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News from Salve Regina’s Center for Business Outreach

Center expands university’s experiential learning opportunities

Nearly 300 students amass 7,000 work hours during first year at Salve Regina’s Center for Business Outreach

Salve Regina’s new Center for Business Outreach has reported that more than 290 students participated in classroom projects creating business plans, social media analysis, marketing strategies and customer surveys during the Center’s first academic year in operation in 2014-2015.

Run by Stacey D. Carter, former RI Small Business Development Center Regional Director, the Center works with local businesses to provide students with hands-on experience and give them a glimpse into the real world of entrepreneurship. In 2014-15, these Salve students spent close to 7,000 hours working on projects, saving thousands of dollars in time and/or money for these business owners, Carter said.

“The team is amazing – smart, passionate, open,” said K McGinnis, president of OoRoo America, LLC. “Every member of this team is unique. I am very grateful to have met them and to be working with them. This is a wonderful program and I am happy to support it however I can going forward.”

Operated as part of the university’s Business Studies and Economics Department, The Center for Business Outreach mission is to connect classrooms with the business community and to offer resources and tools to students, faculty and alumni.

Future programs will include entrepreneurship seminars that will be open to the local community, business roundtables, advisory groups and more.

For more information, contact Stacey Carter at (401) 341-2395 or Stacey.carter@salve.edu.

Those interested in working with the CBO can fill out a form at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KRJ9XSX.

 

DiSanto, Priest & Co. Honored With Prestigious National Public Service Award

DiSanto, Priest & Co. was named winner of The American Institute of CPAs 2014 Public Service Award for Firms in recognition of its charitable work in communities throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

"The commitment to public service extends far beyond the leadership at DiSanto, Priest & Co.," said James Curry, chair of the awards committee, who presented the honor at a ceremony held in Washington, D.C. over the weekend. “It is deeply embedded throughout the firm's culture."

Through its charitable arm, The Bentley Foundation, the firm has contributed over $238,000 and donated countless hours of services in kind to a variety of Southern New England charities, such as Jake's Wheels, The Impossible Dream, The J. Arthur Trudeau Center, The American Heart Association, and The Artic Mission, to name only a few.

“We are corporate citizens in Southern New England, yes, but we are also community citizens. Our charitable work is a reflection of our commitment to the place our employees call home.” said Emilio Colapietro, Managing Partner of DiSanto, Priest & Co.

Not only did DiSanto, Priest & Co’s. employees donate their time and money, they flexed their muscles as well – pulling a 146,000-pound Fed Ex jet at T.F. Green Airport to raise money for the fight against Multiple Sclerosis. The firm has also hosted game nights, wings and chili cook-offs, dress down days, and members of its professional staff serve on boards of non-profit organizations throughout the state.

The annual AICPA award honors one firm that has demonstrated outstanding public service throughout the country. A list of previous winners can be found on the AICPA's Member Awards page.

                                                                      

Bank of America Awards $200,000 to Rhode Island Nonprofits Dedicated to Workforce Development

Bank of America Awards $200,000 to Rhode Island Nonprofits Dedicated to Workforce Development

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation has provided $200,000 in grants to 14 Rhode Island nonprofits focused on employment training and expanding access to leadership and counseling programs.

“Our nonprofit partners are committed to providing the kind of dedicated support and training all thriving workforces need,” said Bill Hatfield, Rhode Island president, Bank of America. “Increasing access to programs that develop critical job skills helps local businesses grow and strengthens our communities.”

Rhode Island organizations receiving grants:

•        Amos House

•        Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket

•        Boys & Girls Club of Providence

•        City Year

•        College Crusade of Rhode Island

•        Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island

•        Genesis Center

•        Junior Achievement of Rhode Island

•        Opportunities Industrialization Center of Rhode Island

•        Providence After School Alliance

•        Providence College

•        Read to Succeed

•        Teach for America

•        Year Up

 

The grants are part of Bank of America’s overall commitment to Rhode Island. In 2014, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation gave more than $1.5 million to help local nonprofit community organizations develop and grow.

To learn more about Bank of America’s corporate social responsibility efforts, visit www.bankofamerica.com/about and follow @BofA_Community.


DiSanto, Priest & Co. Continues to Distinguish Itself Nationally

DiSanto, Priest & Co. partner, Bill Pirolli, has been nominated to serve on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, capping a long history of volunteer service in the profession.

The announcement was made at the Institute’s annual spring meeting in Washington, D.C., where DiSanto, Priest & Co.’s non-profit organization, The Bentley Foundation, also received AICPA’s National Public Service Award for its charitable work, highlighting the firm’s continued rise to prominence in the Northeast and nationally.

“For anyone that knows Bill, the nomination to our profession’s largest and arguably its most influential membership organization comes as no surprise. He embodies the highest ethical standards for accounting and we are thrilled that he now has an opportunity to bring this leadership to the larger community,” said Emilio Colapietro, Managing Partner of DiSanto, Priest & Co.

Bill’s career has been one of dedicated service to the accounting profession both locally and nationally. He has served on numerous committees with the Rhode Island Society of CPA's, including its board of directors where he also became chairman of the board. Additionally, Bill was the president of the Central R.I. Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the Kent Center.

Nationally, Bill has brought his characteristic leadership to a wide variety of committees and assignments, including the Management of An Practice Accounting Committee, The Nominating Committee, The Small Firm Advocacy Committee, The Group of 100 Strategic Planning committee, and the Private Companies Practice Section (PCPS) Committee, where he also rose to become chairman. 

He currently serves on The Relations with the Bar Committee, which is comprised of members of AICPA and the American Bar Association, and is a co-chair of the Practitioner's Symposium Conference Steering Committee.

“It is an honor to have been nominated to serve with such a distinguished group and I look forward to working with them to maintain the highest standards of ethics and professionalism in our profession,” Bill said.

Bill Pirolli is a frequent national speaker and trainer on accounting issues, including firm practice management, emerging leadership and developing trusted advisor skills.

Chambers USA 2015 Ranks Hinckley Allen Attorneys and Practices

Publication Recognizes 20% of the Firm’s Partnership

The Chambers USA 2015 edition, released on May 19, has named 21 Hinckley Allen attorneys as leaders in their fields.

The Hinckley Allen attorneys featured in the Chambers USA 2015 guide include: E. Jerome Batty; William W. Bouton; Christine K. Bush; Stephen J. Carlotti; Michael J. Connolly; Scott E. Cooper; Malcolm Farmer III; Margaret D. Farrell; Robert G. Flanders, Jr.; William R. Grimm; Matthew T. Marcello III; Mark S. McCue; Kevin O’Connor; Gerald J. Petros; David J. Rubin; Craig M. Scott; John H. Sokul, Jr.;  David J. Tracy; Richard Y. Uchida, Stephen Weyl; and David A. Wollin.

The featured attorneys represent a variety of practice areas, including Corporate/Commercial: Banking & Finance; Corporate/Commercial: Finance; Corporate/M&A; Litigation: General Commercial; Real Estate; and Real Estate: Land Use, including top rankings in several key practice areas: Corporate/Commercial; Litigation/General Commercial and Real Estate.

Chambers USA rankings are based on extensive in-depth interviews with attorneys and clients, and are designed to assess technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client. The rankings are presented in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best. Ten Hinckley Allen attorneys received a Band 1 ranking.

Rankings and editorial commentary are available at www.chambersandpartners.com

 


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.

Foster Mom Recruits Others to Open Their Homes to Needy Children

The generosity of the Billy Andrade-Brad Faxon Charities for Children has enabled non-profit Family Service of Rhode Island to hire an experienced foster mother to assist in recruiting loving homes for Rhode Island’s children in need.

