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Export Training for Growth of RI Manufacturers

Polaris MEP and Chafee Center Co‐Sponsor Export Training for Growth of RI Manufacturers

URI Research Foundation’s Polaris MEP has teamed up with Bryant University’s John H. Chafee Center for International Business to provide training to RI manufacturers who want to grow their business through export of their products.

The event, taking place on September 23 at Polaris MEP’s Providence, RI offices at Commerce RI, will guide small to medium sized manufacturers through the process of selling their products in the global marketplace, and will present a framework with initial steps for exporting goods. Keith Yatsuhashi from the U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Service will present, along with Linda Woulfe the Assistant Director of the Chafee Center for International Business, and Christian Cowan, Center Director for Polaris MEP.

“When you consider the economic impact of exporting, including more jobs and broader markets, the decision to evaluate export potential is critical to small business growth,” said Woulfe. 

According to the US International Trade Association, 95% of the world’s consumers are outside of the United States. In addition, 70% of world economic growth over the next 5 years will take place outside of our borders.

“Exporting is an exciting option but it’s not for everyone,” adds Woulfe, “so we’ll take a practical look at the reasons why someone should or should not export and also help to nail down who is and who is not a good candidate for exporting.”

“We are pleased to work with the Chafee Center to bring this training to our manufacturing community,” said Cowan. “Think of us as two parts of the same solution when exporting. The Chafee Center provides the international business expertise, while Polaris MEP provides the technical expertise such as ISO certification and regulatory guidance. Many Rhode Island manufacturers have already enjoyed the success of growing their business by leveraging Chafee Center expertise and Polaris operational support. We look forward to bringing these growth tools to more companies.”

The training will take place at Polaris MEP at 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence, on September 23 from 8:30 until noon.

Registration is $99 and can be performed online at Grant money is available which may cover 50% of the cost so companies are encouraged to send multiple representatives.

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Dick Lupino September Performance Schedule

Sardella’s, 30 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI, 849-6312, 7:30 to 10 pm

Wed    9/17  -   Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Karen Frisk, vocal, Kent Hewitt, piano


                        Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Mary Andrews, vocal

                        Pat Cardeiro, guitar/vocal, Jeff Fountain, drums

Greenvale Vineyards, 582 Wapping Rd, Portsmouth, RI, 847-3777, 1 to 4 pm

Sat      9/20  -  Johnny Souza, trumpet/vocal, Chris Taylor, piano,

                       Dave Zinno, bass, Rick Wells, drums

Sat      9/27  -  Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Dennis Cook, sax,

                       Mike Renzi, piano, Rick Wells, drums


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Roger Williams Park Zoo Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

The nationally acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, presented by Citizens Bank, will return with nightly showings from October 2 – November 2. This year’s display, “Jack-O-Lanterns from A to Z,” will portray scenes filled with intricate pumpkin art arrayed in alphabetical order, with highlights from history and popular culture.  Childhood favorites and Halloween scenes will be back, of course, along with the show’s dazzling grand finale, the Laughing Tree comprised of hundreds of glowing jack-o-lanterns with its iconic fog and catchy beat. The show runs rain or shine, with admission from 6pm – 10pm; the trail closes at 11pm. Admission is extended to 11pm on Saturdays, with the trail closing at midnight. On weekends, visitors who purchase the dinner offering enjoy express entry to the pumpkin trail. For complete event details, hours, ticket prices and other information, visit

Polaris MEP is Moving RI Manufacturing Forward

The College Crusade of Rhode Island Believe Breakfast

The College Crusade of Rhode Island is Celebrating 25 Years of Believing in Youth

Friday, November 14, 2014
Providence Marriott Downtown
One Orms Street, Providence
8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Registration 8:00 a.m.

Come and celebrate with us!

These days, you don’t have to go very far to find success stories from The College Crusade. Take a look inside City Hall in Central Falls. Mayor James Diossa, a 2003 College Crusade alumnus, is bringing new energy and vibrancy to the city he grew up in. Over at Classical High School in Providence, Crusade senior Alexandria Alexieff also has a bright future ahead. She was named a 2014 Torch Scholar and will receive a full scholarship to Northeastern University, an honor awarded to only ten of 1,000 applicants this year.

Since our founding 25 years ago, The College Crusade has helped many thousands of students just like James and Alexandria pursue their goals for educational attainment. We have also awarded over $27.8 million in scholarships to more than 3,600 students.

