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Nationally Recognized Student Financial Aid Expert Mark...

Dear Financial Advisors and CPAs: 

You are cordially invited to learn from Mark Kantrowitz - a nationally recognized expert on student financial aid, scholarships and student loans - on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at the Providence Marriott starting at 4:30 p.m.

AB invites you to obtain valuable information and tools to advise students and families planning and paying for college.
  • Help your clients navigate the complexities of need-based and merit-based financial aid.
  • Gain valuable insight into often-overlooked strategies that can be immediately pursued.
  • Earn one free CE credit (CFP, CIMA or CPE)

WHEN: Tuesday, May 26, 2015
4:30 p.m. Registration
5:00 p.m. One credit CE presentation

Networking reception with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to follow

Providence Marriott
One Orms Street, Providence, RI
Free parking is available

Featured Speaker:
Mark Kantrowitz, Senior Vice President & Publisher

Guest Speakers from:
Rhode Island Office of the General Treasurer
Rhode Island Higher Education Assistance Authority

Call 401-453-4748 or email
Please RSVP by Friday, May 22 as space is limited.

Click here for additional information and invitation

Let Us Help You Own Your Power

Did you know that Rhode Island has been a leader in creating programs to help small businesses make the investments needed to reduce energy waste and save money? 

There are several programs available to your small business to effectively and affordably increase your company's energy efficiency and decrease your utility costs. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse invites you to learn how at An Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workshop for Small Businesses on Monday, June 1 at the Community College of Rhode Island.

Attendees will learn about the programs and funding available to small businesses and how to apply, and also will hear firsthand accounts from business owners who have successfully taken advantage of the programs. There will also be time to meet directly with representatives from the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, Commerce RI and National Grid, all of whom administer these programs. 

This event is free and open to the public, but kindly RSVP by Wednesday, May 27, to Karen Bradbury in Senator Whitehouse's Providence office at (401) 453-5294 or

Bike MS: Ride the Rhode

Bike MS: Ride the Rhode

June 20-21, 2015 – 150 Miles in 2 Days

WHAT: Bike MS: Ride the Rhode – More than 500 cyclists will bike 150 miles in 2 days to help Rhode Islanders with multiple sclerosis and raise money to find a cure.  

WHEN: The weekend of June 20-21, 2015.

WHY: Bike MS: Ride the Rhode is the largest fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Rhode Island. The fundraising goal is $530,000. Participation in 2015 Bike MS rides helps people in Rhode Island with multiple sclerosis to live their best lives through MS education, emotional support, public policy advocacy, and direct services, in addition to funding cutting-edge research and treatments to stop disease progression, restore lost function, and end MS forever.

DETAILS: In its 28th year, Bike MS: Ride the Rhode will have its dedicated cyclists riding 150 miles on winding country roads and along the scenic coast of Rhode Island over two days. The start/finish line is at Narragansett Pier School, 235 South Pier Road, in Narragansett. After leaving Narragansett the morning of Saturday, June 20, cyclists will travel a 75-mile route to the University of Rhode Island in Kingston where they will enjoy the Harpoon Beer Garden, a BBQ, massages, and evening dinner and entertainment. They will spend the night at URI. The next morning, they will depart URI’s campus and cycle another 75 miles and celebrate at the finish line in Narragansett.

Cyclists also have the option to ride 100 miles the first day or to ride only on Saturday. The fundraising minimum is $300. To volunteer or register for Bike MS: Ride the Rhode, visit And visit us on Facebook at Bike MS: Ride the Rhode.

SPONSORS: Bike MS: Ride the Rhode sponsors include: Delta Dental, FedEx, Dupuis Oil, Harpoon Brewery, PowerBar, Genzyme, Primal, one to one, East Providence Cycle, NBX, Dash Bicycle, Your Bike Shop, WE Stedman Co., and Newport Bicycle.

New York Life - Strategies for Life

Innovate RI Workshops

Get Funded

There are millions of dollars in government grants for tech and we can help you get that money! 

This free half day workshop will take the mystery out of getting funded. Learn the ins and outs of pursuing a federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant. These grants encourage technology-based businesses to explore ideas and profit from their commercialization. 

Nationally recognized SBIR/STTR expert, Becky Aistrup, will provide an overview of SBIR/STTR funding, including eligibility, selecting the right agency and key components of a competitive proposal. The workshop is designed to provide enough information for attendees to determine if they would like to seriously pursue a grant or contract proposal. You will also learn about the matching funds available through the Innovate RI Fund to support your proposal application. 


Innovate RI Workshops are free, but seating is limited
and will go quickly. Register Today


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Commerce RI
The Narragansett Room 
315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101
Providence, Rhode Island 02908

8:30 a.m. 
Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m. 

