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Welcome to Issue #2 of the Rhode Island Small Business Journal. Thank you to everyone who reached out with support and feedback following the release of our premier issue. We’d Especially like to thank Melissa Black, Wendie Tobin, Nancy Thomas and Victoria Arocho for their ongoing commitment to helping us make each issue of RISBJ more targeted, focused and appealing. We welcome back many of our contributors Robert Beadle of Northeast Public Relations, Dave Marcello of DISRUPTIVE, John Rooke of FraNet and David Lucier of Lucier CPA’s.

For those who joined us at the Startup RI Launch Party on January 31, you know what an incredible networking opportunity it was. Over 250 people packed Aspire restaurant to network and isten to our esteemed lineup of speakers. We heard John Robitaille, Mark Hayward, Josh Fenton, Jim Bennett and Buddy Cianci talk about Rhode Island and how by working together as small business owners we can help pave the way for electronic recovery.

Since the Startup RI launch event, we traveled to Miami, FL to attend the Startup America Regional Leaders Summit. We spent several days with some inspiring entrepreneurs from across the country as well as representatives from Dell, American Express, Microsoft, American Airlines and the New York Stock Exchange. One of the most powerful experiences of the summit was learning about The Launch Pad at the University of Miami. Working with students and alumni of the University, The Launch Pad serves both beginning and experienced entrepreneurs, assisting with opportunity recognition, feasibility assessment, and strategy for starting and growing companies or non-profits. Since its inception, the program has helped to create 110 new startup companies in Miami. Recently, we have spoken with several Universities locally that have fully supported the concept of a similar program here in Rhode Island. To keep up on our progress with Startup RI, visit

Until next time…

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