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AIDS Project RI Names Three Dining Out For Life® Co-Chairs

For the first time in memory, AIDS Project Rhode Island’s “Dining Out for Life” event will feature three co-chairs.

The 11th annual Dining Out for Life takes place this year on Thursday, April 30 at participating restaurants across the Rhode Island area.  Funds raised benefit AIDS Project Rhode Island.

“Once again, we are honored to have NBC 10’s Mario Hilario join us,” said AIDS Project Rhode Island’s development director Julie Casimiro.  “His involvement has been critical to helping us raise awareness of the event and HIV/AIDS,” she said. Mr. Hilario has been anchoring NBC 10 Weekend Sunrise since 1997, is an Associated Press award winner, and is a five-time Emmy award nominee. 

“The snow and ice should be but a memory on April 30th, as AIDS Project Rhode Island holds the 11th annual Dining Out for Life,” said Mr. Hilario.  “It has become a celebration of spring, as people across the state support the fight against HIV and AIDS by visiting a participating restaurant and enjoying a meal.   Let’s hope we won’t be still shoveling snow!”

Two other event chairs have been added to this year’s Dining Out for Life: David Dadekian, founder and president of Eat Drink RI, a leading local culinary media, marketing and event production company; and Jamie Coelho, an associate editor at Rhode Island Monthly and the producer of the food and restaurant email newsletter “The Dish.”

“We are so excited to kick off the four-day Eat Drink RI Festival by participating in Dining Out for Life on April 30th,” he said.  “Our opening event is the Dinner by Dames Farmers Feast at the Casino at Roger Williams Park, and we are pleased to support AIDS Project RI by donating a portion of our proceeds from the dinner to the organization.”

“Restaurants should show their support for fighting HIV and AIDS through Dining Out for Life,” said Ms. Coelho. People across Rhode Island will dine out to raise money for a great cause, and restaurants that participate will be applauded.”

On Thursday, April 30th participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to AIDS Project Rhode Island.  “We work to fill their restaurants with patrons, so they have a great business day and add to their base of regular customers,” she said. 

Currently she is recruiting restaurants to participate.  Already signed up are:

--in Newport: SpeakEasy Bar & Grill;

--in Pawtucket: Hose Company No. 6, and Rasoi;

--in Providence: Blaze Eastside, Gracie’s, India, Rosalina  and Eat Drink RI’s “Dinner by Dames Farmer Feast” at Roger Williams Casino.

Interested restaurants should contact her at 401-519-2289 or Julie@aidsprojectri.org. Restaurants donate 25 to 50% from each dinner check—or   checks from all meals on that day—or donate a flat amount.  In 2014, 30 restaurants participated. 

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.  More information is available at www.aidsprojectri.org.

A Note About Veterans and Technical Training

Rhode Island's Tourism/Hospitality industry is one of the bright spots in our economy.  As we fantasize of days without rock salt, ice dams or snow plows and turn to thoughts of clear RI chowder, grilling, choosing betweenDel's lemonade or coffee milk, and the smell of freshly cut grass, let's also think about the diversity of this great state's hospitality workforce for your company. 

This recent hotel industry's online magazine article says it all: http://www.hotelnewsnow.com/Article/15313/Hoteliers-look-to-veterans-as-labor-source.  Veterans can be a great asset to any company, including yours.  They bring so much transferable talent, skills and abilities that any Veteran is worth an interview in this, or actually any, industry.  If they were trained in Hospitality Management inVirginia for the Navy orPetaluma,California, for the Coast Guard, they bring the skills you need.

To emphasize: after basic training, all Veterans are then sent to specific schools for their technical training.  If you yourself are a Veteran, you already know that Fort Sam Houston, the Petaluma Coast Guard Facility in California, and Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, have also graduated the best medical personnel this country has seen.  Most have stayed in the profession and are in just about every U.S. hospital, nationwide.  Also, the technical schools on Chanute AFB and the Coast Guard station in Topeka, to name a couple, have proudly produced financial managers and technicians for this great country.  Many financial firms, such as Fidelity, Bank of America, eTrade, Schwab, and Chase, have sought out and employed these well trained 'job ready' Veterans from all branches of service.

So, whether the Veteran was technically trained in a profession by the Navy, Army, Marines, Coast Guard, or Air Force, you can be assured that they come equipped with the best skills for your company.  They are ready to help you tackle your company's challenges.  I strongly suggest that you visit this website and pledge to hire Veterans for your employment needs.  Contact me for your needs or go to this website, https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/jobs?page=manage, to find the right Veteran for the right position using Google Plus or LinkedIn.

