The We Mean Business Expo is Back – Tuesday, September 10th

PROVIDENCE, RI – Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis is offering companies a unique opportunity to talk face-to-face with the government officials who regulate them, provide advice and offer financing.

This event will bring Rhode Island’s federal, state and local government agencies together at the free “We Mean Business Expo” Tuesday, September 10th, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick.

“Government is opening its doors to you for one day in one place,” said Mollis.  “The Expo enables you to sit down with a real person and talk through the issues that are important to your business.”

Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has joined Secretary of State Mollis in calling the Expo a powerful tool for giving government agencies unprecedented visibility among their most important markets. Among the federal, state and municipal agencies that will participate are the state Department of Labor and Training, the Providence Economic Development Partnership and the Internal Revenue Service.

“One of my key priorities is helping businesses cut through the red tape. The Expo is another example of how we are working efficiently and effectively to make Rhode Island a place where entrepreneurs have unparalleled access to their government,” said Chafee.

In addition to the opportunity to meet with government officials about registering a business, financing, taxes, licensing and permitting, this year’s Expo will also offer free professional development seminars and an expanded one-on-one consulting services workshop.

This Expo will give entrepreneurs an opportunity to talk to key professionals about their business plan and get free advice.  The goal of this Expo is to provide a comfortable one-on-one experience for new business owners where they can ask questions and assess their readiness to open their doors.

Expo exhibitors also include nonprofit organizations that offer services to Rhode Island businesses.  Some of the nonprofit exhibitors are the Center for Women and Enterprise, the Rhode Island Small Business Administration, the Rhode Island Center for Law and Public Policy, and the RI Contractors Licensing Board.

This year’s Expo sponsors include 790AM Business Talk; Poder 1110; RISBJ; Organizing RI, LLC; Bella Events; and Xzito.

For more information on the We Mean Business Expo or to pre-register, visit This unique Expo is a powerful tool for extending your brand to Rhode Island’s small business owners and the local, state, federal and non-profit agencies that serve them.  We invite you to come and get the information you need to start, grow, or improve your business experience in Rhode Island.  We hope to see you there!

The Secretary of State’s office works with every corporate entity that is registered to do business in Rhode Island – about 60,000 in all. The office oversees recording commercial liens, protecting corporate trademarks and providing advice to small and start-up businesses.

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