One-on-one sessions are available!
If you are ready to go further into the process, sign up for
a 30 minute one-on-one session with Becky.* 

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
One-on-one Sessions

*You must attend the Innovate RI Workshop to sign up for a one-on-one session.

PawSox will Host Seven Post-Game Firework Shows in 2015!!!

Providence International Arts Festival Extensive Artist Roster...
New signature Festival to use buildings as canvases and musical instruments, and showcase local, national and international artists

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and FirstWorks Executive Artistic Director Kathleen Pletcher have announced the artist roster of the PROVIDENCE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL set for June 13th, 2015, with extended events taking place June 11th-14th. In this first-ever signature event, arts and culture stage a friendly takeover of the city with 500 artists, 30 public art installations, 15 stages, 18 participating venues, 6 outdoor bars, 3 jaw dropping spectacles, and much more. The dramatic scale and scope of this marquee Festival in the “Creative Capital” of Rhode Island is due to the public-private partnership forged between the City’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and FirstWorks, a Providence-based non-profit organization dedicated to building community through the arts. Festival lead sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts, Providence Tourism Council, the Rhode Island Foundation, along with key support from IGT (formerly GTECH), and The Avenue Concept. All main Festival events are free and open to the public.

Radiating out from the heart of the downtown, Saturday, June 13th Festival will showcase a bounty of local, national, and international artists - from Benin, Brazil, Cuba, Mali, Poland, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, and more; use entire buildings as public art canvases; create a remarkable cultural corridor; and light up the evening sky with extraordinary spectacles. As the main hub, Kennedy Plaza becomes a multistage pedestrian piazza with performances, art, and celebration. Washington Street offers an opportunity to stroll and experience surprising art installations, street arts, the diversity of Providence’s cultural community, and more. WaterFire activates the downtown rivers with a full lighting and dynamic sounds. A colorful procession and opening ceremony converges at the FirstWorks Plaza Stage.

"The first ever Providence International Arts Festival will showcase all that Providence has to offer using the city as a stage,” Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said. “We are the Creative Capital and this Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the arts and to support our artists. I invite everyone to join us."
Propelled by Mayor Elorza’s vision for a destination arts festival and building on the 10-year collaboration between FirstWorks and Providence’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, the partners have created the inaugural PROVIDENCE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL. The City and FirstWorks have co-led the curation and production of the Festival, connecting international acts with local talent and engaging Rhode Islanders.
“Visitors and residents alike will experience the power of the arts to transform our city,” stated Kathleen Pletcher, Executive Artistic Director of FirstWorks. “FirstWorks has drawn in international artists to join Providence’s world-class talent for this remarkable event. Festivalgoers will see the familiar anew, as parking lots become lounges and building facades are used as painting surfaces. Equally exciting is the passion our visiting artists have for connecting with communities and students across the state.”

Kennedy Plaza anchors the Festival with six stages, a Buy Local RI marketplace, art and performance inside City Hall, and two satellite art spaces:
  • The FirstWorks Plaza Stage features world-music powerhouse and “undisputed Queen of African Music,” Benin exile Angélique Kidjo; the Pedrito Martinez Group, writing a new chapter in Cuban music history; Brassy afro-beat orchestra BIXIGA 70, named after their neighborhood in São Paulo, Brazil; Opening Ceremonies premiering a Festival commission by RPM Voices’s RI-Sounding Voices, performed by a statewide chorus; plus the RI Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz at Lincoln Center performing with FirstWorks Arts Learning students.
  • Grammy Award-winning Malian superstar Oumou Sangaré, with local master drummer Sidy Maiga; Providence-based band Arc Iris, featuring Jocie Adams (formerly of The Low Anthem) in an eclectic mix of Björk and Joni Mitchell; RI Philharmonic Brass Quintet playing music of Leonard Bernstein; local Cape Verdean superstar Chachi de Carvahlo; and Salsa y Gaitas getting everyone dancing at Alex and Ani City Center Stage.
  • Music and spoken word ensemble Aurea performs Melville and the Great White Whale in the City Council Chambers. Photographer Mary Beth Meehan displays additional portraits of Providence residents from her Seen/Unseen series in the Gallery at City Hall.
  • Patrons will enjoy culinary treats from local food trucks and vendors.
  • A Buy Local RI marketplace of local artisans, retail shops and purveyors of fine, locally sourced goods and services will run in Burnside Park. Families will enjoy interactive programming presented by the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy in collaboration with the Partnership for Providence Parks.
  • Street spectacles on Kennedy Plaza grounds will include:
 o The Earth Harp Collective installs and performs three concerts on the world’s largest stringed instrument stretching between the center of the plaza and to 111 Westminster Street, known locally as “the Superman Building.” Use of this iconic building is provided by David Sweetser and High Rock Development.
o Stunning physical and aerial theater by Wise Fool New Mexico, a collective that uses the visual and performing arts of circus and puppetry for social engagement.
o Multimedia, site-specific, air-powered Squonk Opera using blowers of all kinds to make a 40-foot tall Lady Pneumatica.
  • The Columbus Theatre and Imaginary Company create a satellite stage against the Arcade façade (43 Weybosset Street) and present Providence-area bands including The Low Anthem, Gym Shorts, And the Kids (North Hampton, MA), and others.
  • A second satellite space at 180 Westminster Street will feature an exhibition by The Providence Biennial for Contemporary Art. Winter King Hawthorn is a sculptural installation of color and light developed by Providence-based artist Lynne Harlow.

