen

Strategies for Obtaining Financing in Today’s Market, Joseph Ariola

Time to Review Your Business Insurance Policies with the Florida Dept of Financial Services, Carol Porter

The Entrepreneur’s Guide to Contracts, Mary Saunders

Health Care Reform and You – What Health Care Reform Means for Your Business, Jeffrey M. Thompson

Hiring and Firing: Starting and Ending the Employer/Employee Relationship, Paul Valenti

The Changing Landscape for Condo and HOA Boards and Associations, Jennifer K. Birmingham

The day-long event is designed to help small business owners better understand legal issues pertaining to their particular businesses and this year will help local Community Association Board members to meet state requirements.

The hour long sessions designed for business owners and managers will be conducted by local attorneys, will be eye opening and very enlightening. The presenters are from the community and are experts in small business legal matters.

The event will take place from 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Florida Gulf Coast University.  Sessions will be held on campus at the Student Union Building (Building #17 with large clock) 10501 FGCU Blvd, South, Fort Myers.

The Entrepreneur’s Law School tuition including Lunch with the Lawyers is $75 for the morning or afternoon sessions or $95 for the full day, if purchased in advance. At the door, half day tuition is $105 and full day is $125. Some 50% scholarships are available; call Dr. Beth Hagan at 239-947-8085 for more details.

Interested businesses or individuals may register online at:  or call 239-745-3700 for more information.

This program is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accomodations for persons with disabilities will be made. 

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