We invite you to celebrate this legacy with us at our Believe Breakfast on November 14, 2014, at the Providence Marriott Downtown. Join Crusaders and College Crusade alums, family and friends, state and community agencies, donors, foundations, and other colleagues of The College Crusade to affirm the important work of believing in youth.

To reserve a spot, please contact Mary Alexandre, Development Officer, at or (401) 854-5500 ext 119. Individual tickets are $50.

Visit our event web page at

James Taylor and His All-Star Band Coming to The Dunk


James Taylor and his All-Star Band are coming to DUNKIN’ DONUTS CENTER on December 2 for one intimate and memorable night! 

Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 19 at 10 am at Ticketmaster; charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

As a recording and touring artist, James Taylor has touched people with his warm baritone voice and distinctive style of guitar-playing for more than 40 years, while setting a precedent to which countless young musicians have aspired.  Over the course of his celebrated song-writing and performing career, Taylor has sold more than 100 million albums, earning gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards for classics ranging from Sweet Baby James in 1970 to October Road in 2002.  He has won multiple Grammy awards and has been inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

Come spend an unforgettable night with America’s iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor.    


Rhode Island College President Supports AIDS Walk for Life

Dr. Nancy Carriuolo is honorary chair of event raising funds and awareness

Rhode Island College President Nancy Carriuolo is urging students to support the upcoming AIDS Walk for Life.

The 29th annual event is slated for Saturday, September 27, 2014 starting and ending on the Rhode Island State House lawn. The event benefits AIDS Project RI, which provides education, prevention and testing programs, and a range of services for people living with HIV/AIDS in the state; as well as other AIDS services organizations. AIDS Project RI is a division of Family Service of RI.

I join with AIDS Project Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Health, the Miriam Hospital and many others dedicated to achieving the state’s goal of zero new HIV and AIDS cases in the next five years,” said Dr. Carriuolo, who is the walk’s honorary chair.  An advocate for both HIV/AIDS research and prevention, Dr. Carriuolo previously served on the board of the Stewart B. McKinney Foundation, which provides support to families of those with HIV/AIDS.

Walk chair Philip Chan, M.D. thanked Dr. Carriuolo for providing leadership on the issue. “We’re concerned that young people are not getting the prevention message, so having Dr. Carriuolo’s leadership is deeply appreciated,” he said.  Dr. Chan is director of the HIV/STD Prevention Clinic at The Miriam Hospital Immunology Center.

On-site registration for the 2.5 mile walk begins at 9 a.m., with the kick-off at 10.  Registration is also available on-line at or  AIDS Walk 2014 t-shirts are available to anyone who raises $100 or more, while supplies last.

The walk has the HIV/AIDS prevention theme “Do It Right,” reflecting the theme of the HIV/STD prevention campaign kicked off in June by AIDS Project Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Health, The Miriam Hospital, and the Rhode Island Public Health Institute.

Free on-site anonymous and rapid testing will be available at the walk. There will be free flu shots, entertainment, including the Providence Gay Men’s Chorus, and free food, coffee and giveaways will be available.  Parking will be free in the open State Administration lot on Smith Street, Providence.  “Also, don’t forget to bring the kids and dogs!” said Dr. Chan.  It will be a family and dog-friendly event.

Sponsors include Cardi’s Furniture;  UnitedHealthcare Community Plan;The Miriam Hospital, a Lifespan Partner; Walgreens; NBC 10; Coast 93.3 radio; the Providence Phoenix; Poder 1110 radio; Rhode Island School of Design; Latino Public Radio; Providence Gay Men’s Chorus; and the AIDS Quilt.  AIDS Project Rhode Island is seeking to add to its list of sponsors.

 Sponsorship and general information is available by contacting Julie Casimiro at 401-519-2289 or


A Taste of Providence Networking Event

Save The Bay International Coastal Cleanup
The International Coastal Cleanup is an event in which volunteers all over the world remove trash from the shores and document what they find. The data is compiled and published in an annual report on marine debris by the Ocean Conservancy. Policymakers use the information to raise awareness about marine debris and reduce the problem at the source.

Save The Bay, the Rhode Island State Coordinator, invites you to participate! On average, more than 2,000 volunteers participate annually in the Rhode Island ICC at more than 80 sites, typically removing about 20,000 pounds of trash and debris. Come be a part of the solution! For more information and to sign up, please visit or contact Volunteer Manager July Lewis at or 401-­‐272-­‐3540 x130.