“May is National Foster Care Month, and we’re pleased to announce that, thanks to the Andrade-Faxon Charities for Children, we recently hired a foster mom to help us find homes for Rhode Island’s children in need,” said Margaret Holland McDuff, agency CEO. “Elaine Gabellieri, of Cranston, and her husband have welcomed foster children into their home for years.  When a potential foster parent speaks with her they are talking to an expert who deeply understands the day-to-day life of a foster parent.”

Foster parenting is a source of joy for Elaine and her husband.  “My husband and I first became foster parents five years ago when we learned that there were many children in Rhode Island looking for loving homes,” she said.  “We found it a great joy to help transform a child who needs love and support into a happy, healthy and thriving individual.  Being a foster parent is very fulfilling.  And our older kids enjoy it too!  They love helping out, and it’s a learning experience.”

Any adult in Rhode Island is eligible to become a foster parent.  “Foster parents can be single, couples, or married, and Family Service of Rhode Island is particularly outreaching to potential LGBTQ foster parents,” she said.  Comprehensive training is provided to potential foster parents as is 24/7 support after a child is placed. 

Some foster parents prefer caring for children who only need a short-term stay, while others look at foster parenting as the road to a permanent relationship, even adoption.  “We match the needs of the children with foster parents who are committed to meeting their needs,” she said.

Anyone interested in learning more may call her at 401-331-1350 ext. 3313 or email her at gabellieriel@familyserviceri.org.  While children of all ages are in need of loving homes, there is a particularly strong need for families to open their hearts to older children.

More information is also available at http://www.familyserviceri.org/serv_foster_adoption.asp

Adding a foster parent “voice” to the agency’s foster parent recruitment efforts reflects best practices, said Greg Wright, who heads foster care recruitment at Family Service of Rhode Island. “When a potential foster parent calls he or she can speak with someone who lives the life of a foster parent each and every day.  Who better to speak with?”

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

 

Providence International Arts Festival Extensive Artist Roster Announced
New signature Festival to use buildings as canvases and musical instruments, and showcase local, national and international artists

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and FirstWorks Executive Artistic Director Kathleen Pletcher have announced the artist roster of the PROVIDENCE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL set for June 13th, 2015, with extended events taking place June 11th-14th. In this first-ever signature event, arts and culture stage a friendly takeover of the city with 500 artists, 30 public art installations, 15 stages, 18 participating venues, 6 outdoor bars, 3 jaw dropping spectacles, and much more. The dramatic scale and scope of this marquee Festival in the “Creative Capital” of Rhode Island is due to the public-private partnership forged between the City’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and FirstWorks, a Providence-based non-profit organization dedicated to building community through the arts. Festival lead sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts, Providence Tourism Council, the Rhode Island Foundation, along with key support from IGT (formerly GTECH), and The Avenue Concept. All main Festival events are free and open to the public.

Radiating out from the heart of the downtown, Saturday, June 13th Festival will showcase a bounty of local, national, and international artists - from Benin, Brazil, Cuba, Mali, Poland, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, and more; use entire buildings as public art canvases; create a remarkable cultural corridor; and light up the evening sky with extraordinary spectacles. As the main hub, Kennedy Plaza becomes a multistage pedestrian piazza with performances, art, and celebration. Washington Street offers an opportunity to stroll and experience surprising art installations, street arts, the diversity of Providence’s cultural community, and more. WaterFire activates the downtown rivers with a full lighting and dynamic sounds. A colorful procession and opening ceremony converges at the FirstWorks Plaza Stage.

"The first ever Providence International Arts Festival will showcase all that Providence has to offer using the city as a stage,” Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said. “We are the Creative Capital and this Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the arts and to support our artists. I invite everyone to join us."
Propelled by Mayor Elorza’s vision for a destination arts festival and building on the 10-year collaboration between FirstWorks and Providence’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, the partners have created the inaugural PROVIDENCE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL. The City and FirstWorks have co-led the curation and production of the Festival, connecting international acts with local talent and engaging Rhode Islanders.
“Visitors and residents alike will experience the power of the arts to transform our city,” stated Kathleen Pletcher, Executive Artistic Director of FirstWorks. “FirstWorks has drawn in international artists to join Providence’s world-class talent for this remarkable event. Festivalgoers will see the familiar anew, as parking lots become lounges and building facades are used as painting surfaces. Equally exciting is the passion our visiting artists have for connecting with communities and students across the state.”

Kennedy Plaza anchors the Festival with six stages, a Buy Local RI marketplace, art and performance inside City Hall, and two satellite art spaces:
  • The FirstWorks Plaza Stage features world-music powerhouse and “undisputed Queen of African Music,” Benin exile Angélique Kidjo; the Pedrito Martinez Group, writing a new chapter in Cuban music history; Brassy afro-beat orchestra BIXIGA 70, named after their neighborhood in São Paulo, Brazil; Opening Ceremonies premiering a Festival commission by RPM Voices’s RI-Sounding Voices, performed by a statewide chorus; plus the RI Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz at Lincoln Center performing with FirstWorks Arts Learning students.
  • Grammy Award-winning Malian superstar Oumou Sangaré, with local master drummer Sidy Maiga; Providence-based band Arc Iris, featuring Jocie Adams (formerly of The Low Anthem) in an eclectic mix of Björk and Joni Mitchell; RI Philharmonic Brass Quintet playing music of Leonard Bernstein; local Cape Verdean superstar Chachi de Carvahlo; and Salsa y Gaitas getting everyone dancing at Alex and Ani City Center Stage.
  • Music and spoken word ensemble Aurea performs Melville and the Great White Whale in the City Council Chambers. Photographer Mary Beth Meehan displays additional portraits of Providence residents from her Seen/Unseen series in the Gallery at City Hall.
  • Patrons will enjoy culinary treats from local food trucks and vendors.
  • A Buy Local RI marketplace of local artisans, retail shops and purveyors of fine, locally sourced goods and services will run in Burnside Park. Families will enjoy interactive programming presented by the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy in collaboration with the Partnership for Providence Parks.
  • Street spectacles on Kennedy Plaza grounds will include:
 o The Earth Harp Collective installs and performs three concerts on the world’s largest stringed instrument stretching between the center of the plaza and to 111 Westminster Street, known locally as “the Superman Building.” Use of this iconic building is provided by David Sweetser and High Rock Development.
o Stunning physical and aerial theater by Wise Fool New Mexico, a collective that uses the visual and performing arts of circus and puppetry for social engagement.
o Multimedia, site-specific, air-powered Squonk Opera using blowers of all kinds to make a 40-foot tall Lady Pneumatica.
  • The Columbus Theatre and Imaginary Company create a satellite stage against the Arcade façade (43 Weybosset Street) and present Providence-area bands including The Low Anthem, Gym Shorts, And the Kids (North Hampton, MA), and others.
  • A second satellite space at 180 Westminster Street will feature an exhibition by The Providence Biennial for Contemporary Art. Winter King Hawthorn is a sculptural installation of color and light developed by Providence-based artist Lynne Harlow.

Washington Street becomes an arts corridor with temporary public art installations and pop-up performances including:

  • Ephemeral and permanent murals by Festival Creative Partner The Avenue Concept and international street artists Etam Cru and Natalia Rak, and Providence-based Tape Art.
  • The Coastway Community Stage hosts 18 cultural groups celebrating traditions from Colombia, Laos, the Middle East, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and more.
  • The Dean Hotel and The Avenue Concept creates an Interactive Skate Park and Sculpture Lounge, featuring local DJs and food on the parking lot located between Washington St. and Fountain St.
  • The Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, RI State Council on the Arts, RI Council on the Humanities, and PopUp Providence presenting “Providence Portraits,” by public artist and photographer Mary Beth Meehan of the city’s people in the public sphere.
  • Adrian Hall Way is animated by two DownCity Design commissioned installations: unveiling their PopUp Providence lighting project- Leave Your Trace- and youth-designed and built Skate Bench. Trinity Rep performs on their mobile wagon stage, custom designed by Tony Award‐winning set designer Eugene Lee. Live music sets the stage for a Festival hang-out.
  • Street performances, music, and puppetry featuring Big Nazo and ERB (Extraordinary Rendition Band).

