NEW: Chafee to Host Small Business Forums

Monday, January 09, 2012


In his continuing effort to address the fiscal challenges of Rhode Island’s cities and towns, Governor Chafee, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC), the Small Business Administration (SBA), and municipal leaders, will host three community forums this week to hear from local small businesses and discuss ways to help them succeed, grow the economy, and create jobs for Rhode Islanders.

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The Governor will be joined at the forums by mayors and municipal leaders from Pawtucket, Cranston, and West Warwick, as well as representatives of the RIEDC and SBA.

Governor Chafee believes that small businesses are the backbone of Rhode Island communities and that their success will be a key factor in the revitalization of the state’s cities and towns.

Forum discussions will review state programs and initiatives developed for: a) providing greater access to financing and credit for small businesses; b) making it easier to do business by creating clear, predictable and reliable regulatory and permitting processes; c) revitalizing urban communities and business; and d) energy efficiency programs to help businesses operate more cost effectively.

All area businesses are invited to attend. Representatives from the Governor’s Office, RIEDC, municipalities, SBA, and the Ocean State Business Development Authority will be on-hand to answer questions, assist small business owners, and schedule follow-up one-on-one appointments.

Time & Locations

Jan. 11 - PNC Bank Bldg., 100 Freight St., Pawtucket, RI - 8:30-10:00 a.m
Jan. 12 - Millonzi Restaurant, 11 Curson St., W. Warwick, RI - 8:00-09:30 a.m
Jan. 13 - Imperial Room, 1 Rhodes Place, Cranston, RI.- 8:00-09:30 a.m


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