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The International House of Rhode Island Fifty Years of Goodwill

The International House of Rhode Island and its wonderful volunteers and supporters will take a well-deserved bow as it celebrates its 50th anniversary of service. It’s impossible to calculate the goodwill this organization has spawned around the world in fostering understanding and friendship.

The International House, based at 8 Stimson Avenue, in Providence, provides programs to newly arrived, temporary residents from abroad, helping them obtain services, adjust to life in America and improve their English skills. It brings these newcomers together with local residents in innovative ways.

Bili and Gil Mason founded the nonprofit organization in 1963, after reading a plaintive letter in The Journal by a foreign student, who observed in imperfect English that “without place to go, without friends to talk, without money with which to go travel, without complete understanding the professor’s lectures, the foreign students cannot but feel lonely and look upon the ceilings on the bed.”

They set out to address that sense of loneliness and confusion by creating a “home away from home” (which they still visit on a weekly basis). Representatives of 103 countries have passed through its doors.

Poulomi Saha, who earned her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and now teaches at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, recalled poignantly here how much the kindness of the House’s Dorothy McCulloch meant to her when she arrived at 3 with her mother from Bangladesh.

“Taking one look at my tears, [Ms. McCulloch] raced home to grab her favorite teddy bear and brought it back to me. In that moment, she offered me comfort and became my American grandmother, a familial connection that would grow and has sustained me my whole life,” Ms. Saha recalled.

Acts of kindness have a way of reverberating — sometimes, all around the world. Happy Anniversary!

For more information on Internation House of Rhode Island click here.



Lisa Mattiello Wins RI 2014 SBA Small Business Person of Year

Lisa Mattiello, owner and CEO of Pranzi Catering and Events has won the prestigious title of “Small Business Person of the Year” given annually by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

A resident of Johnston RI, Lisa began her own business in 1997 in a small café storefront in Seekonk, MA. Now in her third location (10 Rosario Drive, Providence) Mattiello has grown her organization to one of the top leading and family owned catering and event planning companies in Southern New England.

Lisa Mattiello along with her husband Nick, who serves as the CFO, own and operate Pranzi Catering and Events. They service weddings, corporate and social functions, party rentals and full service event planning.  Their main commissary is located in Providence and their second office and showroom location is in Newport. (Freebody Sreet)

They recently moved to their new state-of-the-art facility in the Silver Lake Section of Providence. The facility is a showcase of Mattiello’s vision to grow and expand the strong business demands today. Mattiello is considered one of the top wedding and event planners in the State and is pleased to be recognized in receiving the SBA’s award. She will represent Rhode Island in the National Conference in Washington, DC in May where she will compete for the US Small Business Person of the Year.


Bank of America Merrill Lynch Preferred-Rate Loan
Available for a limited time.

The preferred-rate loan that empowers commercial real estate ownership for your business operations.

As part of our commitment to commercial businesses, now available for a limited time, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is offering owner-occupied commercial real estate (OOCRE) loans at a 1.99% rate cap for the first year. And, for following years, we’re offering a very competitive rate through maturity
that may be locked and set prior to closing. Also, the bank will waive up to $5,000 in loan fees and appraisal costs at loan closing.

1.99% rate cap for the first year and a competitive rate through maturity - Waiver of combined loan fee and appraisal cost up to $5,000 - Help power the success of your business and U.S. economic recovery

OOCRE loan details:
•New applications only (no refinances unless new to BAC)
•Minimum loan amount: $500,000
•Maximum loan amount: $20,000,000
•Applications must be submitted by June 30, 2014
•Loan must close by December 31, 2014

Businesses can turn to Bank of America Merrill Lynch for trusted advice and solutions that help achieve a broad array of goals. I will contact you soon to answer any questions so that we can get started. Of course, my contact information is below if you want to start today.

Steven Lacroix, SVP
Sr. Relationship Manager
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bank of America, N.A.

All loans are subject to credit approval and loan amounts are subject to creditworthiness. Prepayment fees and some restrictions may apply. Bank of America may prohibit use of an account to pay off or pay down another Bank of America account. This offer may not be combined with any other offer. Offer only valid for Business Banking clients and prospects. Bank of America is a trademark of Bank of America Corporation.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch will waive all or part of the appraisal fee and the origination fee at the time the commercial real estate loan is closed. The total amount waived, including both fees, shall not exceed $5,000. Appraisals must be ordered by Bank of America to qualify. Loan must close and fund to be eligible. Construction loans are not eligible for the 1.99% offer. SBA 504 owner-occupied loans are eligible for the 1.99% offer.

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The Capstone Report

Rhode Island’s Real Estate Survey For 2013.  Rhode Island’s commercial real estate market saw continued improvement across all sectors during 2013, but was mainly driven by increases in the apartment and retail sectors. On the apartment and retail front, investors focused on high quality properties in strong locations where real estate fundamentals overshadowed the state’s economic and political uncertainty. 

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Information Pertaining to the U.S. Dept. of Labor Requirements for Section 503

In August 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor set a hiring goal for federal contractors and subcontractors that 7% of each job group in their workforce must be qualified individuals with disabilities.  These new requirements went into effect on March 24th, and employers will need to begin showing evidence that they are taking proactive steps to recruit workers with disabilities. 

Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island can help you meet the new Section 503 disability hiring requirements.  For the past 150 years Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island’s mission has been to provide training and education which result in employment and expanded opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities and other barriers to employment. 

To that end we currently have training programs that can provide you with the skilled and motivated individuals you need to fulfill the Section 503 requirements for federal contractors and subcontractors. 

By the time an individual is placed in a job by our Employment Specialists they have been with us for 3-6 months.  This time includes extensive evaluation both physical and scholastic, situational job assessments in the community, work readiness (teaching soft skills) and ultimately training for a specific employment sector.

Two examples of our training programs are Warehouse Training and Retail Customer Service.  As part of the Warehouse program individuals rotate through 6 training components receiving hands-on experience as well as OSHA certification.  If they qualify they may also receive forklift certification.  Our Retail Customer Service training program is a 12 week course which includes both classroom instruction and internships culminating in preparation for the National Retailers Federation certification.

If you are interested in finding out more about the skilled workforce available to you through Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island, please contact Denise Doktor, Employment Services Coordinator, 861-2080 or and reference this letter.


Providence Children’s Museum Nets Nearly $67,000 at Annual “Unplugged” Gala

Event honored community leaders who support healthy children and strong families

On Thursday, April 3, Providence Children’s Museum welcomed over 200 guests to the Botanical Center at Roger Williams Park for its annual gala fundraiser, “Unplugged – The Way to Play.”  The festive event netted nearly $67,000 to benefit the Museum and help provide valuable play and learning opportunities for children and families in need.  The evening celebrated healthy children and strong families, and the Museum’s role in bringing families together for interactive play and learning experiences.

Generous Museum patrons bid nearly $15,000 on 66 live and silent auction items, including an E-Z-GO golf cart and a party for 50 from Flatbread Pizza Company; they also supported Museum exhibit projects to inspire children’s love of learning.  Throughout the evening, guests mingled in the vibrant gardens and enjoyed delicious fare by Russell Morin Fine Catering.

The event honored these committed community leaders who support, advocate for and affect the well-being of children and families:

  • Elizabeth Burke Bryant of East Greenwich – executive director of Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, a children’s policy and research organization that provides information on child well-being, stimulates dialogue on children’s issues, and promotes accountability and action.
  • Dr. Rajiv Kumar of Providence – founder and CEO of Providence-based health startup ShapeUp, a venture-backed company that delivers social networking and gaming-based wellness programs to large employers and insurance companies. Under his leadership, ShapeUp has grown to include over two million people across 100 countries, serving clients including HP, Boeing, Bank of America and Aetna.
  • Jamie Oliver at Home (JOAH), a direct sales business founded on British chef Jamie Oliver’s belief in better food for a better life.  Headquartered in Pawtucket, JOAH teaches that healthy food is essential to our culture and overall well-being.
  • The Partnership for Providence Parks, which collaborates with the Providence Department of Parks + Recreation and community partners to provide support and resources for volunteer groups seeking to transform their neighborhood parks into thriving green spaces that reflect the needs and character of the community.