Theatrical works, in the streets and in the city’s treasured theater spaces, by the brightest lights of the theater world, will be staged throughout the weekend:

  • The world premiere of Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical by distinguished playwright and MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl at Trinity Repertory Company (ticketed event).
  • The premiere of the play Baggage by Frank V. Toti, Jr. at the URI Providence campus.
  • Freedom Project, a multimedia physical theater piece by Everett Company at the Roger Williams National Memorial.
  • Street theatre by a group of “Time Travelers” produced by OUTLOUD Theatre.
Not to be missed are exhibits at URI Providence, Paperworks, and the Providence Public Library; Providence Children’s Film Festival; sidewalk sales, local artists in stores, and food trucks along Hope Street between Rochambeau Library and Fifth Street; the Providence Preservation Society’s Festival of Historic Houses, which showcases contemporary living in historic homes in the Fox Point neighborhood; and WaterFire, which will light up the river on Saturday night. On Sunday, close out the weekend with Fire Camp at the industrial and creative arts facility The Steel Yard, where there will be hands-on activities for all ages.

Many venues around town will join in the fun and let attendees choose their own adventure, be it karaoke (The Boombox), jamming to the WBRU Summer Kick-off with live music by Matt and Kim and The Kooks (Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel), getting a groove on at The Sweatshop Dance Party with DJ Andy Morris (the Salon), laughing along with Gina Brillon (The Comedy Connection), listening to Poetry in Public Places (Cafe S.O.U.L. and Christopher Johnson), or checking out RI’s beauties at a drag queen show (The Dark Lady).

The Festival is funded with lead support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Providence Tourism Council, The Rhode Island Foundation, IGT (formerly GTECH) and The Avenue Concept. Additional support is was provided by Amica, Textron, Bank of America, Citizen’s Bank, Coastway Bank, Cornish and the Biltmore Garage, Alex and Ani, CVS Health, Waterson/ProvPort, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and University Orthopedics.

Up-to-the-minute information can be found at www.pvdfestival.com. Contact FirstWorks at 401-421-4278 or info@first-works.org. Full festival schedule will be available June 1, 2015.



                  
Scott Wolf of Grow Smart RI Honored as “Men Who Make a Difference”

Scott Wolf of Grow Smart RI Honored as “Men Who Make a Difference”

Among 20 men honored in 2015 for having a positive impact in the lives of Rhode Islanders

Scott Wolf, the executive director of Grow Smart Rhode Island, was honored recently as one of the 2015 “Men Who Make a Difference” by the Women’s Resource Center.

Now in its 13th year, the annual “Men Who Make a Difference” event honors men in the local community who have had a positive impact in the lives of Rhode Islanders. Twenty honorees were chosen this year and they were recognized on May 1 at a gala at the Viking Hotel in Newport, R.I.

“It’s gratifying to have Grow Smart Rhode Island’s aggressive efforts to revitalize our economy and our neighborhoods recognized by a group doing so much to build a more just and safe Rhode Island,” comments Wolf.

A graduate of Brown University, Wolf serves as executive director of Grow Smart Rhode Island, where he has worked for 16 years.  He is a member of the Providence Zoning Board, the State Planning Council, and the Smart Growth America Board of Directors, and serves on the advisory board of Housing Works RI. Additionally, he belongs to Temple Beth El and is a trustee of the Ruth and W. Irving Wolf Jr. Foundation.

Wolf is also politically active in both local and national politics. He served as a senior staffer for former Rhode Island Governor Bruce Sundlun, and was a 1992 delegate for President Bill Clinton to the Democratic National Convention. Additionally, he ran twice for the U.S House of Representatives.

Originally from Pawtucket, Wolf and his wife, Joyce Krabach, now reside on Providence’s East Side.

Also being honored along with Wolf as 2015 “Men Who Make a Difference” are:  David Barboza, Bristol Rotary and political consultant; Don Boucher, RI Housing First; Taylor Britto, Journey Through Faith; Stephen Cardi, Cardi Corporation; Ryan Fonseca, Century 21; Douglas Hanson, BankNewport; Kevin Harrop, Caputo and Wick Ltd.; Richard S. Humphrey, Law office of Richard S. Humphrey Law; Gary Lineberry, LOMA; Fr. Ray Malm, St. Joseph’s Church, Newport; Keith Maloney, Big Apple Corporation; Thomas Martin, Rhode Island Executive Office of Health & Human Services; Michael Miller, Newport County YMCA; Phillip Pelletier, Newport Preservation Society; John Ryan, Webster Bank; Timothy Sweeney, Bristol Town Council; William Vareika, Vareika Fine Arts; Christopher Woodard, Keller Williams Realty; and Sgt. Paul Zienowicz, Providence Police Department.

All proceeds from the “Men Who Make a Difference” gala benefit the Women’s Resource Center, a member of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence that serves Newport and Bristol Counties by leading domestic violence prevention through the empowerment of individuals and the community by providing advocacy, education and support services. More information about the Women’s Resource Center can be found online at www.facebook/wrcnbc or www.wrcnbc.org.

Axion Business Technologies Acquires Advanced Imaging Technologies, “AIT”

Axion is pleased to announce the merger of AIT of West Yarmouth MA.,  into Axion Business Technologies.

Headquartered in Cranston RI, Axion is an industry leader for Konica/Minolta and Toshiba MFP's / copiers.  In addition they have enjoyed growth in Managed Print Services, IT/Network Services and the Document Management Software Field.

Axion and AIT's success over the years have come from the merging and acquisitions of 9 great customer service companies throughout New England which include;  Commercial Business, Copier Supply, Bruno's, Copyrite, RPB Systems & Services, Conagh, Superior Office Systems of Cape Cod, Business Machine Specialist and Cape Copy/ Document Imaging Systems.

Advanced Imaging Technologies is a Sharp /Kyocera and Okidata dealership servicing Cape Cod, the Islands and SE New England since 1982.

AIT will remain in its present location and continue as a standalone subsidiary of Axion.

Robert Ferland CEO of Axion & Peter Whittier/ President of AIT said "We are excited to combine two of the fastest growing and top rated customer service companies together to create a unique blend of local ownership with leading edge software and equipment from a variety of the top industry products and services"

Bob and Peter also share a common vision going forward which is to position the newly created entity as an expert on the customer rather than simply an expert on products.

Peter & Bob look forward to having the 60 plus employees of both companies work together and continue the great reputation these people have earned from our dedicated client base over the past 33 years.

All employees of Axion and AIT will be retained with the 2 companies. 

 

Hinckley Allen Attorneys Recognized As “IP Stars”

Hinckley Allen is proud to announce that four partners have been recognized as “IP Stars” by Managing Intellectual Property. Christine K. Bush, William R. Grimm, Andrea J. Mealey and Craig M. Scott will be included in the 2015 IP Stars Handbook, an annual ranking of the top intellectual property attorneys in the United States.

Managing Intellectual Property conducted thousands of interviews and surveys of intellectual property partners at law firms and in-house counsel across the US to identify this year’s IP Stars. To earn the IP Star designation, attorneys must be recommended and confirmed through their peers and clients. This is the second consecutive IP Stars recognition for Bush, Grimm, Mealey and Scott.

The Hinckley Allen Intellectual Property practice assists clients in virtually every industry ranging in size and scope from single entrepreneurial endeavors to large corporations with complex portfolios of IP assets. The team also draws upon the support and expertise of attorneys in all practice areas of the firm, including litigation, tax, mergers and acquisition, and business and finance. 

