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Secretary of State Mollis, RIEDC Offer Free Workshops to Help Small Business Grow

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Business owners can go back to school with this fall with three free workshops offered by Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC).

“We're giving small business the tools they need to prosper in today's economy. These consultants will position them to increase profits and attract new customers,” said Mollis.

Juan Gomez and Jeshua Zapata of Xzito Creative Solutions will present "Leveraging Social Media to Grow Your Business,” Tues., Oct. 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northern R.I. Chamber of Commerce, 6 Blackstone Valley Pl., Ste. 301, Lincoln. The chamber is co-sponsoring the workshop.

Learn how to turn tweets and posts into profits, see how large companies are using social media and learn the pitfalls to avoid.

David Lucier of Lucier CPA and David Nash of Engage Marketing will present "How to Start and Run a Successful Small Business," Wed., Oct. 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Unit 5, Warwick.

The workshop will review tax-reduction strategies, 20 pitfalls to starting and running a small business and how to price products and services.

Gil Lantini of Focus Business Solutions will present “Websites 101” Thurs., Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Ste. 101, Providence. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Greater Cranston Chamber of Commerce and North Central Chamber of Commerce.

The workshop will teach the ins and outs of developing your company’s first website, registering a domain name, promoting your website and analyzing web traffic.

To register for the free workshops, contact the Secretary of State's office at 222-2185 or

The Secretary of State’s office works with 60,000 companies 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 small 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

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


MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Barnett at 222-4293 or

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  • Release date: 09-26-2011

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