For further information contact J. Jack Andrade, TSC at Jack.Andrade@dlt.ri.gov or 401-462-8919

   

Webster’s Greg Silva Named Five Star Wealth Manager

Greg Silva, vice president, senior financial consultant for Webster Investment Services, has earned the Five Star Wealth Manager designation from Five Star Professional for the second consecutive year.

Based in Webster’s Pontiac Avenue banking center in Cranston, Silva provides financial advisory services to clients throughout Rhode Island. A resident of Cranston, he joined Webster Bank in 2011. Silva is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island and is a member of the finance committee for the URI Alumni Association. In his free time, he serves the Cranston community as a volunteer coach for CLCF youth sports. 

Carolyn Lavin Receives All Star Award as Constant Contact Solution Provider

Carolyn Lavin of Lavin Marketing Communications has been named a 2014 Solution Provider All Star Award by Constant Contact®, Inc., the trusted marketing advisor to more than 600,000 small organizations worldwide. The award, given annually to the top 10% of Constant Contact’s international customer and Solution Provider base, selects individuals and organizations for significant achievements leveraging online marketing tools to engage their customer base to drive success.

“I have used Constant Contact’s tools to help my clients facilitate communications with their target audiences … all in an extremely cost-effective way that certainly delivers measurable return on investment, “ said Carolyn Lavin, President of Lavin Marketing Communications.

Criteria used to select this year’s All Stars included the following:

  • Level of engagement with email campaigns
  • Open, bounce, and click-through rates
  • Use of social sharing features
  • Use of mailing list sign-up tools
  • Use of reporting tools

“Our Solution Providers are a core extension of our business, helping those small businesses and nonprofits who need some assistance with their marketing,” said Arthur Steinert, vice president and general manager, channel partner sales and marketing, Constant Contact. “That’s why we’re thrilled to recognize Carolyn Lavin for commendable achievements – it’s truly a win-win for both [insert business/organization’s name] and the small organizations it serves.”

ChemArt Exposes Students to Manufacturing Industry

A new partnership between ChemArt and the East Providence Area Career and Technical Center has given high school seniors the opportunity to explore various career opportunities within the manufacturing industry. The project enables students to work with ChemArt, a manufacturer of decorative ornaments (they manufacture the White House Christmas ornament) and custom designed Frank Lloyd Wright themed jewelry in Lincoln, RI, to oversee the creation of an ornament for their senior class.

The partnership was first forged by Chris Matteson, Deputy Director for the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association (RIMA) and Certified Career Counselor for the Governor’s Workforce Board’s Manufacturing Industry Partnership (MIP), a partnership led by Polaris MEP and RIMA, and Rob Calef, Human Resource Manager at ChemArt. The pair felt it was important to expose more students to manufacturing and created the program as a part of the MIP’s youth outreach.

The project kicked off in November when thirteen students from Delia Nelson’s Graphics class toured the ChemArt facility and met with ChemArt’s President, Graphics Design Manager, and VP of Operations. Currently, students are working with ChemArt’s Graphics Design department to submit their ornament design ideas. ChemArt designers will then help students refine their designs while maintaining each student’s unique vision.

In mid-February a panel of judges, comprised of teachers and administrators from the East Providence Area Career and Technical Center, will select the top three designs based off these sketches. The final ornament design will be chosen by ChemArt.

Before going into production, designs will be prototyped to ensure each piece can be built as desired. By overseeing the complete process from conceptualization to production, students will gain a better understanding of the skills and activities that are required for a career in manufacturing.

Karen Mellen, the Director of the East Providence Career and Technical Center said, “When you’re in schools like ours, you learn so much within the classroom walls, but a lot of times you don’t have the opportunity to go into a manufacturing plant and see the process from start to finish. You don’t always get that hands on experience.”

In addition to manufacturing experience, students will also gain exposure to sales, marketing, and cost accounting during the program. “I’m looking forward to this program now that more students are aware of the different career opportunities within manufacturing,” said Matteson. "Students aren’t exposed to something like this, especially in metro areas like East Providence.”

Calef considers the program a “win-win-win” situation for all organizations involved. “It reflects well for the school by being involved with an outside organization to give people practical experience in a real life scenario,” said Calef. “It is also good for ChemArt because it attracts the attention of students who are preparing to enter the workforce or perhaps go on to a college education or a trade school, so they have a clearer understanding of what real life work in manufacturing consists of.”

