Local businesses will have the unique opportunity to sit down face-to-face with government officials who regulate businesses here in the state of Rhode Island. Business leaders will be offered free advice and guidance on licensing, permitting, financing, and other business related matters, at the "We Mean Business" Expo on Tuesday, September 10th, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick.
Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and Governor Lincoln D. Chafee, along with the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) will bring Rhode Island's local, state and federal agencies together in the Grand Ballroom in a one-of-a-kind opportunity for businesses.
This year, the Secretary is proud to introduce the new "Smart Start" room where attorneys and accountants will be on-hand to speak with businesses and entrepreneurs interested in learning more about how to properly manage and grow their business. The "Smart Start" clinic is perfect for new business owners looking to learn more about filings, patents, trademarks, tax documentation and Federal Identification Numbers.
Among the state agencies that will participate are the state Department of Environmental Management, Department of Health, Division of Taxation, and the state Department of Labor and Training.
Municipalities including Coventry, Burrillville, Portsmouth, and Tiverton will be present.
There will also be a variety of workshops as well, including a "Social Media" workshop by Gil Lantini of the RI Small Business Journal and a "State Fire Code from A to Z" workshop from the State Fire Marshall's Office.
This year's "We Mean Business" Expo include 790AM Business Talk, Cox Communications, Poder 1110, RISBJ, Alex and Ani, Seed, University of Rhode Island - Providence Feinstein Campus, Telemundo, Promail, American News, Organizing RI, LLC, Seven Swords, and Xzito.