The IP Stars ranking is included in Managing Intellectual Property’s 2015 World IP Survey, which combines six months of research in more than 80 countries for a comprehensive ranking of the top intellectual property firms and attorneys around the globe.

 

Family Service of RI’s Jeanne Sherman To Receive VFW Salute

Family Service of RI’s Jeanne Sherman To Receive VFW Salute

Receiving Community Service Award May 28

Family Service of Rhode Island’s Jeanne Sherman, MEd, CAGS, LMHC, has been selected to receive the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Community Service Award during ceremonies May 28 in Warwick.

Ms. Sherman, of Warwick, is an Army veteran and former sergeant who provides therapy for military and veteran families through Family Service of Rhode Island’s Children’s Treatment and Recovery Center.  The center is funded by a federal Substance Abuse Mental Health Services grant through the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.  Family Service of Rhode Island is the network’s regional site.

In addition, Ms. Sherman has led a community drive to collect personal care items for needy veterans and has been a featured speaker at a conference on adapting Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for military children and adolescents.  In March she participated in the first “Regional Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Event,” leading a workshop entitled “Understanding the Impact of Deployment,” which covered pre-deployment, sustainment, post-deployment and possible re-deployment,  and their effects on family members.

She is one of only four therapists in Rhode Island nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

“Jeanne embodies the continuing commitment to service of our veterans,” said John Cesana, VFW state commander.  “Her work at Family Service of RI providing therapy for military children is greatly needed and appreciated, as are all of her commitments to helping the men and women serving our nation in the military.”

An awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 28, beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 2081 Post Road, in Warwick.

“Congratulations to Jeanne and thank you for your service in the military and for your work caring for military and veteran families in Rhode Island,” said Margaret Holland McDuff, CEO of Family Service of Rhode Island. 

“Jeanne has raised the bar in developing partnerships to serve our military and veteran families,” said Susan Erstling, Ph.D., Family Service of Rhode Island senior vice president who oversees the agency’s child trauma work.

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

 

 

 

Job Opportunity at Bank of America

Preferred Relationship Specialist - (Inbound Contact) - Lincoln, RI - Start 06/22/15

Location:

Lincoln, RI, United States

Job number:

1500021413

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Description:

As a Bank of America Preferred Relationship Specialist you are responsible for providing a world class service experience to each and every Preferred client. Your inbound phone support of this high value, high opportunity client will include ' an unwavering commitment to service excellence; demonstrated ownership of service inquires; proficient problem resolution that spans simple to complex; understanding and applying financial products and solutions in order to fulfill relevant relationship deepening opportunities. Candidates will be required to meet and/or exceed minimum performance standards and are measured with incentive opportunities across multiple operational thresholds and behavioral competencies.

Qualifications:

Required skills include:

  • Minimum 1 year Customer service experience in any industry
  • Critical thinking and problem solving skills
  • Outstanding communication skills and interpersonal agility
  • Detail orientated and adaptable to change
  • Comfort in a fast paced work environment
  • Dependable, results driven and achievement focused
  • Open to providing and receiving coaching
  • Technical aptitude or strong ability to navigate a computer and PC knowledge

Desired skills include:

  • Contact center experience
  • Banking experience
  • Financial acumen
  • Sales skills

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Posting Date: 04/24/2015

Location: US-RI-Lincoln

Language:

Travel: No

Hours Per Week: 40.00

Full / Part-time: Fulltime

Shift: 1st Shift

Weekly Schedule: Various FT Shifts with weekends

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Apply URL:

https://bacfhrs.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobapply.ftl?job=1500021413&lang=en

 

 

Rhode Island Release of Advanced Manufacturing Report

Please join the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, The New England Council and Deloitte Consulting on June 8, 2015 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the Providence Chamber offices for the Rhode Island release of “Advanced to Advantageous: The Case for New England’s Manufacturing Revolution”.  The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be a co-sponsor of this event. Registration details are provided below. We look forward to seeing you on June 8th.  




The New England Council, The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, & Deloitte Consulting for the Rhode Island release of: 

Advanced to Advantageous: The Case for New England's Manufacturing Revolution

Featuring Opening Remarks from Rep. David Cicilline

When: Monday June 8, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Where: The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
30 Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI 02903

The NEC Advanced Manufacturing Working Group partnered with Council member Deloitte Consulting LLP on a new report, Advanced to Advantageous: The Case for New England's Manufacturing Revolution. The report highlights the New England region's competitive advantage in the manufacturing sector; identifies game changers for the sector's continued growth; and makes a number of recommendations to bring about the networked, collaborative environment needed for advanced manufacturing to thrive across New England. Of note, the report calls for the region to come together in support of a bid for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institute based in New England.

U.S. Representative David Cicilline, an outspoken advocate for the region's advanced manufacturing sector, will deliver opening remarks.

Following Deloitte's presentation of the report and its recommendations, a panel of experts from the manufacturing and higher education sectors will discuss the report's findings and specific ways their organizations are working to support growth in the advanced manufacturing sector.

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A special thanks to our partners at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. 















There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. 

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Averill at caverill@newenglandcouncil.com or 202-547-0048.






Webster Bank Announces New Roles for SVPs Twomey and Scala
Webster Bank announced today that two leaders of the bank’s Rhode Island – southeastern Massachusetts region are assuming new roles for the company.

Bob Twomey, senior vice president, commercial banking, and regional president for Rhode Island – southeastern Massachusetts since 2007, has been appointed senior vice president, special projects for Webster’s commercial banking division. In this new role he will continue to report directly to John Ciulla, executive vice president, commercial banking, and will direct and implement projects across Webster’s commercial banking footprint. Twomey will also play an integral role in representing the commercial bank in the establishment of a credit training academy for Webster bankers, a first for the company, as well as in product and sales training.

A resident of Bristol, R.I., Twomey joined Webster in August of 2005 as senior vice president, middle market banking. Prior to Webster, he worked for Bank of America /Fleet Financial Group for 31 years. Twomey is currently a trustee of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and of the Providence Foundation, a member of the Board of Governors of Miriam Hospital, a member of the Rhode Island Commodores, a director and past president of the Rhode Island Bankers Association, and a director of the Community Preparatory School. Twomey holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston College and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School at Dartmouth.

Doug Scala has been promoted and assumed the role of senior vice president, regional president of Webster’s Rhode Island-Southeastern Massachusetts region. In this role, he is the senior banker in the market, representing Webster and the employees of the 29 banking centers and regional office at 100 Westminster Street, Providence, R.I. Scala also serves as the region manager for commercial banking in the Rhode Island – Southeastern Massachusetts region and reports directly to Christopher Motl, executive vice president, director of middle market banking. Operating out of Webster’s Providence, R.I. and Fall River, Mass., offices, he is responsible for all middle market lending, deposit gathering and revenue generating activities in this region. 

A resident of Rumford, R.I., Scala joined Webster in May of 2014 as senior vice president, unit manager for middle market banking. Prior to Webster, he was an executive at The Hudson Companies, Providence, for seven years, serving as chief operating officer from 2012-2014. Before that, he had a 20-year career at Bank of America/Fleet Financial Group, most recently as senior credit products manager. Scala is vice chairman of the Business Development Company of Rhode Island and president of the Wannamoisett Country Club, Rumford. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Lake Forest College and a M.B.A. from George Washington University.

Children’s Museum Nets $101,000 at “Unplugged” Gala

Providence Children’s Museum Nets $101,000 at Annual “Unplugged” Gala

Event honored community leaders who exemplify the power of play

On Saturday, May 2, Providence Children’s Museum welcomed 200 guests to The Pawtucket Armory for Unplugged 2015, its annual gala fundraiser.  The playful event netted $101,000 to benefit the Museum and help fund critical play and learning opportunities for children and families in need.  Guests generously contributed $24,600 to support the Museum’s general operations, including the purchase of 20 charitable memberships for low-income families.  They also bid nearly $15,500 on 60 live and silent auction items.