Given its potential benefit to additional students, Matteson and Calef hope to expand the program statewide in the coming years. Depending on the success of this year’s program, they would like to transform the program into a competition in which high school students can create senior ornament designs, vote on a winning concept, and put the ornament into production. Schools can then use the senior class ornament as a fundraising tool.

Most importantly, the program furthers MIP’s mission to dispel common misconceptions about the manufacturing industry. “[Manufacturing] is often viewed as a second tier career choice,” admitted Calef. “When people think of manufacturing, they think of unsafe, dirty, loud, noisy environments that require very little as far as formal skill sets and training. While that was true about sixty years ago, it is not so much the case now. The median salary in manufacturing in the state of Rhode Island is over $50,000 a year.”

The Manufacturing Industry Partnership was established in 2012 with a grant from the Governor’s Workforce Board. The group works to align the state’s training and education resources with the workforce needs of the Rhode Island’s manufacturing industry. This includes identifying skills gaps, providing labor market projections, identifying training and education resources, developing career pathways and non-trade apprenticeships, providing career coaching, and training current and future workers. 

To learn more about the MIP, and RIMA, visit www.rimanufacturers.com. To learn more about Polaris MEP please visit www.polarismep.org.

ChemArt is the foremost leader in the decorative photo chemical etching industry.  The Veteran Owned Small Business located in Lincoln, RI produces the White House Historical Association’s annual holiday ornament and the Frank Lloyd Wright Jewelry Collection, as well as a variety of custom keepsakes.

To learn more about ChemArt, visit www.chemart.com

 

Junior Achievement Announces Recipients of Morris J.W. Gaebe Award

Junior Achievement Announces Recipients of The Morris J.W. Gaebe Profile in Excellence Award

Junior Achievement of Rhode Island has announced the 2015 recipients of the Morris J.W. Gaebe Profile in Excellence Award.  The award, JARI’s highest honor, is named after Morris J.W. Gaebe, Chancellor Emeritus of Johnson & Wales University, and recognizes leaders who demonstrate excellence in the Rhode Island community. These leaders have demonstrated courageous thinking and actions, vision and innovation, inspiring leadership, and community mindedness.


This year’s honorees are:

Mr. John Hazen White, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Taco, Inc., Resident of Barrington

Schneider Electric, represented by Hal Grant, Executive Vice President, IT Business

Ms. Lauren Slocum, President/CEO of the Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Resident of Warwick

Ms. Dale Venturini, President/CEO, Rhode Island Hospitality Association, Resident of Cranston

"JA is honored to acknowledge four leaders who have been selected to receive this award by their peers, including past honorees” said Lee Lewis, president of Junior Achievement. “These individuals have demonstrated a high level of commitment to the Rhode Island community and the JA mission – to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy."

Past Profile in Excellence honorees have included Gina Raimondo, Governor of the State of Rhode Island; Deborah Gist, Rhode Island Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education; William Hatfield, Rhode Island Market President at Bank of America; Martha Sheridan, President & CEO of the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau; and John Yena, Chairman of the Board at BankRI and former University President and Chairman of the Board at Johnson & Wales University.

This year’s recipients will be honored at an awards dinner on May 7th at the Providence Marriott Downtown.  The honorary event chairman and host for the evening will be Lt. General (ret.) Reginald Centracchio, former Adjutant General of Rhode Island.

AIDS Project RI Seeks Restaurants for 11th Annual Dining Out For Life®

We may be in the middle of winter, but AIDS Project Rhode Island is already thinking spring: namely, Thursday, April 30th when it’s the 11th annual Dining Out for Life.

That’s when many restaurants across the Rhode Island area will be donating a portion of their day’s receipts to fight HIV and AIDS. 

“We have been fortunate to have restaurants in all corners of the state and nearby Massachusetts join us the last Thursday of April in raising money for AIDS Project Rhode Island,” said AIDS Project Rhode Island development director Julie Casimiro.  “We work to fill their restaurants, even introducing their establishment to new customers, so they have a great business day and end up sending a sizeable check to AIDS Project Rhode Island.”

Restaurants donate 25 to 50% from each dinner check—or   checks from all meals on that day—or donate a flat amount.  In 2014, 30 restaurants participated.  “We encourage our supporters, donors and friends to patronize our partner restaurants not just on the day of the event but all year long,” she said.  “We remember our friends!”

