Issue 7 RISBJ Featuring Vibco

FROM THE FOUNDER

As issue 7 hits the stands, we have a lot of new faces to welcome aboard! First, I’d like to introduce our intern staff for the fall semester. We welcome Devon McKenna from Johnson and Wales and Bradley Brennan, Zoe Jain, Jessica Woodacre and Jamie Maniscalco from Bryant University. We’re excited to have such a talented group of local students join our team. We would also like to welcome several new authors: Pam Walsh, Nick Mancuso, Richard Austin, Jaime Gamache and Karen Feldman.

This issue is exciting to us for so many reasons. Not only is this our largest issue yet, but we are the official media sponsors of three major statewide events. On September 18, RISBJ sponsors the We Mean Business Expo. We Mean Business is a joint venture of Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis’ Business Information Center and Every Company Counts, an initiative of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. The mission of We Mean Business is to connect Rhode Island business owners with local, state and federal agencies as well as the non-profit resources that impact their business.

A few weeks later, RISBJ will be sponsoring the Southern New England Women’s Expo, which is the largest event of its kind in the area. This event, held at Twin River, is dedicated to the celebration of women, featuring 150 exhibitors, cooking demonstrations, seminars, fashion shows, on-stage presentations, giveaways and more. Over 8,000 women are expected to be in attendance during this all day event.

On October 3, RISBJ will be the official media sponsor of the Ocean State Small Business Expo. This event, held at the Crowne Plaza, targets the small business owner looking to grow their business and expand their network. Over 1,000 business owners are expected to be in attendance at this event which features an amazing lineup of speakers and open networking in the evening.

At each of the three RISBJ sponsored events, I will be speaking on the topic of self employment in my seminar “From Employee to Entrepreneurship”. This workshop will help people identify if they have what it takes to make the leap from employee to business owner and if so, how to make that transition.

Our involvement in each of these events highlights our commitment and dedication to the small business community. We know that Rhode Island is only as strong as the businesses that call our state home. The stronger and more unified our small business community become, the better place Rhode Island will be for our families.

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