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Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 7:00PM
Dunkin’ Donuts Center - Providence, RI
*** Tickets On Sale Saturday, February 28th at 10am! ***
Smackdown Returns to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center
after 2 years!!
Daniel Bryan & Roman reigns
Seth Rollins & Big Show
Plus, all of your favorite WWE Smackdown superstars Including:
*Card is subject to change*
Ticket Information: Tickets available at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center box office, all ticketmaster outlets, at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000
WWE is the Best Value in Entertainment!
The Veteran Career Fair at CCRI/Warwick on April 17th is open to all Rhode Island businesses looking for Veteran candidates. There is no cost for participating companies; register early!
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RI Building & Construction Trades Council to hold 5th Annual Providence Bruins Hockey Night to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State
On Sunday April 12, 2015 at 3:05pm, the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council will be holding its 5th Annual Hockey Night at The Dunkin Donuts Center to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (BBBSOS). The Providence Bruins will face off against their challengers, the Hartford Wolf Pack. Tickets are $18 and $2 of each ticket sold will go directly back to help fund the local mentoring programs of BBBSOS. Every child 12 and under who has one of these special event tickets will receive a free Providence Bruins baseball cap during the game.
Tickets benefiting BBBSOS are $18 and can be purchased by contacting:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State 401.921.2434 extension 124
Michael F. Sabitoni, President of the Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council and Business Manager of the Rhode Island Laborers’ District Council, has worked with the team at the Dunkin Donuts Center for the past 4 years to make this event a huge success. “It is very inspiring to see so many individuals from the Building Trades come out to support this very worthwhile organization,” expressed Mr. Sabitoni. “Our dedicated tradesmen and women in the labor and union movement know the importance of volunteering and giving back to the community. Last year we sold over 1,000 tickets to the game and our goal this year is to reach 1200. Collectively we know we can make a big impact in the support of such a vital organization like the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State. It’s always a great event and lots of fun for the whole family!”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Currently there are over 100 children on the waiting list, most of whom are boys, waiting for someone to positively impact their lives.
To learn more about becoming a mentor to a child in Rhode Island, visit www.BBBSOS.org or call 401.921.2434.
On May 3rd, Unos Pizzeria and Grill at 82 Providence Place Mall, is feeding the entire Cox Rhode race. We are attempting to break our Store / Company, volume record. We are asking all of our friends, family, and local associates to help us with this quest. Encouraging take-out; there is no item that is too small. You can indulge in our special take-out pizza offer -Buy any pizza get any second pizza for just $5. Please like our facebook event, share with others, or accept an invite to this event . Most of all show up and help us achieve.
Thank you for any support you can offer,
Rhode Island Small Business Development Center
The Marketing Series
All programs will be held in the Conference Room at the Northern RI Chamber of Commerce, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 402, Lincoln, RI. Registration, coffee, and Danish will be at 8:00 a.m. and the program will run from 8:30 to 10:30.
The presenter for all three programs will be John Horton, a local Rhode Islander whose extensive experience includes Managing Partner of Horton, Ahern, Bosquet among other roles. Mr. Horton has provided scores of consulting hours to small businesses through the RI Small Business Development Center over a period of at least fifteen years. He is currently Partner of H&J, LLC, a full-service marketing and public relations firm based in Jamestown.
April 8, 2015 Marketing 101 – Getting to Know Your Customer: Market Research
Knowing your target customer is of critical importance in developing a marketing strategy. On this knowledge depends your entire marketing plan. Who is your target market? Are they buying similar products or services now? Who are they buying them from? What are the demographics of this target? In this workshop you will learn how to identify the characteristics and behaviors of your best customer and how to learn about the competitive market in which you will compete.
Wednesday, April 29 Marketing 102 – Reaching Your Customer: Advertising and Promotion
Communicating the value of your product or service to your customer is probably the first thing people think of when they hear the word “marketing.” It is only one aspect of the broad marketing discipline but it is a critical one. And it now extends far beyond traditional advertising in print media, now including everything from newspaper ads to the latest in social media communications. But regardless of the technique, getting your messages to the largest number of your target customers for the lowest cost is the goal. This workshop will describe a variety of techniques for doing so.
Wednesday, May 20 Marketing 103 – Making the Sale: The Sales Process
In certain industries, direct communications between sales person and customer is imperative. These include high value items (automobiles, custom machinery) and new products that require an element of educating the customer. This workshop will describe the various communications strategies for “closing the sale,” while building a long-lasting relationship with potential repeat customers.
