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INVITE: Business Leader Briefing with Administrator McCarthy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Please join Mayor Jorge Elorza and Business Forward for a White House Business Council business leader briefing with Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to discuss sustainability and the President's Climate Action Plan. This will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and provide your advice about the implementation of the Clean Power Plan and other sustainability measures. 

What:

Business Leader Briefing on Environmental Sustainability 

Featuring:

Gina McCarthy

Administrator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

When:

Tuesday, September 1

Arrival time: 9:00am

Event Time: 9:15am - 10:00am

Where:

Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce

Conference Room, 1st Floor

30 Exchange Terrace

Providence RI 02903

Register here.

There is no cost to attend and to foster a candid conversation, this meeting is closed to the press.

Don't forget to register here

 

Junior Achievement of Rhode Island to Pilot Three New Blended Learning Program in 2015 - 2016

Junior Achievement of Rhode Island (JA) has announced that it will pilot three new blended learning programs during the 2015 – 2016 academic year. The programs are JA Finance Park Virtual, JA Global Marketplace, and JA Personal Finance.

JA Finance Park Virtual is a month-long program for middle and high school students that introduces students to personal financial planning and career exploration. At the culmination of this teacher-led program, students visit JA Finance Park, a virtual community, to put into practice what they've learned by developing and committing to a personal budget.

JA Global Marketplace gives students an opportunity to experience the worldwide interdependence of producers, consumers, and the global workforce by playing the role of business owners and managers at the international ‘FreeTrade Market.’ JA Global Marketplace is recommended for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades and the program is delivered to students through an online Learning Management System (LMS).

JA Personal Finance demonstrates the relationship between financial decisions made now and future financial freedom and quality of life. Students learn that a positive financial future requires management strategies, including career exploration, budgeting, savings, wise use of credit, savvy shopping, consumer protection, and investment strategies. JA Personal Finance is recommended for students in high school and the program is delivered to students through an online Learning Management System (LMS).

“We are pleased to bring these new programs, which are part of JA’s Blueprint for 21st Century Learning, to Rhode Island,” said Lee Lewis, president of Junior Achievement of Rhode Island. “These programs take the best of what JA does and expands into innovative opportunities made possible by new technologies – reaching students in more rigorous and relevant ways.”

In addition to these new pilot programs, JA will be launching the newly redeveloped JA Our Nation program for 5th grade students. JA Our Nation provides practical information about the need for employees who can meet the demands of the 21st century job market, particularly in high-growth, high-demand jobs. By program's end, students will understand the skills, especially in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) that will make their futures brighter.

For more information on these programs, please visit the JA website at www.jarhodeisland.org. If you are a teacher and would like these programs in your classroom, contact the JA education team at (401) 331-3850 ext. 16.

Polaris MEP Announces the Rocket Program for Small Rhode Island Manufacturers

New Program Lifts Off with a State-Funded Mission to Generate Top Line Growth and Jobs

Polaris MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership), a division of the URI Research Foundation, is announcing its latest move to lift Rhode Island’s manufacturers to higher profitability and employment. Polaris MEP has committed 100% of its first ever state funding of $350K to go to Rhode Island’s small manufacturers in the form of innovative events, programs and pricing.

“Everyone has a role to play in sparking Rhode Island’s economic comeback, and Polaris MEP’s Rocket Program is a great example. Through my jobs plan and innovative programs like this, we are making it easier for businesses to grow and succeed in Rhode Island and taking important steps to jumpstart our economy,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo.  

“The Polaris MEP Rocket Program is designed to assist small RI manufacturing companies to reach the next level of profitability, job growth and efficiency,” said Christian Cowan, Polaris MEP Center Director. “Many companies look for tools and opportunities to grow their business, but don’t have access to the right information.  We are accelerating that growth opportunity through engagement, education and execution.”

“Rhode Island has a strong manufacturing history and we must build upon that legacy while positioning our manufacturers to compete and win in today's economy,” said Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor. “I applaud Governor Raimondo and the General Assembly for funding initiatives that help small manufacturers receive the services provided by Polaris MEP.

The program includes 4 key components: All Access Bus Tours, Manufacturing Consortia, Acceleration Seminars, and Launch Pad Pricing.  All Access Bus Tours start September 29th during a ceremony kicking off Manufacturing Week, and allow small RI manufacturers to take a behind the scenes tour at several of Rhode Island’s successful, growing companies.  Participants will meet executives and tour their plants to see how they’ve grown their organization through a strategy of continuous improvement and innovation.  They will experience “lean in action”, witness employee involvement that drives efficiency and profitability gains, and engage with local executives in round table discussions.

The Rocket Program kick off also includes Polaris MEP’s new, ongoing member-driven Manufacturing Consortia. The “RI Family Owned Manufacturing Consortium” members learn best practices from national experts, discuss legal issues with corporate governance experts and more - all with a focus on family-owned businesses, the heartbeat for Rhode Island’s economy. The “RI Lean Consortium” members share best practices and challenges facing RI manufacturers with a focus on supporting company growth and continuous improvement.

The Rocket Program also introduces Acceleration Seminars led by nationally recognized experts on entrepreneurship and leadership.  One of the first seminars includes a tour of Rhode Island in a C-130 aircraft from Quonset Airport.

All Polaris MEP programs feature Launch Pad Pricing. “State funding now allows Polaris MEP to adjust our project fee structure to be even more affordable, making our programs accessible to the small manufacturer,” said Cowan. Eligible growth programs include Strategic Business Planning; Continuous Improvement Programs, such as lean, quality management systems, and facility planning; Workforce Development; Technology Acceleration; and Supply Chain Optimization. More detail can be found at Polarismep.org/Rocket

RIDLT - July 2015 Job Numbers

The RI Department of Labor and Training announced today that the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for July 2015 dropped to 5.8 percent, down one-tenth of a percentage point from the June 2015 rate of 5.9 percent. Over the year, the unemployment rate is down one and eight-tenths
percentage points from the July 2014 rate. This is the lowest unemployment rate since October 2007.  

The U.S. unemployment rate was 5.3 percent in July 2015, unchanged from the previous month and down nine-tenths of a percentage point over the year.

Read the entire release here.

 

Ximedica Acquires Bridge Design

XIMEDICA, a leading, full service, medical technologies development firm announced today that it has acquired Bridge Design.  Bridge Design, based in San Francisco, CA, provides Ximedica with a West Coast hub and an expanded front-end offering of leading-edge design services for physical and digital products, including mHealth.

The acquisition sets the stage for the East-Coast MedTech innovator to enter the country’s foremost high-tech capital, creating a bi-coastal, one-stop-shop union that marries best in class expertise with that of its new subsidiary.   

“This partnership has been formed to broaden the strength, reach and scale of Ximedica’s comprehensive development offering,” says Randall S. Barko, Ximedica’s Chief Executive Officer and President. “Ximedica brings the regulated systems, procedures and expertise to complement Bridge Design’s two-plus decades of award-winning design in MedTech.  By combining these strengths, we bring high value to our clients, offering a cost-effective development approach and a depth of expertise aligned with industry trends for digitally connected solutions.”

