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Family Service of RI Looking for Super Volunteers

In  Memory of a Late “Super Volunteer” from East Greenwich

Family Service of Rhode Island’s Walking School Bus program is looking for “Super Volunteers” in memory of one of its first volunteers who lost his life in an automobile accident.

“We are pleased to announce that we have stipends for eight ‘Super Volunteer’ positions available for the upcoming school year for the Walking School Bus,” said Family Service of Rhode Island’s Julie Casimiro.  “Super Volunteers” receive $500 per school semester for volunteering at least four times a week.

The Walking School Bus provides routes to and from school.  The initiative ensures that each child living within a mile of the school, who needs to walk arrives on time and returns home safely, even when a family member is unable to walk with him or her.  The Walking School Bus serves Bailey and Fogarty elementary schools in Providence’s South Side neighborhood.

“One of the first volunteers when the Walking Bus began in 2012 was Ian Cameron from East Greenwich,” she said.  “He started volunteering his time while he was home from college for winter break.  Though it was bitterly cold he volunteered with an unparalleled level of enthusiasm, passion and dedication.  We are pleased to name our  ‘Super Volunteer’ initiative in his honor.”

“On behalf of all of us who love Ian, we thank Family Service of Rhode Island for this opportunity to honor his memory,” said close friend Abby Kretsch, who helped created the Walking School Bus program when she worked at Family Service of Rhode Island. “He loved the Walking School Bus, so we are pleased that he will continue to be associated with it.”

Ian Cameron, who attended Rocky Hill School in East Greenwich, was 24 years old when he died in an automobile accident, and was a student at Middlebury College in Vermont.  He did summer research at Brown University.

Anyone interested in becoming an Ian Cameron Super Volunteer should call 401-331-1350 ext. 3457.  Funding for the stipends is from the federal Safe Routes to School Program.

The Walking School Bus is reducing school tardiness and absenteeism. The program also promotes a positive community spirit as volunteers and school children walk through the neighborhoods surrounding the school.

The Walking School Bus is part of Family Service of Rhode Island’s “Providence Children’s Initiative,” providing a comprehensive, collaborative program to improve educational and social development outcomes for children and families in the South Providence neighborhood.

Family Service of RI is a statewide non-profit human service and educational organization.  More information is available at www.familyserviceri.org.

17 PSH Attorneys Named to 2015 Best Lawyers® in America List
17 Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Attorneys Named to 2015 Best Lawyers® in America List

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP is proud to announce that 17 of its attorneys have been named to the 2015 edition of Best Lawyers in America®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Congratulations to the following attorneys and their respective practice areas:

Normand G. Benoit - Public Finance Law

Eugene G. Bernardo II - Public Finance Law

Melissa E. Darigan - Banking & Finance Litigation

Michael A. Gamboli - Employment (Management) Law and Labor & Employment Litigation

David M. Gilden - Banking & Finance Law, Real Estate Law

Jeffrey H. Gladstone - Land Use & Zoning Law

James H. Hahn - Corporate Law

David F. Hannon - Banking and Finance Law - Banking Operations, Commercial Finance, Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Regulatory, Financial Services Regulation Law

Kimberly I. McCarthy - Tax Law; Tax Litigation & Controversy; Corporate Governance Law; Corporate Compliance Law

William F. Macauley - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law - Chapter 12, Commercial, Litigation, Litigation - Bankruptcy

Howard Merten - Commercial Litigation; First Amendment Litigation; Intellectual Property Litigation; Banking & Finance Litigation

William R. Moorman, Jr. - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy

Christopher J. Panos - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

John J. Partridge - Corporate Governance Law and Corporate Law

Marvin S. Silver - Trusts and Estates

Steven E. Snow - Antitrust Law; Commercial Litigation

Robert K. Taylor - Commercial Litigation

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

(add)ventures Named to the Inc. 5000 List

(add)ventures Named to the Inc. 5000 List of America’s Fastest-growing Private Companies

Earns spot on list for 10th time

For the 10th time during 25 years in business, multidisciplinary brand culture and communications firm, (add)ventures, has been named one of America’s fastest-growing private companies by Inc. magazine’s 5000 list.  (add)ventures is the only advertising and marketing firm in Rhode Island on the Inc. 5000 list this year.

