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Secretary of State Mollis, RIEDC Offer Free Business Workshops

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) are sponsoring four free workshops this month to help small businesses improve their bottom line.

“Our goal is to give you the tools make it in today's economy. Where else can you get guidance from a team of consultants that might cost thousands of dollars if you were to engage them yourself," said Mollis.

Juan Gomez and Jeshua Zapata of Xzito Creative Solutions will present "Jump Start Your 2011 with a Successful Online Strategy" Tues., Jan. 18, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Ste 101, Providence.

Create a well-thought-out web strategy to increase market visibility, enhance credibility and generate more sales. Learn how the Internet can improve customer service and cut marketing costs.

Dan Holmander of Barlow, Josephs & Holmes Ltd. will present "IP Protection for Small Business" Fri., Jan. 21, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Ste 101, Providence.

This workshop reviews common intellectual property protection issues including common law trademarks, U.S. copyrights and state and federal trademark and copyright registration.

Elizabeth M. Tanner of Tanner Law Ltd. and Loree Dubois of Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co. will present “Business Entity Formation” Wed., Jan 19, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at RIEDC and, again, Tues., Jan. 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Centerville Learning Center, 875 Centerville Rd., Building 2, Unit 5, Warwick.

This beginner-level workshop will review the pros and cons of common business entity structures. Learn the differences between a limited liability company and an “S” corporation and evaluate the tax advantages.

To register for the free workshops, contact RIEDC at 278-9154 or

The workshops are offered through "We Mean Business," which is a joint venture between Mollis' First Stop Business Information Center and RIEDC. We Mean Business connects business owners with the local, state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations that impact their companies.

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: 01-04-2011

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