Providence Children’s Museum gratefully acknowledges gold sponsors Colette and Nortek, Inc.; visit for additional sponsors.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State Announce ‘Bigs’ & ‘Littles’ of the Year!

This year we are pleased to announce that Rhode Island's nationally recognized Big Brother and Big Sister have been announced. Julie Lefebvre of Warwick and David Bell of Pawtucket have been recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America for their work with their Little Sister and Little Brother. David has been matched with his Little Brother Bradley for over two and a half years. David often speaks to how easy it is to be a Big Brother. "Often we will simply watch a movie, make a pizza and chat about our week. We play board games, put together puzzles or go catch a ball game."

Julie, who will be celebrating four years together with her Little Sister Alexis talked about how important being a mentor is to her because of her relationship with her mom. "My mom was very strict, from Italy and didn’t have a 'normal childhood' filled with normal traditions such as dying Easter eggs, carving pumpkins, or going Christmas caroling." Now Julie is reliving her childhood with Alexis and having an opportunity to do all the things she never had a chance to do.

The requirements to be recognized nationally by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America are to be matched with your 'Little' for a minimum of two years and a heartwarming essay is submitted by the volunteer to their match support specialist and evaluated internally by staff and committee members.

Voice Your Opposition to Personal Income Tax Hikes

Take Action Now

The following bills, strenuously opposed by the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, were heard on Wednesday in House Finance Committee:

House Bill No. 7471

BY Cimini, Valencia, Guthrie, Bennett, Tanzi


The measure would impose a two percent (2%) tax increase for all personal income over $250,000


House Bill No. 7552

BY Valencia, Cimini, Ajello, Walsh, Tanzi


The measure would increase the personal income tax by 4.01% for certain individuals on income over $200,000, and other individuals with income over $250,000.

Please contact House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and House Finance Committee Chair Ray Gallison to express your opposition. 

Key messages:

  • Rhode Island’s tax code needs to be competitive in order to improve the economic development climate in Rhode Island.
  • Rhode Island’s tax code was just reformed in 2010 to improve Rhode Island’s business climate rankings. Stay the course.
  • Business leaders, tax professionals and economists often comment on the importance of stability and predictability of our tax code.
  • The reform effort in 2010 was revenue neutral.


Birchwood Design Group On the Move

Birchwood Design Group announces the move to a new office space in the Knowledge (Jewelry) District.  Our new home starting April 1st will be on the 4th Floor of the Doran Building at 150 Chestnut Street in Providence.

We look forward to showing our new space this spring!

Read more about Birchwood Design Group through their website and sign up for blog postings at

Kubica LaForest One of Top 10 Small Consultants for Leadership Development

Kubica LaForest Consulting Selected as one of the Top 10 Small Consultants for Leadership Development in the U.S. by Leadership Excellence for 2013.

Every year, Leadership Excellence identifies and recognizes the top 500 leadership development programs.  For the second year in a row, Kubica LaForest Consulting has been named to this list. In 2012 they were among the top 40 in their category. This year, they will be honored next month at the Global Leadership Forum in Vail, Colorado, as one of the Top 10 Small Consulting firms in the U.S. in leadership development.

Leadership Excellence has been recognizing the Top 500 leadership development programs for the past 30 years. Organizations are grouped into eight categories, and the top 10 in each category are recognized at the Global Leadership Conference. Leadership Excellence uses six criteria and client feedback to determine their final selection. The criteria are: vision/mission, involvement/participation, accountability/measurement, content/curriculum, take-home value/results for clients, and Impact and outreach programs and products.

Tony Kubica said “this is a such a great honor for us as we would not have attained this level of recognition without the support of our clients.”

Tony Kubica and Sara LaForest are Founding Partners of Kubica LaForest Consulting ( They are management consultants, authors, speakers, and executive coaches, focusing on leadership development and growth. They are the authors of Organizational Gravity: A Guide to Strategically Growing Your Company’s Brand, Culture and Talent, and the Leadership focused blog

Leadership Excellence, wholly owned by, publishes a monthly magazine, and promotes leadership development, managerial effectiveness and organizational productivity.

Children’s Friend 5k Walk & Run

Celebrate spring time with a Saturday at Roger Williams Park!

Join Children’s Friend and Panera Bread on Saturday, April 26, 2014 for a great day at the park for a good cause.

We’re raising money for Rhode Island's most vulnerable children with a walk or timed 5K run, live performances, arts and crafts, and all kinds of fun for children and adults!

There will also be plenty of delicious food from Panera Bread.

The proceeds from The Walk & Run benefit Children's Friend, Rhode Island's oldest child welfare agency.

Click here for further information.

Children’s Friend is the innovative leader in improving the well-being and healthy development of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable young children. We accomplish this by providing flexible, effective, and culturally-relevant services, and advocating for programs and policies that support and strengthen these children and their families.

The Center for Excellence & Advocacy – Brief Community Survey

The Center for Excellence and Advocacy (CEA) is dedicated to developing effective transition to adulthood, community based jobs, and ultimately full inclusion for people with development and intellectual disabilities.  Hearing from you, members of the RI community and stakeholders invested in integrated employment, is  foundational to us as we begin our work.  As such,  we are hoping you will take a few minutes to respond to a 5 question survey designed to help us set our priorities and strategies based in part by your feedback. 

After each question you will  be able to view the results in real time, meaning you will be able to see the most current responses including your own!    Please click on the link below to begin the survey.

When you are done don’t forget to subscribe to the CEA website.  You can do so by clicking on and searching for the Subscribe icon on the right side of the main page.  By being a subscriber you will have access to the CEA newsletter, announcements, training events and so much more! 

Bylaw Review Can Boost Firm’s Efficiency

Every corporation, whether for-profit or nonprofit, should have a living, breathing set of bylaws.

Bylaws are the DNA of a corporation. While articles of incorporation can set out important, basic parameters and while state corporation laws provide boundaries and certain default provisions on many issues, bylaws speak to the day-to-day functioning of the organization – as well as to potentially momentous, life-changing decision-making regarding the organization’s future.

Some practical questions that bylaws can answer or pre-empt are:

• Who runs the place – day to day? What officer roles exist and what responsibilities are within each officer’s purview? Is there a president, a CEO or both? Which does what? Who has authority to sign contracts on behalf of the corporation, to sign checks over a set threshold amount? Is there a vice president? Is there an assistant treasurer? … What does each do?

• Who makes the life-changing decisions? When it comes time to merge or sell, who is entitled to vote? Must there be a shareholder meeting with a supermajority winning the day? Can the directors decide on a simple majority? Are there classes of stock entitling some to vote, but not others? Is the nonprofit a membership organization with all members entitled to receive notice and vote?

• What formalities are to be met? Is an annual meeting of shareholders and or directors to be held at the headquarters of the corporation each April 1? Who can call a special meeting? Who should receive notice of the meeting? What constitutes a quorum at a meeting? Who can vote? Are proxies to be used? Who is tasked with updating and filing the annual report of the corporation with the secretary of state? Are out-of-the-ordinary-course matters to be handled with written consents of directors or shareholders? Is this a closely held corporation operating without a board?

• Who will look at the big picture? Will there be a large and diverse board of directors? Is each board member intended to represent a stakeholder/interest? Must a board member have been a member of the nonprofit for a number of years before being board eligible? Will a detailed permanent committee structure be needed? Committees are often the real workhorses of an organization.

• Will the organization indemnify officers and directors? Liability is always a concern. Even for nonprofits in Rhode Island, generally well-served statutorily, director and officer liability is rightfully a concern. One way for a corporation to give comfort to wanted directors and officers is to explicitly hold them harmless for all acts made on behalf of the organization, but for those made with gross negligence, in malfeasance or with criminal intent.

• How does the capital structure function? Applicable only to for-profit corporations and more commonly set out in articles of incorporation, certain mechanics regarding shareholder classes and transferability of shares may be addressed in bylaws.

• Can the corporate structure change? This question goes to the critical point. Bylaws should be amended when the corporation changes or needs to change. As a best practice, an organization should formally revisit its bylaws every five years.

This seventh point is the crux. Many nonprofit and for-profit corporations are working with limited resources of people, time and money. Dedicating an ad hoc board committee or permanent/standing committee with a six-month project of reviewing and revising bylaws, while initially seeming to add to the burden of these constraints, can very readily result in making use of those resources much more efficiently.