Unplugged 2015 raised awareness about Families Together, the Museum’s nationally recognized therapeutic visitation program for court-separated families, which nurtures families in crisis through play.  The event also celebrated the importance of play for kids’ healthy development and honored leaders who exemplify the power of play:

Cas Holman, renowned designer of creative playthings and professor of industrial design at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD).  She earned a BFA in feminist theory and fine art, sculpture from University of California at Santa Cruz and a MFA in 3D design from Cranbrook Art Academy.  She holds numerous patents, and her work has been exhibited internationally in Tokyo, Hamburg, Seoul, Moscow, Hong Kong and London.
 
KaBOOM!, the national non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty in America.  Since 1996, KaBOOM! has collaborated with partners to build, open or improve nearly 16,000 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers and served 7.4 million children. KaBOOM! creates great places to play, inspires communities to promote and support play, and works to drive the national discussion about the importance of play in fostering healthy lives and communities.

Dr. Elizabeth Lange, pediatrician at Waterman Pediatrics/Coastal Medical in East Providence, RI.  An active advocate for children and families, she has served as president of the RI chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and secretary of the RI Medical Society, and is currently co-director of PCMH-Kids (Patient-Centered Medical Home), a Board member at Providence Children’s Museum, and on numerous other statewide healthcare committees.  Dr. Lange earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, her medical degree at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine and received her pediatric training at Hasbro Children’s Hospital

Providence Children’s Museum gratefully acknowledges Unplugged 2015 lead sponsor Collette and gold sponsors Amica Insurance, Nortek, Inc. and Orion RED; visit www.ChildrenMuseum.org/Unplugged.asp for additional sponsors and event committee.


Photos
(all identified left to right):

#1 – Museum Board president Matthew Littlefield and Unplugged committee member Suzanne Hall.
#2 – Board president Matthew Littlefield with event honorees Dr. Elizabeth Lange, Sally McConnell (representing KaBOOM!), Cas Holman, and Museum I Wendy Nilsson, Tim Brown, and Museum interim executive director Megan Fischer.

Mount Saint Charles Inducts Fourth Class to Academy’s Excelsior Hall of Fame

Mount Saint Charles Academy inducted its fourth Excelsior Hall of Fame class on Saturday, May 9th during the Academy’s annual Excelsior Dinner thanking benefactors for their generosity throughout the year. Held in Mount’s Chapel Hall, this 2015 Excelsior Hall of Fame Class included the following: Tom V. Ward ’71; Gerald P. Ventre Sr. ’63; and Roger J. Cayer Sr. ’44. With the inductees surrounded by family and friends, the evening began with a welcome message from Edwin Burke, the Academy’s principal and then dinner followed by the presentation of the Hall of Fame which was conducted by Herve Richer Jr. ’74, president of Mount Saint Charles.

Held every five years, Mount Saint Charles Academy’s Excelsior Hall of Fame was founded 15 years ago with the first induction ceremony being held on Sunday, April 30, 2000.  The Excelsior Hall of Fame was established to recognize and celebrate outstanding graduates and friends of Mount Saint Charles who are making or have made significant differences with their achievements and contributions of service and loyalty to the Academy, the Church, or to the community.​ These individuals best exemplify the spirit of Mount Saint Charles Academy. For induction, nominations forms were submitted to the Excelsior Hall of Fame Nomination Committee. From here, a list of nominees was sent to the Selection Committee which then elected the inductees.

Tom Ward ’74 of Cumberland, RI is a distinguished business man who has dedicated himself to service to his community. Tom began his career as a photojournalist for The Woonsocket Call in 1977. In 1985, he was named The Call’s first-ever Sunday Editor, and then became Special Sections Editor for the Fall River Herald News in 1990. Tom recognized a void in the newspaper marketplace and in 1996 began publishing a free weekly paper that would serve as a true community paper – The Valley Breeze. Since its founding, The Breeze, a 2012 Distinguished New England Newspaper, has grown from a circulation of 10,000 to over 62,000 copies providing local news coverage for 11 communities. Tom has ensured that as the paper has grown, so, too, have its community endeavors, including a 10-year sponsorship of the R.I. State Spelling Bee, community clean-up days, and performances the Stadium Theatre for the Performing Arts. His editorial support of the Adopt-a-Family Christmas Giving Program is credited with encouraging financial support enabling the program to grow from assisting 30 families to assisting over 1,000 children each year. Tom currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Northern RI Chamber of Commerce and on the Advisory Board of the Rhode Island Catholic (diocesan newspaper). He is a member and past president of the Cumberland-Lincoln Rotary Club. He was recognized by the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council with the William Blackstone Award in 2006; by the NRI Chamber of Commerce with the Ben Mondor Award for Community Service in 2013; and he is a past winner of the Good Scout Award given by the Narragansett Council, Boy Scouts of America. In both his personal and business life, Tom has provided an unwavering commitment to building community.

Gerry Ventre ’63 of North Smithfield, RI has dedicated his life to improving the lives and opportunities of some of our most vulnerable citizens -- men, women, and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Gerry began volunteering in an evening program for mentally challenged adults at the age of 15. He continued to volunteer through his college years. His early career was spent as a Special Education Teacher for the Woonsocket School Department. In 1972, Gerry was named Executive Director/CEO of the Woonsocket Chapter, Rhode Island Association for Retarded Children (RIARC). Gerry directed this program until his retirement in 2006. During his tenure, the association, now known as The ARC of Northern Rhode Island, opened 15 group homes and increased its budget from $200,000 to $15,000,000. The ARC now has a fleet of 50 vehicles providing transportation to over 300 developmentally disabled adults. A successful grant application in 1974 provided funding for the construction of a comprehensive habilitative services facility in Woonsocket. The Arc also purchased a building on Main St. in Woonsocket in which it founded a restaurant and gift shop as well as increased space for occupational and therapeutic services. Gerry was the first president of The Moran Foundation, whose mission is to “underwrite initiatives that benefit people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.” Gerry and his wife served as foster parents for three children with developmental disabilities, one of whom is their now adopted son, Matthew. In recognition of his unselfish service, Gerry has received the JayCee’s Outstanding Young Man Award, the Frank Berchman Award, The RIARC Professional of the Year Award, the Frank Olean Memorial Award, the Friend of Self-Advocacy Award, and the Rhode Island Jefferson Award for Public Service. Gerry has humbly and faithfully lived out the mission statement of Mount Saint Charles Academy by using his gifts and talents to serve others.

Roger Cayer Sr. ’44 (deceased) of Woonsocket, RI epitomized Mount Saint Charles’ ideals of service to God, country, and fellow man. As a member of the football and baseball teams at Mount, Roger learned the benefits of fostering teamwork as opposed to pursuing individual accomplishments. After graduation, Roger served as a Military Policeman in the US Navy, where he also earned the distinction of the Admiral’s Prize Fighter. Upon discharge from the Navy, Roger dedicated his life as a business owner and civic leader in the greater Woonsocket area. He founded Cayer Construction in 1958, a company which gained prominence throughout New England and western Florida. Among its many projects, Cayer Construction built the Woonsocket Police Station, two Woonsocket fire stations, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, the South Kingstown Town Hall, the Narragansett Free Library, and the Dunedin (FL) City Hall. Roger served as President of the Woonsocket Lions Club and initiated Woonsocket’s annual Octoberfest celebration. He also served as president of the local chapter of Club Richelieu; was a member of the Freehill Council, Knights of Columbus; of Ciro’s Roundtable Businessmen’s Club; of the Board of Directors of the Greater Woonsocket Chamber of Commerce; and of the Slatersville Free Public Library. Few people are aware that Roger, each year at Thanksgiving and Christmas, delivered food baskets to 50 needy families, as well as toys and coats to children at Christmas. Upon Roger’s death, Drew Palmer, then Executive editor of The Woonsocket Call, wrote that, “Roger was a builder every day of his life; when not building buildings, he was building relationships. The City of Woonsocket is much better for counting Roger among her sons.” Roger’s son  (Roger Cayer Jr. ’66) accepted the award on his behalf.

The following is a list of past Excelsior Hall of Fame inductees: Brother Adelard Beaudet, SC; Roger N. Begin ’71; Jacques E. Dubois ’37; Jeraldine S. Ferry; Jean A. Guay, M.D. ’48; Ben Mondor ’42; Brother Michael Spenard, SC; Dr. Francis L. Lawrence ’55; Paul Marchand ’59; H. Julian Mitchell; John Noonan ‘38’; Eugene Peloquin ’50; Robert Ayotte ’55; Donald Bibeault, PhD ’59; Brother Robert R. Croteau, SC; Brother Robert Lavoie, SC ’52; and Rene Tellier ’48.

Rob Levine & Assoc. Motorcycle Safety Tips for May

Just 2% of all registered vehicles in the United States are motorcycles, yet motorcycle fatalities represent approximately 5% of all highway fatalities each year. Around 80% of reported motorcycle crashes result in injury or death, compared to about 20% for automobiles, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Authority.

One of the main reasons motorcyclists are injured and killed in crashes at far higher rates than automobile passengers is that the motorcycle itself provides virtually no protection in a crash. While cars have extensive safety systems to protect passengers, the motorcyclist is directly exposed to any impact from obstacles and other vehicles. And because motorcycles have 2 wheels instead of 4, they are much less stable than cars, and their smaller size makes them harder for other drivers to see.

So whether you are a motorcyclist or a driver of a larger vehicle, following these safety tips can help save lives.

 Safety Tips for Riders:

  • Wear a DOT approved helmet. In 2013, 41% of fatally injured motorcycle riders and 53% percent of fatally injured motorcycle passengers were not wearing helmets. NHTSA estimates helmets saved the lives of 1,630 motorcyclists in 2013.
  • Wear the right gear. Jeans and a t-shirt, sandals and sunglasses won’t protect you from wind chill, flying bugs and debris, and road rash if you slide out. Wear a reinforced jacket or leather, gloves, full pants and footwear that comes up above the ankle. For your eyes, use a helmet visor or goggles. And choose bright colors to make you more visible to car drivers. Too often, drivers who hit a motorcycle say they just didn’t see it.
  • Ride sober. Alcohol is involved in many fatal motorcycle crashes, especially after dark. In 2012, nearly half of the motorcyclists who died in single vehicle crashes had blood alcohol concentration (BAC) above the legal limit.
  • Ride at safe speeds.  Speeding is a factor in one third of fatal motorcycle crashes. Always ride at speeds that are safe for your skill, and for road and weather conditions. Be prepared to slow down if the road surface changes even for a short distance, such as potholes, a patch of sand or gravel, or water on the pavement.
  • Invest in anti-lock brakes. An ABS system helps you retain steering control during an emergency stop, especially in wet conditions, so it can help you avoid a skid or a crash. Recent statistics show that motorcycles with ABS brakes were 37% percent less likely to be involved in a fatal crash than bikes without an ABS system. It may cost more up front, but it can save your life.
  • Be defensive. In one study, researchers found that car drivers were at fault in 60% of collisions between a car and a motorcycle. So be alert to the cars around you, especially in this age of distracted driving. Watch for drivers changing lanes or pulling out from a side street, who may not be aware of you. Stay clear of aggressive drivers, and don’t drive aggressively yourself. Keeping to a safe following distance is especially important.
  • Avoid riding in bad weather. Wet or icy roads, wind and rain or snow can all increase the hazards of biking, by reducing visibility, making it harder for your tires to grip the road surface, or pushing the bike around. These conditions also affect the drivers around you, making mistakes and accidents more likely.
  • Keep your bike properly maintained. Always check the bike before you ride to make sure lights and signals are working and tires are in good condition and properly inflated. And get mechanical problems taken care of immediately so they don’t go critical while you’re riding.

Safety Tips for Drivers

  • Allow a motorcyclist a full lane width. Though it may seem as if there is enough room in a single lane for a motor vehicle and a motorcycle, looks can be deceiving. Do not share the lane: a motorcyclist needs room to maneuver safely.
  • Allow more following distance.  Motorcycle riders may suddenly need to change speed or lane position to avoid hazards that would not affect a car, such as gravel or grooved pavement. By leaving more space, you give the cyclist ahead of you more time to maneuver or stop in an emergency.
  • Check your blind spots carefully. A motorcycle is small enough that it can easily be hidden in a vehicle’s blind spot. Always look for motorcycles by checking your mirrors and blind spots before switching lanes or starting a turn.
  • Don’t assume a motorcycle turn signal means a turn or lane change. Motorcycle turn signals typically don’t switch off automatically like a car’s. A flashing turn signal may mean that the cyclist forgot to turn off the signal, so wait until you see the motorcycle start its turn before you proceed.

By following these safety tips, both riders and drivers can help prevent accidents and enjoy the warm weather rides and drives.

Rob Levine & Associates specializes in Personal Injury throughout Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts, as well as Social Security Disability and Veterans Benefits 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 , call 401.529.1222 or toll free 800-529-1222

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

JWU Holds Groundbreaking on Former Rt. I-195 Land

Johnson & Wales University “Breaks Ground” on New $40 Million Engineering and Science Academic Center

First Shovel in the Ground on Former Rt. 195 Land

Johnson & Wales University (JWU) held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new $40 million engineering and science academic center on Wednesday, April 22.

Johnson & Wales becomes the first shovel in the ground for land made available by the re-alignment of Interstate-195. JWU’s new academic building, which will be located at the corner of Friendship and Chestnut streets in Providence, is scheduled to be completed in July 2016. It is being built on a parcel of land the university purchased in 2012.

“It has long been our hope that our plans for these parcels of land would serve as a catalyst for other private development to follow,” said JWU Chancellor John Bowen. “We encourage others to come forward and invest in the City of Providence and State of Rhode Island. I know this is the wish of everyone here this morning.”

“The students who will be educated in this new academic building will be prepared for the jobs that our leaders are trying to attract to this knowledge district,” said JWU Providence Campus President and CEO Mim Runey.  “Johnson & Wales tries to anticipate market demand for college graduates. That’s why we started Rhode Island’s first physician assistant program. We are continuing our journey into the health sciences by introducing a biology major this fall.”

When completed, the three-story building will have a graphic design studio and innovation, robotics, and network simulation labs, as well as biology, anatomy, physics, physiology and chemistry labs.

As with many of the university’s other recent construction projects, this new academic building has been designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.

“The building we are constructing represents the future,” said Marie Bernardo-Sousa, JWU senior vice president of administration, “the future of Johnson & Wales as we expand our science, technology, and engineering programs; the future areas of the workforce where our graduates will begin and grow their careers; and the future of the State of Rhode Island as we begin development on the former I-195 land.”

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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Turning Your Dreams into Reality!

Let Us Help You Own Your Power

Did you know that Rhode Island has been a leader in creating programs to help small businesses make the investments needed to reduce energy waste and save money? 

There are several programs available to your small business to effectively and affordably increase your company's energy efficiency and decrease your utility costs. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse invites you to learn how at An Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workshop for Small Businesses on Monday, June 1 at the Community College of Rhode Island.

Attendees will learn about the programs and funding available to small businesses and how to apply, and also will hear firsthand accounts from business owners who have successfully taken advantage of the programs. There will also be time to meet directly with representatives from the Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources, Commerce RI and National Grid, all of whom administer these programs. 