Says Aidan Petrie, Chief Innovation Officer and Co-Founder of Ximedica, “This is about two organizations who share the same innovative DNA locking arms and setting a new bar for the design and development of medical technologies.” 

Bridge Design, a Ximedica company will continue operating out of its current office in San Francisco, drawing on the back-end capabilities of Ximedica to expand offerings with existing clients while servicing new relationships with key clients on the West Coast.

"By joining forces with Ximedica," says Bill Evans, President & Founder of Bridge Design, "we will be able to respond to an increasing demand from our client base for a more comprehensive offering.  We believe this will resonate deeply as major growth areas like mHealth build strength. In addition, we are looking forward to scaling our team and talent and fueling a common hunger to solve substantive design problems with elegant and engaging solutions." 

Ximedica’s Westward move ties into an ongoing expansion strategy started in the Fall of 2014 when SV Life Sciences, a Boston-based private equity firm, purchased a majority stake in the firm.

Says Barko, "Ten months ago we partnered with SV Life Sciences and embarked on the next phase of our global growth strategy.  The acquisition of  Bridge Design moves us further down that path.  Bringing together top design and integrated engineering is nothing short of a powerful synergy and we look forward to seeing the impact we can create ahead." 

The Best Lawyers in America® Recognizes 49 Hinckley Allen Partners

25 attorneys from Hinckley Allen’s Providence office were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®

In addition, six Providence-based attorneys were recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2016 "Lawyer of the Year" in their practice area and location. Those honorees are:

In total, 49 attorneys from Hinckley Allen were listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016. 

Providence-based attorneys included in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®.

  • E. Jerome Batty (Real Estate Law)
  • Leon C. Boghossian III (Trusts and Estates)
  • John Bolton (Land Use and Zoning Law)
  • Christine K. Bush (Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Copyright Law, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Trademark Law)
  • Stephen J. Carlotti (Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law)
  • Thomas R. Courage (Health Care Law)
  • Joseph P. Curran (Banking and Finance Law)
  • Malcolm Farmer III (Banking and Finance Law, Corporate Law, Public Finance Law)
  • Margaret D. Farrell (Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Securities Regulation)
  • Robert G. Flanders, Jr. (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance, Litigation – First Amendment, Litigation – Real Estate, Litigation – Securities)
  • William R. Grimm (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent)
  • Adam J. Gwaltney (Corporate Law)
  • Doris J. Licht (Trusts and Estates)
  • Robin L. Main (Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental
  • Matthew T. Marcello III (Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law)
  • Frederick P. McClure (Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Charles W. Normand (Health Care Law)
  • Gerald J. Petros (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Energy Law, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Regulatory Enforcing (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Patrick Rogers (Corporate Law)
  • David J. Rubin (Real Estate Law)
  • Craig M. Scott (Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Intellectual Property, Litigation – Patent, Litigation – Trusts and Estates, Trademark Law)
  • Paul A. Silver (Non-Profit / Charities Law, Trusts and Estates)
  • Michael G. Tauber (Health Care Law)
  • David J. Tracy (Real Estate Law)
  • David A. Wollin (Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants)

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers "the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice."

The following Hinckley Allen attorneys were selected in their respective practice areas for 2016:

Arbitration

William H. Champlin III (Hartford, CT)

Banking and Finance Law

William W. Bouton III (Hartford, CT)

Scott E. Cooper (Boston, MA)

Joseph P. Curran (Providence, RI)

Malcolm Farmer III (Providence, RI)

Matthew T. Marcello III (Providence, RI)

Nancy R. Wilsker (Boston, MA)

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

William S. Fish, Jr. (Hartford, CT)

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Michael J. Connolly (Boston, MA)

Gerald J. Petros (Providence, RI)

David A. Wollin (Providence, RI)

Commercial Litigation

James J. Barriere (Albany, NY)

Christine K. Bush (Providence, RI)

Michael J. Connolly (Boston, MA)

John F. Droney (Hartford, CT)

Robert G. Flanders, Jr. (Providence, RI)

William R. Grimm (Providence, RI)

Michael L. Koenig (Albany, NY)

Robin L. Main (Providence, RI)

Gerald J. Petros (Providence, RI)

Craig M. Scott (Providence, RI)

David A. Wollin (Providence, RI)

Construction Law

Christine K. Bush (Providence, RI)

Jared Cohane (Hartford, CT)

John P. Connelly (Boston, MA)

Joel Lewin (Boston, MA)

Charles E. Schaub, Jr. (Boston, MA)

Copyright Law

Christine K. Bush (Providence, RI)

Corporate Law

William W. Bouton III (Hartford, CT)

Stephen J. Carlotti (Providence, RI)

Malcolm Farmer III (Providence, RI)

Margaret D. Farrell (Providence, RI)

Adam J. Gwaltney (Providence, RI)

Thomas S. Marrion (Hartford, CT)

Mark S. McCue (Concord, NH)

Patrick Rogers (Providence, RI)

Criminal Defense: White-Collar

Michael J. Connolly (Boston, MA)

Michael L. Koenig (Albany, NY)

Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Frederick P. McClure (Providence, RI)

Energy Law

Gerald J. Petros (Providence, RI)

Environmental Law

Robin L. Main (Providence, RI)

David A. Wollin (Providence, RI)

Financial Services Regulation Law

William W. Bouton III (Hartford, CT)

David J. Wiese (Hartford, CT)

Nancy R. Wilsker (Boston, MA)

First Amendment Law

William S. Fish, Jr. (Hartford, CT)

Health Care Law

Thomas R. Courage (Providence, RI)

Priscilla E. Kimball (Concord, NH)

Thomas S. Marrion (Hartford, CT)

Charles W. Normand (Providence, RI)

Michael G. Tauber (Providence, RI)

Land Use and Zoning Law

John Bolton (Providence, RI)

John H. Sokul, Jr. (Concord, NH)

Richard Y. Uchida (Concord, NH)

Litigation - Banking and Finance

Robert G. Flanders, Jr. (Providence, RI)

Litigation - Bankruptcy

William S. Fish, Jr. (Hartford, CT)

Litigation – Construction

James J. Barriere (Albany, NY)

Ronald D. Ciotti (Concord, NH)

Jared Cohane (Hartford, CT)

Timothy T. Corey (Hartford, CT)

Joel Lewin (Boston, MA)

Charles E. Schaub, Jr. (Boston, MA)

Litigation - Environmental

Robin L. Main (Providence, RI)

Gerald J. Petros (Providence, RI)

Litigation - First Amendment

Robert G. Flanders, Jr. (Providence, RI)

Litigation - Intellectual Property

Christine K. Bush (Providence, RI)

William R. Grimm (Providence, RI)

Craig M. Scott (Providence, RI)