Built upon the same tradition as the Inc. 500 list, the Inc. 5000 list celebrates innovation and showcases a broader spectrum of entrepreneurial leadership and success.

“When I launched (add)ventures at the age of 25, I could only imagine the type of growth that would solidify our status as one of America’s fastest-growing private companies," said Steve Rosa, (add)ventures president and CEO. “Now, 25 years later, with our headquarters in my hometown of Providence, and offices in Miami and New York City, I am honored to have earned a spot on the Inc. 5000 list for the 10th time.”

To qualify for the Inc. 5000 list, companies are required to be U.S.-based, privately-held, for profit and independent. Companies are ranked according to the percentage growth of their annual revenue over a three-year period. (add)ventures had 66 percent growth from 2010 to 2013.

“We’ve continued to blaze a trail of growth – consistently expanding our staff, space and service offerings, while successfully navigating a difficult economic environment,” said Rosa. “This is a testament to our innovative approach to brand culture, and our talented employees. I am inspired each day by their passion.”

With nearly 50 employees who make up the firm’s seven dynamic disciplines, and footholds in the New England and Greater Miami markets, (add)ventures has continued to expand its strategic and creative services to better serve the needs of client partners.

Rosa added, "Meeting our client partner’s needs and exceeding their expectations is our top priority. We will continue to adapt and expand to ensure that client partners are equipped with an innovative and flexible organization that helps achieve their strategic, creative and growth goals.”

For more information about the Inc. 5000 companies, including the complete Inc. 5000 list and company profiles, visit Inc.com.

 

 

 

 

 

News from the Law Office of Shechtman Halperin & Savage

Jonathan N. Savage, a partner with Shechtman Halperin & Savage, has been appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate to serve as chair of the board of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation.

This board is responsible for “the planning, development, management, acquisition, ownership, operation, repair, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, renovation, improvement, maintenance, development, sale, lease, or other disposition of any airport facility as defined in Rhode Island General Law relative to RI’s six (6) state airports”.

Preston W. Halperin, a partner of Shechtman Halperin & Savage, has been appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate to serve on the Commission on Judicial Tenure and Discipline.

“The Commission on Judicial Tenure and Discipline was created in 1974 to provide a forum for complaints against any judge or magistrate of the Supreme, Superior, Family, District, and Workers’ Compensation Courts, or the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal. The Commission reviews allegations of serious violations of the Code of Judicial Conduct, including willful and persistent failure to perform judicial duties; disabling addiction to alcohol, drugs, or narcotics; conduct that brings the judicial office into serious disrepute; or a physical or a mental disability that seriously interferes with, and will continue to interfere with, the performance of judicial duties.”

George A. Zainyeh has joined Shechtman Halperin & Savage. George, former Chief of Staff to Governor Lincoln Chafee and Congressman Patrick Kennedy and former state legislator, has joined Shechtman Halperin Savage, LLP as Chief Marketing and Development Officer.

George brings a depth of experience in both the public and private sectors. 
He served as the chief strategy officer at Family Service of Rhode Island, and as vice president of strategic initiatives at the Princeton Review. George is a board member at HousingWorks RI and Building Futures. 
He has also served on the General Treasurer’s transition team and as a corporation trustee for Butler Hospital, and was a member of the Rhode Island Special Olympics Capital Campaign Committee. George is well known in spheres of influence as the person to get things done.

Four attorneys from Visconti Boren & Campbell have joined Shechtman Halperin & Savage. As respected members of the legal community these attorneys strengthen and diversify the firm’s practice groups.