Efficiencies will likely result from what we will often call the “Amended and Restated Bylaws” that are the tangible, finished product of the project; including, elimination of unused officer roles, replacement or modification of standing board or membership committees, changed channels of reporting and communication, and greater awareness of mission and organizational structure and operation.

In addition to such efficiencies, a bylaws-review project is very likely to re-energize an organization, or help the organization realize that it has serious challenges that may require more devoted attention, or outside help. The process itself is of great value, as it forces officers or members to engage the constituent parts of the corporation and assess the reality of how the corporation’s structure is actually working. Chances are, it is significantly different from five years ago and may be significantly different from how it should be working.

In my experience, corporations have benefited greatly from the bylaws-review process; by realizing, for example, that a smaller board will be much more efficient, that new committee structures are needed to meet changed national standards in the industry, or that stock-transfer restrictions should only apply to a particular class of stock, not all.

Consider a bylaws-review project akin to a strategic-planning task force, and calendar it for every five years. It is a best practice well worth the investment of resources and should lead to a healthier corporation. •

Guest Column: Thomas Madden of Madden | Brockmann LLC for Providence Business News.

Center for Dynamic Learning chosen as Champion in Action

You can hear the sounds of learning at an organization whose name says it all: the Center for Dynamic Learning in Providence.

"The purpose is to inspire them to look into what type of field they could pursue: manufacturing, engineering, being a technician," said co-founder and executive director Beth Cunha.

"Getting them the skills to be able to at least have a career path that will give them a viable income when they get out," said co-founder and chief operating officer Kevin Cunha.

The program is STEAMM-based, which stands for science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics and manufacturing.

The students benefit from hands-on learning.

"Basic machine work, or they can create solar-electric go-carts and drag race them at the end of the semester. They learn about solid works, 3-D modeling," Beth Cunha said.

"They're building something they want to complete, and in the process of it they have learn those mathematics skills to be able to complete it," Kevin Cunha said.

The Center for Dynamic Learning serves students from all grade levels across the state, and it also has a strong performing arts program for students of all ages.

"They can pick a class, which is just an exploratory option, or they can pick a full-scale production, which is lights, costumes, sound, stage," Beth Cunha said.

She said seeing students' growth is rewarding.

"Not only the physical change in their self-confidence, but you watch their grades change, things start to improve," she said.

Those are reasons why the Center for Dynamic Learning is a Champion in Action for youth programming.

A $35,000 grant for mentoring and promotional support will go a long way, but the visibility is priceless.

"To be able to share our work with the community and show the amazing things our children do on a regular basis. It's incredible," Beth Cunha said.

Kevin Cunha said the organization gives children the tools they need to build a better life.

"Somebody did it for me once, I just wanted to give it back," he said.

The Dorrance Named Top 25

The Dorrance in downtown Providence was recently named one of the “25 Best Restaurants in America” by  The restaurant, located at 60 Dorrance St., was recognized for its gorgeous interior, mix of classic and contemporary cuisine, and a cocktail menu that would “make it tier one in any city”. 

The focus of the article was “One city, one suggestion, one good meal”, and sought to recommend one great restaurant per city in 25 major destinations around the country.  Gear Patrol, established in 2007 and based in New York, is a modern men’s magazine, focusing on products, style, travel and adventure.

The Dorrance opened in October 2011 and is owned and operated by Jean and Regina Lester.  In its first year, The Dorrance was a James Beard semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant, and was also featured in Bon Appetit’s “Top 50 Best New Restaurants of 2012”.  It’s open for dinner Tuesday-Saturday, beginning at 5pm.

The full article can be read here:

For more information or to make reservations, go to or call 401-521-6000.

Kubica and LaForest, to Speak at Bryant University’s 2014 Women’s Summit

Sara LaForest and Tony Kubica will be speaking on ”What Leaders Need to Know to Grow Their Businesses” at the 2014 Bryant University Women’s Summit in Smithfield, Rhode Island. Their talk is based on their extensive work in leadership development and business performance and growth.

The presentation will challenge each member of the audience to think about why she wants to start and run a business, as the speakers inform and entertain the audience about the personal characteristics needed to be an entrepreneurial leader.

Kubica and LaForest will draw from their book, Organizational Gravity, to illustrate not only how to attract customers, but also how to attract and nurture talent. They will explain how strategy, brand, culture, and talent are not four separate issues, but are interrelated and critical factors for business growth.

Tony Kubica and Sara LaForest are Founding Partners of Kubica LaForest Consulting ( As management consultants, authors, speakers, and executive coaches, they focus on leadership development and growth. They are the authors of Organizational Gravity: A Guide to Strategically Growing Your Company’s Brand, Culture and Talent, which can be purchased at

The Bryant University’s Women’s Summit in its 17th year is the largest and longest running educational conference for women in New England.

In Manufacturing, Gap is as Much Interest as Skills

DYNAMIC RESULTS: Christian Rijos (Left), 15, a student at the Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center in Providence, has participated in Center for Dynamic Learning classes and hopes to pursue a long-term career in manufacturing.

Christian, from Woonsocket, is the type of student that employers like Rhode Island Carbide Tool Co. President John Lombardi are looking for. Both manufacturing and college are on his radar. Fascinated by math and engineering, he hopes to attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and forge a career designing manufacturing tools that save companies money.

Rijos has participated in Center for Dynamic Learning classes, been inspired, he says, by Cunha, and hopes to develop a long-term manufacturing career.

Read entire article here.

CRMC Subcommittee Approves Deepwater Wind Plan

Chamber Applauds Beginning of Supply Chain 

A subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council has given unanimous approval to Deepwater Wind to launch a demonstration projects in waters off the coast of Block Island. The eagerly awaited ruling comes at the same time that DWW took delivery in Denmark of the massive turbines that will spin high above the ocean chop. The Chamber is a strong supporter of the windfarm project and believes the supply chain potential for assembly of the component parts locally and at Quonset will be a major boon to the economy. 

The agreement with Alstom – one of the world’s leading technology firms – represents a pivotal point in the development of the 30MW Block Island Wind Farm and further establishes Deepwater Wind at the forefront of the U.S. offshore wind industry.

“This agreement represents a giant leap forward for the Block Island Wind Farm, and the start of turbine construction just last month marked a major project milestone,” said Deepwater Wind CEO Jeffrey Grybowski. “We’re thrilled to have a company as renowned as Alstom as our turbine partner.”

“We are pleased to be able to provide Deepwater Wind an efficient and powerful turbine that is an ideal match for their exciting project,” said Andy Geissbuehler, General Manager, Alstom Wind North America. “We look forward to continuing to participate in the development of the offshore wind industry in the U.S. by working with visionary companies like Deepwater Wind.”

Alstom will supply the five 6MW turbines, including tower sections, for the 30-megawatt Block Island Wind Farm, located about three miles off the coast of Block Island, R.I. In addition, under a separate agreement, Alstom will provide long-term service and maintenance responsibilities for the turbines.

Under the turbine supply contract, Deepwater Wind made an initial multi-million dollar payment to Alstom in December 2013 that allowed Alstom to begin the manufacturing process for the turbines. Specifically, Alstom has begun procurement of all 15 blades for the wind farm, which will be delivered to Deepwater Wind in Europe in April 2014.

“Deepwater Wind’s multi-million dollar payment to begin manufacturing our project’s 15 blades ensures that our project will qualify for the federal Investment Tax Credit,” Grybowski said. “When combined with engineering and permitting work we already completed, we’re confident this payment puts us significantly over the required 5 percent ‘safe harbor’ for the ITC.”

New Jobs for Rhode Island

The Deepwater Wind-Alstom partnership will create a number of local jobs and boost economic activity in Rhode Island. In addition to operations and management positions Deepwater Wind will fill to support the project, Alstom intends to base its long-term service operations in Rhode Island and to perform pre-installation work in a Rhode Island harbor. Furthermore, Alstom will investigate opportunities to execute assembly activities in Rhode Island.

The Technology

Alstom’s 6-megawatt Haliade 150 direct-drive offshore wind turbine is the world’s most advanced and most efficient offshore wind turbine. Deepwater Wind’s selection of Alstom as its turbine supplier will benefit the project in several ways:

•More efficient: Alstom’s technology will provide a significantly greater energy output than earlier anticipated. Alstom and Deepwater Wind anticipate the project’s capacity factor to exceed 47 percent, compared to initial projections of 40 percent.