Washington Street becomes an arts corridor with temporary public art installations and pop-up performances including:

  • Ephemeral and permanent murals by Festival Creative Partner The Avenue Concept and international street artists Etam Cru and Natalia Rak, and Providence-based Tape Art.
  • The Coastway Community Stage hosts 18 cultural groups celebrating traditions from Colombia, Laos, the Middle East, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and more.
  • The Dean Hotel and The Avenue Concept creates an Interactive Skate Park and Sculpture Lounge, featuring local DJs and food on the parking lot located between Washington St. and Fountain St.
  • The Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, RI State Council on the Arts, RI Council on the Humanities, and PopUp Providence presenting “Providence Portraits,” by public artist and photographer Mary Beth Meehan of the city’s people in the public sphere.
  • Adrian Hall Way is animated by two DownCity Design commissioned installations: unveiling their PopUp Providence lighting project- Leave Your Trace- and youth-designed and built Skate Bench. Trinity Rep performs on their mobile wagon stage, custom designed by Tony Award‐winning set designer Eugene Lee. Live music sets the stage for a Festival hang-out.
  • Street performances, music, and puppetry featuring Big Nazo and ERB (Extraordinary Rendition Band).

Theatrical works, in the streets and in the city’s treasured theater spaces, by the brightest lights of the theater world, will be staged throughout the weekend:

  • The world premiere of Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical by distinguished playwright and MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl at Trinity Repertory Company (ticketed event).
  • The premiere of the play Baggage by Frank V. Toti, Jr. at the URI Providence campus.
  • Freedom Project, a multimedia physical theater piece by Everett Company at the Roger Williams National Memorial.
  • Street theatre by a group of “Time Travelers” produced by OUTLOUD Theatre.
Not to be missed are exhibits at URI Providence, Paperworks, and the Providence Public Library; Providence Children’s Film Festival; sidewalk sales, local artists in stores, and food trucks along Hope Street between Rochambeau Library and Fifth Street; the Providence Preservation Society’s Festival of Historic Houses, which showcases contemporary living in historic homes in the Fox Point neighborhood; and WaterFire, which will light up the river on Saturday night. On Sunday, close out the weekend with Fire Camp at the industrial and creative arts facility The Steel Yard, where there will be hands-on activities for all ages.

Many venues around town will join in the fun and let attendees choose their own adventure, be it karaoke (The Boombox), jamming to the WBRU Summer Kick-off with live music by Matt and Kim and The Kooks (Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel), getting a groove on at The Sweatshop Dance Party with DJ Andy Morris (the Salon), laughing along with Gina Brillon (The Comedy Connection), listening to Poetry in Public Places (Cafe S.O.U.L. and Christopher Johnson), or checking out RI’s beauties at a drag queen show (The Dark Lady).

The Festival is funded with lead support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Providence Tourism Council, The Rhode Island Foundation, IGT (formerly GTECH) and The Avenue Concept. Additional support is was provided by Amica, Textron, Bank of America, Citizen’s Bank, Coastway Bank, Cornish and the Biltmore Garage, Alex and Ani, CVS Health, Waterson/ProvPort, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and University Orthopedics.

Up-to-the-minute information can be found at Contact FirstWorks at 401-421-4278 or Full festival schedule will be available June 1, 2015.

Ellie’s Now Offers Catering - May Special

Rhode Island Release of Advanced Manufacturing Report

Please join the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, The New England Council and Deloitte Consulting on June 8, 2015 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the Providence Chamber offices for the Rhode Island release of “Advanced to Advantageous: The Case for New England’s Manufacturing Revolution”.  The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be a co-sponsor of this event. Registration details are provided below. We look forward to seeing you on June 8th.  

The New England Council, The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, & Deloitte Consulting for the Rhode Island release of: 

Advanced to Advantageous: The Case for New England's Manufacturing Revolution

Featuring Opening Remarks from Rep. David Cicilline

When: Monday June 8, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Where: The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
30 Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI 02903

The NEC Advanced Manufacturing Working Group partnered with Council member Deloitte Consulting LLP on a new report, Advanced to Advantageous: The Case for New England's Manufacturing Revolution. The report highlights the New England region's competitive advantage in the manufacturing sector; identifies game changers for the sector's continued growth; and makes a number of recommendations to bring about the networked, collaborative environment needed for advanced manufacturing to thrive across New England. Of note, the report calls for the region to come together in support of a bid for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institute based in New England.

