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SBA Announces $3 Million for 60 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition Recipients Supporting Startups and STEM Focused Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration today announced 60 winners of SBA’s Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. The recipients, representing accelerators and incubators across 39 states and territories focused on a broad set of industries and sectors, will receive a total of $3 million in awards to support startups and entrepreneurs researching and developing STEM-related innovations.

“I am proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. Over the past five years, the competition has provided awards to innovative and promising accelerators and incubators. This year’s recipients, who will each receive an award of $50,000 from the SBA, are no exception,” said Acting SBA Administrator Chris Pilkerton. “This includes entrepreneurs located in Opportunity Zones – where job creation and investments are moving forward to revitalize communities.”

Women in Business Retreat Coming to Providence Three-day event focuses on empowerment, faith, and team building

Many people who either start a new company or look for an opportunity are often beset by numerous challenges. They may be unaware of the resources available to them, such as local networking groups, Chambers of Commerce or business agencies that can direct them to other sources. Those who are not connected can fall behind and/or feel overwhelmed by the sheer effort it can take to make such dreams real.

Women might be limited in their quests to excel because they lack the contact or know where to look for help. While there are many ways to obtain information (such as the activities mentioned above or contacting state agencies for details), they could feel alone and without a direction–until now.

Gloria Gemma’s Flames Of Hope, A Celebration Of Life

Once a year, thousands of people gather to light the way towards hope and healing for anyone touched by breast cancer. Gloria Gemma’s Flames of Hope: A Celebration of Life™ was created to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month by turning the city of Providence PINK and sparking a movement to inspire awareness, compassion, and support. This weekend-long celebration embraces everyone who has been impacted by cancer. https://www.gloriagemma.org/flames-of-hope


Event helps patients and caregivers with the helps and services they need.

Born out the need to help others as they transition into elder care and have their needs met more often, several local businesses are joining together to sponsor a Cornhole Tournament to raise awareness and funds for their organization.

Their elimination tournament event takes place on Thursday, September 12, at The Anchor Bay at Pocasset, 12 Old Pocasset Lane, Johnston. The festivities begin with food and drinks at 4:30 p.m. followed by the tournament at 5:30 p.m. Raffles, gift baskets and other
activities will take place as they hope to raise further awareness of this group. This event is being sponsored by The Bridge at Cherry Hill in Johnston, Gentry Moving and Storage in Cranston and Anchor Bay at Pocasset.

Proceeds from this endeavor will benefit TLC4LTC, a not-for-profit organization whose intention is to provide joy and compassion to residents and staff of our skilled nursing facilities by fulfilling a special wish/need that they may have.

Jen Burns, Sales Manager at The Bridge at Cherry Hill, said the opportunity to not only get the word out about TLC4LTC while mentioning the efforts of those who help senior citizens
is a continuous demand. She said while she and her group do its part to bring awareness to this topic, more work needs to be done.

“Senior citizens are often a forgotten group,” she said. The Bridge is an all-encompassing facility aiding senior citizen at various stages of their physical and mental well-being. “For those seniors who are living in assisted living facilities, they may not have family close to them, have anyone come to visit or take them out for lunch or for some other activity. This group gives them some comfort and feeling wanted.”

Lisa Ferreira, Director of Purchasing for the Providence-based Health Concepts, Ltd., said TLC4LTC works to grant wishes to patients who are nearing the end stages of their lives. Their reach is statewide and the hope for the group is giving the people who request something to fulfill their dream, she said.

“Our group has already granted four wishes to caregivers and patients,” said Ferreira, who credits Pam Marchetti with spearheading the group. “We had one resident who wanted to attend a Boston Red Sox Baseball game. We had one person get their life back together after a fire destroyed their home. A third person received day care for their child after their mother passed away unexpectedly. The child’s grandmother was caring for the child at the time. We are working on a fourth member who wants a motorcycle with a side car and play golf.”

As Ferreira mentioned, Marchetti started the group after battling breast cancer. She was impressed by the attention to care she received from her caregivers and other people. Because of those efforts, Marchetti started the TLC4LTC as a way to give back to those people helping
others. The group began several years ago and has since received a 503 (c) non-profit organization designation.

TLC4LTC holds two other fundraisers in addition to the upcoming tournament. They host a wine tasting during the spring and coming up in November, they will put on a Lip Sync Battle that takes place at Twin River Event Center in Lincoln. That event will happen on Thursday, November 7, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Ferreira said she met Burns about the opportunity to promote their cause. Along with Gentry President Christine Crum and Anchor Bay Marketing Manager Tracy Cale, they decided that the popularity of hosting an elimination tournament would be both fun and educational. She added that the initial idea of helping others—particularly seniors—appealed to the trio.

“Many of these people are at the end stages of their lives,” Ferreira said. “They are looking to have that one last trip or one last memory of something or some place that is special to them. We are in the service of making that happen for them.”

Cornhole Tournament Tickets are $40 for a team of two, $25 for a single entrant and a suggested donation of $5 to watch the action. Event organizers are looking for individuals and local businesses to become sponsors, which start at $100. Sponsors receive event recognition.

Further details can be found by contacting Jen Burns at The Bridge at Cherry Hill. She can be reached either by calling 401-529-6854 or by email at jjburns@centurypa.com . Gift baskets and other donations may be sent to Tracy Cale at Anchor Bay at Pocasset. She may be reached at 401-421-6610 or at dsm2@anchorbaypocasset.com .

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