Girard R. Visconti, ESQ. partner

Jerry has been recognized for his legal intellect and hard work by many organizations including the Rhode Island Supreme Court, Providence College and the Justinian Law Society.  As one of the leading experts in construction law in the state, Jerry has been instrumental in the drafting and passage of the Mechanics’ Lien statute and other laws pertaining to the construction industry. He is also the legal counsel for the Rhode Island Subcontractors Association (RISA) and regularly provides seminars informative to the construction industry on various topics including labor and management relations.

Richard A. Boren, ESQ. partner

An attorney for more than 40 years he has litigated a tremendous variety of matters at all trial and appellate levels, including complex business litigation, personal injury, family law, divorce law, probate litigation, and land use and zoning litigation.  Mr. Boren is a past president of the Rhode Island Trial Lawyers Association, graduated from the University of Rhode Island (B.A. 1967) and St. John's University Law School (J.D. 1971).  Richard has served as president of two chapters of the Inns of Court in Rhode Island, the Family Court Inns of Court, the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Inns of Court, and served as member and chairman of the Rhode Island Supreme Court Disciplinary Board.  He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

David M. Campbell, ESQ. partner

David practices primarily in the areas of commercial and business litigation, construction litigation, surety and insurance defense, professional liability, and employment law.  He is General Counsel to the Utility Contractors Association of Rhode Island and was on the Board of Directors for the Associated Builders and Contractors (RI Chapter). He is also a member of the Attorney’s Council for the American Subcontractors Association and the Forum on the Construction Industry for the American Bar Association. David co-authored “Advanced Construction Law in Rhode Island” published by National Business Institute and is a frequent speaker for business and trade groups.

Jessica L. Papazian-Ross, ESQ. associate

Ms. Papazian-Ross is a co-author of the model Civil Jury Instructions for Rhode Island, which was a project undertaken by the Rhode Island Bar Association through the Superior Court Bench Bar Committee. Ms. Papazian-Ross authored a chapter on Analyzing Discovery and Investigation Issues for a book published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. entitled “A Practical Guide to Discovery in Rhode Island.”

 

Newport Hospitality Announces Promotions for Cheryl Twiss and Carrie Brown


Carrie Brown, DMCP and Cheryl Twiss, CASE have earned promotions to Vice President roles as part of the Newport Hospitality Executive Team.

Carrie is now Vice President of Program Development and Operations after 13 years with Newport Hospitality.  Carrie oversees all aspects of Program Management from new products and services, creative proposal writing, social media and program operations.   Carrie holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of RI in Communication Studies.

Cheryl is now Vice President of Sales after almost 8 years with Newport Hospitality as Director of Sales and over 12 years sales experience at various Newport Hotels.  Cheryl has held numerous catering and sales positions in the hospitality industry over the past 30 years.  She is responsible for all aspects of the
Newport Hospitality sales effort from new business development, managing existing accounts, handling site visits through to contracting, as well as maintaining relationships with hospitality partners.

“Carrie and Cheryl are true professionals and together will lead Newport Hospitality into the future.  They both have key roles with our involvement in the Volvo Ocean Race over the next 9 months.  Carrie and Cheryl both deserve to be recognized for their leadership, loyalty and dedication to not only Newport Hospitality but also the Hospitality Industry” says Laurie Stroll, President and Owner of Newport Hospitality, Inc.

Newport Hospitality, Inc., a DMC Network Company partners with corporate, incentive and association planners for program services including booking hotel accommodations, special events, meeting logistics, ground transportation, group activities and VIP services.  






Southwest Airlines Fall Fare Saver

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The Gamm Opens Season 30 with Grounded

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

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

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

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

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

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

  

(add)ventures Adds Three to Digital Team

New hires expand firm’s digital team capabilities

To meet the growing digital needs of its client partners, Providence-based multidisciplinary brand culture and communications firm (add)ventures is expanding its digital/interactive team with the addition of three “(add)venturists.” Michael Kilmer of Worcester, Mass., joins as manager of engineering/digital. Carmela MacKnight joins as manager of interactive/quality and Kara Cabassa joins as specialist of digital/strategy; both live in Barrington.

