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Lip Syncing for a Cause Event bringing hope for seniors

There may not be a better feeling than pretending to be someone—or something—else. Children often do that hoping to become that as adults. There is no shortage of imagination or using the mind to for its creativity and illusion.

So, when a group of long-term care employees are gearing up for a night of fun and entertainment—that features costume changes, makeup and acting out their musical fantasies—that means the Fourth Annual Lip Sync Battle is coming to not only please the crowd, but to raise funds to grant wishes for those residents they care for in the nursing facilities statewide!

Negative Leadership, Lacking the Traits.

Years ago, I transferred out of a department where the manager was a leadership failure. In fact, he was considered a poor leader by the senior leadership team. Unfortunately, due to his strong political alliances, he was able to keep his job and survive. There are many known traits of a leader, some are defined by theorists, and this person lacked every single one. Trait theory defines five key attributes of a leader: Capacity, Achievement, Responsibility, Participation, and Status. Let’s agree to take some literary license here and call him “Bob Blank”.

Capacity:   Bob Blank lacked the basic qualities for capacity as a leader. When presented with challenges to solve, he consistently sought inward looking solutions. When offered alternatives, his pattern was to either ignore it or alter the solution so that it no longer resembled the original idea. He often did not pay attention to details. When told of a large group moving into a facility under his control, he thought the information was a joke, and actually laughed. He consistently ignored other commonplace problems, such as staffing, until they became so out of control, they were brought to the attention of the VP.

Achievement:   Bob Blank’s leadership achievements are suspect.  Bob’s degree has nothin g to do with his career path, and it is not clear how that degree qualifies him for the roles he held in Business Development or Finance. As far as subject matter expertise, it quickly became apparent that he lacked basic understanding of new business acquisition. He consistently requested that he be provided with many examples of job descriptions, status charts, and many other materials. His “knowledge” proved to be very limited.

Knead Doughnuts Expands Into Former Pilotworks Space; Invests in New Small Businesses

Providence, RI – Knead Doughnuts has expanded their donut production into a 5,000-square-foot commercial kitchen previously operated by the food incubator Pilotworks, now called Providence Kitchen Collaborative. With the capacity to handcraft even more gourmet doughnuts, Knead will be at more farmers markets, serve more weddings, and craft more special seasonal flavors. A third donut shop is slated to open at their new production space this spring.

With a significantly larger commercial kitchen, Knead is now able to give back and support several budding food businesses by leasing them commercial kitchen space. “We are humbled to be able to support Providence’s dynamic food scene” said Knead co-founder Adam Lastrina. “All these businesses were right where we were two years ago.”

The new location at Providence Kitchen Collaborative is already home to all of Knead’s doughnut production, as well as seven food entrepreneurs leasing commercial kitchen access from Knead, including Brown Paper Bounty, Vic’s Handcrafted Ice Cream, and Long Live Beerworks, which will operate a brewery and bar just steps from Knead. Inquire about leasing kitchen space here.

Knead plans a grand opening of its new donut shop at Providence Kitchen Collaborative, which will be open on weekends and select evenings, in May 2019. Follow updates on Knead’s lively Facebook and Instagram pages.

The award-winning gourmet doughnut shop opened its first Providence location, at 32 Custom House, in December 2016. A second Providence storefront opened in April 2018 at 135 Elmgrove Avenue. To learn more about Knead Doughnuts, visit



Opened in 2016, Knead Doughnuts crafts homemade donuts with locally-sourced, wholesome ingredients. Since its inception, Knead has gained critical acclaim, widespread support throughout the Rhode Island community, and quite a few fans. Knead is founded by local residents Adam Lastrina, Todd Mackey, and Bryan Gibb, all of whom attribute the success of Knead to their team’s commitment to making and serving gourmet, traditional donuts that are unrivaled in terms of quality, flavor, and execution.


SBA kicks off National Veterans Small Business Week Nov. 5-9 by hosting free small business seminars across RI

PROVIDENCE, RI – The U.S. Small Business Administration will celebrate the accomplishments of veteran, service member and military spouse small business owners nationwide during National Veterans Small Business Week, Nov. 5-9.

“National Veterans Small Business Week is another opportunity for us not only to highlight the success of our nation’s 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses, but also to recognize the areas where there is still work to be done,” SBA Administrator Linda McMahon said. “Entrepreneurship is not a solo mission. I’m proud to be a part of a network that serves the needs of our veteran and military business owners.”

SBA district offices and resource partners nationwide, as well as local organizations, will be hosting National Veterans Small Business Week events.  This year’s theme, Our #VetBiz Community, shines a spotlight on various aspects of the veteran business community, ranging from aspiring to current veteran and military business owners, as well as the organizations that provide entrepreneurial training.

“To celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week in Rhode Island, the SBA is teaming with SCORE, the RI Small Business Development Center, the Center for Women & Enterprise, the Veteran Business Outreach Center and local SBA lenders to provide free small business seminars,” said SBA District Director, Mark S. Hayward. “Topics will range from ‘business planning’ to ‘how to finance your small business’, to ‘government contracting’, to name a few. The SBA and its partners will continue to do whatever we can to serve those veterans business owners who have served us,” he added.

A full schedule of events being held in Rhode Island to celebrate National Veterans Small Business Week is as follows:

Monday, November 5

  • Understanding Your Financial Statements
    Rogers Free Library, 525 Hope Street, Bristol, RI, 10:00am to 12:00pm
  • Grow Your Book of Business: The three areas you MUST focus on to get more business
    Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, 6 Blackstone Valley Pl, Suite 402, Lincoln RI, 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Tuesday, November 6

  • How to Finance Your Small Business: Learn From the Experts
    West Warwick Library, 1043 Main St, West Warwick RI, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Wednesday, November 7

  • Markets & Your Competitive Space
    Portsmouth Free Public Library, 2658 E Main Rd, Portsmouth RI, 9:30am to 11:00am
  • Power of Networking
    Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, 6 Blackstone Valley Pl, Suite 402, Lincoln RI, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Analyzing Your Competition
    East Providence Public Library, 41 Grove Ave, East Providence RI, 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Thursday, November 8

  • Government Contracting 101
    RI PTAC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Providence RI, 8:00am to 10:00am
  • Doing Business with Primes
    Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Ln, Warwick RI, 2:30pm to 4:00pm


Friday, November 9

  • The Business Planning Process
    North Kingstown Free Library, 100 Boone St, North Kingstown RI, 9:30am to 11:30am

For more information or to register for any of the seminars listed above, contact Matthew Spoehr at or call 401-528-4574.

The SBA encourages veterans, service members, National Guard and Reserve members, and military spouses to join the online conversation and share what their veteran business communities look like by using the hashtag #VetBiz.

For more information about National Veterans Small Business Week, including events and ways to get involved, visit For more information on the resources available for veteran entrepreneurs, visit


About the U.S. Small Business Administration

 The U.S. Small Business Administration makes the American dream of business ownership a reality. As the only go-to resource and voice for small businesses backed by the strength of the federal government, the SBA empowers entrepreneurs and small business owners with the resources and support they need to start, grow or expand their businesses, or recover from a declared disaster. It delivers services through an extensive network of SBA field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations. To learn more, visit

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