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Secretary of State Mollis, RIEDC Offer Free Business Workshops in June

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Small businesses can get help improving their bottom line at four free workshops this month from Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC).

“These classes can be a tremendous resource for start-ups or companies dreaming about taking the next step. They now have access to a group of consultants who can help them succeed," said Mollis.

Daniel J. Holmander of Barlow, Josephs & Holmes will present “Protecting Your Brand Online Using Intellectual Property” Wed., June 1, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Rhode Island Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, One Davol Sq., Providence.

This class will focus on protecting your company name, product name and reputation using intellectual property rights such as trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Pick up strategies that can be used to protect and leverage your company’s brand.

Elizabeth N. Galligan of Newberry Public Relations and Marketing will present "How to Create the Best Ad in the World" Wed., June 8, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Ste. 101, Providence.

See how top advertising agencies develop ads that work. Learn how transform your low-performing ads into profitable tools for your business.

Xzito Creative Solutions will present "Building Social Interactive Sites, How & Now" Tues., June 14, from noon to 2 p.m. at RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Ste. 101, Providence.

Pick up innovative methods to enhance your brand by making websites socially interactive. This workshop is for experienced participants who already have a website or oversee online communications.

Gil Lantini of Focus Business Solutions will present "Branding 101 for Small Business" Thurs., June 23, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Ste 101, Providence.

This workshop will explore the elements of a strong brand, will go into detail on logo design and will review the importance of keeping your online and offline marketing consistent.

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

The Secretary of State’s office works with more than 60,000 companies registered to do business in Rhode Island. The office oversees recording commercial liens and protecting corporate trademarks and provides advice to start-up businesses.

Secretary of State Mollis is committed to making it easier to vote, helping business 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: 05-26-2011

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