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Secretary of State Mollis, RIEDC Team Up on Free Business Workshops

PROVIDENCE, RI – Small businesses have two last opportunities in 2011 to get help improving their bottom line at free workshops from Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC).

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

Gil Lantini of Focus Solutions will present "Branding for Small Businesses" Thurs., Dec. 8, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence.

This workshop will review the elements of a strong brand, go into detail on logo design and explain how to keep brand identity consistent across online and traditional marketing platforms.

Juan Gomez and Jeshua Zapata of Xzito Creative Solutions will present "Jump Start Your 2012 with a Successful Online Strategy" Tues., Dec. 13, from noon to 2 p.m. at RIEDC.

This workshop reviews web strategies to increase market visibility, enhance credibility and generate more sales. Learn how the Internet can improve customer service and cut marketing costs.

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 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

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

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  • Release date: 12-01-2011

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