Q. I am the newly elected president of my condo association, and the other board members want me to find some new vendors for our community and schedule interviews with our board. I don’t have a lot of time to devote to this project. In your opinion, what is the best way to find potential new vendors for my community?

A. An internet search will of course get you started, but probably the best way to learn about new vendors is to visit a trade expo. Trade expos operated by the Community Associations Institute (CAI) are some of the larger shows in Southwest Florida. They can feature over 100 exhibitors that provide various services to community associations, including property managers, accounting firms, law firms, banks, insurance companies, service companies and contractors. You will have the opportunity to visit with the exhibitors that interest you and hopefully find vendors that fill your community’s needs. These expos and free for all condo and HOA residents.

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