Issue 1 of RISBJ

FROM THE FOUNDER

After months of hard work, dedication and feedback from you, the small business community, it’s finally here. Welcome to the Rhode Island Small Business Journal!

We hope that you enjoy our free monthly publication as much as we enjoy bringing you Rhode Island’s first true business resource. Before you begin to read about the local success stories we’ve selected, the motivational articles we’ve provided and the great advice from dozens of local Rhode Island experts, I’d like to share a little of our story.

The concept of RISBJ began in September 2011 when Ralph Coppolino, Danny Angeli and I met to discuss ways we could help create a greater sense of community among business owners statewide. As small business owners ourselves, we understand the importance of small business and its role in the economy. By creating RISBJ, we feel as though we are assisting in our state’s recovery. Our goal is simple: “To provide a free monthly printed resource that speaks to the needs of the aspiring entrepreneur and veteran small business owner alike, supported by regular radio, website email and social media conversations.” By helping support small business, we’re helping to improve the quality of life in Rhode Island.

For our Readers, we aim to be a true source of inspiration. Our magazine begins with a Startup section for those thinking of going into business, or just starting out. We hope this helps provide you with motivation, as well as the right tools and resources to succeed. From there, we provide general small business articles, which can be applied to just about any business. From tax tips from the IRS to accounting, marketing, legal, investing and customer service tips from several Rhode Island experts, RISBJ looks to cover a wide variety of issues that every small business will face.

All of our content is provided by local Rhode Island experts. You will not find national articles in RISBJ. Our expert columnists are part of the community and know our state and business climate as well as you and I. You will also not find any negative press or news in RISBJ. We will not be reporting unemployment numbers, layoffs or scandals. We are 100% positive business 100% of the time. Our days are filled with enough negative press from other news sources.

For our advertisers, we’re committed to your success. While most media channels simply provide you with an ad, RISBJ becomes a partner in your business and provides you with an integrated marketing program. We listen to your needs, understand your market and put together a plan – not an ad. We effectively combine print media with radio, web, social media and email. At the end of each month, all RISBJ advertisers receive comprehensive reports highlighting the effectiveness of their campaign online. We are results driven and want to be held to a higher standard.

This magazine is for you, the small business community. We’re dedicated to your success and want to hear form you. Is there an article you’d like to see in an upcoming issue? Do you have any suggestions for how we can improve? We want to know. Our phones are always on and our office is always open. You’ll see us at grand openings, networking events and presenting at workshops. We’re part of the community.

On behalf of our entire team, we hope you enjoy the premier issue of the Rhode Island Small Business Journal.

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