Startup America Partnership

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Startup Rhode Island is the 9th state to join the Startup America Partnership

Providence, RI , January 5, 2012 — Today, the Rhode Island Small Business Journal announced the launch of Startup Rhode Island, a regional initiative supported by the Startup America Partnership. As an independent nonprofit that was launched at the White House in early 2011, CEO Scott Case, the founding CTO of Priceline, and the entire Startup America staff are dedicated to helping young companies grow in order to create jobs in America.

“With national self employment down 1.6 million since 2006, and Rhode Island consistently ranking as one of the most challenging states in the country to start and sustain a small business, the Startup America initiative couldn’t have come at a better time,“ said Gil Lantini, president of the Rhode Island Small Business Journal. “Rhode Island is home to tremendous talent and with the help of Startup America, Rhode Island can become a national leader in job creation through the growth of our small businesses.”

Startup Rhode Island will be made up of local companies and successful entrepreneurs. The program, which is provided at no cost to local businesses, will consist of incubator programs, workshops, roundtable discussions and one-on-one consulting sessions. Startup Rhode Island will also work with local colleges and universities to show students and alumni that starting a new venture is a legitimate career path and encourage every student who wants to start a new venture to do so in Rhode Island, contributing to the economic and social growth of our state.

Rhode Island joins eight other regions — Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Texas — in the Startup America Partnership.

About the Startup America Partnership

The Startup America Partnership was launched at the White House in response to President Barack Obama’s call to celebrate, inspire, and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship throughout the nation. The Partnership is gathering an alliance of major corporations, funders, service providers, mentors and advisors, all working to dramatically increase the prevalence and success of high-growth enterprises in the U.S. AOL co-founder Steve Case chairs the Partnership and the Kauffman and Case Foundations are founding partners. American Express OPEN, Dell Inc., Intuit Inc., and Microsoft are sponsors. The Partnership will identify, gauge and report the effectiveness of cross-sector collaborations in support of entrepreneurial ventures and their effect on job creation and growth. For more information on the Partnership, visit www.startupamericapartnership.org

About Rhode Island Small Business Journal

The Rhode Island Small Business Journal (RISBJ) is revolutionizing print media. While other publications are reporting the news, RISBJ will be providing valuable business resources, promoting local companies and assisting in economic growth by proving the right tools to pre-startups, startups and small business owners.  As a monthly printed magazine-style publication, RISBJ will have the largest print circulation and distribution per printed issue of any business publication in Rhode Island. In addition to the magazine, RISBJ creates an integrated marketing platform by combining a website (www.risbj.com), video, email, social media and radio.

Throughout each of its media channels, RISBJ will feature content from hand selected Rhode Island business leaders in a variety of industries: tax tips directly from the IRS, investment strategies, marketing tips, accounting strategies and more. RISBJ will also feature local success stories and profile many small businesses that deserve recognition and provide inspiration. For more information, visit www.risbj.com

Contact Information:
Gil Lantini, President
Rhode Island Small Business Journal
2075 Plainfield Pike, Johnston RI 02919
401.300.9921
www.risbj.com

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