•More powerful – but smaller: In addition, the turbines will provide for a reduced visual impact than earlier anticipated. The Haliade’s efficient design means that, at 589 feet tall, the turbines will be about 10 percent – or roughly 70 feet – shorter than Deepwater Wind’s maximum height allowance provided for in the company’s permit filings. Moreover, the rotors and nacelles of the turbines will be smaller than the permitted maximums.

Alstom has 2.3 gigawatts of offshore wind farm substations delivered or under construction, and has more than 30 years of expertise with wind turbines and 100 years of experience building utility-size power projects. The company has contracts to supply 1,500 MW of the Haliade 150 turbines at offshore wind farms off the French coast, and one of the turbines is currently deployed in Belgium’s Belwind 1 offshore wind farm.

About Deepwater Wind

Deepwater Wind is a Providence, Rhode Island-based offshore wind developer. The Company is led by a veteran management team with extensive experience in developing renewable-energy projects in the northeastern United States. The Company is actively planning offshore wind projects to serve multiple East Coast markets located 15 to 25 miles offshore, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and New Jersey. For its projects serving New Jersey, Deepwater Wind has formed Garden State Offshore Energy in partnership with PSEG Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of PSEG (NYSE: PEG). The Block Island Wind Farm, one of two Rhode Island offshore wind farms being developed by Deepwater Wind, is on target to become the nation’s first offshore wind farm. Visit for more info.

About Alstom

Alstom is a global leader in the world of power generation, power transmission and rail infrastructure, setting the benchmark for innovative and environmentally friendly technologies. Alstom builds the fastest train and the highest capacity automated metro in the world, provides turnkey integrated power plant solutions and associated services for a wide variety of energy sources, including hydro, nuclear, gas, coal and wind, and it offers a wide range of solutions for power transmission, with a focus on smart grids. The Group employs 93,000 people in around 100 countries. It had sales of over €20 billion and booked close to €24 billion in orders in 2012/13

University of Rhode Island Research Foundation Job Posting

Title:               Center Director, Small Business Development Center

Reports to:    Executive Director/State Director, Rhode Island Small Business

                       Development Center Network

Position 1:     Providence RI

Position 2:     Northern RI

Two positions, both reporting to the Executive Director/State Director of the RI Small Business Development Center network at URI, will provide management, financial and general counseling, and training programs to owners of small and pre-venture businesses in Providence and Northern RI, with travel in the region as needed. The Center Director is a business counselor, advocate and liaison for all SBDC services and resources, collaborating with economic development and business community in the region. 


  • Manage and grow the Small Business Development Center as an effective resource in RI. 
  • Provide in depth, confidential, one on one consultation to owners of small businesses and to those about to start a business, in key areas such as management processes, business regulations and incorporation, business plan preparation, presentation and creation of financial material, access to capital, marketing and growth strategies. 
  • Develop and execute relevant training programs that meet the needs of the local small business community, including underserved businesses. 
  • Maintain up-to-date client activity posts in customer relationship management system. 
  • Assists State Director with accreditation, strategic planning and implementation. 
  • Serve as a leader in the local business community and communicate effectively with partners and stakeholders. 
  • Performs necessary administrative duties such as correspondence, progress and summary reports, budget and expenditure reports, and the collection of data as required by URI and the funding agency. 


Perform other duties as assigned.


Personal computers, printers, word processing, database management and spreadsheet software.


This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration plus at least five (5) years of progressive responsibilities related to management, administration, database management, financial analysis, marketing or 10 years demonstrated experience of above, with Master’s degree highly preferred (e.g. MBA, MPA, MS in Accounting). 
  • Demonstrated experience managing, advising and/or consulting with small business entities. 
  • Business counseling experience. 
  • Excellent customer service, presentation, training and verbal/written communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated experience in problem solving and decision-making. 
  • Demonstrated skill planning and coordinating activities and events. 
  • Skill in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with co-workers, resource partners and clients from culturally diverse backgrounds. 
  • Demonstrated skills in establishing and maintaining effective support and working relationships with a variety of public and private stakeholder partners. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of current small business issues and resources. 
  • Understand business issues pertaining to minority, women and veteran populations. 


  • Previous business ownership experience.
  • Experience with federal, state or other programs to support entrepreneurs and/or small businesses. 
  • Ability to travel and work flexible hours. 


  • Please email two (PDF) documents to with the following SUBJECT Line: CENTER DIRECTOR APPLICATION  1) A cover letter, and 2) Resume.  

The URI Research Foundation is an AA/EEOD employer and values diversity.  All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.

Volunteers Needed for Walk MS in Narragansett, Providence & Bristol

The Rhode Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society is anticipating a great response to Walk MS on April 6, in Narragansett and Providence, and May 3, in Bristol, and we need volunteers at all three Walk MS sites.

Volunteers are essential to making the event a success and people are needed for activities such as registration and t-shirt distribution in Bristol, Narragansett, and Providence. We also need volunteers to staff the rest stops along the walk routes.

If you would like to be part of the MS community and help inspire those around you, please volunteer your time! Go to and click on Volunteer in the left column. By joining us, you’ll be helping to make a difference in the lives of Rhode Islanders with MS and raising funds for research to find a cure. Our Walk MS sponsors are Home Healthsmith and Novartis.

Walkers are always needed and there are many walk options:

  • On May 3 in Bristol, walkers will enjoy a 6.2-mile course;
  • On April 6 in Providence, walkers will follow a 3-mile course;
  • On April 6 in Narragansett, walkers can choose from 6.2-mile or 3-mile walks.

In all locations, registration opens at 8:30 a.m., with a mass walk start at 10 a.m. Walkers are encouraged to register early and fundraise to help Rhode Islanders with MS and raise money to fund research to find a cure!

For those of you who prefer two wheels, the MS 25 Quick Ride is a family-friendly, 25-mile bicycle ride starting and ending in Narragansett on April 6. To register, visit

For runners, Run MS: 5K Rhode Race will be in Bristol on May 3. Run MS is on a certified course through beautiful Colt State Park and trophies will be awarded immediately following the race. To register, visit


Goodwill Industries LEEP (Learn to Earn Employment) Program

Goodwill Industries of RI’s LEEP program is designed to provide training to adults who are currently receiving assistance in addition to having other barriers to employment. 

When enrolled in the LEEP training, individuals learn to make informed decisions regarding his/her career direction and employability.  Additionally, the program assists the individuals to develop more independence, positive work behaviors, and provide more structure and high work expectations.

The program is 4 weeks long and includes workshops on work readiness, building a resume, job searches, interview skills, and boosting self-esteem. 

Graduates of the LEEP program are more prepared to re-enter the local Rhode Island work force with the skills employers’ desire. .

Here is a quote from one of our recent graduates:   “I love this program.  It has been the most complete and helpful out of all the programs I have experienced that the state has to offer.  It is very clear, understandable, and the information provided is useful for our lives in the future.  Loved LEEP!  Thank you!”

For information on the LEEP training program or any of our training programs contact Goodwill Industries of RI at 401-861-2080 or visit our web site at

Meals on Wheels Senior Restaurant Program Expanding

Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island has announced that the Senior Restaurant Program will be expanding into other areas of the State.  While the program has historically been available at three locations in Providence, now Seniors will be able to visit restaurants in other cities throughout Rhode Island.

“Seniors outside of Providence have told us they wanted options in their cities” said Pauline Asprinio, Nutrition Director.  “I am so happy to be able to offer them their choice of great restaurants”.

Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island’s Restaurant Program is open to seniors, aged 60 and older, in the State of RI.  The Congregate Nutrition Program began the initiative in 2007 and its popularity continues to grow with many seniors enjoying the delicious, quality restaurant meals while socializing with their friends and loved ones.

For a suggested donation of $5.00, the senior obtains a voucher to take to the participating restaurant of their choice.  The restaurant will offer a variety of meal options that meet healthy nutrition standards.  The participating restaurants include Newport Creamery locations excluding Barrington, Middletown and Newport; the IHOP Restaurants in both Warwick and Providence; and the Friendship Café located at 500 Broad St. in Providence.