In his role as manager of engineering/digital, Kilmer is a front-end web developer, working to translate digital design files to fully functioning, pixel-perfect websites. Kilmer has previous front-end developer experience working for Boston based health and wellness company NutraClick and an ad agency in Worcester, Mass. Kilmer holds a bachelor’s degree in visual design from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. With his diverse experience, Kilmer will ensure that finished digital products are consistent with client-approved designs.

As manager of interactive/quality, MacKnight is responsible for maximizing and enhancing best practices within the digital marketing project portfolio. She brings 15 years of IT related project management experience to (add)ventures, along with certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP)®. Previously, she managed multi-million dollar projects at GTECH Corporation and oversaw multiple projects at RBS Citizens. MacKnight graduated from Rhode Island College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary/middle school education. 

In her role as specialist of digital/strategy, Cabassa develops website templates and contributes content that will enhance the social media initiatives of the firm. Prior to joining (add)ventures, Cabassa worked on the L’Oreal account at Publicis Consultants Net Intelligenz in Paris, where she supported the digital and editorial teams. She previously held marketing and public relations positions with Sotheby’s International Realty, World Association of Newspapers and Publishers, and Comptoir de Famille. Cabassa holds a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of Rhode Island and a master’s degree in global communications with a focus in branding and advertising from the American University of Paris.

“We continue expanding our digital expertise in order to create the most innovative work for our clients,” said Dayna Bianco, vice president of digital/strategy at (add)ventures. “The addition of these talented individuals will assure that we provide high quality web experiences featuring engaging content and delivered with expert project management as part of our diverse capabilities.”
Southwest Airlines Summer Mosaic

At Southwest, our desire to make a difference in the lives of those who live and work in the communities we serve comes from a deep-rooted passion, connecting People to what’s important in their lives.  That passion has been in our DNA since our first flight took off in 1971.  Although our Company has gone from serving three cities to now serving international destinations, our commitment to doing the right thing and connecting People to what’s important in their lives has never faltered.  We hope to welcome you onboard soon and connect you to what’s important in your life.  Southwest Airlines' frequent flights and low fares are available online at southwest.com or by phone at 800-I-FLY-SWA.

Some highlights from in and around the Northeast in this issue:

Page 3: Happenings Around the System features Manhattan Chamber of Commerce’s Women of Influence event featuring Daryl Roth, Broadway Producer, Nancy Ploeger and Laura Bucko from the Manhattan Chamber, Jill Kaplan of Crain’s New York Business, and Emily Miller of the National Corporate Theatre Fund.

Click here to read the entire issue.

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).

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. 

“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 capeair.com, or by calling 800‐CAPE‐AIR.



Senator Reed Business Leaders Day in Washington, DC

Sponsored by the Rhode Island Food Dealers Association

Business Leaders:

Senator Reed invites you to register for the Washington, DC Business Leaders Day on September 17, 2014!  The invitation and registration form with all of the information can be found here.

Registration and final payment is required by July 25, 2014. 

Registration forms can be sent to Steve Arthurs via sarthurs@rifda.com, via fax at 401-434-2496, or submitted with payment to RI Food Dealers Association; 450 Veterans Memorial Parkway; Suite 801; East Providence, RI 02914. 

Please remember that space is limited: we will have 80 spaces available for folks choosing the flight and transportation package, as well as 50 spaces for conference-only attendees.  Therefore, please register for the conference right away to ensure a slot, even if their checks will not be ready until July 25th.

Reusable Water Bottles and Freeze Pop Drive

The Center for Dynamic Learning is asking for your help in their Freeze Pop and Reusable Water Bottle Drive for summer camp.  This summer CDL programs will see approximately 500 youth a day. Unfortunately, their programs do not run in air conditioned facilities and it can get pretty uncomfortable in warm classrooms and community centers.  There is nothing better than a cold bottle of water or a freeze pop to take the edge off the heat wave for young camper.

