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Secretary of State Mollis, RIEDC Offer Free Business Workshops in July

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Get up to nine hours of free business consulting in July at four free workshops from Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and the R.I. Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC).

“If you are a small business owner or an entrepreneur, I encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity. We have an experienced team of consults ready to show you how to help your business take off,” said Mollis.

Xzito Creative Solutions will present “Planting Seeds for High Website Traffic” Tues., July 12, from noon to 2 p.m. at RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Ste. 101, Providence.

Pick up tips about using paid listing on major search engines, creating banner ads on other websites, maximizing keyword relevance, using directories and developing online marketing strategies that create visibility.

David Lucier of Lucier CPA and David Nash of Engage Marketing will present “How to Start and Run a Successful Business” Wed., July 13, 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 of starting and running a small business and how to price products and services.

Lucier and John Polumbo of Strategic Sales will present “Business Accelerator” Tues., July 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 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 tips.

Gil Lantini of Focus Business Solutions will present “Websites 101” Thurs., July 28, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at RIEDC.

The workshop will explore creating a web strategy, gaining better visibility by using low-cost Internet promotional tools, analyzing web traffic and transitioning from traditional marketing budgets to the Interest.

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: 06-29-2011

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