To learn more or to obtain a voucher, visit the Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island office located at 70 Bath Street, Providence or contact Pauline Asprinio at 401-351-6700 or

Governor Chafee Nominates Paul Carroll to R.I. Airport Corporation

Governor Chafee has nominated a prominent Providence lawyer to take the place of Dr. Kathleen C. Hittner, chairwoman of the board of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, the state agency that runs T.F. Green and five smaller state-owned airports.

Chafee nominated Jonathan N. Savage, husband of retired Super Court Judge Judith C. Savage, to take Hittner's place on the board. The governor's nominee awaits approval by the state Senate.

Chafee also nominated pilot Paul A. Carroll, of Lincoln, to replace Joseph M. Cianciolo on the board and nominated Hasbro chief financial officer Deborah M. Thomas for reappointment to the board.

Though technically Chafee at this point has only nominated Savage to take Hittner's seat as a member of the board, a spokeswoman for the governor said that he would appoint Savage as chairman if the lawyer receives Senate confirmation.

Hittner, a former hospital executive, announced her intention to step down from the airport board after Chafee nominated her as health insurance commissioner last year. The Senate confirmed her to the position in July. She said that she would stay on the airport board until her successor was ready to serve. Hittner replaced Health Insurance Commissioner Christopher F. Koller, who took a job at a health-policy foundation.

A former chief of anesthesiology at two hospitals, Hittner was president of Miriam Hospital from 2000 to 2009, and then senior vice president of community health for Miriam’s parent, Lifespan.

Savage also lists hospital leadership on his resume.

After Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket became insolvent and sought Superior Court protection from its creditors, Savage was appointed as “special master” in the case, someone to run the hospital while trying to find a buyer. The process ultimately took five years, with Judge Michael A. Silverstein signing off late last year on a deal to sell the hospital to Prime Healthcare Services, a California-based chain.

The airport board governs the operation of the airports and hires and supervises the airport director, who serves as president and chief executive of the Airport Corporation and oversees the day-to-day operations of the airports.

Besides Green, the corporation has authority over Block Island, Westerly, Newport, Quonset and North Central State Airports.

Cape Air Announces New Service to Block Island
Cape Air, one of the nation’s largest regional airlines, will begin seasonal service to Block Island, RI. Beginning on May 22, the Thursday before the start of Memorial Day Weekend, Cape Air will offer daily flights between Block Island Airport (BID) and T.F. Green Airport (PVD) and between BID and Westchester County Airport (HPN).

Passengers also have the option to take Cape Air’s ground transportation from Westchester County Airport to 35th Street and 8th Avenue in midtown Manhattan. The addition of service to Block Island complements Cape Air’s current schedules, which include seasonal, daily flights to Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard from T.F. Green and Westchester County Airports. 

“After several years of collaboration with the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, we are thrilled to be able to start seasonal, scheduled service to Block Island. Cape Air specializes in connecting passengers to some of the most desirable destinations in the U.S. and Caribbean – Block Island fits our model perfectly,” said Linda Markham, President, Cape Air. 

Block Island has a short runway, which limits the type of aircraft that can land at BID. Cape Air has acquired Britten‐Norman Islanders that are specifically suited to the needs of this market. The Britten‐Norman Islander is a nine passenger, high‐wing, twin-engine aircraft with the capability to land on short runways.

“Flights from T.F. Green Airport to Block Island will soon become a reality. Block Island passengers on Cape Air will have access to connecting service on other carriers and commuter rail service to Providence and Boston via the convenience of T. F. Green Airport. Cape Air is a valued travel partner, offering seasonal service to the Cape and Islands for over 15 years. This additional service is, hopefully, an indication of future growth,” said Kelly Fredericks, President and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC).

Passengers can book their flights to Block Island now by visiting, or by calling 800‐CAPE‐AIR.

Shamrock Financial is Hiring!

WE'RE HIRING! Shamrock Financial is a company built on faith-based values and working passionately every day in the “American Dream”. Our current staff of loan originators average well over $100,000 a year in personal income. They each enjoy a successful system that frees them up to “go get more deals” instead of “getting stuck in the file.”  Local, hands-on management, underwriting and ownership lead the company.  Belly-to-belly, day-to-day, since 1989.

If you are committed to consistent, daily applied strategies of success, integrity; and care about the dream of home ownership for both prospective buyers and the real estate professionals that serve them then let’s have a conversation.  Send your email confidentially to or call 401-228-9627.

G-Form - Innovation Built in Rhode Island

This portal provides insights from executives who “make things happen.” Meet innovators from companies throughout Southern New England who share tips which can help you succeed. We have tapped our member leaders, seeking their business savvy advice in an effort to help you grow your business and develop your workforce. 

Interview with Danny WarshayCo-Founder and Executive Chairman G-Form

G-Form uses its proprietary Reactive Protection Technology (RPT) to protect athletes from injury and consumer electronics from damage.  Unlike standard protective equipment that attempts to displace impact by using multiple layers of foam and plastic, G-Form products are thin, lightweight and flexible, and utilize RPT to absorb the energy from an impact and convert it in to protection.

Rather than have products created from the “boardroom-down,” G-Form develops products using athlete-generated feedback, or from the “locker room-out” and utilizes state of the art materials and polymers to make innovative products that meet the specific needs of athletes across multiple categories.  Co-Founder and Executive Chairman Danny Warshay shares his thoughts on G-Form’s philosophy of innovation—by and for the athlete—and how their creative edge has allowed for the expansion of G-Form’s product line to include electronics protection and military/tactical gear.


Q. Where did the idea of G-Form originate?

G-Form started in a barn in North Scituate. The founding group was involved in chemical discovery at Polyworks, where we found that we could mold a chemical into a lightweight, thin, soft and durable composite. The discovery was accidental. Yet, after roughly 80 patents and 105 trademarks we have determined that this composite is the best way to protect athletes as well as electronics.


Q. How does having a RI-centralized company aid your business production and strategy?

In order for G-Form to work the way it does, a local supply chain is a key ingredient. We move quickly, and having local product development and manufacturing enhances our efficiency and enables our innovation, allowing us to make rapid advances.  Our Dubai-based distributor, for example, wished we could get him a table-sized device case for a trade coming up in five days. As soon as he said it, we dove in to design the case in our CAD software, emailed the design to North Smithfield where we cut a mold and molded the pads, then drove them 40 minutes to Fall River where our cut and sew partner, Griffin, sewed the material together, and we then had one of our recent hires out of Brown jump on a plane to New York to transport the case to Dubai.  Even a glitch with his visa in New York did not deter us as we had someone else quickly drive up to JFK where he jumped on a plane to Dubai.   Five days after the initial brainstorm we had a prototype in the hands of that distributor.  If not for our local supply chain which now employs over 400 people, that would never have been possible, and we would have missed an ideal opportunity to present our products to the global market.  Given the way we manufacture, we experience no cost disadvantage, and this local supply chain enables us to innovate at lightning speed.


Q. How did you come to develop two very different focuses for product lines?

The main two product lines we offer protect athletes from injury and electronics devices from damage. The athletic protection came first from our passion for biking and developing pads that were protective but did not restrict movement. Currently, our pads are protecting athletes of all kinds especially bikers, skateboarders and longboarders, soccer players and hockey players. The electronics protection was a happy accident. My colleague posed the question that if our athletic pads can effectively protect bones, why can’t they also protect electronics? So he put his iPad in between two of the G-Form athletic pads and dropped a bowling ball onto it -- and it still worked! The iPad was not harmed at all. After that, we immediately decided to expand our line and develop protective cases for electronics.  Given the combination of protecting bodies and devices, you can also see why we are working with the military.


Q. Give us three words that describe your culture.

Speed, creativity and innovation.


Q. What advice would you provide other small business owners in Southern New England regarding workforce development?

We are flexible regarding placing people in specific roles. We have a mix of experts in their respective fields as well as generalists who have worn many hats. At G-Form, we are more focused about the cultural fit of the person versus the richness of the resume they are bringing with them. We look for, and attract, self starters who will move quickly based on company and product objectives. Most of our employees are from Rhode Island, or have studied here.


Q. Define success.

Success means achieving whatever objection you have and loving the path to getting there. It’s about the product and the process.