Rasoi in Pawtucket, and Blaze Eastside and Gracie’s in Providence were the first sign-ups this year, she said, coming on board in January.  “We’re hoping to sign up participating restaurants from last year and add a dozen more.  They could be in Woonsocket, Providence, Westerly, Newport, East Providence, Barrington, Seekonk, Cranston, Warwick—you name it!”

Interested restaurants should contact her at 401-519-2289 or Julie@aidsprojectri.org

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.  More information is available at www.aidsprojectri.org.

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.



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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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.

 

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.

 

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.

http://ceasurvey.fedcap.org/userrole

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

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

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.

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RLIFE LIVE March 18 Renaissance Providence

AIDS Project RI Names Three Dining Out For Life® Co-Chairs

For the first time in memory, AIDS Project Rhode Island’s “Dining Out for Life” event will feature three co-chairs.

The 11th annual Dining Out for Life takes place this year on Thursday, April 30 at participating restaurants across the Rhode Island area.  Funds raised benefit AIDS Project Rhode Island.

“Once again, we are honored to have NBC 10’s Mario Hilario join us,” said AIDS Project Rhode Island’s development director Julie Casimiro.  “His involvement has been critical to helping us raise awareness of the event and HIV/AIDS,” she said. Mr. Hilario has been anchoring NBC 10 Weekend Sunrise since 1997, is an Associated Press award winner, and is a five-time Emmy award nominee. 

“The snow and ice should be but a memory on April 30th, as AIDS Project Rhode Island holds the 11th annual Dining Out for Life,” said Mr. Hilario.  “It has become a celebration of spring, as people across the state support the fight against HIV and AIDS by visiting a participating restaurant and enjoying a meal.   Let’s hope we won’t be still shoveling snow!”

Two other event chairs have been added to this year’s Dining Out for Life: David Dadekian, founder and president of Eat Drink RI, a leading local culinary media, marketing and event production company; and Jamie Coelho, an associate editor at Rhode Island Monthly and the producer of the food and restaurant email newsletter “The Dish.”

“We are so excited to kick off the four-day Eat Drink RI Festival by participating in Dining Out for Life on April 30th,” he said.  “Our opening event is the Dinner by Dames Farmers Feast at the Casino at Roger Williams Park, and we are pleased to support AIDS Project RI by donating a portion of our proceeds from the dinner to the organization.”

“Restaurants should show their support for fighting HIV and AIDS through Dining Out for Life,” said Ms. Coelho. People across Rhode Island will dine out to raise money for a great cause, and restaurants that participate will be applauded.”

On Thursday, April 30th participating restaurants will donate a portion of their proceeds to AIDS Project Rhode Island.  “We work to fill their restaurants with patrons, so they have a great business day and add to their base of regular customers,” she said. 

Currently she is recruiting restaurants to participate.  Already signed up are:

--in Newport: SpeakEasy Bar & Grill;

--in Pawtucket: Hose Company No. 6, and Rasoi;

--in Providence: Blaze Eastside, Gracie’s, India, Rosalina  and Eat Drink RI’s “Dinner by Dames Farmer Feast” at Roger Williams Casino.

Interested restaurants should contact her at 401-519-2289 or Julie@aidsprojectri.org. Restaurants donate 25 to 50% from each dinner check—or   checks from all meals on that day—or donate a flat amount.  In 2014, 30 restaurants participated. 

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.  More information is available at www.aidsprojectri.org.

Display of Metal Miniatures On View at Providence Children’s Museum

Providence Children’s Museum announces the opening of Metal Miniatures!, a charming collection of intricate miniatures handcrafted by Cambridge, MA metal artist Abraham Megerdichian (1923-1983).

From an elegant violin to an impressive set of trains, Metal Miniatures! showcases a delightful collection of astonishingly intricate miniatures created from solid blocks of metal. The exhibit occupies 17 “window boxes” in the Museum’s atrium walkway, inviting visitors of all ages to take a peek at the objects as they pass by and enjoy their maker’s skill and creativity.

The Megerdichian family is proud to share Abraham’s wonderful miniatures in museums around New England and loaned the collection for this display. “The miniatures made by my father are a tribute to the skill of a trained machinist combined with an artist’s eye and a generous man’s heart,” said his son, Robert Megerdichian.

