WFLA: Tampa Bay apprentice program connects students with construction jobs

View original article TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — There are millions of jobs available across the country, because people don’t have the skills to fill those positions. Now, there is a program available in the Tampa Bay Area to bridge that divide. The Associated Builders and Contractors Florida Gulf Coast Chapter invites students to become part of its apprentice program to help them prepare for and nab those high-paying jobs. “There are so many jobs out there that employers are willing to take a chance on [students] and get them training for free,” said Steve Kona III, the CEO of Associated […]

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FOX 13: Students Encouraged to Fill Shortage of Construction Workers

FOX 13: Students Encouraged to Fill Shortage of Construction Workers

He’s a leader in downtown Tampa’s redevelopment and Tuesday, Lightning owner Jeff Vinik told 700 Hillsborough County Public School students he needs their help to continue his mission. “We are facing a severe shortage of skilled construction workers here,” he said. Vinik and 40 Bay area businesses packed into Amalie Arena for a field trip for kids interested in skilled trade careers, specifically in the construction industry. Read Full Article

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Loyalty In Business

This morning a woman from a local business called our office with an Electrical Emergency. Their office would be inoperable until this issue was rectified and they wanted us to send an Electrician over immediately. She explained that she had already called two other companies and both were unable to respond on such short notice. We did not have an existing relationship with this business, so our Service Manager asked her who her regular Electrician is. She responded by saying “There are a few different ones that I call to get pricing when I need something done”. It was suddenly […]

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Do I Really Need to Pull A Permit?

Oftentimes, property owners and even Contractors contemplate whether they really need to pull a permit to complete a seemingly easy project. After all, permits do add to the cost of the job and they can sometimes delay the timeline for a completed project. So when is it ok to skip the permit? The answer is, never. The common perception of acquiring a permit is that it’s the local governments way of collecting more money from it’s citizens and creating more paperwork and wasted time than actually needed. But the truth is, a permit protects the property owner, as well as […]

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Florida Sales and Use Tax

There has been much talk about the effect that Amazon will have on taxes now that they are building distribution centers in our state. The Amazon site doesn’t change the fact that the tax is due, only who is responsible to send it to the State. If the Seller has a presence in Florida, they are required to collect Sales Tax and pass it on to the State. If the Seller has no presence in Florida, it is the Buyer’s responsibility to pay USE TAX. Sales Tax Each sale, admission charge, storage, or rental is taxable unless the transaction is […]

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Preventable Maintenance…Why you shouldn’t be without!

Preventative Maintenance reduces the risk of fire. We responded to a fast food restaurant in Orlando over the weekend where the entire electrical room caught fire and the store was closed for 6-8 weeks while undergoing repairs. This could have been prevented by routine electrical inspections. The expanding and contracting of the wires due to weather change causes the wires to become loose and get hot, causing a fire. Protect your business. Make sure you have a Preventative Maintenance contract in place.

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