Camp will run from July 7th - August 15th and will be serving youth from the communities of Providence, Cranston and Central Falls. Whatever you can do would be fantastic and they will be happy to come and get them from you or feel free to drop them off Mon - Fri 9-5 at:

THE CENTER FOR DYNAMIC LEARNING

1 Louisa Street

Providence, RI 02905

For further information please contact Elizabeth C. Cunha, MFA, Executive  Director at (401) 461-1813 or beth@cdlri.org    

Thank you for your generosity! Its greatly appreciated.

More than 70 RI Businesses Celebrated at 20th Annual Worksite Health Awards

May 28, 2014

PROVIDENCE, RI – In recognition of Rhode Island employers’ successful efforts to advance employee wellness and build a healthier Rhode Island, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) together with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce (GPCC) distributed Worksite Health Awards to more than 70 local businesses. At the 20th Annual Worksite Health Awards ceremony, over 300 members of the business community were joined by firefighter turned health activist Rip Esselstyn to celebrate efforts to support thousands of local employees and their families in making healthier decisions. Learn more about the companies highlighted at the event in this month’s Rhode Island Monthly Worksite Health Award Special Insert.

“For the last twenty years, our Worksite Health Award winners have shown that health and fitness are essential components of a stronger workforce,” said Peter Andruszkiewicz, president & CEO of BCBSRI. “BCBSRI commends these organizations for finding smart, creative ways to implement wellness programs. They serve as bright examples of health and productivity for our entire community.”


“Twenty years after launching the Worksite Health Awards, we remain awed by the hard work and commitment of those who go through this process. We continue to see proof of the positive impact worksite wellness can have on employees and employers. By increasing morale and production, and decreasing healthcare costs and sick leave, worksite health programs are a win for all involved. We are once again delighted to partner with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island to recognize more than 70 local businesses and hopefully inspire even more Rhode Island companies to join the program next year,” said Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.

“I’ve seen firsthand the life-changing impact that a supportive work community can have on people's health,” said Rip Esselstyn, keynote speaker and author of The Engine 2 Diet. “We should commend today’s honorees for taking real steps to support their employees’ wellness, and I hope this celebration prompts us all think more about lifestyle changes we can make at work and at home.”

All Rhode Island businesses are eligible to apply for Worksite Health Awards, which are awarded annually. Winners were selected based on the scale and impact of their health and wellness programs and health-oriented workplace policies after submitting proof of those programs. Some of the most impactful worksite offerings included smoking cessation programming, flu immunization clinics, blood pressure screenings and walking programs.

About Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state’s leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members. The company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit www.bcbsri.com and follow us on Twitter @BCBSRI.

About the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
The mission of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is to foster the development of a positive and productive business climate for our community through economic development, business-to-business relationship building and effective public policies and government.


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Win Two Round-trip Cape Air Tickets to Block Island!

Win two round-trip airline tickets traveling from T. F. Green Airport to Block Island courtesy of Cape Air! The winner will be randomly selected and announced on June 5, 2014. Enter the contest here.

To enter:

Must be a legal resident of The United States of America and at least 18 years of age to enter the contest.
Tickets are valid for one year from the day you receive them.
Tickets are not for resale.
The prize includes round-trip airfare for two between Providence (PVD) and Block Island (BID) the tickets are valid for one time use.
The booking is subject to seat availability and seasonality- service between PVD and BID is seasonal.
Only valid for a flight on Cape Air.

Contest sponsored by Cape Air.

Earn Free CE Credit

Financial Advisors: Join AllianceBernstein Investments on May 28 or May 29 to learn how to lessen your clients’ tax burdens while saving for college. RSVP deadline is now May 23rd.