To Register: Contact Doug Jobling 401-575-7407 or email email@example.com
For the first time in memory, AIDS Project Rhode Island’s “Dining Out for Life” event will feature three co-chairs.
The 11th annual Dining Out for Life takes place this year on Thursday, April 30 at participating restaurants across the Rhode Island area. Funds raised benefit AIDS Project Rhode Island.
“Once again, we are honored to have NBC 10’s Mario Hilario join us,” said AIDS Project Rhode Island’s development director Julie Casimiro. “His involvement has been critical to helping us raise awareness of the event and HIV/AIDS,” she said. Mr. Hilario has been anchoring NBC 10 Weekend Sunrise since 1997, is an Associated Press award winner, and is a five-time Emmy award nominee.
“The snow and ice should be but a memory on April 30th, as AIDS Project Rhode Island holds the 11th annual Dining Out for Life,” said Mr. Hilario. “It has become a celebration of spring, as people across the state support the fight against HIV and AIDS by visiting a participating restaurant and enjoying a meal. Let’s hope we won’t be still shoveling snow!”
Two other event chairs have been added to this year’s Dining Out for Life: David Dadekian, founder and president of Eat Drink RI, a leading local culinary media, marketing and event production company; and Jamie Coelho, an associate editor at Rhode Island Monthly and the producer of the food and restaurant email newsletter “The Dish.”
“We are so excited to kick off the four-day Eat Drink RI Festival by participating in Dining Out for Life on April 30th,” he said. “Our opening event is the Dinner by Dames Farmers Feast at the Casino at Roger Williams Park, and we are pleased to support AIDS Project RI by donating a portion of our proceeds from the dinner to the organization.”
“Restaurants should show their support for fighting HIV and AIDS through Dining Out for Life,” said Ms. Coelho. People across Rhode Island will dine out to raise money for a great cause, and restaurants that participate will be applauded.”
On Thursday, April 30th participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to AIDS Project Rhode Island. “We work to fill their restaurants with patrons, so they have a great business day and add to their base of regular customers,” she said.
Currently she is recruiting restaurants to participate. Already signed up are:
--in Newport: SpeakEasy Bar & Grill;
--in Pawtucket: Hose Company No. 6, and Rasoi;
--in Providence: Blaze Eastside, Gracie’s, India, Rosalina and Eat Drink RI’s “Dinner by Dames Farmer Feast” at Roger Williams Casino.
Interested restaurants should contact her at 401-519-2289 or Julie@aidsprojectri.org. Restaurants donate 25 to 50% from each dinner check—or checks from all meals on that day—or donate a flat amount. In 2014, 30 restaurants participated.
For more than 30 years, AIDS Project Rhode Island has provided HIV/AIDS prevention and education services, as well as assistance for people living with HIV/AIDS. AIDS Project RI is a division of Family Service of RI. More information is available at www.aidsprojectri.org.
From an elegant violin to an impressive set of trains, Metal Miniatures! showcases a delightful collection of astonishingly intricate miniatures created from solid blocks of metal. The exhibit occupies 17 “window boxes” in the Museum’s atrium walkway, inviting visitors of all ages to take a peek at the objects as they pass by and enjoy their maker’s skill and creativity.
The Megerdichian family is proud to share Abraham’s wonderful miniatures in museums around New England and loaned the collection for this display. “The miniatures made by my father are a tribute to the skill of a trained machinist combined with an artist’s eye and a generous man’s heart,” said his son, Robert Megerdichian.
Born in Franklin, MA to Armenian immigrants, Abraham lived and worked as a machinist for most of his life in Cambridge, MA. During the early 1960s, he began his first venture into the art of creative metal making by constructing functional, metal objects for use at home – pans, knives, candleholders and more. Over time, he shifted his focus towards creating intricately detailed everyday objects and trinkets. He often used his 20-minute lunch breaks to craft precious keepsakes as gifts for family and friends, including replicas of things that were special to kids – like his son Robert’s wagon. As his skills flourished, his creations became more complex, imaginative and humorous. Each of Abraham’s pieces is a unique and is an inspiring example of creativity and inventiveness.
Abraham’s intricate metal creations will be on display at Providence Children’s Museum through April 27, 2015. Museum visitors can meet the Megerdichian family and learn more about the collection on Sunday, March 1 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM.