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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.

“Providing the tools to make it in today's economic environment is our goal. Our workshops give you access to a team of consultants at no cost," said Mollis.

Juan Gomez and Jeshua Zapata of Xzito Creative Solutions will present "Planting Seeds for High Website Traffic" Tues., March 8, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Ste 101, Providence.

Learn ways to continuously drive traffic to your website and get tips on how to impress customers online.

David Lucier of Lucier CPA and David Nash of Engage Marketing will present “How to Start and Run a Successful Small Business” on Wed., March 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Unit 5, Warwick.

The workshop will cover reducing taxes, 20 pitfalls to starting and running a small business and how to price a product or service.

Elizabeth N. Galligan of Newberry Public Relations and Marketing will present “Using Social Media for Marketing” Wed., March 23, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at The Center for Women and Enterprise., 132 George M. Cohan Blvd., Providence.

Learn how to use social media to market your business. This workshop will teach you how to develop and implement a strategic social media program that’s measurable and results-oriented.

Gil Lantini of Focus Business Solutions will present “Branding 101” Thurs., March 24, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at RIEDC.

The workshop will explore the elements of a strong brand, will go into detail on logo design and will review the importance of keeping your online and offline marketing consistent.

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 the Secretary of State's 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 more than 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 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: 02-28-2011

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