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2014 We Mean Business Expo

The We Mean Business expo will give local businesses the opportunity to speak face-to-face with industry leaders, to get expert advice on how to successfully grow their business

Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis has announced that the 8th annual We Mean Business expo will be on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Rhode Island Convention Center.  Parking is FREE.

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Entrepreneurs and small business owners will have the unique opportunity to sit down face-to-face with government officials who regulate businesses here in the state of Rhode Island, to get expert guidance.  Business owners will receive FREE advice on critical business topics, including licensing, permitting, financing, marketing, social media, and other business-related matters. 

"I have made it my personal and professional mission, as Secretary of State, to help entrepreneurs and small business owners turn their vision into a reality,” said Secretary Mollis.  “Today, through our e-commerce tools, we have made it easier for existing and prospective businesses to interact with our office.  Allowing business to flourish in a business-friendly environment will always be my goal, because it creates a better quality of life for all Rhode Island families.”

Rhode Island Foundation President and CEO Neil Steinberg will speak at this year’s We Mean Business kick-off event at 9:30 a.m.

Again this year, the “Smart Start” room, a new and popular attraction of the We Mean Business expo, will be available to the public.  The “Smart Start” room will have attorneys and accountants on-hand to speak with businesses and entrepreneurs interested in learning more about how to properly manage and grow their business.  The “Smart Start” clinic is perfect for new business owners looking to learn more about filings, patents, trademarks, tax documentation and Federal Identification Numbers.

Among the state agencies that will participate in this year’s expo are the Rhode Island Contractors Board, Department of Transportation, and the Department of Labor and Training. 

To register, please visit

There will also be a variety of workshops offered, including a “Linkedin for Business” workshop by Gil Lantini of the Rhode Island Small Business Journal.

For more information about the programs and services offered to Rhode Islanders by the Secretary of State’s office, please view our website at to watch our CORPORATIONS video. 

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.


African American History Walking Tour of College Hill

Ray Rickman, President of the Rickman Group, will be conducting a walking tour on Saturday, September 13th at 10am beginning at the RISD Auditorium on the Providence River between College and Waterman Streets. The tour is entitled: "African American History Walking Tour of College Hill."

The tour celebrates the history of African Americans who lived on College Hill from 1701 to the present. Ray Rickman, a well-known community leader, will lead the lively discussion and offer his perspective on the historic people, places and events of Providence's oldest neighborhood.

Tickets are $10 for aduts, $5 for children and students. Registration is required. We ask that you please wear walking shoes. All proceeds go to The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society.

To register please contact Alexdander Cranshaw at 401-421-0606 or  


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.

Disney on Ice Presents Frozen

Feld Entertainment, Inc. Brings the #1 Animated Movie of All Time to Life

Disney on Ice presents Frozen

Dunkin’ Donuts Center September 10-14, 2014

Visit for ticket information. 

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.

For further information visit:


Contact the Chamber

Phone: 401-521-5000
Fax: 401-621-6109
Address:  30 Exchange Terrace
Providence RI 02903
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"It was wonderful to attend a Chamber event that taught us something, engaged and allowed us to contrast our benefits with other employers, and educated us on a prescription discount program – all before noon!"
Stephanie Chamberlin
"Thanks to the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce for providing a unique networking opportunity for our Year Up students. Your #provchamber launch event allowed our students access to local business executives. "
Joshua Luna & Bobby Gondola
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