Don't Govern Alone! – Resources Are Out There for Boards and Managers

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The Western & Central Florida Cooperator’s Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 can make the job of serving on a board of a condo or HOA easier.

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The Western & Central Florida Cooperator’s Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo
Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Serving on a board of a condo or HOA, can be a tough job sometimes. Part administrator, part mediator, part project coordinator, board members have to wear a lot of hats, and make decisions that involve thousands—sometimes hundreds of thousands—of their neighbors' dollars. No pressure, right?

Don't Govern Alone! – Resources Are Out There for Boards and Managers

Having an outside management company handle things like collections and contracts helps a lot, but most good boards still want to know more about how they can run their communities more smoothly and efficiently.

Fortunately, there are a number of resources that can help do just that, giving information, ideas and contacts that can in turn make the job easier and less stressful. Best of all, some of these resources are entirely free of charge. Along with professional organizations, boards can draw information and support from publications and annual trade shows tailored to address their specific concerns.

Coming to the Western and Central Florida marketplace is The Western & Central Florida Cooperator’s Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo, its first year—at the Tampa Convention Center. Supported by its free monthly news magazine—available in print, and online at http://www.flcooperator.com —The Western & Central Florida Cooperator is jam-packed with articles on everything from organizing board meetings to negotiating with landscaping vendors.

The Expo, taking place on December 9th in Tampa from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., is an event that brings together more than 150 exhibitors, and features a full day of educational seminars, legal advice booths, and giveaways—all free of charge for board members, managers, and the public. Just pre-register on the Expo website at http://www.tampa-expo.com.

The Cooperator Expo may be one of the largest events of its kind in the area, but it's not the only resource available in the Sunshine State. Non-profit professional organizations like Florida’s chapters of the Community Associations Institute (CAI) of which there are 8 Florida chapters, including the CAI Gold Coast and Suncoast chapters, offer educational seminars and events throughout the year, and have their own trade expositions as well.

CAI and the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) offer a roster of seminars, certification courses, and networking events to help both boards and managers do their jobs better. It takes a special kind of person to volunteer to help govern their condo or association community—and it's not always an easy job—but by knowing what's out there in terms of educational resources and networking opportunities, a tough job can be made a whole lot easier. For registration and more information on the The Western & Central Florida Cooperator’s Condo, HOA & Co-op Expo on December 9th, go to http://www.tampa-expo.com.

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