U.S. Representative David Cicilline, an outspoken advocate for the region's advanced manufacturing sector, will deliver opening remarks.

Following Deloitte's presentation of the report and its recommendations, a panel of experts from the manufacturing and higher education sectors will discuss the report's findings and specific ways their organizations are working to support growth in the advanced manufacturing sector.

Click Here to Register

A special thanks to our partners at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. 

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. 

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Averill at or 202-547-0048.

Chez Innovation

Anchor Education and Training Fair

Anchor Education and Training Fair - FREE and open to the public. 

“Don’t hope for it, go for it”

Friday, May 29, 9:30 – 12:30

Anchor Recovery Community Center

249 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI  02860

In her April 1st visit to North Providence High School, Governor Raimondo spoke of “needing to make sure our kids are learning the skills they need to be successful to move our economy forward…….We have to make Rhode Island a place where everyone that works hard gets a job and has a chance.”

Many Rhode Islanders continue to search for the education and training that will lead them to employment and brighter futures.  Our friends at Anchor Recovery Community Center would like to invite you to join in their Education and Job Training Fair.  At the fair participants can speak with you and hopefully connect with the essential resources necessary for meaningful employment. 

If you are interested in participating please contcat Lisa Tomasso by May 15.  Depending on the number of vendors participating you may be asked to share a table with another vendor.  If you have any questions please call 401-965-2719 or email


Save the Date! Senator Reed’s Business Leaders Day 2015

SEED to Hold Business Workshops in Providence

In support of Small Business Month (May), Eastern Bank is partnering with SEED Corporation to bring you two basic business workshops in Providence aimed at assisting potential and existing entrepreneurs.

The free workshops are being held in cooperation with the U.S. Small Business Administration, RI District (SBA), Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE), City of Providence/Economic Development, SCORE and the RI Small Business Development Center.

Both workshops will be held at Commerce RI, 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence, RI 02908 on Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  The details of each workshop are provided below:

Session I

“Learn the Fundamentals in Planning, Preparing, and Financing Your Business”,
9:00 a.m. to Noon.  Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.  Breakfast will be provided for all participants. 

This workshop is geared toward helping potential entrepreneurs evaluate and understand the fundamentals of owning one’s own business.  Information on how to get started, where and how to get financing and the loan application process will be presented.  Attendees will also be provided with a free guide to writing a business plan and other materials.

Session II

“Understanding the Purpose of Financial Statements and How They Can Help Determine the Health of Your Business”, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Lunch will be provided for all participants.

The focus of this workshop is to help attendees understand a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement. The workshop also explains how a small business owner can anticipate financial needs in order to operate his/her business more efficiently.

Please call SEED Corporation at 508-822-1020 x 312, to register for either or both sessions by Wednesday, May 20th and for directions to Commerce RI. 

SEED Corporation holds this entrepreneurial workshop series on a monthly basis throughout the region.  For information on future sessions, please contact SEED. 

SEED Corporation is a non-profit organization certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and designated as an Intermediary under the SBA’s Microloan Program.  This program is designed to provide loans to new and existing business owners in amounts up to $50,000.  SEED is also a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) under the U.S. Department of the Treasury.

As a regional economic development organization, SEED also offers a full range of financing programs providing loans from $1,000 up to $5.5 million to assist small businesses to grow and create jobs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  SEED works with other economic development and financing institutions throughout the region to ensure that individuals who are committed to owning and operating a small business in the region are able to get the assistance they need to be successful. 

For more information on SEED and its programs, please call the SEED office at 508-822-1020 or visit SEED’s website at


Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island Annual Grand Raffle

Goodwill Rhode Island Night at McCoy Stadium

RISBDC & RISCPA Present: The Smart Owners Series

An Evening of Grapes & Grain at URI

Groden Network’s 35th Annual John Trimble Fund Golf...

Please join us for THE GRODEN NETWORK’s 35th Annual John Trimble Fund Golf Tournament for Autism on July 13 at the world-class Wannamoisett Country Club. This very special tournament commemorates the 35th Anniversary of the creation of this tournament by Joe Trimble!

For over 38 years THE GRODEN NETWORK “Your Autism Experts” has been the leading nonprofit in the field of educating youth and adults with Autism and developmental disabilities, providing research based clinical educational methods.

All funds raised through your generosity supports the Groden Network’s critical services. 100% of the proceeds raised go directly to our programs to provide equipment, transportation, recreational and other needed services.

We look forward to seeing you at Wannamoisett.


Chamber Day 2015 at Six Flags New England

RISBDC Presents Owning Your Business for Real

American Cancer Society 2015 Rhode Island Events

Click here for a list of American Cancer Society 2015 opportunities.