Litigation - Land Use and Zoning

John H. Sokul, Jr. (Concord, NH)

Litigation - Patent

Christine K. Bush (Providence, RI)

William R. Grimm (Providence, RI)

Craig M. Scott (Providence, RI)

Litigation - Real Estate

Noble F. Allen (Hartford, CT)

Robert G. Flanders, Jr. (Providence, RI)

Richard Y. Uchida (Concord, NH)

Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)

Gerald J. Petros (Providence, RI)

Litigation - Securities

Robert G. Flanders, Jr. (Providence, RI)

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Craig M. Scott (Providence,  RI)

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants

David A. Wollin (Providence, RI)

Mergers and Acquisitions Law

Stephen J. Carlotti (Providence, RI)

Margaret D. Farrell (Providence, RI)

Non-Profit / Charities Law

Paul A. Silver (Providence, RI)

Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

David A. Wollin (Providence, RI)

Public Finance Law

Malcolm Farmer III (Providence, RI)

Stephen Weyl (Boston, MA)

Real Estate Law

E. Jerome Batty (Providence, RI)

Scott E. Cooper (Boston, MA)

Matthew T. Marcello III (Providence, RI)

David J. Rubin (Providence, RI)

John H. Sokul, Jr. (Concord, NH)

David J. Tracy (Providence, RI)

Richard Y. Uchida (Concord, NH)

Securities / Capital Markets Law

William W. Bouton III (Hartford, CT)

Margaret D. Farrell (Providence, RI)

Securities Regulation

Margaret D. Farrell (Providence, RI)

Trademark Law

Christine K. Bush (Providence, RI)

Craig M. Scott (Providence, RI)

Trusts and Estates

Leon C. Boghossian III (Providence, RI)

Doris J. Licht (Providence, RI)

Nelson A. Raust (Concord, NH)

Paul A. Silver (Providence, RI)

Rob Levine - Be Prepared to Stay Safe in a Severe Storm

In Rhode Island, we are not accustomed to thinking of any storm much smaller than a hurricane as a potential danger. However, in one week this summer, the state experienced 2 severe storms, including a tornado warning, flooding, and wind damage that left thousands without electricity. In nearby states, recent storm systems took the lives of several who were caught in them.

We want you to be prepared in advance for severe storms, and to know how to respond in a storm, so that you and your family are safe when the next severe storm hits.

Severe Weather Watch vs Warning.

When a severe storm watch has been issued for your area, that means that a strong storm might develop nearby. Whether you are home, on the road, or outdoors, you should monitor the weather during the watch period, and have a plan ready in case of a storm. If a warning is issued for your area, then a severe storm is approaching and you should follow your storm plan and seek shelter immediately.

Prepare Before A Storm

Before storm season starts, make sure that your trees are well trimmed and maintained to help reduce the likelihood of falling branches. If a tree expert tells you that a tree or large limb is close to structures, power lines or roads and may be vulnerable to high winds, you should consider taking it down.

Keep your home’s (or business’s) exterior in good repair, especially roofing and flashing, windows and doors, foundations and gutters. This lessens the possibility of wind damage or leakage in a heavy rain.

Know whether your home or workplace is in a flood zone and be aware of roads that are likely to flood along your route in a heavy rain. The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency’s (RIEMA) Floodplain Mapping Tool can help you learn more.

Have emergency kits and an emergency plan in case the storm causes an extended outage like the August 4th storm, or damages your home enough that you are forced to evacuate. Both the Red Cross and RIEMA offer emergency preparation how-to’s on their websites.

Discuss thunderstorm and lightning safety with your household and make everyone familiar with the family emergency plan if a storm hits. If your family uses cell phones, find out if your carrier is part of the Wireless Emergency Alert system which will send a text alert in the event of a weather emergency (read more here). The National Weather Service also has a listing of third party weather alert services.

When a Severe Storm Watch is Issued

Both at home and your business, before any storm approaches, put away outdoor items that might carried away in high winds such as umbrellas and lawn furniture, toys, and any yard and garden equipment or display material that is stored outside. Make sure your windows and doors can be closed and secured quickly.

If you have plans to drive somewhere, review the weather forecast and decide whether the potential storm is serious enough to put off your trip. If you are caught on the road in heavy rain, you risk an accident from hydroplaning and from poor visibility, as well as flash flooding on some roads. Large hail is rare in New England, but even moderate hail can damage your car and crack windows. In the high winds of a squall or microburst, your car can be blown off the road, or struck by a falling tree or pole

If you have planned a day outdoors, it’s even more important to reconsider your plans in light of the warning. The last place you want to be in a severe storm is out on a boat, a fair ground, a golf course, a hiking trail, or any outdoor spot far from shelter. No picnic or golf game is worth the risk of a lightning strike, or being caught in large hail, or destructive winds. On the water, you have no shelter from lightning and wind driven waves can even swamp or capsize your boat.

When a Severe Storm Warning is Issued

This means that a storm is approaching quickly. Follow your storm plan and seek shelter immediately. If you are outdoors, get inside a sturdy building as quickly as you can (But remember, metal structures and open structures such as picnic shelters are not safe.) Make sure to have everyone in the household and all pets come inside with you. Head for an inside room on the lowest level of the building, away from all windows, and stay there until the storm has passed.

During the storm, stay away from plumbing fixtures and any electrical devices that are plugged in. If lightning strikes the building, it can travel through both electrical wiring and plumbing.

Remember, if you can hear thunder, you can be struck by lightning, even if the sky seems clear.

After the Storm

Wait until the storm has completely passed and the thunder and lightning have stopped before going outside.

If someone is injured by lightning or falling debris, call 911 immediately. Give first aid while waiting for help but do not try to move a seriously injured person, unless they are in imminent danger.

Before you go outside, check for tree branches or other structures in danger of falling nearby, and especially, look out for downed utility wires. If wires are down, do not approach them or touch anything that is touching them. Call 911 and National Grid to alert them of the downed lines.

If your building has been severely damaged by wind, falling trees, hail, lightning, or is in the path of flooding, follow your evacuation emergency plan and get yourself and your family to safety.

When you are cleaning up after a storm, wear protective clothing, sturdy shoes and gloves and safety goggles, and watch for nails, broken glass and other sharp objects. Do not try to use chain saws or other power tools to clean up, unless you are sure you know how to use them safely.

You can find much more information on storm safety and preparedness at RIEMA and the Red Cross. We hope you have a safe and sunny summer.

Rob Levine & Associates specializes in Personal Injury throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts, as well as Social Security Disability and Veterans Disability throughout the country. As “The Heavy Hitter” Rob Levine not only works hard on your case, but also believes in making a positive impact in the communities he serves. Through internal resources, education and volunteerism, Rob Levine & Associates strives to help prevent accidents, as well as raise awareness around the needs of our elderly and returning veterans. For more information visit www.roblevine.com, or call 401.529.1222 or toll free 800-529-1222.