This event is free and open to the public, but kindly RSVP by Wednesday, May 27, to Karen Bradbury in Senator Whitehouse's Providence office at (401) 453-5294 or karen_bradbury@whitehouse.senate.gov

Bike MS: Ride the Rhode

Bike MS: Ride the Rhode

June 20-21, 2015 – 150 Miles in 2 Days

WHAT: Bike MS: Ride the Rhode – More than 500 cyclists will bike 150 miles in 2 days to help Rhode Islanders with multiple sclerosis and raise money to find a cure.  

WHEN: The weekend of June 20-21, 2015.

WHY: Bike MS: Ride the Rhode is the largest fundraiser for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Rhode Island. The fundraising goal is $530,000. Participation in 2015 Bike MS rides helps people in Rhode Island with multiple sclerosis to live their best lives through MS education, emotional support, public policy advocacy, and direct services, in addition to funding cutting-edge research and treatments to stop disease progression, restore lost function, and end MS forever.

DETAILS: In its 28th year, Bike MS: Ride the Rhode will have its dedicated cyclists riding 150 miles on winding country roads and along the scenic coast of Rhode Island over two days. The start/finish line is at Narragansett Pier School, 235 South Pier Road, in Narragansett. After leaving Narragansett the morning of Saturday, June 20, cyclists will travel a 75-mile route to the University of Rhode Island in Kingston where they will enjoy the Harpoon Beer Garden, a BBQ, massages, and evening dinner and entertainment. They will spend the night at URI. The next morning, they will depart URI’s campus and cycle another 75 miles and celebrate at the finish line in Narragansett.

Cyclists also have the option to ride 100 miles the first day or to ride only on Saturday. The fundraising minimum is $300. To volunteer or register for Bike MS: Ride the Rhode, visit www.bikeMSrhodeisland.org. And visit us on Facebook at Bike MS: Ride the Rhode.

SPONSORS: Bike MS: Ride the Rhode sponsors include: Delta Dental, FedEx, Dupuis Oil, Harpoon Brewery, PowerBar, Genzyme, Primal, one to one, East Providence Cycle, NBX, Dash Bicycle, Your Bike Shop, WE Stedman Co., and Newport Bicycle.

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Innovate RI Workshops

Get Funded

There are millions of dollars in government grants for tech and we can help you get that money! 


This free half day workshop will take the mystery out of getting funded. Learn the ins and outs of pursuing a federal Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grant. These grants encourage technology-based businesses to explore ideas and profit from their commercialization. 

Nationally recognized SBIR/STTR expert, Becky Aistrup, will provide an overview of SBIR/STTR funding, including eligibility, selecting the right agency and key components of a competitive proposal. The workshop is designed to provide enough information for attendees to determine if they would like to seriously pursue a grant or contract proposal. You will also learn about the matching funds available through the Innovate RI Fund to support your proposal application. 

 

Innovate RI Workshops are free, but seating is limited
and will go quickly. Register Today

 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Commerce RI
The Narragansett Room 
315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101
Providence, Rhode Island 02908

8:30 a.m. 
Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m. 
Workshop 

One-on-one sessions are available!
If you are ready to go further into the process, sign up for
a 30 minute one-on-one session with Becky.* 
 

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
One-on-one Sessions


*You must attend the Innovate RI Workshop to sign up for a one-on-one session.
 

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

Providence International Arts Festival Extensive Artist Roster Announced
New signature Festival to use buildings as canvases and musical instruments, and showcase local, national and international artists

Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and FirstWorks Executive Artistic Director Kathleen Pletcher have announced the artist roster of the PROVIDENCE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL set for June 13th, 2015, with extended events taking place June 11th-14th. In this first-ever signature event, arts and culture stage a friendly takeover of the city with 500 artists, 30 public art installations, 15 stages, 18 participating venues, 6 outdoor bars, 3 jaw dropping spectacles, and much more. The dramatic scale and scope of this marquee Festival in the “Creative Capital” of Rhode Island is due to the public-private partnership forged between the City’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and FirstWorks, a Providence-based non-profit organization dedicated to building community through the arts. Festival lead sponsors include the National Endowment for the Arts, Providence Tourism Council, the Rhode Island Foundation, along with key support from IGT (formerly GTECH), and The Avenue Concept. All main Festival events are free and open to the public.

Radiating out from the heart of the downtown, Saturday, June 13th Festival will showcase a bounty of local, national, and international artists - from Benin, Brazil, Cuba, Mali, Poland, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, and more; use entire buildings as public art canvases; create a remarkable cultural corridor; and light up the evening sky with extraordinary spectacles. As the main hub, Kennedy Plaza becomes a multistage pedestrian piazza with performances, art, and celebration. Washington Street offers an opportunity to stroll and experience surprising art installations, street arts, the diversity of Providence’s cultural community, and more. WaterFire activates the downtown rivers with a full lighting and dynamic sounds. A colorful procession and opening ceremony converges at the FirstWorks Plaza Stage.

"The first ever Providence International Arts Festival will showcase all that Providence has to offer using the city as a stage,” Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said. “We are the Creative Capital and this Festival is an opportunity to celebrate the arts and to support our artists. I invite everyone to join us."
Propelled by Mayor Elorza’s vision for a destination arts festival and building on the 10-year collaboration between FirstWorks and Providence’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, the partners have created the inaugural PROVIDENCE INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL. The City and FirstWorks have co-led the curation and production of the Festival, connecting international acts with local talent and engaging Rhode Islanders.
“Visitors and residents alike will experience the power of the arts to transform our city,” stated Kathleen Pletcher, Executive Artistic Director of FirstWorks. “FirstWorks has drawn in international artists to join Providence’s world-class talent for this remarkable event. Festivalgoers will see the familiar anew, as parking lots become lounges and building facades are used as painting surfaces. Equally exciting is the passion our visiting artists have for connecting with communities and students across the state.”

Kennedy Plaza anchors the Festival with six stages, a Buy Local RI marketplace, art and performance inside City Hall, and two satellite art spaces:
  • The FirstWorks Plaza Stage features world-music powerhouse and “undisputed Queen of African Music,” Benin exile Angélique Kidjo; the Pedrito Martinez Group, writing a new chapter in Cuban music history; Brassy afro-beat orchestra BIXIGA 70, named after their neighborhood in São Paulo, Brazil; Opening Ceremonies premiering a Festival commission by RPM Voices’s RI-Sounding Voices, performed by a statewide chorus; plus the RI Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School Jazz Ensemble, and Jazz at Lincoln Center performing with FirstWorks Arts Learning students.
  • Grammy Award-winning Malian superstar Oumou Sangaré, with local master drummer Sidy Maiga; Providence-based band Arc Iris, featuring Jocie Adams (formerly of The Low Anthem) in an eclectic mix of Björk and Joni Mitchell; RI Philharmonic Brass Quintet playing music of Leonard Bernstein; local Cape Verdean superstar Chachi de Carvahlo; and Salsa y Gaitas getting everyone dancing at Alex and Ani City Center Stage.
  • Music and spoken word ensemble Aurea performs Melville and the Great White Whale in the City Council Chambers. Photographer Mary Beth Meehan displays additional portraits of Providence residents from her Seen/Unseen series in the Gallery at City Hall.
  • Patrons will enjoy culinary treats from local food trucks and vendors.
  • A Buy Local RI marketplace of local artisans, retail shops and purveyors of fine, locally sourced goods and services will run in Burnside Park. Families will enjoy interactive programming presented by the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy in collaboration with the Partnership for Providence Parks.
  • Street spectacles on Kennedy Plaza grounds will include:
 o The Earth Harp Collective installs and performs three concerts on the world’s largest stringed instrument stretching between the center of the plaza and to 111 Westminster Street, known locally as “the Superman Building.” Use of this iconic building is provided by David Sweetser and High Rock Development.
o Stunning physical and aerial theater by Wise Fool New Mexico, a collective that uses the visual and performing arts of circus and puppetry for social engagement.
o Multimedia, site-specific, air-powered Squonk Opera using blowers of all kinds to make a 40-foot tall Lady Pneumatica.
  • The Columbus Theatre and Imaginary Company create a satellite stage against the Arcade façade (43 Weybosset Street) and present Providence-area bands including The Low Anthem, Gym Shorts, And the Kids (North Hampton, MA), and others.
  • A second satellite space at 180 Westminster Street will feature an exhibition by The Providence Biennial for Contemporary Art. Winter King Hawthorn is a sculptural installation of color and light developed by Providence-based artist Lynne Harlow.

