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Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, RIEDC Offer Free Workshop Targeting Small Businesses

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) are sponsoring a free workshop that will help you become a stronger business negotiator.

Barbara Jackson of 3 Step Networks will present “Beyond Negotiating: Becoming a Professional with Influence” Wed., Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence.

The workshop will focus on the basics of negotiating with employees, customers, suppliers, and even family members, easily and without fear. You will learn to tweak your strategies and refine your skills so that you can increase your negotiating success rate and the bottom line results you achieve.

Jackson has more than 25 years of management and consulting experience leading organizations – and the people that work in them – through rapid turnarounds and change. As a consultant, she built programs that maximized employee performance at all organizational levels. Her past clients include Time magazine, the United Nations Development Program, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

The seminar is offered through "We Mean Business," which is a joint venture between Mollis' First Stop Business Information Center and Every Company Counts (ECC), the small business initiative of RIEDC. We Mean Business connects business owners with the local, state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations that impact their companies. To register, contact ECC at 278-9174 or

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

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: 09-22-2010

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