BlumShapiro Repeats as one of INSIDE Public Accounting’s Top National 100 Firms

Largest New England-based business advisory firm rises to #53 this year

BlumShapiro, the largest New England-based business advisory firm, today announced it has again been selected as one of the largest public accounting firms in the United States by INSIDE Public Accounting (IPA), increasing its placement on the list from #56 to #53.

BlumShapiro’s higher position in the IPA Top 100 Firms Rankings for 2015 is based on the firm’s 5.6% increase in net revenues to more than $68 million, according to IPA.

“Every day the entire BlumShapiro team, including partners, senior managers, administrators and support staff, provides exceptional service to our clients. It is why we continue to be a top accounting firm in theUnited States. I thank all of my BlumShapiro associates for their consistent and effective work,” said Carl Johnson, BlumShapiro Firm Managing Partner. 

INSIDE Public Accounting Top 100 firms are ranked by U.S. revenues and are compiled by analyzing more than 500 responses to IPA’s Survey and Analysis of Firms. This is IPA’s 25th annual ranking of the largest accounting firms in the nation.

 

JA My Way

Junior Achievement, Citi Foundation and OneMain Financial Offer Teens New Online Experience to Explore their Futures

Junior Achievement of Rhode Island (JA) unveiled an online experience today that is a one-stop shop for teens and their parents in helping them make decisions that will affect their futures. The new interactive web experience, called JA My WayTM, is made possible by a grant from the Citi Foundation and OneMain Financial.

“Now, more than ever, teens need ideas, guidance and direction when it comes to determining their futures. JA My Way is designed with today’s teens in mind, using the latest web design and gamification to help them explore their futures and find ‘their way’ in life,” said Lee Lewis, president of JA Rhode Island. “Junior Achievement is grateful to the Citi Foundation and OneMain Financial for their generous support of this resource.”


JA My Way is an online destination for teens to learn about careers, starting a business and managing money. The experience combines games, rewards, information and social media to help teens explore these topics in a fun and exciting way. The target demographic are teens between the ages of 13-17. The experience is interactive, highly visual, and includes relevant information for teenagers, such as the costs that go along with owning a car, how much money needs to be saved for college, and what is on a W-2 tax form.

The free online experience is mobile responsive and draws teens in by having them take a short visual quiz personality test. After they see which of 10 pre-determined personalities they are most aligned with, JA My Way guides them down a track geared toward their interests. Depending on the responses to these questions, the user will go through a pathway to explore potential careers, working with money and starting a business.

Teens can customize the site by creating login information. They can create and save resumes and save jobs that they would be interested in working at some day. Through a rewards system, teens have the opportunity to gain badges that can eventually be redeemed for real-life rewards.  

Museum Nets $51,000 at 32nd Annual Golf Tournament

On August 3, nearly 100 golfers from across southern New England took part in Providence Children’s Museum’s 32nd Annual Allen H. Chatterton Jr. Memorial Golf Tournament, held at Wannamoisett Country Club in Rumford, RI.  The tournament, presented by Admirals Bank, netted a record $51,000 to benefit the Museum’s hands-on exhibits and innovative educational programs.

The day’s winners included: low net team – John Isberg and team from National Grid; low gross team –­­­­­­ Keith Jacobson, Steve Risko, Chris Tarro and Tom Wunderlich; individual low net – Todd Bridges of Collette; and individual low gross ­– Mike Hogan of TD Bank.

At the evening’s dinner, guests bid $6,350 on silent auction items including rounds of golf at exclusive courses such as Shelter Harbor and Newport Country Club.  They also gave $3,600 to support three-dozen charitable memberships for low-income families.  A raffle and contest holes around the course brought in an additional $4,490. 

Providence Children’s Museum’s annual golf tournament was instituted in 1984 by the late Allen H. Chatterton Jr., an early supporter and board member of the Children’s Museum.  The Museum gratefully acknowledges Allen H. Chatterton III – a Rumford resident and president of Chatterton Insurance in Pawtucket – who chaired the tournament for the 26th consecutive year in memory of his father; presenting sponsor Admirals Bank; and exclusive sponsors Amica Insurance (dinner sponsor), Delta Dental of Rhode Island (lunch sponsor), MedeAnalytics (19th hole sponsor), National Grid (cart sponsor), Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island (beverage sponsor) and Nortek, Inc. (putting green sponsor).

The Museum also thanks the tournament committee and additional sponsors: AAA Member Choice Vacations; The Allied Group; Chatterton Insurance, Inc.; COX Communications; DiSanto, Priest & Co.; Duffy & Sweeney, Ltd.; Ned Handy & Polly Chatterton Handy and Shaw McDermott & Hope Chatterton McDermott; Keith Jacobson; LW Blau Restoration; Orion RED; Carol A. Peterson; and The Washington Trust Company.

Admirals Bank foursome: Joe Schleifer, Paul Pusateri, Steve Breault and Scott Hurley

Amica Insurance foursome: Jeff Gagnon, Ted Murphy, Ted Shallcross and Dennis Leamy

Chatterton Insurance foursome: Peter Ewing, Stewart Berg, Mike Hogan and Allen Chatterton

Howard Merten of PSH Re-elected Senior Director of the FDCC

Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP Congratulates Howard Merten for being re-elected Senior Director of the FDCC

Howard Merten was re-elected Senior Director and appointed to the Executive Committee of The Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel (FDCC) at its annual meeting last month, which took place during the Annual Convention. Howard was Chair of the Convention held in Banff, Canada from July 25 - August 1, 2015. The meeting was attended by more than 750 participants. The FDCC is an organization comprised of preeminent leaders in the insurance and corporate defense bar. FDCC Membership is selective and by invitation to those who have been judged by their peers to have achieved professional distinction. Howard, a partner at Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP in the Litigation Group, as well as a member of the Firm’s executive committee, has been actively involved with the FDCC for many years. 

Hinckley Allen Counsels Twin River During Purchase of Newport Gaming License

With the counsel of attorneys from Hinckley Allen in Rhode Island and Jones Day in New York, Twin River Management Group completed its purchase of the Newport Grand slot facility. Twin River hopes to move the gaming facility to a new location in Tiverton and add table games, pending local and statewide voter approval.

With this acquisition, Twin River now owns the only two licensed video lottery facilities in Rhode Island, which generate significant revenue for the state. Led by Gaming Group chair Mark Hichar, a team of Hinckley Allen attorneys from several practice areas were involved in the transaction, including attorneys from the firm’s Real Estate, Litigation, Employee Benefits, Labor and Employment, Intellectual Property and Corporate groups.

Hinckley Allen counseled Twin River on a variety of matters, including critical real estate aspects of the deal, due diligence and drafting agreements important to the acquisition. The firm also assisted with a Department of Business Regulation licensing hearing, Rhode Island Lottery license approvals, and various state and local licenses and approvals. 

