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.
   33  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   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.—
  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.