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Secretary of State Mollis, RIEDC Offer Help Sharpening Your Business Skills

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Small businesses can get help improving their bottom line at four free workshops this month from Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC).

“In today's environment, we are doing everything we can to help companies be successful. These workshops allow them to get advice from a team of consultants," said Mollis.

Juan Gomez and Jeshua Zapata of Xzito Creative Solutions will present "Leveraging Social Media to Grow Your Business” Tues., April 12, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, 6 Blackstone Valley Pl., Unit 301, Lincoln.

This workshop will cover using social media to generate profits, how large companies utilize it and the pitfalls to avoid.

Gil Lantini of Focus Business Solutions will present "QR Codes – What Are They and How Can They Benefit Your Business" Tues., April 26, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Ste. 101, Providence.

The workshop will explore the various uses for Quick Response codes and how this growing technology is being used globally for marketing purposes.

David Lucier of Lucier CPA and David Nash of Engage Marketing will present "How to Start and Run a Successful Small Business" Wed., April 27, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 875 Centerville Rd., Building 2, Unit 5, Warwick.

The workshop will review tax-reduction strategies, 20 pitfalls to starting and running a small business and how to price products and services.

Lantini will also present “Websites 101” Thurs., April 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at RIEDC. The workshop will explore registering a domain name, creating a web strategy, analyzing web traffic and website promotion.

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: 04-06-2011

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