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Secretary of State Mollis, RIEDC Offer Help for Small Business

PROVIDENCE, RI – Small businesses can go to school on everything from creating a business plan to social media at four free workshops this month from Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation.

“In these challenging times, we are doing everything we can to help small businesses grow. Going to these workshops is like bringing on a team of consultants for a month," said Mollis.

Xzito Creative Solutions will present “Planting Seeds for High Website Traffic,” Tues., Nov. 8, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Ste. 101, Providence.

Pick up tips about using paid listings on major search engines, creating banner ads on other websites, maximizing keyword relevance, using directories and developing online marketing strategies that create visibility.

Betty Galligan of Newberry Public Relations & Marketing will present “Social Media Marketing for Small Businesses” Wed., Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at RIEDC.

Learn how to promote products, services and brand relationships online, determine which social media channels are best for your business and discover how to interact “socially” with key customers.

David Lucier of Lucier CPA will present “Business Planning Boot Camp” Thurs., Nov. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at RIEDC.

This workshop will cover a range of topics from managing marketing and sales to raising capital to determining which legal structure is best for your business.

It is co-sponsored by the R.I. Small Business Administration, Northern R.I. Chamber of Commerce, North Central R.I. Chamber of Commerce, Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce and R.I. Small Business Development Center at Johnson and Wales University.

Lucier and John Polumbo of Strategic Sales will present "Business Accelerator" Wed., Nov. 30, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 875 Centerville Rd., Building 2, Unit 5, Warwick.

This workshop will review the top 10 pitfalls of running a small business, pricing strategies to retain customers and grow margins, marketing strategies and tax management issues.

To register for the free workshops, contact the Secretary of State's office at 222-2185 or businessinfo@sos.ri.gov.

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

Secretary of State Mollis is committed to making it easier to vote, making it easier to do business in Rhode Island 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.

MEDIA CONTACT -- Chris Barnett at 222-4293 or cbarnett@sos.ri.gov

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Department or agency: Office of the Secretary of State

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

Release date: 11-04-2011

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