Born in Franklin, MA to Armenian immigrants, Abraham lived and worked as a machinist for most of his life in Cambridge, MA. During the early 1960s, he began his first venture into the art of creative metal making by constructing functional, metal objects for use at home – pans, knives, candleholders and more. Over time, he shifted his focus towards creating intricately detailed everyday objects and trinkets. He often used his 20-minute lunch breaks to craft precious keepsakes as gifts for family and friends, including replicas of things that were special to kids – like his son Robert’s wagon. As his skills flourished, his creations became more complex, imaginative and humorous. Each of Abraham’s pieces is a unique and is an inspiring example of creativity and inventiveness.

Abraham’s intricate metal creations will be on display at Providence Children’s Museum through April 27, 2015. Museum visitors can meet the Megerdichian family and learn more about the collection on Sunday, March 1 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM.

Mother’s Day Dinner Buffet at The Preserve at Boulder Hills

Easter Sunday Brunch at The Preserve at Boulder Hills

Dick Lupino March Performance Schedule

DICK LUPINO March 2015 MUSIC SCHEDULE


Sardella’s, 30 Memorial Blvd, Newport, RI, 849-6312, 7 to 9:30 pm

Wed 3/4 - **OLDIES NIGHT** dance music from the 50s - 90s

Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Mary Andrews, vocal

Pat Cardeiro, guitar/vocal, Jeff Fountain, drums

Wed 3/11 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Johnny Souza, trumpet/vocal, Greg Wardson, piano

Wed 3/18 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Jim Porcella, vocal, Kent Hewitt, piano

Wed 3/25 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Linda Calise, vocal, Greg Wardson, piano



The Chanler, 117 Memorial Blvd; Newport, RI, 847-1300, 6 to 10 pm

Fri 3/6 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Ann Austin, vocal, Kent Hewitt, piano

Fri 3/13 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Dan Moretti, sax, Chris Taylor, piano

Fri 3/20 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Dennis Cook, sax, Barry DeRossi, piano

Fri 3/27 - Dick Lupino, bass/vocal, Lori Colombo, vocal, Chris Taylor, piano




401 683-6565 office

401 837-9665 cell

dicklupino@gmail.com

www.DickLupinoMusic.com


Project GOAL Crib to Crayons Expo

JA of Rhode Island Announces 31st Annual Achieve-A-Bowl Dates

Junior Achievement of Rhode Island (JA) has announced that this year’s 31st Annual Achieve-A-Bowl will be held on March 21 – 22 and 28 – 29, 2015. Partnering once again with Lang’s Bowlarama in Cranston, Achieve-A-Bowl is JA’s oldest and largest community event, raising over $127,000 last year.

This year, JA expects nearly 1,000 participants from more than 50 local companies to raise money and hit the lanes to support JA’s mission. The funds raised help Junior Achievement provide their programs that focus on financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship to Rhode Island’s K-12 students.

“Achieve-A-Bowl provides a great opportunity to show off your bowling skills, or lack thereof, network and have lots of fun all while supporting a great cause: Rhode Island students,” said Jimmy Burchfield, Jr. of D’Amico - Burchfield LLP and a member of the Junior Achievement Board of Directors. “My teammates and I can’t wait to participate again this March in what we hope will be the biggest and best event to date.”

One hundred percent of dollars fundraised by bowlers will support JA’s programs that are delivered to students in grades K through 12 by community volunteers throughout the state of Rhode Island. These programs offer youth the opportunity to bridge the gap between what they learn in the classroom and the skills they need to be successful in the workplace.

“This event is extremely important to JA as it allows our programs to reach 140 classrooms, or over 3,000 Rhode Island students per year,” explained Lee Lewis, president of Junior Achievement of Rhode Island. “Without the support from our sponsors and bowlers, we would not be able to provide as many young people with essential skills they need to own their future economic success.”

Every year at Achieve-A-Bowl, local companies in the same industry compete against each other in a friendly competition known as The Industry Challenge. The winner is determined by combining the top ten bowling scores with the average dollar amount raised per bowler from each company. Last year’s Industry Challenge winners included Amica Insurance, BankRI, The Bentley Foundation, CVS Health, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, Providence Marriott, Province Mortgage Associates, and Tech Collective.

For more information on Achieve-A-Bowl or to register your team, please visit http://jarhodeisland.org/achieve-a-bowl.html or contact Mary Babbitt, development and events coordinator, at (401) 331-3850. 

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