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The Weekly BUZZ – We Love Our Community!

We love our community here at the Mill at Lafayette!

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This month’s edition of our Community Spotlight shines on superstar Gail Hallock, of Gail Hallock Architect, Inc. Gail Hallock Architect, Inc. is an architecture firm specializing in coastal residential architecture for new construction, additions, and renovations. They have over 30 years of experience under their belt and work closely with clients to make their dream home a reality!

Gail and her team have been a part of the Lafayette Mill community for a year and a half. “We truly enjoy being part of such a thriving community!” said Hallock.  Read more here!

Exercise at the Mill?

Classes have been growing & we have some fantastic practitioners!  Check out our Facebook page for ‘Pause…’ here and please feel free to share.  We have classes listed as ‘events’ – take a 1/2 hour or more to just ‘pause’ and recharge your battery with a Kettlebell class or maybe some Pilates or Yoga? Start off your week with a whole bunch of great choices from Monday Morning Meditation to (2) 1/2 hour Kettlebell classes at lunchtime (what a workout) to Monday Afternoon Sanctuary to Mondaze Yoga… *Schedule here!


Check this out… Total Exposure Networking (T.E.N.)

In lieu of our Lunch & Learn program (back August 18th) we’re hosting Richard Austin’s next T.E.N. event!  Total Exposure Networking…have you heard of it?

At most networking events you’re lucky if you get to talk to 9 or 10 people. Even then, are you delivering your message or just talking about the weather or the latest news headlines? At Total Exposure Networking (TEN), we make sure that you get to deliver your pitch to everyone in the room! Our unique TEN format consists of starting out with food, drink, and general conversation. Then, when everyone is there, we pick 5 people, and they each have one minute to give their pitch to everyone in the room. Now for the good part – we then take 10 minutes to allow anyone to talk with those who just spoke – to ask questions, learn more, and make appointments. Then we pick 5 more and do it again, and again, using the 5/10 format until everyone has had the opportunity to deliver their pitch to everyone in the room! A perfect TEN!
***Read more about this event and RSVP HERE!


If you’ve been thinking about joining our community…now is the time as we are offering a really great special – sign a lease by 9/1 and get your first month’s rent FREE! Reach out to: or call 401-255-7413.  Here’s a list of available spaces open or opening up soon within the mill.  There’s a video on this page that shows the 3rd floor that will be ready in July…wait for it!

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Don’t forget to ‘like’ us on Facebook – we share information there on a daily basis!


Michelle Gradus Parenteau’s Soul Awakening Art Show is still up in The Hive’s space and if you missed the open house… don’t worry, she’s sold a ton and has all new pieces up – it’s like two shows in one! We recommend self-guided tours anytime during regular coworking hours (Monday-Friday 9:00-5:00) and if you are interested in purchasing any artwork within our gallery – please email

Looking for a professional space to settle in and get some serious work done?  The Hive RI and the Mill at Lafayette have very affordable options, from open coworking space(s), to individual offices of differing sizes, to a private conference room, or you can even reserve the larger space(s) for your own events, presentations or workshops! 

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Information Session to be Held at The Hive RI

Small business owners are invited to join The Hive RI, the Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, and the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce for a free information session on Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses.

10,000 Small Businesses is an education program that helps small business owners grow and create jobs by providing them with greater access to education, financial capital and business-support services. Through the program, participants will gain practical skills in topics such as negotiation, marketing, and employee management, and receive the tools to develop a customized business plan for growth.

This free information session, held on July 14th at The Hive RI, will begin at 5:30 pm. Presentation begins at 6:00 PM, Q&A from 6:30 PM, one-on-one Q&A/networking until 7:30 PM. Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP to by July 11th, and check out our Facebook event page here.

The program’s curriculum, designed in conjunction with Babson College (the nation’s top-ranked entrepreneurship school), focuses on immediately applicable skills, including how to:

  • Identify and evaluate business opportunities
  • Understand and manage the competitive business environment
  • Analyze financial statements
  • Access financial capital
  • Become a more effective leader
  • How to become a more skilled negotiator

Across the United States, 10,000 Small Businesses graduates are growing their businesses and revitalizing their communities:

  • 69% of graduates grew revenue at 6 months
  • 48% of graduates created new jobs at 6 months
  • 85% of graduates do business with each other
  • 99% graduation rate

We hope to see you there!

The Hive RI Named Pioneer by Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce


On March 5th, 2016 members of Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce met for their annual Chamber Choice awards ceremony and dinner at Aqua Blue in Narragansett, RI. Beginning at 6 pm, guests enjoyed a raffle, dinner, cocktails, swag bags, an award show, and even a red carpet.


One of the winners that evening was The Hive RI, located in North Kingstown, who received the Pioneer award. The Hive RI is a collaborative, community-based coworking facility and art gallery in Southern Rhode Island at the Lafayette Mill complex. The Pioneer award is granted to the business that employs new ideas instead of the traditional or expected.


“Peer awards are the best awards!” Said a thankful Tuni Schartner, director and co-founder of The Hive RI. “Thank you for being our peers, Rhode Island Business Community! And thank you so very much to The Hive RI coworkers for bringing their differentiators, unique value propositions, authenticity, and fun every day.”


To learn more about The Hive RI or to become a coworker, contact Tuni at or visit

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About The Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce:

The Southern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce supports and enhances the business community of Southern Rhode Island and creates opportunities for the growth and development of its member businesses. The Chamber brings together the business and professional interests of the community, permitting them to accomplish collectively what none of them could do individually.


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