Q. Why affiliate with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce?

It’s a ready-made network. With the nature of New England -- everyone knowing everyone -- it makes so much sense to be part of this network.  The Chamber offers an efficient way to learn and connect in the community.


Q. Can you share some of the rewards experienced since the conception of G-Form?

A rewarding experience for me is the importation and maintenance of US jobs. It has been great to see first hand how much the “Made in the USA” sticker means to people. Also, I am proud of our culture within our company.  We believe in doing well while doing good and in giving back to the community philanthropically.


Q. What’s on the horizon?

We are beginning to develop partnerships with team sports manufacturers and will have some exciting news to announce about those first partnerships soon. Additionally, we are shortly introducing our Pro-S Shin Guards, which are the first flexible, washable soccer shin guards on the market. And new phone cases are always on the horizon.


Q. What lessons have you learned along the way?

I have learned three related lessons in the effort to keep our competitive edge:

First, if you make three chess moves in the time that it takes your opponent to make one, no matter how expert the opponent is, you will win every time.

Second, it’s sometimes best to throw the dart and then draw the bull’s eye around it. By this I mean sometimes it is necessary to try something and then develop the strategy to support it. Don’t analyze things to death and have fun while figuring out your game plan.


The third lesson I have learned is the three-putt approach which means get effective product out there and then tweak it through customer feedback.  Trying to line up the perfect putt won’t allow you to sink it any faster.  Better to learn from experience.

Bard Davol - Over a century of innovation built in RI

Interview with John Groetelaars - President of Davol, A Bard company

The quest for new technologies has been the bedrock of Rhode Island based Davol’s growth and success. Throughout the company’s 138 years in business, Davol has persevered through many of our country’s challenging economic times. President John Groetelaars shares his thoughts on Davol/BARD’s entrenched climate of innovation and globalization, key drivers for expansion efforts in today’s marketplace.

Q. What advice do you have to share with our membership in dealing with the current challenging economic environment?

JG: Stay agile and open to change. Use our company for example. Over 130 years ago we started with basic rubber products. Not a single one of those original products remains in our production line today. Forty percent of our current sales involve products that were introduced within the last three years. If we don’t continue to reinvigorate, we will fall the way of some of the high tech companies that maxed out with one product line. Being cautious and conservative is no longer linked to survival. It is important to fully understand your markets to find segments that are growing and invest in them.


We are here to be successful. Ideas and inspiration for our innovations come from:

  1. Relentless attention to the patient. Surveying them for their product experience and listening to comments for product evolution. Probing your customers gives you a deep understanding of the nature of the product’s usefulness and critical information for “tweaking” or “inch ups”—incremental product improvements. 
  2. Hospital administrators – they provide us with feedback for cost analysis, supply and demand formulas, and information on products created by our competition. 
  3. Surgeons – continually critique our products during implementation, and analyze the results with their patients post surgery. 

machine Although the inch ups are important, break through innovations are the heart of Davol’s focus. Given the tough, competitive environment, there is less of an appetite for little improvements. We need to be better, more efficient, faster, cheaper, and ideally, all three. We scour the globe for the best ideas, technology and services. Breakthroughs lately have been in the form of tech transformation. More emphasis has been placed on fewer, but bigger (more financially risky) projects. My advice –in order to keep innovation flowing and continue commercialization you have to understand the consumer’s need. Don’t assume.

Collaboration is also a key ingredient for expanding innovation opportunities at Davol. We currently join forces with big teaching/research hospitals and labs throughout the US and companies like Ximedica, where we partner as co-developers. We are in the process of exploring collaborative opportunities locally with Brown, Lifespan’s tech licensing group and Betaspring in an effort to broaden our reach.


Q. How would you advise local companies interested in venturing into the global market?

John3 JG: Spend time objectively assessing which global markets have a high potential for your product/service. Follow up with a deeper dive in the region, meeting and talking with potential customers or business partners to develop a prioritized list of opportunities that help you garner success and gain experience. This list should be long enough to have a full pipeline of business opportunities but not too large that your efforts are too diluted. Find early successes and build on them while gaining critical knowledge of the market and regulatory climate in the targeted area.

Q. Over the years, how has your business grown/adapted in the ever changing marketplace?


JG: Ten years ago, we were fairly conservative, skeptical about where and how ideas germinated and developed. Today, thanks to the advancement in technology, that has all changed. Our objective is to be #1 through best evidenced and priced product lines, making them well-affordable in the world of public health care. There are two avenues that create options for growth: globalization and innovation. Our strategies drive product innovation, making us open to change. We are constantly looking for new technologies, acquisitions, and core tech. A big trend in globalization is in refining how we bring in tech from international sources, and then transfer to our R&D pipeline. In June we announced our expansion into Russia, offering an exciting new chapter in our company’s growth.

To support our vision (advancing patient care with leading solutions in area of soft tissue repair) we employ over 100 scientists focused on research and development with 1200 employees worldwide in roles that include sales and manufacturing.

machine2 In the US, it is important that we invest across the spectrum –in high growth as well as low or negative growth markets, where there is high unemployment and thus, lack of insurance or ability to afford co-pays. We invest in low growth areas to address the patient trend to avoid health care through less doctor visits or administration to hospitals. We can make the greatest product in the world, but if patients do not have access to our lines, we will not grow. The same factors apply overseas, especially in European countries. The economy has forced change. It has impacted how we look at the innovation pipeline. Today there is more scrutiny of economies in addition to product performance. This was a driver toward our current international focus.

Q. Give me three words that describe your culture at Davol.

JG: Candid, caring and driven.

Q. How do you develop your workforce?

water_bottle JG: We have specialized talent needs at Davol --and there are shortages of qualified candidates locally. As a result we search nationally for our talent draw. We recruit from the greater Boston area, where the housing market creates a challenge for prospects looking in that community. RI appeals to our recruits for cost of living (compared with Boston) and quality of life. We find that the folks that do move here, like it. A lot. Davol stays loyal to RI for those factors and the close proximity to Boston. We continually need to recruit and attract talent to evolve and survive.

Q. Why affiliate with an organization like GPCC?


JG: It is important for businesses to be engaged in forums that contribute to and support a strong local economy. Throughout our 98 year association with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Davol’s GPCC membership provided our management team with that vital link to the RI business community and government leadership, offering a means to interact and participate in local concerns. Through the Chamber’s outreach, Davol participates in the RI Business Plan Competition as judge to help support local job creation and innovation.

Secondary to bridging a means for our community engagement, were the many benefits that accompany GPCC membership.

Bard Davol is the market leader in comprehensive soft tissue reconstruction, delivering a growing line of mesh prosthetics, biologic implants and fixation systems to compliment innovative techniques for inguinal, ventral and other hernia repair procedures. Our researchers are constantly engaged in expanding the range of soft tissue repair with products aimed at providing exceptional quality and value –qualities that clinicians, physicians and patients have come to depend on.

Please join us...


Friday, June 20th 2014 at 7:30 PM

Dunkin’ Donuts Center– Providence, RI

** Tickets On Sale Saturday, April 26th at 10am! **


WWE Returns to Providence

with WWE Live!


See your Favorite WWE Superstars Including:


John Cena

Bray Wyatt & The Wyatt Family

Intercontinental Champion Big E

The Rhodes Brothers

All requests for press credentials should be directed to 203-359-5175

Visit for ticket information.


Goodwill Industries of RI “Power of Work” Career Fair

On May 7th Goodwill Industries of RI will host its

“Power of Work” Career Fair at our location  -

 100 Houghton St. in Providence.

This Career Fair is being held to give Goodwill training program participants  an opportunity to meet with local employers and pursue employment.

We are looking for additional employers to participate in this job fair. 

-As an Employment participant you will meet

   pre-screened job seekers and find out

  how our candidates are trained to meet

  your hiring needs.

-You will learn about our employment programs and work/tax incentives.

-Finally, you will gain a partner in Goodwill that ensures you meet well trained, qualified, motivated applicants.

There is no cost to employers for participation.

For information regarding participation, please contact our offices  - Christine Francis ext. 131 or Nancy Carrott ext. 140.

Boston Bruins Pro-Am

Team Little Rhody is participating in a charity Pro-Am hockey tournament. The tournament is designed to raise money for the Boston Children’s Hospital who is ranked #1 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals honor roll. More than offering great care, the hospital is known for its commitment to the Boston community—serving as the largest provider of health care to low-income children in our state.

