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Secretary of State Mollis, RIEDC Offer Free Business Workshops

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC) are offering four workshops in May to help you gain a competitive edge in today’s economy.

“In these challenging times, we are doing everything we can to help small businesses grow. These seminars give you the opportunity to get advice from a team of consultants," said Mollis.

Juan Gomez and Jeshua Zapata of Xzito Creative Solutions will present "Your Brand, Your Identity” Wed., May 18, from noon to 2 p.m. at the RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Ste. 101, Providence.

This “brown bag” workshop will cover the basics of personal, product and corporate branding. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch. Refreshments will be provided.

David Lucier of Lucier CPA and David Nash of Engage Marketing will present "How to Start and Run a Successful Small Business" Wed., May 18, 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.

Lucier and John Polumbo of Strategic Sales will present "Business Accelerator" Wed., May 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 875 Centerville Rd., Building 2, Unit 5, Warwick.

This workshop will review the top 10 pitfalls of running a small business, pricing strategies to retain customers and grow margins, marketing strategies and tax management.

Gil Lantini of Focus Business Solutions will present "Internet Marketing for Small Business" Thurs., May 26, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at RIEDC.

This workshop will cover low cost ways to increase website traffic, explore how search engines work and ways to gain better website visibility by utilizing both free and paid methods.

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: 05-03-2011

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