Providence Businesses Named Best of Rhode Island

The August issue of Rhode Island Monthly, now on newsstands, names Providence business winners from this year’s Best of Rhode Island® Readers’ Poll.  Local winners include Cluck! Urban Farm Supply, Frog and Toad, LaSalle Bakery, Rock to Mars, Siena, and Waterfire. The complete list of Providence readers’ poll winners is attached and available in its entirety in the August issue of Rhode Island Monthly.

This year’s Best of Rhode Island® issue features 378 winners selected by the readers and editors of Rhode Island Monthly.  Many of these winners attended the Best of Rhode Island® Party on Thursday, July 23 at the Providence Performing Arts Center, sponsored by Audi Warwick, Cardi’s Furniture, and SVEDKA Imported Vodka. More than 1,100 plus party-goers witnessed the unveiling of this year’s “Best of” issue, featuring the area’s best restaurants, retailers and media personalities. Guests enjoyed food catered by Providence Coal Fired Pizza, Bonefish Grill, White Horse Tavern, Sin Desserts, Dave’s Coffee, and The Pawtucket Red Sox, in addition to live musical performances from the East Side Horns. SVEDKA martinis were served throughout the night, as well as unlimited Narragansett Beer and complimentary wine.

Guests also had the opportunity to bid on unique silent auction packages, raffle prizes and more. Items were donated by previous Best of Rhode Island® winners, partners, and friends. The event raised more than $10,000 to benefit Learn It to Earn It, providing urban Rhode Island students with access to Broadway shows.

The fourth annual Party on PPAC Square was a huge success with complimentary food and drink tastings provided by Citizen Wing, Fancheezical, and Del’s Lemonade.

To view the photos and video from the party, visit RIMonthly.com. For more information about this year’s event or Rhode Island Monthly’s Best of Rhode Island® issue, contact contact Robin Erickson at (401) 649-4878 or visit RIMonthly.com

Sherlock Center at RIC Announces 2015 Access for all Abilities Grant Recipients

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College has awarded a total of $10,000 in Access for All Abilities mini-grants to four Rhode Island organizations.

Recipients of the 2015 grants are: Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol, the Norman Bird Sanctuary in Middletown, Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Warwick and Youth Pride, Inc., in Providence.

The Sherlock Center’s mini-grant initiative funds projects that increase access and inclusion of people with disabilities to social, leisure, recreational and cultural activities in the community, alongside people without disabilities. Since the initiative’s 2009 inception, more than $67,000 has been granted to 30 businesses and organizations.

  • Coggeshall Farm Museum will use its grant to purchase both a permanent and portable ramp to provide access to their 1790s farmhouse and restroom.
  • The Norman Bird Sanctuary will use its award to contribute to the creation of an ADA-compliant Universal Trail that will allow access to individuals who use wheelchairs or other mobility aids. The grant will supplement funding by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the    Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management to upgrade 1,500 feet of trail.
  • Pilgrim Lutheran Church will use its funding to purchase items that address the visual and auditory needs of individuals participating in services and public events, including large print or Braille books, large print programs, and an FM assistive listening system. The grant will  also help fund an American Sign Language interpreter for social activities.
  • Youth Pride, Inc., a drop-in center dedicated to meeting the needs of  young people impacted by their sexual orientation and/or gender identity/expression, will use its grant to provide professional development training for its staff to help them better serve youth with autism  spectrum disorder.

The Paul V. Sherlock Center on Disabilities at Rhode Island College, Rhode Island’s University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, receives funding for this initiative through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Developmental Disabilities. The mission of the Sherlock Center on Disabilities is to promote membership of individuals in school, work and community.

For more information, visit www.ric.edu/sherlockcenter.

 

 

Be Safe When You Swim This Summer

With the tragic loss of three swimmers in Rhode Island waters recently, we want to remind you of the basics of water safety, especially for your children. According to the Red Cross, drowning is the second most common cause of accidental death for children aged 1 to 14. But adults can also lose their lives in the water, especially when drinking or risky behavior is involved. It takes only a few minutes to drown. Here are the most important rules to keep yourself and your family safe in the water:

Around the pool

Keep the pool and the hot tub properly fenced and secured so that children cannot access the water without an adult present. Increase safety by adding pool alarms. Remove ladders and attach safety covers to above ground and inflatable pools.

Supervise kiddie pools just as carefully as swimming pools: even a few inches of water can drown a toddler. Empty the pool after each use.

Make sure all swimmers understand the pool rules, such as no rough play or running, no alcohol use, no swimming alone, and no diving except where the pool has a specific diving area.

At the beach, lakes and rivers

Swim in lifeguard protected areas that are clearly marked for swimming. The presence of a lifeguard significantly reduces the risk of drowning.

Don’t share the water with boats and personal watercraft (including surfers), which can easily hit a swimmer.

Never dive into unknown waters, or in any shallow water. Wade in feet first until you know the bottom is safe with no rocks or other obstacles.

Have a swimming buddy. Even the most experienced swimmers can get in trouble in the water, especially in surf or a fast current. Swim with a friend and pay attention to each other’s safety.

Avoid swimming in high surf and fast currents, especially around rocks and other submerged obstacles. Be respectful of surf warnings and rip current warnings at your regular beach. (See the National Weather Service’s Rip Current Resources page for information on identifying rip currents and how to escape if you are caught in one.)

Pay attention to all conditions at the swimming area. This might include the tide, changes in the weather such as an approaching thunderstorm, obstacles or weeds in the water that can entangle a swimmer, or human activity such as boats, surfers or fishermen in the area.

All swimming activity

If a child or friend is missing, check the water first. Seconds make the difference if someone is in trouble in the water.

Keep all children under active adult supervision at all times. Don’t assume that older children can watch younger children, or that you can be close at hand but doing something else, and still notice a problem in time to prevent an emergency.

Have Coast Guard approved life vests or flotation devices for non-swimmers and those who don’t swim well, especially young children.

Consider swimming and water safety classes for yourself and your children. Although no class can guarantee 100% safety, becoming a better swimmer, and learning how to prevent and respond to water emergencies may save a life.

You can find much more information, including downloadable safety tip sheets, on the Red Cross’s Water Safety page. Be water safe so you and your family can enjoy the beach and the pool this summer.

Rob Levine & Associates specializes in Personal Injury throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts, as well as Social Security Disability and Veterans Disability throughout the country. As “The Heavy Hitter” Rob Levine not only works hard on your case, but also believes in making a positive impact in the communities he serves. Through internal resources, education and volunteerism, Rob Levine & Associates strives to help prevent accidents, as well as raise awareness around the needs of our elderly and returning veterans. For more information visit www.roblevine.com, or call 401.529.1222 or toll free 800-529-1222.

Sansiveri Commemorates 40th Anniversary by Celebrating Rhode Island

Firm Announces Series of Rhode Island Business-Themed Giveaways Via Social Media

The accounting firm of Sansiveri, Kimball & Co, L.L.P. (Sansiveri) today announced a campaign celebrating the firm’s 40th anniversary. The campaign, which is a celebration of Rhode Island business, will run throughout the summer. Over the next three months Sansiveri will feature tourism and local businesses in Block Island, Newport and Providence through a series of giveaways on social media.