The hospital is also home to the world’s largest research center at a pediatric hospital, making discoveries that benefit both children and adults. Just one area of research we’re leading: concussions and injury prevention. Children’s Sports Concussion Clinic is a national leader in understanding and treating pediatric concussions, with a multidisciplinary research team and a clinical setting that receives more than 350 patient visits each month. Philanthropic support will advance critical research into this skyrocketing problem.

Joe Sylvia of Automated Business Solutions is a member of one of the competing teams and is looking to collect gifts to benefit the BCH.

You can give a secure gift right on his personal page!


First Annual 94HJY BroShow at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center

94HJY presents the First Annual 94HJY BroShow at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.  94HJY is proud to present this 7 hour show on Saturday June 14, 2014 from 11am – 6pm, appealing to Men of all ages. This show, with complimentary admission, will feature electronics, food sampling, wing contests, bikini contests, electronic bull riding, cigars, rock walls, as well as various other vendors and activities appealing to the male demo.

Learn more about the event, or how your business can participate by contacting Rhonda Lapham at 401-519-1237 or

94HJY is Southern New England’s heritage Rock Format radio station. The station has been broadcasting the same Rock Format since 1981 and reaches over 400,000 listeners weekly.



38th Annual Save the Bay Swim

Citizens Bank Swim For Narragansett Bay

The Citizen's Bank 38th Annual Save The Bay Swim will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014. We will return to our traditional route across the Bay, from the Newport Naval Base to Potter Cove, Jamestown.  

Founded in 1977, The Swim is Save The Bay’s largest annual fundraiser, serving as a critical support to our efforts to protect and restore the Narragansett Bay region. Every year, nearly 500 swimmers, ages 15 to 77 years, swim 1.7 nautical miles across the Bay to raise money and awareness. Swimmers come from more than 25 states to experience the iconic, open water trek from Newport to Jamestown. 

Click here for more information.

Click here for Navy Swim Team's advice to first time swimmers.

PawSox Pride Night Member Offer

PAWSOX PRIDE NIGHT, THURSDAY, MAY 1, 2014 at McCoy Stadium. Game is at 7:05 PM

It’s the first nationally televised minor league baseball game on the CBS SPORTS NETWORK and we want the place to look great on TV!

Therefore for your membership we have a special offer:

Any Chamber member can get tickets for that game at a LOW DISCOUNT!

Reserved Seats normally $12.00 each are only $10.00

Gen Admission tickets normally $8.00 each are only $6.00

Promotion Code: PRIDE (Case sensitive)   

Use the code online at or call in at 401.724.7300



The Big Night Out: An Evening in Paris


Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (BBBSOS) has announced the 2014 inductees into its Magical Circle of People We Admire. The Magical Circle was established in 2007 to recognize those individuals who through their professional accomplishments and community service have become exemplary role models for children in Rhode Island.

The 2014 “Magical Circle” honorees are:

Hilina Ajakaiye, Operations Manager, Stop & Shop, New England Division

Dennis Littky,  Co-Founder and Co-Director, The Big Picture Company, The Met School, and College Unbound

Ingrid Tolentino, Vice President, MetLife Auto & Home

Jim Vincent, President, NAACP Providence Branch, and Compliance Officer, RIPTA

In addition, Bonney B. Sevellon, will be this year’s recipient of the annual Legacy Award. The Legacy Award is Given to a person who is a pioneer in his or her field, whose volunteer or career work has impacted the lives of countless people. As the Executive Director of Big Sisters of Rhode Island in 1997, she pioneered BBBSOS’ existing relationship with Savers and developed The Big Sisters Fund.  Incorporated as a solely owned subsidiary of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (separate 501(c) 3), more commonly known as the Donation Center, the Fund was formed to collect gently used clothing and household items and the proceeds fund BBBSOS’ mentoring programs.

The inductees will be honored at BBBSOS’s annual gala on June 14th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Goat Island in Newport. The event, themed An Evening in Paris, will feature a signature cocktail, amazing aerialists, unique auction items and a delicious French-inspired feast. Dance the night away to the sounds of Nancy Paolino and the Black Tie Band. Tickets and additional information about the event are available through the event’s website:

Proceeds from The Big Night Out: An Evening in Paris will be used to support the mentoring relationships for over 500 children throughout Rhode Island.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State is Rhode Island’s leading mentoring organization and has been serving boys and girls in Rhode Island for over 45 years. Persons interested in mentoring a child or donating to support the program can log on to the agency’s website or call (401) 921-2434.

Bryant University 29th Annual World Trade Day May 21, 2014

"We have the ability for innovative thinking, making quality products and seizing global opportunities"

It’s time again to gather New England businesses, manufacturers and their partners for a day of sharing, learning, and inspiration. World Trade Day 2014, Back to the USA – Partnering for Global Success, promises to fulfill these expectations. With our manufacturing sector growing stronger every year, thanks in part to events like this, it is critical that we come together to educate ourselves and continue the forward momentum.

You will have a choice of multiple sessions with amazing leaders who will be discussing the hows of growing your company, where to find opportunities and the avenues for help in navigating what can be a complicated undertaking. Bryant University and the Chafee Center for International Business are great local resources for your business. They continue to work for your international success by developing World Trade Day and a comprehensive offering of informative seminars.

This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Jakob van Zyl, associate director at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a NASA research laboratory, will share an exciting and inspirational story. This is a man, and a business, that literally reaches beyond the globe. We may not all be able to build the Mars Rover or put a man on the moon, but we do have the ability for innovative thinking, making quality products and seizing global opportunities. Dr. van Zyl will share with us how to take our business capabilities and partner with NASA for future success.

Your participation in World Trade Day adds to the excitement and potential of the day. For all of us the goal is sustainable growth. With growth we create jobs; with jobs the economy of New England improves. As the saying goes: it is a win-win. There are few things that are more exciting and inspirational as than winning!

– Cheryl Merchant, CEO, Hope Global; chairwoman, World Trade Day 2014

Click here for more information and to register.

World Trade Day is presented by the John H. Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant University. Bring us your business. We’ll give you the world.


Providence Post Office Processing Plant Tour

Come and see how your mail is processed by the USPS.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Dave Lewis, President and Cofounder of SnailWorks, the first web-based company dedicated to integrating direct mail and the online world.

When:  April 24, 2014

Where: Main Post Office

             24 Corliss Street

             Providence, RI

Click here for more information.

Rhode Island Walk to Cure Arthritis at Roger Williams Park Temple to Music

WHAT: Be a part of the Arthritis Foundation’s mission to transform lives! Join the Rhode Island Walk to Cure Arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation’s signature event to raise funds to prevent, control and cure the nation’s leading cause of disability. Participants will fundraise and to bring a voice to the more than 50 million Americans living with arthritis. Funds raised through the Walk to Cure Arthritis will help create programs, research and advocacy initiatives to remove the burden of this crippling disease both locally and across the country. 

WHEN:  May 4th 2014

TIMES:  Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and Walk to Cure Arthritis starts at 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:  Roger Williams Park at Temple to Music

                 1000 Elmwood Rd

                 Providence, RI

CONTACT:  Robin Maxcy,

To register for the Rhode Island Walk to Cure Arthritis, visit






SNS Providence Grand Opening Celebration

Please join us as we celebrate the recent opening of our newest SNS office at 18 Imperial Place. Meet our team, learn about our services, and hear from some of our happy clientele.

Wednesday, May 14th

5:00 - 7:00 pm

18 Imperial Place, Providence

Click here for more information.

Sardella’s, 30 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI, 849-6312, 7:30 to 10 pm
Wed 4/16 - Dick Lupino, Jody Ebling, Greg Wardson
Wed 4/23 - Dick Lupino, Terri Giviens, Yvonne Monnett
Wed 4/30 - Dick Lupino, Dan Moretti, Mike Renzi

The Chanler, 117 Memorial Blvd; Newport, RI, 847-1300, 6 to 10 pm
Fri 4/18 - Dick Lupino, Krisanthi Pappas, Kent Hewitt
Fri 4/25 - Dick Lupino, Deb Larkin, Steve Heck

401 683-6565 office
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Annual Grosvenor/Cushing Memorial Golf Tournament

29th Annual Grosvenor/Cushing Memorial Golf Tournament at the Newport Country Club May 19, 2014 

Sponsored by David B. Ford, Pamela Fielder and Princess Pictures

Now in its 29th year, the Grosvenor/Cushing Golf Tournament provides critical support to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County.  Hosted at the Newport Country Club, tournament participants enjoy 18 holes at Rhode Island’s premier golf course.  Tournament events include a buffet lunch, hole in one contest, reception, silent auction and awards.                   

