TAVARES – The Small Business Development Center, funded by Lake County and residing in Lake County’s Business Opportunity Centers, is offering a “Contractor vs. Employee” seminar to help small-business owners correctly classify its workers and avoid potential liabilities. The class also will cover current IRS regulations, basic employment law, worker’s compensation, insurance impacts and best business strategies.
The class, which also is part of the Small Business Resource Network, will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30 at the Lake County Agricultural Center, 1951 Woodlea Road, Tavares. Speakers for the seminar will include Jennifer Birmingham, of Birmingham Law Firm; Casey Fernandez, of Sihle Insurance; Kirk Thompson, of Managed Care Benefits, Inc.; and Toni Springer, CPA and PA. Space at the class is limited and registration is required.
“Many small-business owners believe they will save money by classifying people who work for them as contractors instead of employees,” said Theresa Davis, program coordinator with the SBDC. “This isn’t necessarily the case for everyone’s situation.”
The SBDC at UCF-Lake County provides existing and prospective entrepreneurs with high-quality business management counseling, entrepreneurial training, and information access and transfer, enabling them to maximize their businesses’ growth, competitiveness and profitability within their trading area. The Small Business Resource Network is comprised of professional service providers, such as attorneys, accountants, management consultants, bankers and insurers that have experience in and desire to work with small businesses. The ultimate goal of the SBRN is to create a more attractive small-business-friendly environment, mitigating the business failure rate and maximizing the businesses’ potential to contribute to the economic growth of the Central Florida region. The SBRN recently expanded to Lake County with a sub-center office at the North West Business Opportunity Center in Leesburg.
For more information about upcoming SBDC and SBRN seminars and workshops, contact Theresa Davis at 352-315-1846 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.sbdcorlando.com/lakecounty. For information on starting, relocating or expanding a business in Lake County, call Lake County’s Economic Development & Tourism Department at 352-742-3918 or visit www.BusinessInLakeFL.com.