More Than Two Dozen Small Businesses Participate in Mayor’s and SBA Workshop How to Finance Your Business

Workshop is part of a series of free, monthly workshops targeting small business


Small business owners joined city, state and federal officials this morning for the latest in a series of free, monthly workshops designed to support small business and create jobs in the capital city.

“How to Finance Your Business,” was held at the Doorley Municipal Building and is an outgrowth of the unique partnership formed last April, between the City of Providence and the U.S. Small Business Administration and its resource partners, the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center at Johnson & Wales University and the Center for Women & Enterprise.  That partnership – the first ever between Providence and the federal agency – formally established a series of free workshops with experts from all levels of government and the private sector targeting city businesses but open to all.

“There is an urgent need to put available financial and technical resources directly into the hands of our entrepreneurs and small business owners,  so they can survive in this challenging economy and grow,” said Mayor Angel Taveras.  “Their success means our success ,” he said.  “If they do well, their companies, families, neighborhoods and our communities directly benefit.”

“The SBA  is pleased to cosponsor this workshop series with Mayor Taveras,” said Mark S. Hayward, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s  Rhode Island District Office.  “This workshop series provides an excellent opportunity to deliver valuable training on a variety of business topics to the Providence small business community.”

This month’s guest speakers included:   Gregory Gould, Lender Relations Spet, U.S. Small Business Administration; Tamarah Bacon, Business Development Manager, Southeastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation; Denise Barge, Financial Portfolio Manager, Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, and Stuart MacDonald, Finance Director, Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.

“The information given at today’s workshop is so important to companies today, and was so appreciated by those businesses who were attending,” said James S. Bennett, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development.  “We invite all business owners to take advantage – whenever possible – of the information that is available to them. Call us , visit us at our website, or stop by our offices Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, and certainly, reach out to our fellow agencies, with whom we’re so proud to partner.”

Upcoming series includes

Doing Business with Government/ Government ContractsWednesday, March 20

Writing a Business PlanWednesday, April 24

Business Continuity PlanningThursday, May 30

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