Florida Senate - 2013 SB 224 By Senator Detert 28-00427-13 2013224__ 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to the Florida Small Business 3 Development Center Network; amending s. 288.001, F.S.; 4 providing that the network’s statewide director is 5 subject to the approval of the Board of Governors of 6 the State University System; providing for removal for 7 cause; requiring the statewide director to regularly 8 update the Board of Governors and the Department of 9 Economic Opportunity with certain information; 10 providing that the Board of Governors, the department, 11 and the network’s statewide advisory board are jointly 12 responsible for establishing certain policies and 13 goals; providing for advisory board membership; 14 providing for terms of membership; providing for 15 certain member reimbursement; requiring the statewide 16 director to work with regional small business 17 development centers to establish and approve budgets; 18 requiring the statewide director to establish certain 19 accountability measures; requiring the statewide 20 director to coordinate with the Board of Governors to 21 establish an innovative incentive program; providing 22 for funds to be disbursed to regional small business 23 development centers that meet certain standards; 24 providing that match funding may not be reduced for 25 regional small business development centers receiving 26 funds from the innovative incentive program; requiring 27 the statewide director and the network to operate the 28 program in compliance with federal laws and 29 regulations; amending s. 1001.706, F.S.; providing the 30 Board of Governors with certain powers and duties 31 relating to the network; providing an effective date. 32 33 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 34 35 Section 1. Section 288.001, Florida Statutes, is amended to 36 read: 37 288.001 The Florida Small Business Development Center 38 Network; purpose.—The Florida Small Business Development Center 39 Network is the principal business assistance organization for 40 small businesses in the state. 41 (1) As used in this section, the term: 42 (a) “Network” means the Florida Small Business Development 43 Center Network. 44 (b) “Board of Governors” is the Board of Governors of the 45 State University System. 46 (2)(a) The network’s statewide director is subject to the 47 approval of and may be removed for cause by the Board of 48 Governors. 49 (b) The statewide director shall regularly update the Board 50 of Governors and the department on the network’s progress and 51 outcomes, including information on businesses and entrepreneurs 52 assisted by the network and the network’s economic return to the 53 state. 54 (3) The Board of Governors, the department, and the 55 network’s statewide advisory board are jointly responsible for 56 establishing the network’s statewide policies and goals to 57 ensure that the network’s policies and programs align with the 58 statewide goals of the State University System and the statewide 59 strategic economic development plan pursuant to s. 20.60. 60 (4)(a) The network’s statewide advisory board shall consist 61 of 17 members from across the state. At least 10 members must be 62 representatives of the private sector who are knowledgeable of 63 and sympathetic to the needs and challenges of small businesses. 64 The members must represent various segments and industries of 65 the Florida economy and must bring knowledge and skills to the 66 statewide advisory board that would enhance the statewide 67 advisory board’s collective knowledge of small business 68 assistance needs and challenges. The statewide advisory board 69 must include the following members: 70 1. Three members appointed from the private sector by the 71 President of the Senate. 72 2. Three members appointed from the private sector by the 73 Speaker of the House of Representatives. 74 3. Three members appointed from the private sector by the 75 Governor. 76 4. One member appointed by the statewide director from the 77 private sector. 78 5. One member appointed by the host institution. 79 6. The President of Enterprise Florida, Inc., or his or her 80 designee. 81 7. The Chief Financial Officer or his or her designee. 82 8. The President of the Florida Chamber of Commerce or his 83 or her designee. 84 9. The Small Business Development Center Project Officer 85 from the U.S. Small Business Administration at the South Florida 86 District Office or his or her designee. 87 10. The President of the National Federation of Independent 88 Businesses, Florida, or his or her designee. 89 11. The Executive Director of the Florida United Business 90 Association or his or her designee. 91 (b) An appointed member shall serve a 4-year term beginning 92 August 1, 2013, except that initially 2 members appointed by the 93 Governor, 1 member appointed by the President of the Senate, 1 94 member appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, 95 and the member appointed by the statewide director shall serve a 96 term of 2 years. An appointed member may be reappointed to a 97 subsequent term. Members of the statewide advisory board may not 98 receive compensation but may be reimbursed for per diem and 99 travel expenses pursuant to s. 112.061. 100 (5) The statewide director shall work with regional small 101 business development centers that are part of the network to 102 establish and approve the regional small business development 103 center budgets and to ensure the budgets align with the 104 network’s statewide policy and goals. The statewide director 105 shall also establish accountability measures to ensure the 106 proper expenditure of funds and alignment with the network’s 107 statewide policy and goals. Accountability measures must include 108 performance-based metrics for contractual agreements. 109 (6) The statewide director shall coordinate with the Board 110 of Governors to establish an innovative incentive program for 111 regional small business development centers to encourage 112 adoption of small business assistance best practices by regional 113 small business development centers. 114 (a) A resource or fund dedicated to the innovative 115 incentive program shall be disbursed only to regional small 116 business development centers that demonstrate best practices, as 117 determined by performance-based metrics developed by the 118 statewide director. 119 (b) Regional small business development centers receiving 120 additional funds as a result of the innovative incentive program 121 may not reduce matching funds dedicated to the small business 122 development center program. 123 (7) The network and the statewide director must operate the 124 program in compliance with federal laws and regulations, 125 including terminating or suspending a regional director or other 126 employee for actions that cause harm to the program or that 127 cause the public to question the integrity of the program. 128 Section 2. Present subsections (8) through (11) of section 129 1001.706, Florida Statutes, are redesignated as subsections (9) 130 through (12), respectively, and a new subsection (8) is added to 131 that section, to read: 132 1001.706 Powers and duties of the Board of Governors.— 133 (8) POWERS AND DUTIES RELATING TO THE FLORIDA SMALL 134 BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER NETWORK.—The Board of Governors has 135 the powers and duties set forth in s. 288.001 to implement the 136 Florida Small Business Development Center Network. 137 Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2013.