Click here for more details on the May 28th event.
Click here for more details on the May 29th event.

Cape Air Job Posting

Cape Air seeks full-time seasonal (May-Oct) employee to serve as crossed-trained agent at the Block Island airport. Applications may be filled out here:

Click here for further information.

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.

Is there any such thing as too much capital?

The BDC Actively Looking To Make New Loans

 

The Business Development Company announced today plans to selectively reduce interest rates to jump start the process of booking new loans.  The BDC has provided capital to hundreds of companies when their funding needs exceeded available bank debt and equity and helped them to become stronger marketplace competitors.  Many members of the local banking community are lending partners.

BDC President Peter C. Dorsey, Jr. puts it succinctly. "A business owner's borrowing decision is predicated on whether the value the loan creates exceeds its cost.  We hope that successful business people will find it easier to get off the fence on investing money in their company's future when our interest rate is more attractive.”

Loans from The Business Development Company finance borrower needs outside bank parameters, and individual pricing will continue to reflect the breadth of risk factors that definition encompasses. Referrals to and from Chamber members are among the best source for qualified leads. 

If you know someone with a local small business who needs funding beyond what a traditional bank can provide, contact the BDC. A more aggressive risk profile and flexibility just might be the key to meeting their funding requirements.

 

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 careers@shamrockfinancial.com or call 401-228-9627.

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.

 

Your Six Flags Ticket Store is Ready!

Dear Member:

Congratulations! Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is now signed up for savings! Just log into your own Six Flags site to buy tickets with substantial savings off the main gate price. This online benefit program offers not only substantial savings, but allows you to "print and go" so you have your ticket in hand when you get to the park with no waiting in the line to purchase tickets.

To access your special tickets, please go to sixflags.com/PartnerLogin or click the link below, then log into the site with the username and password provided.

Special Ticket Link:

https://shop.sixflags.com/clients/sixflags/affiliate/index.php?m=17030

Username:

providencechamber

Password: (Password is Numeric & Case Sensitive)

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This link can be pasted on your internal intranet site or simply forward this email to all your members/employees, so they can have access to the special tickets right from their computer. They will all use the same username and password provided above to log into the site. You can also go to sixflags.com/PartnerLogin to access your special tickets.

 

Plan a group outing at Six Flags!

Six Flags New England Sales Department: 1-800-370-7488 x 3500

Visit sixflags.com for days and hours of operation or for park information.

 

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 (www.kubicalaforestconsulting.com). 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 www.yourbusinessgyroscope.com

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

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.

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When you are done don’t forget to subscribe to the CEA website.  You can do so by clicking on http://cea.fedcap.org 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! 

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.

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 GearPatrol.com.  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: http://gearpatrol.com/2013/11/26/25-best-restaurants-united-states/

For more information or to make reservations, go to www.thedorrance.com 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 (www.kubicalaforestconsulting.com). 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  http://www.amazon.com/Organizational-Gravity-Strategically-Growing-Companys/dp/0615670482/

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

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.

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 www.dwwind.com 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. 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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. 

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Perform other duties as assigned.

LICENSES, TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT:

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

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS:

This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

 REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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. 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 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. 

TO APPLY:

  • Please email two (PDF) documents to risbdc@uri.edu 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.

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 www.goodwillri.org

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 www.walkmsrhodeisland.org 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 www.bikemsrhodeisland.org.

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 www.walkmsrhodeisland.org.

 

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 pasprinio@rimeals.org.

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

AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION -- PERSONAL INCOME TAX

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

AN ACT RELATING TO TAXATION - PERSONAL INCOME TAX

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.

 

Please join us...

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.

Promotional VIDEO (click here)

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 www.wemeanbusinessri.com

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 www.sos.ri.gov 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 gammtheatre.org

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 alexander@rickmangroup.com.  

 

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 www.dunkindonutscenter.com 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 http://disantopriest.com/event.php

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: http://www.providencerotary.org/

 

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