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The Gamm Opens Season 30 with Grounded

The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre (The Gamm) opens its 30th Anniversary Season with the New England premiere of Grounded, American playwright George Brant's suspenseful one-woman drama about an ace fighter pilot reassigned to fly drones over Afghanistan after she becomes unexpectedly pregnant. Gamm Resident Director Judith Swift directs Boston-based actor Liz Hayes in her Gamm debut as "The Pilot". Grounded runs for four weeks only from September 4 through 28 at The Gamm Theatre, 172 Exchange St., Pawtucket, RI.

Brant's boldly contemporary play has experienced a meteoric rise from the start. It won the National New Play Network's 2012 Smith Prize honoring a new play on American politics, then picked up a Fringe First Award at the 2013 Edinburgh Festival. Even before reaching New York, the squarely American play had a twice-extended run in London, where both the Evening Standard and The Guardian listed it among their top 10 plays of 2013. In New York, Time Out named it a "critics pick" for its "scorching sharp-eyed, timely script."

The Gamm is privileged to bring Brant's timely new play to the region's audiences, says Gamm Artistic Director Tony Estrella.   

"I reached out to George a year ago after reading a Guardian UK review of Grounded from its premiere at the Edinburgh Festival. He was kind enough to send me a copy immediately and we've been talking about bringing it to The Gamm ever since. It is a gorgeous, intense, electrifying piece of theater and a perfect fit for The Gamm. Deeply personal, emotionally draining, intelligent and powerfully resonant, it is a masterpiece in miniature, an incisive state-of-the-nation play dissecting America at an historical crossroads," Estrella said. "Grounded marks George's emergence as a major voice in the American Theater and, after many stops around the world, we are humbled to present its New England premiere." 

Tickets are $41 and $49 (depending on day/time); preview performances (Sept. 4-7) just $30. Call 401-723-4266 or order online at

The Phoenix is media sponsor for Grounded. Additional support comes from Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.


The American Cancer Society 2014 Rhode Island Event Opportunities

Join in the fun while helping support the American Cancer Society!

Click here to view the American Cancer Society's Summer Event Schedule.

Under 40? Take 40!

This is the beginning of a seminar series targeted to address the needs of young investors. The first in the series, this discussion will focus on starting the financial planning process. Subsequent meetings will include topics ranging from planning for college expenses, dealing with student debt, buying a house, and estate planning. Take 40 minutes out of your day to get on the path to financial freedom!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State Big Toast!

Next Generation Strategies for the Future

Next Generation Strategies for the Future Presented on September 30th

Sponsored by DiSanto, Priest & Co. and the Rhode Island Manufacturing Renaissance Collaborative, this event will present highlights from The Next Generation Manufacturing Study (NGM).  This study surveyed more than 3,000 U.S. companies.  The results of the study will be presented by John R. Brandt, internationally recognized expert on manufacturing technology.

The Next Generation Manufacturing Study finds that most U.S. manufacturers are NOT investing in the strategies that could carry their firms into tomorrow.  This is worrisome, because to prosper into the next generation, manufacturers must embrace and support six NGM strategies at a world-class level:

• Customer-focused innovation

• Engaged people/human-capital acquisition, development, and retention

• Superior processes/improvement focus

• Supply-chain management and collaboration

• Sustainability

• Global engagement

In addition to highlighting the findings of the survey, attendees will learn about tools to allow them to benchmark their company's practices and performances related to the six NGM strategies and compare responses to past-year NGM participants, to develop an action agenda for the future.

John R. Brandt, CEO and founder of The MPI Group, is an internationally recognized expert on manufacturing, technology, and how companies can adapt to the realities of new markets, new corporate structures, and new customer expectations.  Before founding The MPI Group in 2003, Brandt was publisher and editor-in-chief of IndustryWeek (IW) magazine, which garnered more than 70 editorial awards for excellence.  Brandt also served as president, publisher, and editorial director of the Chief Executive Group (publisher of Chief Executive Magazine.)

The event will be held on Tuesday, September 30, at the Crowne Plaza, Warwick, RI.  Registration, Networking, and Continental Breakfast from 7:30 - 8:00 am.  Program from 8:00 - 9:00 am

There is no charge, however SEATING IS LIMITED.  To pre-register, visit

Providence Rotary Weekly Lunch Meetings

When: Mondays from 12:15 - 1:30 with a long established speaker series.  (Tuesdays if Monday is a Holiday)

Where: Providence Marriott 

              One Orms Street, Providence (parking available).

Cost:     $20 meal fee.

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Phone: 401-521-5000
Fax: 401-621-6109
Address:  30 Exchange Terrace
Providence RI 02903
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