“We want to share our anniversary celebration with the people and businesses that have been such an important part of the proud history in Rhode Island,” said Michael DeCataldo, Managing Partner at Sansiveri. “What better way to do this than by showcasing some of Rhode Island’s best resources. We chose these three entertainment packages because they highlight just a few of the many businesses and sites to visit that make Rhode Island such a great place to call home.”

Contest details, such as how, when and where to enter will be posted on the firm's website, www.Sansiveri.com, and shared on the Sansiveri Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Google + pages. Prize packages will be offered during the months of June, July and August and are valued between $400 and $450. 

Sex Trafficking Victims a Focus of Training

Program for Police Officers, Other Victim Workers, Starts July 31

Family Service of Rhode Island and Rogers Williams University’s School of Justice Studies are partnering to provide the 7th Annual Rhode Island State Victim Assistance Academy for anyone working with victims, such as police officers, hospital workers, social workers and others.

The full-day sessions will be held five consecutive Fridays, July 31, August 7, August 14, August 21, and August 28 at the Roger Williams University Baypoint Inn & Conference Center, 144 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, Rhode Island.

One of the topics is “Working with Sex Trafficking Victims.”

“Family Service of Rhode Island is on the front lines with the police in dealing with sex trafficking in Rhode Island,” said Margaret Holland McDuff, Family Service of Rhode Island CEO, noting that Family Service of Rhode Island staff patrol with Providence and East Providence police, and the State Police.  “Our work includes helping the victims build new lives in the wake of the abuse and trauma they endured.”

In addition to sex trafficking, topics covered also include: Victimization in the Military, Childhood Victimization, Elder Victims, Working with LGBTQQ Youth, Homicide Victim Response, the Justice System, Victim’s Issues in Mental Health, and Ethics. Registration is by calling 401-331-1350 ext. 3200 or on-line at www.familyserviceri.org.  The cost is $50 or $125 for attendees seeking continuing education credit. Funding for the training is from a grant from the federal Office for Victims of Crime.

Family Service of Rhode Island’s Susan Erstling, PhD, LICSW, who helped found the academy said, “We’re extremely proud of the justice partnerships that come together to educate victim providers,” she said, noting that the academy features staff from Family Service of Rhode Island, Roger Williams University, the Warwick Police Department, Rhode Island College, the United States Navy, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Lifespan, and the Office of the Attorney General.

“The  Rhode Island State Victim Assistance Academy brings together a community of brilliant minds and practitioners who present current information and training for victim advocates,” said Stephanie P. Manzi, PhD, dean of the Roger Williams University School of Justice Studies and an academy co-founder.  “It’s one of the high points of the summer on the RWU campus.”

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

Roger Williams University, based in Bristol, Rhode Island, is an independent, coeducational university.  More information is available at www.rwu.edu

 


SBA Disaster News

Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Small Businesses in Massachusetts Due to Record-breaking Snowfall and Extreme Cold Temperatures

Low-interest economic injury disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to Massachusetts small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private non-profit organizations affected by the record-breaking snowfall and extreme cold temperatures between Jan. 26, 2015 and Feb. 22, 2015.  

SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet made the loans available following a disaster declaration request from Massachusetts Gov. Charles D. Baker on May 12.  The declaration covers Middlesex, Norfolk, and Plymouth counties and the adjacent counties of Barnstable, Bristol, Essex, Suffolk and Worcester in Massachusetts; Hillsborough in New Hampshire; and Providence in Rhode Island.

“The Small Business Administration is strongly committed to providing the most effective and customer-focused response possible to help small businesses and non-profits in Massachusetts with their federal disaster loans,” said Contreras-Sweet.  “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”

“The SBA can help affected small businesses and non-profit organizations overcome their economic losses by offering working capital loans, but the help cannot start until they submit an SBA disaster loan application to us,” said Robert H. Nelson, SBA’s Massachusetts district director. 

Eligible entities may qualify for loans up to $2 million.  The SBA offers Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster.  The rates on these loans are 4.00 percent for small businesses and 2.625 percent for non-profit organizations with terms up to 30 years.  The SBA determines eligibility for the loans based on the size and type of business and its financial resources. 

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

Applications and program information are available by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by sending an email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov. Loan applications can also be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov/disaster. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

The deadline to return economic injury applications is February 15, 2016.

Save the Date! Senator Reed’s Business Leaders Day 2015

Goodwill Industries and City of Providence Partner to Recycle Used Textiles

The City of Providence has partnered with Goodwill Industries to collect used textiles for recycling and reuse at ten locations around the city. The donation collection bins help divert clothing and other textiles from the city's trash and recycling collection program.  A portion of the proceeds from the collected materials will help to fund recreation programs in Providence parks.

The revenue Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island generates from your donations is reinvested in training programs for Rhode Islanders with disabilities and other barriers to employment as well as at risk youth in the State.

Please make sure clothes, sheets, towels, and other textiles are clean, dry, and odorless. Don't worry if they are still stained after you wash them. Never put clothing or textiles in your curbside recycling bin.

Find Providence Goodwill donation bins at the following locations:

Davis Park                                                           Chalkstone Ave.

Delsesto Middle School                                          152 Springfield St.

The B. Jae Clanton Educational Complex                    674 Prairie Ave.          

Nathan Bishop Middle School                                   101 Sessions St.

Neutaconkanut Park                                               Plainfield St. parking lot

West End Community Center                                   109 Bucklin St.

Classical High School                                             770 Westminster St.

Hope High School                                                 324 Hope St.

Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School                       195 Nelson St.

Mt. Pleasant High School                                        434 Mt. Pleasant Ave.

 

 

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.

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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INVITE: Business Leader Briefing with Administrator McCarthy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Please join Mayor Jorge Elorza and Business Forward for a White House Business Council business leader briefing with Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to discuss sustainability and the President's Climate Action Plan. This will be an opportunity for you to ask questions and provide your advice about the implementation of the Clean Power Plan and other sustainability measures. 

What:

Business Leader Briefing on Environmental Sustainability 

Featuring:

Gina McCarthy

Administrator

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

When:

Tuesday, September 1

Arrival time: 9:00am

Event Time: 9:15am - 10:00am

Where:

Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce

Conference Room, 1st Floor

30 Exchange Terrace

Providence RI 02903

Register here.

There is no cost to attend and to foster a candid conversation, this meeting is closed to the press.

Don't forget to register here

 

The Gala of the Royal Horses

Into Providence for the First Time Ever in 2015

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 28th at 10AM

For the first time ever, The Gala of The Royal Horses Inaugural North American world-renowned equestrian tour is coming to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Sunday, October 4, 2015.

