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Secretary of State Mollis, RIEDC Offer Free Business Workshops on Web Marketing, Protecting Intellectual Property

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) continue their year-long partnership to help small businesses succeed by offering six free workshops this month.

“We are focused on helping you be successful in today’s economic environment. You can take advantage of free advice from experts who normally could command thousands of dollars in consulting fees," said Mollis.

Juan Gomez and Jeshua Zapata of Xzito Creative Solutions will present "Building Social Interactive Websites" Tues., Feb. 8, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Ste 101, Providence.

This workshop for intermediate level webmasters and marketers will offer tips about how to make your website a social and interactive dynamo that enhances your brand.

Gil Lantini of Focus Business Solutions will present “Websites 101” Thurs., Feb. 17, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at RIEDC, and, again, on Thurs., Feb. 24, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at RIEDC.

The workshop will explore creating a web strategy, gaining better visibility by using low-cost Internet promotional tools, analyzing web traffic and transitioning from traditional marketing budgets to the Internet.

Dan Holmander of Barlow, Josephs & Holmes Ltd. will present "IP Protection for Small Business" three times this month.

Catch the workshop on Thurs., Feb. 17, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Centerville Learning Center, 875 Centerville Rd., Building 2, Unit 5, Warwick; Fri., Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at RIEDC, or Tues., Feb. 22, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the R.I. Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 1 Davol Square, Providence.

This workshop reviews common intellectual property protection issues including common law trademarks, U.S. copyrights and state and federal trademark and copyright registration.

To register for the free workshops, contact RIEDC at 278-9154 or eperry@riedc.com.

The workshops are offered through "We Mean Business," which is a joint venture between Mollis' First Stop Business Information Center and RIEDC. We Mean Business connects business owners with the local, state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations that impact their companies.

The Secretary of State's office works with almost every company registered to do business in Rhode Island. The office oversees recording commercial liens, protecting corporate trademarks and providing advice to start-up businesses.

Secretary of State Mollis is committed to making it easier to vote, helping businesses grow and making government more open and accessible. For more information about the programs and services the Secretary of State offers Rhode Islanders, visit sos.ri.gov.

RIEDC's mission is to create jobs, help companies expand and develop their workforce, and identify opportunities to bring new companies into our state. RIEDC offers a host of programs, both in-house and in collaboration with partner organizations, to support the businesses of Rhode Island and to achieve the goals of job retention and sustainable job growth. For more information, visit riedc.com.

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Department or agency: Office of the Secretary of State

Online: http://www.sos.ri.gov/

Release date: 02-04-2011

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