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W2W award

Wow! To be celebrated for my community based addiction (I mean work) and to be able to celebrate amazing, strong, beautiful, brilliant, hyper-focused RI based women entrepreneurs at the same time…priceless!!!

A BIG thank you to Gail Ahlers, Ahlers Designs, for making these awards.  Gail is brilliant, beautiful inside & out, full of heart in everything she does, a TRUE community champion in every way and I’m so very honored to have this art (award/recognition) on my wall!  She came here to go to Rhode Island School of Designa little while back ;), and has been blessing this state with her entrepreneurial brilliance, energy, passion and talent ever since.  She uses recycled Narragansett Beer cans for the flowers and cultured pearls (with a story behind that choice that brings tears to the eyes every time)… every award she makes is truly a one of a kind piece of art (like a snowflake) and she lovingly takes the time to truly understand the recipient, as well as the organization giving the recognition.  We are so very lucky to live in a state that is home to such an amazing professional community, full of individuals and groups that truly support one another.   The Rhode Island Small Business Journal’s 3rd annual Entrepreneurial Women to Watch Awards celebration was yet another example of how united we all are here in our mission to be the change we wish to see, to celebrate success, and to move forward together with a positive focus.

Thankful beyond words…

Dean’s List Students at New England Institute of Technology

EAST GREENWICH, RI – Dr. Douglas H. Sherman, Jr., Senior Vice President, and Provost at New England Institute of Technology, is pleased to announce the following student(s) who have achieved Dean’s List status for the quarter ending September 26, 2015. Students must achieve a GPA of 3.6 or higher on a maximum scale of 4.0 to qualify.

Under the leadership of President Richard I. Gouse, New England Institute of Technology is a private, non-profit technical college with an enrollment of more than 3,000 students. Founded in 1940, the college offers over 50 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and on-line degree programs, and is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc. For more information, call 800-736-7744, email, or visit Follow news of the college on Facebook, Twitter, You Tube, Instagram, Tumblr and the New England Tech Blog.


Cranston RI
Antonio Adderley, Mouayad Alkabouni, Anthony Badessa, Caleb Bradford, Matthew Cote, Stephanie DaCosta, Shannon Fogarty, Eli Ghali, Lindsay Hadfield, Amanda Handfield, David Jimenez, Tiana Lonardo, Bernard McCreary, Antuan Melkoun, Fabrizio Mesiti, Austin Moon, Charouen Nheth, Lauren Ruscito, Naiem Sayegh, Tabitha Smith, Ryan Taylor, Ivan Tejada, Kevin Tetreault, Christopher Uth, Christina Vergato, Michael Wilson Sr

East Greenwich RI
Kristy Cartwright, Max Couto, Joseph Fox, Erin Gardner, Beau Guidry, Brendan Larcom, Cameron MacIntosh, Michael Napoleoni, Vhari Neale, Kyle Oelofse, Francis Smith

East Providence RI
Nicole Almeida, Kevin Botelho, Mariline Chantre, Jessica Lavery

Johnston RI
Ashley Flowers, Natalie Fuller, George Melidossian Jr, Luis Natareno, John Pesce, Erika Sinesi, Savannah Sousa

Providence RI
Emma Bonitati, Travis Bradley, Christopher Carrasco, Naomi Denesha, Leonardo Diaz, Quentin Doyonnas, William Ellis, Shaun Hazard, Randy Hopper, Gabriel Lantigua, Ane Loevseth, Erik Lougee, Ernesto Murillo, Darlington Nwachukwu, Eric Osial, Kerri Reed, Christopher Rosales, Rupertico Severino Salas, Justin Sowell, Jensen Yip

Warwick RI
Joshua Andrade, Jon-Michael Baribault, Courtney Boyd, Roger Brounell, Kelsey Caldarone, Jonathan Campbell, Francois Candela, Brett Casale, Grace Clancy, Andrew Colannino, Christopher Collins, Luiz DaSilva Jr, Nino Desposati, Heather-Jo Didrichsen, Allyson Dolan, Douglas Fallow, Brooke Garland, Michael George, Patrick Gleavey, Michael Hall, Steven Horibin, Gianna Johnson, Christopher Kayrouz, Joseph Kelly III, Alexander Kohler, Joshua LaMoore, Kira Lollar, Thomas Magnan, Jacob Maloney, Jenna Maloof, Brianna Marcille, Erica Marcus, Rachel Masterson, Thomas McGowan, Douglas Micke, Kory Morash, Eric Neto, Carolyn Norman, Ian Olson, Naitik Patel, Emmanuel Pimentel, Michelle Poland, Rebecca Rogers, Douglas Roth, Christopher Schulthies, Mitchell Sharnick, Ryan Silva, Alison Silveira, Yonas Sima, Anthony Souza, Michael Stahl, Emily Stansfield, Nathan Stone, Ryan Sweeney, K’shawn Thomas, James Thornley, Payton Turner, Karen Vanterpool, Saskiah Vargas-Walton, Richard Young II

U.S. Small Business Administration Seeks Nominations for Rhode Island Small Business Awards

PROVIDENCE, RI – Nominations are now being accepted by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) for the 2016 Rhode Island Small Business Person of the Year and Exporter of the Year.  Winners will be honored during the Rhode Island Small Business Week celebration in May of 2016.   Nominations are due January 11 at 3:00 p.m. EST either in the portal or at the Rhode Island District Office.

Awards will be presented in 11 categories.  Any individual or organization dedicated to the support of the small business community may submit nominations for these prestigious awards. 

The other awards include: Entrepreneurial Success Award, Jeffrey Butland Family-Owned Business of the Year, SBA Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year, Minority Small Business of the Year, Veteran Small Business of the Year, Home-based Small Business of the Year, and Women-Owned Business of the Year, Microenterprise of the Year, and Financial Services Champion of the Year.

The Rhode Island Small Business Person of the Year will also have the opportunity to participate in the National Small Business Week activities and will compete for the National Small Business Person of the Year Award.

Award guidelines and nomination forms are available from the SBA Rhode Island District Office by calling (401) 528-4561, or by e-mailing



SBA Now Accepting 2016 National Small Business Week Awards Nominations

RHODE ISLAND – The U.S. Small Business Administration is now accepting nominations for its 2016 National Small Business Week Awards, including the annual Small Business Person of the Year. Since 1963, National Small Business Week has recognized the outstanding achievements of America’s small businesses for their contributions to their local communities, and to our nation’s economy.

The dedicated website  provides criteria and guidelines for submitting a nomination. For 2016, the nomination criteria have been streamlined and simplified.  In years past there were multiple forms, letters and documents required; now the nominees are only required to submit one form and questionnaire.

SBA Awards given in celebration of National Small Business Week, May 2-6, 2016, include the following:

  • Small Business Person of the Year
    • One from each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Guam.
  • Exporter of the Year
  • Phoenix Awards for Disaster Recovery
    • Phoenix Award for Small Business Disaster Recovery
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Public Official
    • Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery, Volunteer
  • Federal Procurement Awards
    • Small Business Prime Contractor of the Year
    • Small Business Subcontractor of the Year
    • Dwight D. Eisenhower Awards for Excellence (for large prime contractors who use small businesses as suppliers and contractors)
    • 8(a) Graduate of the Year
  • Jody C. Raskind Lender of the Year
  • Small Business Investment Company of the Year
  • Awards to SBA Resource Partners
    • Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Center Award
    • Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award
    • Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year


All nominations must be submitted no later than 3 p.m. EST, Monday, Jan. 11, 2016. In addition to the website, nominations can also be sent directly to an SBA District Office – for contact information and other District Office information visit online at

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