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5 Reasons why the Mill at Lafayette should be your next office location!

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Are you considering moving your business or office to the Mill at Lafayette? At the Mill, sixteen thousand square feet of professional and affordable office space will soon become available. Let us inspire you to take the leap by offering a few of the top reasons why setting up shop at the Mill is a great idea with benefits to you, your business, and an entire community of folks.

The pleasing aesthetic.
History and community certainly take precedence here, but it is the inherent beauty of places like the Mill at Lafayette that will draw you in initially. You will notice the architecture – the towers of red brick, the big windows, the large, open, breathable spaces. The natural beauty outdoors completes the experience – the running waterfall, birdsongs and paths lined with trees in Ryan Park. People are drawn to these places, where pieces of the past come together to form a picture of the present; generations have contemplated the beauty here. We invite you to imagine and contrast an experience of working in a place like this to the token office building – bland, dry and sterile. Of the two, which is most conducive to growth and creativity?

The active, vibrant community.
The Mill community is second to none and growing by the day. Take a look at our tenant directory for an idea of who you’ll be joining. Some highlights are the fabulous co-working space of The Hive and the weekly farmer’s market from November to April with its fresh produce and local artisans. There are dozens of professionals: hair stylists, lawyers, therapists, entrepreneurs, business leaders, strategists, designers, nonprofits and more. These are the people that you will be joining in this space every day.

The connections you will make.
At the Mill, “together we are stronger.” This is a place to make connections with others. Sometimes it may just be an inspiring conversation on the picnic table by the waterfall at lunch that brightens your spirits and your workday, other times you may create connections that will become catalysts in the growth of your business. Networking isn’t simply handing out your business card at events, it is creating meaningful connections that may lead in directions you never thought possible.

The preservation of history.
By moving to the Mill, you are taking an active roll in the preservation of our history. It is important that we take care of our historical sites and educate others about them, and by moving to the Mill, you are preserving an historical site by giving life to it. Because of this, the Mill is not merely history – it is history in the making. It is a place where great things are happening now, and will continue to happen in the future. Best of all, it is a place that adapts quite nicely to the changes that time and innovation bring.

The work space.
You will have to visit to understand why the spacial design and proportion inside the mill are so outstanding. Nothing compares to the high ceilings and historic character. There is ample natural light coming through the beautiful, tall windows. There is room to think here. Speaking from experience, this is truly a place that fosters growth and creativity.

The Mill at Lafayette is located at 650 Ten Rod Road in North Kingstown, within walking distance from the Wickford Junction train station. Parking is plentiful and things are always abuzz. Come take a look and discover for yourself, give us a call at 401-255-7413 or send us an email at info@millatlafayette.com.

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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…

REVIVAL 2016: Spreading the Power of Entrepreneurship Across Rhode Island’s Economy

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The Power of Entrepreneurship was integral to early 17th century trade on Narragansett Bay, support of religious freedom, the founding of Rhode Island, the push for American independence from Britain, the genesis of the Industrial Revolution, and the state’s dynamic prosperity throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Our storied past offers the path to reviving and recreating the state’s future.

Today, as Rhode Island and the nation grapple with increasingly challenging social, technological and economic changes, teaching and implementing entrepreneurial thinking and skills into every aspect of daily life are critical keys to our growth and prosperity in the 21st century.

Entrepreneurship is the key to re-energizing all the failed parts of Rhode Island.

REVIVAL 2016: Spreading the Power of Entrepreneurship Across Rhode Island’s Economy explains how.

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Kenneth Proudfoot is an entrepreneur, author, teacher, musician, filmmaker, and gyotaku print artist. He is a strategic marketing consultant, and grant writer for schools and non-profit organizations.

He is the Dean of the School of Professional Development at Kenney College (FL) and a founding member of the college’s Board of Governors. He was previously Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and Founding Director of the Larry Friedman International Center for Entrepreneurship at Johnson & Wales University and has taught entrepreneurship thinking to students, business owners, and government leaders in 25 countries.

Proudfoot served four years in the U.S. Peace Corps and is bilingual Spanish. He is a founding member of the board of directors of The Lingzi Foundation that honors the life of Chinese Boston University student who died in the Boston Marathon bombing attack. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for the First Baptist Church of North Kingstown where he teaches adult Bible Study each Sunday morning. He is the founder of 100 Entrepreneurs and the School of Real Life. He is the author of 40 Things Fishermen Can Do To Raise The Value of Their Catch, Children’s Book of Home Rules and most recently, The Life & Business Philosophy of Austin T. Levy, Visionary Entrepreneur (March 2015). He is the editor and publisher of Why Rhode Island Matters!: First in Independence, Industry, Art & Innovation, now in its third printing.

He is the writer, producer and director of the forthcoming documentary, The Amazing Life & Times of Austin T. Levy, Visionary Entrepreneur, filmed at sites in Burrillville, Rhode Island; Nassau, on the island of New Providence, Bahamas; and on the island of Eleuthera, Bahamas. The film will be broadcast by PBS Rhode Island and on Bahamas national television.

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