Audience will experience the excitement, splendor, and majesty of the Gala of the Royal Horses for the first time as the show makes itsUSdebut.  The Gala of the Royal Horses is a spectacular entertainment event combining the most beautiful horses in the world with live performer creating a breathtaking event for the entire family.  The Gala of the Royal Horses is a “must see” for horse lovers and families

Following in the family footsteps of seven generations, Rene Gasser, producer of the Royal Horses has recreated a show for this tour only previously seen at the famous riding schools inViennaandSpain.

 The Royal horses ofEuropeare some of the most celebrated in history, favored for centuries by royalty, equestrian riders and bullfighters and this performance will celebrate the tradition, athleticism and grace of these revered creatures.

“The unique qualities of the Royal Horses single them out from all other breeds in the Equine world. Their physical beauty & grace, coupled with exceptional courage and nobility make them an object of admiration and a source of inspiration for horse lovers everywhere,” says Gasser.

 Along with the magnificent stallions, Spanish flamenco dancers will feature in authentic vibrant costumes accompanied by the mellow notes of a guitar to bring the sights and sounds ofSpaina heartbeat away.

  The Gala of The Royal Horses will feature a number of performances involving the Andalusian, Friesian, Lipizzaner and Arabian breeds and the event is dedicated to showing off the amazing beauty and maneuvers these horses are capable of including the stunning maneuvers once used on the battlefield now known as “The Airs Above The Ground”.

 "We're going to have horses dancing alongside some tremendous flamenco dancers, and I think people are really going to be excited about watching this," Rene says.

Tickets start at only $ 28.00 there are a limited number of VIP seats available.

Tickets are available at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center box office and all Ticketmaster outlets.  To charge by phone call (800) 745-3000.  For Group discounts please call (401) 680-4730.  Additional facility fees, services charges may be included /added to the ticket prices.

HORSES AND TRAINERS AVAILABLE FOR MEDIA APPEARANCES UPON REQUEST

www.galaoftheroyalhorses.com

Stay up to date with the Dunkin’ Donuts Center: show announcements, pre-sales, special offers and more. Become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dunkindonutscenter or follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/DunkinDonutsCtr

Rhode Island Comic Con

COMIC CON FANS: Rhode Island Comic Con is back!
The biggest show in the smallest State returns to Providence this fall!

Grab 3 friends and see all of your favorite comics, creators, celebrities & more!
November 6-8 at the Rhode Island Convention Center & Dunkin' Donuts Center

Purchase tickets online at: Ticketmaster.com, Charge by Phone 800.745.3000 or in person at the Dunkin' Donuts Center Box Office.

Norwood Elementary School Car Wash Fundraiser Sponsored by The Radisson Hotel Providence Airport

A Taste of Providence Networking Event

An Update on Traditional vs. Digital Media

Adoption RI’s ‘Heart Gallery’ On View at Providence Children’s Museum

Through September, Providence Children’s Museum exhibits Adoption Rhode Island’s 10th annual Heart Gallery, a traveling exhibit of professional portraits of children in state care and awaiting adoption.

Every year, hundreds of Rhode Island children are in state care, hoping for permanent families.  The children are generally between the ages of 5 and 17 and many have emotional, intellectual and/or physical disabilities and have suffered abuse or neglect.  Some have been waiting for several years and have had multiple placements, resulting in numerous losses and separations.

Seventeen of these children are featured in the 10th annual Rhode Island Heart Gallery, an exhibit of stunning portraits by local photographers on view at Providence Children’s Museum in August and September.  A booklet accompanying the gallery shares the heartfelt stories, hopes and dreams of the children pictured.  The Heart Gallery has helped Adoption Rhode Island increase awareness of the need for loving adoptive homes for children in foster care since 2005, as well as increase rates of adoption of and support for the children pictured.

Providence Children’s Museum previously exhibited the Heart Gallery in 2007 and 2013.  “It’s particularly poignant to display the Heart Gallery at the Children’s Museum because our acclaimed Families Together program – a collaboration with the Department of Children, Youth & Families – works on behalf of children in foster care every day, providing therapeutic visitation to help court-separated families rebuild relationships,” said Megan Fischer, the Museum’s interim executive director.

Museum visitors can meet representatives from Adoption Rhode Island and learn more about adoption on Friday, August 21 from 5:00 - 7:30 PM; admission is free from 5:00 - 8:00 PM, sponsored by MetLife Foundation.

To learn more about the Heart Gallery, visit www.AdoptionRI.org.

National PCC Day - September 21, 2015

SIX NEW ENGLAND POSTAL CUSTOMER COUNCILS

AND THE UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE

INVITE YOU TO JOIN US FOR

NATIONAL PCC DAY - SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

Gillette Stadium, Putnam Club, Foxboro, MA

‘GROWING TOGETHER’ IS OUR THEME

Educational Sessions – An opportunity to learn what is happening in the future,

how to grow your business, and networking with industry leaders

Vendors – See the newest, latest, and greatest in equipment, software, and services

National Speakers – Hear from USPS, Industry Experts, and Motivational Speakers

There will be prize drawings throughout the day

For more information and to Register:

https://bostonpcc.org

“Early Bird” $75.00 Registration through August 21! 

Registrations received August 21st or before will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a Tour of Gillette Stadium (day of event)!

Vendors and Sponsors welcome


Minority Business Enterprise and Woman Business Enterprise Showcase
2015 Rhode Island Light the Night Pre-Walk Party!

The Hatch and Home Loan Investment Bank 244 Weybosett St., Providence, RI will be hosting on  Thursday night September 10th,  from 6:00 PM- 8:00 PM  is the kick-off event for the  annual Light the Night Walk at The State House in Downtown Providence.

The walk takes place on November 1st, and is fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Participants carry illuminated lanterns of white, red and gold to signify whether they're survivors, supporters or have lost a loved one.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk exists to find cures and ensure access to the best available treatments for all blood cancer patients. Your participation makes a difference.

For more information please contact Jill Lawlor, Donor Development Director, 1-508-810-1350


Two AIDS Service Organizations Joining Forces
                               
                                   
 

AIDS Project Rhode Island and AIDS Care Ocean State have announced that the organizations are collaborating on a late summer event to raise money and awareness about HIV and AIDS.

On Sunday, September 13, it’s the annual AIDS Walk RI, with AIDS Care Ocean State as a full partner in the project with AIDS Project Rhode Island, which has been running the walk for decades.

The walk starts at the Rhode Island State House and ends with a block party on Aborn Street, Providence. There is no charge to walk the course, but individuals and teams make donations and get sponsors.  Registration takes place between noon and 1 p.m. that day, on-line by clicking here (www.firstgiving.com/aidswalkri) or through the two agencies’ websites.  The walk kicks off at 1 p.m.

AIDS Project Rhode Island was founded in 1985 and became a division of non-profit Family Service of Rhode Island in 2008.  More information is available at www.aidsprojectri.org.

AIDS Care Ocean State was founded in 1987.  More information is available at www.aidscareos.org .