Washington Street becomes an arts corridor with temporary public art installations and pop-up performances including:

  • Ephemeral and permanent murals by Festival Creative Partner The Avenue Concept and international street artists Etam Cru and Natalia Rak, and Providence-based Tape Art.
  • The Coastway Community Stage hosts 18 cultural groups celebrating traditions from Colombia, Laos, the Middle East, Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, and more.
  • The Dean Hotel and The Avenue Concept creates an Interactive Skate Park and Sculpture Lounge, featuring local DJs and food on the parking lot located between Washington St. and Fountain St.
  • The Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, RI State Council on the Arts, RI Council on the Humanities, and PopUp Providence presenting “Providence Portraits,” by public artist and photographer Mary Beth Meehan of the city’s people in the public sphere.
  • Adrian Hall Way is animated by two DownCity Design commissioned installations: unveiling their PopUp Providence lighting project- Leave Your Trace- and youth-designed and built Skate Bench. Trinity Rep performs on their mobile wagon stage, custom designed by Tony Award‐winning set designer Eugene Lee. Live music sets the stage for a Festival hang-out.
  • Street performances, music, and puppetry featuring Big Nazo and ERB (Extraordinary Rendition Band).

Theatrical works, in the streets and in the city’s treasured theater spaces, by the brightest lights of the theater world, will be staged throughout the weekend:

  • The world premiere of Melancholy Play: A Chamber Musical by distinguished playwright and MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl at Trinity Repertory Company (ticketed event).
  • The premiere of the play Baggage by Frank V. Toti, Jr. at the URI Providence campus.
  • Freedom Project, a multimedia physical theater piece by Everett Company at the Roger Williams National Memorial.
  • Street theatre by a group of “Time Travelers” produced by OUTLOUD Theatre.
Not to be missed are exhibits at URI Providence, Paperworks, and the Providence Public Library; Providence Children’s Film Festival; sidewalk sales, local artists in stores, and food trucks along Hope Street between Rochambeau Library and Fifth Street; the Providence Preservation Society’s Festival of Historic Houses, which showcases contemporary living in historic homes in the Fox Point neighborhood; and WaterFire, which will light up the river on Saturday night. On Sunday, close out the weekend with Fire Camp at the industrial and creative arts facility The Steel Yard, where there will be hands-on activities for all ages.

Many venues around town will join in the fun and let attendees choose their own adventure, be it karaoke (The Boombox), jamming to the WBRU Summer Kick-off with live music by Matt and Kim and The Kooks (Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel), getting a groove on at The Sweatshop Dance Party with DJ Andy Morris (the Salon), laughing along with Gina Brillon (The Comedy Connection), listening to Poetry in Public Places (Cafe S.O.U.L. and Christopher Johnson), or checking out RI’s beauties at a drag queen show (The Dark Lady).

The Festival is funded with lead support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Providence Tourism Council, The Rhode Island Foundation, IGT (formerly GTECH) and The Avenue Concept. Additional support is was provided by Amica, Textron, Bank of America, Citizen’s Bank, Coastway Bank, Cornish and the Biltmore Garage, Alex and Ani, CVS Health, Waterson/ProvPort, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and University Orthopedics.

Up-to-the-minute information can be found at www.pvdfestival.com. Contact FirstWorks at 401-421-4278 or info@first-works.org. Full festival schedule will be available June 1, 2015.



                  
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Rhode Island Release of Advanced Manufacturing Report

Please join the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, The New England Council and Deloitte Consulting on June 8, 2015 from 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. at the Providence Chamber offices for the Rhode Island release of “Advanced to Advantageous: The Case for New England’s Manufacturing Revolution”.  The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is pleased to be a co-sponsor of this event. Registration details are provided below. We look forward to seeing you on June 8th.  




The New England Council, The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, & Deloitte Consulting for the Rhode Island release of: 

Advanced to Advantageous: The Case for New England's Manufacturing Revolution

Featuring Opening Remarks from Rep. David Cicilline

When: Monday June 8, 2015 from 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Where: The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce
30 Exchange Terrace, Providence, RI 02903

The NEC Advanced Manufacturing Working Group partnered with Council member Deloitte Consulting LLP on a new report, Advanced to Advantageous: The Case for New England's Manufacturing Revolution. The report highlights the New England region's competitive advantage in the manufacturing sector; identifies game changers for the sector's continued growth; and makes a number of recommendations to bring about the networked, collaborative environment needed for advanced manufacturing to thrive across New England. Of note, the report calls for the region to come together in support of a bid for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) institute based in New England.

U.S. Representative David Cicilline, an outspoken advocate for the region's advanced manufacturing sector, will deliver opening remarks.

Following Deloitte's presentation of the report and its recommendations, a panel of experts from the manufacturing and higher education sectors will discuss the report's findings and specific ways their organizations are working to support growth in the advanced manufacturing sector.

Click Here to Register

A special thanks to our partners at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce. 















There is no cost to attend, but registration is required. 

If you have any questions, please contact Chris Averill at caverill@newenglandcouncil.com or 202-547-0048.






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Anchor Education and Training Fair

Anchor Education and Training Fair - FREE and open to the public. 

“Don’t hope for it, go for it”

Friday, May 29, 9:30 – 12:30

Anchor Recovery Community Center

249 Main Street, Pawtucket, RI  02860

In her April 1st visit to North Providence High School, Governor Raimondo spoke of “needing to make sure our kids are learning the skills they need to be successful to move our economy forward…….We have to make Rhode Island a place where everyone that works hard gets a job and has a chance.”

Many Rhode Islanders continue to search for the education and training that will lead them to employment and brighter futures.  Our friends at Anchor Recovery Community Center would like to invite you to join in their Education and Job Training Fair.  At the fair participants can speak with you and hopefully connect with the essential resources necessary for meaningful employment. 

If you are interested in participating please contcat Lisa Tomasso by May 15.  Depending on the number of vendors participating you may be asked to share a table with another vendor.  If you have any questions please call 401-965-2719 or email ltomasso@recoveryworksri.org

 

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

Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island Annual Grand Raffle

Goodwill Rhode Island Night at McCoy Stadium

RISBDC & RISCPA Present: The Smart Owners Series

An Evening of Grapes & Grain at URI

Groden Network’s 35th Annual John Trimble Fund Golf Tournament

Please join us for THE GRODEN NETWORK’s 35th Annual John Trimble Fund Golf Tournament for Autism on July 13 at the world-class Wannamoisett Country Club. This very special tournament commemorates the 35th Anniversary of the creation of this tournament by Joe Trimble!

For over 38 years THE GRODEN NETWORK “Your Autism Experts” has been the leading nonprofit in the field of educating youth and adults with Autism and developmental disabilities, providing research based clinical educational methods.

All funds raised through your generosity supports the Groden Network’s critical services. 100% of the proceeds raised go directly to our programs to provide equipment, transportation, recreational and other needed services.

We look forward to seeing you at Wannamoisett.

 

Chamber Day 2015 at Six Flags New England

RISBDC Presents Owning Your Business for Real

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.