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Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce Hits the Road to Meet Local Business Owners

MIDDLETOWN, RI – Erin Donovan-Boyle, Executive Director of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce has begun her “E.D. Hits the Road” initiative, meeting with local business owners in each municipality in Newport County. Erin will be meeting with Chamber business owners to introduce herself, learn more about their business, and let owners express their thoughts on the business climate. She will also inform members on how the Chamber’s economic initiative, our free marketing tools, educational opportunities and networking events can help their business succeed.

Donovan-Boyle began this campaign in Portsmouth visiting Stalise, Deborah Winthrop Lingerie, Kimberly for Consistently Excellent Eyebrows, Atria, Fatigati’s Fresh Pasta, and Weatherly Tile and Stone. She will continue visiting Chamber businesses in Portsmouth throughout the month of September and then will continue on to Tiverton, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, and Jamestown.

The campaign will take place each Tuesday afternoon through the fall. If you are a Chamber business owner who would like to have Erin Donovan-Boyle come by your business please call the Chamber staff at 401-847-1608 to schedule a Tuesday for her to visit. We look forward to our continued work within Newport County and for the Executive Director to have the opportunity to engage face to face with the business community. Please follow our journey along through our Facebook page for photos and updates.

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is the second largest chamber in the state with about 1100 members representing over 50,000 employees and is one of Rhode Island’s largest business advocacy organizations, formed to enhance the business, civic and economic vitality of Newport County and greater Rhode Island. We help business succeed.


Much Needed Capital to be Available to Small and Minority Businesses for Providence Urban Economic Development

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA) announces a partnership with Freedom National Bank (FNB) of Greenville to make business loans available to small and minority businesses in the Providence urban core. RIBBA was approved for $200,000 in funding last month from the Providence Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) to offer collateral support for loans to area businesses.

Businesses located on three commercial corridors in Providence – Broad Street, Cranston Street and Elmwood Avenue will be eligible for up to 30% cash collateral from RIBBA in support of commercial loans from Freedom National Bank up to $50,000 for business development and expansion.  FNB has allocated an aggregate Commitment Amount: Up to $750,000 for small business lending.

“Freedom’s Small Business Loan Department is specifically structured to provide banking services to small businesses”, said Tony Botelho, President, Freedom National Bank.  “We understand that small businesses in the urban core have financing and capital needs that don’t fit the corporate model and we’re pleased to partner with RIBBA on this program.”

RIBBA’S president, Lisa Ranglin, declared, “Minority and small businesses in the urban core have generally found it difficult to access commercial loans. RIBBA’s partnership with Freedom National Bank is exciting and will enable small and minority businesses in the Providence urban core to access the capital needed to grow and thrive in place.  And, we at RIBBA are very pleased that Mayor Elorza recognized and supported our position that fostering economic inclusion for small and minority businesses is key to leveraging urban core business enterprises, helping them to grow their bottom line so they can scale up and create permanent, full time jobs within the community at good wages.”

The RIBBA Urban Economic Development program is expected to open in late September.

In addition, RIBBA’s new office Grand Opening celebration is scheduled for Tuesday, September 15, 2015. The public is invited to attend the Ribbon-Cutting at 6:15pm.  Address:  3 Regency Plaza, Suite 3, Providence RI 02903.

Spring Ahead: Cut the Crap & Move Your Business Forward!

Business Development

Spring Ahead!

The Hive RI presents Tuni Schartner, “Queen Bee” of The Hive RI and leader of TRS Strategies on Thursday, March 12, 2015 from 12:00 – 1:00pm.

Make the most of these final winter days! Spring is just around the corner and Tuni wants to show you how to plant the seeds for a productive Spring and bountiful Summer. Aspiring entrepreneurs and established business owners are encouraged to attend.

Please, join us for The Hive RI’s next “Lunch and Learn” and leave with new tools in your toolbox that will help you create, and achieve, easy to execute business growth objectives!

Tuni’s mission is “to help businesses thrive, to help the economy grow and to always focus on the greater good.” She is a business and marketing strategist that provides a wide range of consulting services including social media strategy development & execution, integrated marketing planning & execution, as well as program & event planning/consulting. She founded TRS Strategies in 2013 and co-founded The Hive RI, Southern RI’s first coworking space shortly after. She is a proud member of the Southern RI and North Kingstown Chambers of Commerce, part of the Eco-team (PTO) at Hamilton Elementary School, a coach for The Met School’s Ctr. for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and a board member with the MAE Organization for the Homeless.

$5 donation for this event, as lunch will be served, RSVPs and/or directions: contact

Based in the historic Lafayette Mill complex in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, The Hive RI coworking space provides inexpensive working space, conference and meeting areas and professional amenities such as copy machines, printers as well as high speed internet. Local artists, businesspeople, lawyers, engineers and other professionals come together at The Hive RI to work independently, but not alone. The Hive RI is open from 9-5, Monday through Friday, welcomes walk-ins and offers affordable rates for daily, weekly and monthly use. The Hive RI hosts weekly lunchtime networking events and is also available for group events at non-working hours. Please visit or call us at 401.295.5941 for additional information.

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