Tournament Schedule:

11 a.m.      Registration and Lunch

12:15 p.m.  Announcements

12:30 p.m.  Shotgun Starts

5:30 p.m.    Cocktail Reception and Awards Ceremony

Foursome Fees: $1,800 if payment made before May 1; $2,000 if payment made May 1 or later.

Reception-Only Tickets: $50

Printable Registration Form: Click Here

Online Registration: Click Here

Sponsorship Opportunities: Click Here

Silent Auction Donation Form: Click Here

For more information, contact the Club at (401) 847-6927.

We hope you will join us at the tournament, from which all proceeds will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County. 

Top World Renowned Speakers Presenting at RI Event

Leadercast 2014 /  May 09, 2014 /  Friday, 09:00:am

Leadercast C12 Group So. New England


Hosted by - The C12 Group So. New England
Rice Hall: Christian Hill Community Church
56 Tiogue Ave
West Warwick, RI 02893


(401) 263-8811


 Session 1
 Session 2
 Session 3
 Session 4
 Program Concludes

2014 speaker line-up: 

Andy Stanley | Malcolm Gladwell | Archbishop Desmond Tutu | Randall Wallace | Bill McDermott | Laura Schroff | Dr. Henry Cloud | Simon Sinek | Laura Bush | Cat Deeley | Tripp Crosby

Click here to register.

Project GOAL 10th Anniversary Events

Project GOAL is celebrating 10 years of bringing soccer and educational programs to inner-city youth in Rhode Island. In honor of our 10th anniversary we are having our annual GOAL CUP corporate soccer tournament fundraiser on Saturday, May 3rd, and our board of advisors is putting together a cocktail event to Kick-Off the celebration on Friday, May 2nd, at the Café Nuevo Rotunda, Citizens Bank building in Providence. The board is generously donating their time and resources to put these events together; we hope you can join us to ensure their success.

GOAL CUP Sponsorship Packages

GOAL CUP 2014 is sponsored by Adidas, Moses Brown School, and Graphic Ink. The tournament is being supported and will also have participation from Anchor Counseling, CORE Business Technologies, Meridian Custom Homes, in-Cube-8, Bigelow and Fleming, Graphic Ink, Greenwood Emergency Vehicles, DeSecare Law Offices, A1 Custom Auto Body, and more. This tournament in the past 2 years has been extremely successful in bringing communities and companies together for a fun filled day; and we are expecting over 18 corporations and 200 people come out to play soccer in support of our students next month, including NE Revolution players.

For more information visit 

Taste of the Bay & Annual Meeting

Taste of The Bay, held every May in conjunction with our annual meeting, is a celebration of the flavors, sights, and sounds of Narragansett Bay. Enjoy delicious food and drink from local restaurants, bakeries, breweries, and wineries while taking in beautiful scenery and live music!  

Click here for further information.

2014 Administrative Professionals Week

We cordially invite you to the Providence Chapter’s Annual Administrative Professional of the Year Banquet Co-hosted by: Omni Providence Hotel

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 

Omni Providence Hotel, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

In a truly inspiring evening, our guest speaker, Tony Kubica will present "Delivering on the Promise: Your Moment of Truth"

He is a management consultant, author, speaker, and executive coach, focusing on leadership development and growth.  He is the author, with his partner, Sara LaForest, of Organizational Gravity: A Guide to Strategically Growing Your Company’s Brand, Culture, and Talent, and the Leadership focused blog

Kubica LaForest Consulting was recently named by Leadership Excellence (Leadership 500 awards) as one of the Top 10 leadership development firms in the U.S in the Small Consultant category. The Small Consultant category is one of eight categories recognized by Leadership Excellence. They will be honored at the upcoming Global Leadership Conference to be held in April in Vail, Colorado. Leadership Excellence has been recognizing the Top 500 leadership development programs for the past 30 years.

Tony is a 5th degree black belt and is an instructor in kenpo karate, where he focuses on helping his students not only learn karate skills but also build self-confidence –  a skill they can apply successfully to other areas in their life. And, as a grandfather of five grandchildren, he  authors a blog for Grandpas: Grandpa Tales. 

Co-author of: Organizational Gravity: A Guide to Strategically Growing Your Company’s Brand, Culture and Talent - Named one of the Top 10 Small Consultants in Leadership - Development by Leadership Excellence for 2013

RSVP to Sharon Marsden by April 16th at 508-916-7082

$25.00 IAAP Members / $30 Guests

APTY Event / April 23rd, 2014 / Omni Providence Hotel / 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Please make check payable to IAAP - Providence Chapter, and mail to: Sharon Marsden, 177 Lafayette St., Somerset, MA 02726

Parking:   RICC Parking is $12.00 per car       Providence Place Mall Parking is $2.50 per car

Children’s Friend 5k Walk & Run

Celebrate spring time with a Saturday at Roger Williams Park!

Join Children’s Friend and Panera Bread on Saturday, April 26, 2014 for a great day at the park for a good cause.

We’re raising money for Rhode Island's most vulnerable children with a walk or timed 5K run, live performances, arts and crafts, and all kinds of fun for children and adults!

There will also be plenty of delicious food from Panera Bread.

The proceeds from The Walk & Run benefit Children's Friend, Rhode Island's oldest child welfare agency.

Click here for further information.

Children’s Friend is the innovative leader in improving the well-being and healthy development of Rhode Island’s most vulnerable young children. We accomplish this by providing flexible, effective, and culturally-relevant services, and advocating for programs and policies that support and strengthen these children and their families.

Military, Veterans and Families’ Job Fair

Mayor Angel Taveras & Mayor Allan W. Fung & Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston Invite your company to participate in a

Military, Veterans and Families’ Job Fair

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

1 pm - 3 pm

Providence Career and Technical Academy

41 Fricker Street, Providence, RI

This is a job fair for military members, veterans and their families. If you have jobs available, we encourage you to sign-up for this event.

There is no fee to participate.

A 6-foot table and tablecloth will be provided at no charge, along with FREE available parking.

Pre-registration required by April 16.  Visit or call 401.680.8578.

Click here for more information.

In partnership with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Hero 2 Hired, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Rhode Island Department of Labor & Training, the Cities of Providence and Cranston and Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston


Join American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life

Relay For Life celebrates cancer survivors, remembers those we have lost, and gives everyone the chance to fight back against cancer. Relay is a community event where teams of friends, families, schools, businesses, and organizations take turns walking overnight at a local track. Special activities, ceremonies, and entertainment make it a fun and moving experience. All teams raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight every cancer, in every community, every day.

Click here for more information on how to participate.

AIDS Project RI Dining Out for Life®

Join NBC 10’s Mario Hilario, event chair, for Dining Out for Life®, when participating restaurants donate a portion of their sales to AIDS Project RI.

All you need to do is eat at one of the restaurants on Thursday, April 24th! For a list of participating restaurants or more information about AIDS Project RI visit, email or call 401-559-7896

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.

American Diabetes Association Ocean State Tour de Cure

Tour de Cure is more than just a cycling event. It's a life-changing event. A day full of fun and excitement where riders of all levels join forces in the fight to Stop Diabetes® and raise critical funds for diabetes research, education and advocacy in support of the American Diabetes Association. So take the Ride of Your Life and sign up today!

When: June 1, 2014

Where: University of Rhode Island

7 Greenhouse Road, Kingston, RI 02881

Registration Fee: $25

Fundraising Minimum: $200

Route Distances: 7M, 15M, 30M, 62M, 100M

Contact your event manager, Phoebe Bunker: or (888) 342-2383 x 3499

Please mail checks to our local office:

American Diabetes Association

ATTN: Ocean State TDC

10 Speen Street 2nd Floor

Framingham, MA 01701

120 Days to event. 30 teams. 144 riders. Join us!

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:


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