 

Save The Date: Community Partner Appreciation Luncheon

Date: January 14, 2016

Time: Noon - 1:30 PM

Place: RI Convention Center - Providence, RI

Join us as we recognize our partners in the community who have supported us throughout the year!

For registration information, please contact the Marketing & Development Department at 401-274-6310, ext 1230.

 

13th Annual “In Step for Autism” 3K Walk/5K Run & Family Day

13th Annual "In Step for Autism" 3K Walk/5K Run & Family Day

When: Sunday, September 27, 2015

Where: Colt State Park in Bristol, RI

Join the Autism Society, RI Chapter and THE GRODEN NETWORK for a day of family fun at Colt State Park in Bristol, RI for the 13th Annual "In Step for Autism" 3K Walk/5K Run & Family Field Day while making a difference in the lives of persons with autism.

Check-in: 10:00 am Registration & Breakfast
Start time: 11:00 am 5K Run/ 11:15 am 3K Walk

Runners will automatically be entered in a special FREE raffle. Prizes will be given to top three finishers in each age group and overall. The fee is $20. Runners have the option to secure donations in lieu of entry fee. DONATIONS MUST EXCEED $20.

New! KIDS FUN RUN
•  1/4 mile run for children up to age 12.
•  Special gift given to all that participate.
•  Starts at 10:30 AM.

After the walk/run, be sure to stay and enjoy the BBQ and family field day complete with games, field events, pumpkin painting, and much more. Family entertainment will be provided until 2:00 PM. T-shirts will be given to all participants while supplies last.100% of the proceeds from the event support autism programs in Rhode Island.

To register online, go to:

http://www.firstgiving.com/asari-groden/walk-run-2015

Boys Town New England + Providence Color Me Rad 5k

Boys Town New England has been selected as the local charity partner for the Providence Color Me Rad 5K. We are in need of volunteers as well as runners.

Volunteers:

Runners:

 

Alvin and The Chipmunks: Live on Stage! Coming to The Ryan Center

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Live On Stage! Coming To The Ryan Center For 2 Shows On Nov. 12

Tickets to see The World’s Most Famous Chipmunk Trio go on sale July 10

Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products and Iconic Entertainment Studios announced today that ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: LIVE ON STAGE!, a brand new, music-filled interactive live show, will take the stage, touring 50+ cities nationwide for a total of 80 shows, kicking off October 5th in Toronto, Canada. The first ever nationwide tour for the Alvin and The Chipmunks will come through URI for two shows (3 pm and 6 pm) on Thursday, November 12 at the Spectra Venue Management operated Thomas M. Ryan Center. The world’s most famous chipmunk trio – accompanied by the Chipettes – will delight fans of all ages with LIVE performances that will feature world-class production, music, special effects, and immersive interactivity to encourage audience participation. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, July 10 at 10 am.

Based on the characters from the hit Twentieth Century Fox movies, the show will bring the music and excitement of a live rock concert to life as the Chipmunks perform hits by One Direction, Maroon 5, Christine Aguilera, Elvis Presley and more! Join Alvin, Simon and Theodore as they sing and dance their way across America en route to their big charity concert.  From an “old school” breakdancing competition in Chicago, to a no-holds-barred food fight in New York City, and with the Chipettes along for the wild ride, Chipmunk fans from coast to coast will experience it all –LIVE on stage!

Produced by Iconic Entertainment Studios, the show’s world-class team includes Tony Award- winning Lion King costume designer Michael Curry, and the production team that won a Billboard Touring Creative Content award for its show Yo Gabba Gabba.

Tickets to see ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS: LIVE ON STAGE! at the Ryan Center start at just $20. Get the ultimate fan experience with The Chipmunk Party Package! Purchase VIP seats for the show for $112 and also receive a pre-show Meet and Greet, photo opportunity with the world famous Chipmunk Trio, as well as a pair of custom sweatbands and a pass to a private party at ‘Dave’s House’ including music, dancing, crafts, games, snacks and FUN. Tickets are available July 10th online at www.theryancenter.com, charge by phone at 1.855.387.4849, or at the Ryan Center Box Office.

For more information about the show visit AlvinLive.com.

For all media requests, contact Matt Moeller at mmoeller@theryancenter.com or 401.788.3230.

 

My Sky Exhibit Opens at Providence Children’s Museum

Discover a traveling exhibit exploring the universe June 8 through Labor Day

From June 8 through September 7, Providence Children’s Museum hosts My Sky, an immersive traveling exhibit that encourages families to look up and be inspired by the wonders of the universe.  Produced by Boston Children’s Museum in collaboration with Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA, My Sky invites families to investigate the sun, moon and stars together as they:

  • Gaze through a telescope to see stars and planets in their real-time positions in the sky.
  • Examine real footage of the nearest star, and see solar events like flares, eclipses, solar tornadoes and more in a movie of the sun.
  • Explore the phases of the moon by manipulating a mechanical model.
  • Find familiar constellations and invent new ones.
  • Discover the twinkling night sky in a large darkened dome.
  • Sit around a campfire and crawl inside a tent to tell stories and hear music inspired by the sky.
  • Watch the sun setting and the moon rising, and find planets, constellations and more in a 24-hour time lapse of the sky.
  • Meet scientists, artists and others who are inspired by the sky above.

Designed to engage children ages 5 to 10 and their adults in interactive explorations of objects and phenomena visible in the sky, the exhibit gives caregivers an opportunity to help children practice foundational science skills such as observing, noticing patterns, predicting, estimating and thinking creatively – skills that are fundamental to astronomy and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) thinking, and that scientists and engineers use every day.

The Museum hosts an opening celebration of My Sky on Friday, June 12 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM.  Meet astronomers from Brown University Science Outreach and experiment with solar telescopes, see models of asteroids, and create your own constellations.  At 6:00 PM, hear storyteller Thawn Sherente Harris share traditional tales about the sky, sun and stars from his Narragansett culture.  Museum admission is free on June 12 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM for MetLife Family Friday, sponsored by MetLife Foundation.

Inspired by the exhibit, families will try other activities related to the exhibit and astronomy all summer long.  Exhibit and related activities are free with $9.00 Museum admission.  Visit www.ChildrenMuseum.org for calendar of activities.

My Sky was produced by Boston Children’s Museum in collaboration with Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and NASA; sponsored in Providence by June Rockwell Levy Foundation.


PawSox will Host Seven Post-Game Firework Shows in 2015!!!

Save the Date! Senator Reed’s Business Leaders Day 2015

American Cancer Society 2015 Rhode Island Events

Click here for a list of American Cancer Society 2015 opportunities. 

Guidelines for submitting to GPCC Member News: Submissions must be emailed to blaurino@provchamber.com by noon on Friday to be considered for the following week (submissions will be placed on this page and run for seven – fourteen days).

Please keep copy to less than 100 words, in paragraph format. You may submit a web-friendly company logo with a print size no larger than 3" X 3". Photo images may accompany your copy, but need to be forwarded in a separate attachment and not be embedded into the copy.