Office of Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis Offering Workshops to Small Businesses

PROVIDENCE, RI  –  Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis’ office will once again offer a variety of workshops throughout the year beginning in January, designed to give local small business owners the unique opportunity to have direct access to and learn from industry experts.

Each year, the office of Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis hosts the successful We Mean Business expo, where business owners and potential entrepreneurs are given the unique opportunity to sit down face-to-face with government officials and a variety of industry leaders.  The sessions offer free advice and guidance on licensing, permitting, financing, and other business related matters during this one-of-a-kind opportunity for businesses.

“Feedback from business customers and expo attendees, suggested they would benefit from access to similar informational workshops held throughout the year,” said Secretary Mollis.  “In response, our office organized these essential topic-specific workshops with the same government officials and industry leaders previously only available at the We Mean Business expo.  It is my hope that our workshops will continue to provide critical information to emerging businesses.”  

All workshops will be held at Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis’ Office of Business Services, 148 West River Street, Providence from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Dates and workshops are as follows:

  • January 16th
    Business Formation 101
    Everett Petronio, Esq. and Judith Hetherman, CPA
  • January 22nd
    Business Resources from the Federal Government
    Mark Hayward, SBA, Carmen Diaz Jusino, CWE, and George Hemond, Score
  • January 29th
    Business Resources from State Government
    Connie Parks, Department of Labor and Training and Daniel Clemence, Division of Taxation
  • February 12th
    Growing, Maintaining, and Protecting your Business
    Bill Grossman, Cornerstone Group and Mark GrahamGraham Insurance, Inc.
  • February 19th
    Mark Hayward, SBA  Matthew Raiche, Santander Bank. Denise Barge, Commerce RI, and Tamarah Bacon, Seed Corp.
  • February 26th
    Getting Your Business Organized
    Kristen MacRae  Organizing RI LLC
  • March 12th
    Data Driven Design for Marketing
    Present by the Providence Chamber of Commerce member Stephen Cronin, President of  TWOBOLT
  • March 19th
    First Steps for a Non Profit
    George Hemond, SCORE and Richard Siravo, Siravo Consulting

You must register for the workshops at or by calling (401) 222-3040.  For additional information regarding these workshops, call Kelly Carello at the office of Secretary of State’s Business Information Center at (401) 222-3040.

Secretary of State Mollis is committed to making it easier for Rhode Islanders to vote, making it easier to do business in Rhode Island and making government more open and accessible.  For more information about the programs and services the Secretary of State offers Rhode Islanders, visit

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