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Secretary of State Mollis, RIEDC Offer Free Business Workshops

PROVIDENCE, RI -- Anyone with a good idea for a great business can get advice about how to take their concept to the next level at two free workshops this month from Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC).

“Whether you have an existing small business or are just starting out both of these workshops for you. Where else can you get free legal advice and internet marketing tips at no cost?” said Mollis.

Elizabeth Tanner of Tanner Law Ltd. will present “Business Entity Formation,” Wed., August 24, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. at RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Ste. 101, Providence.

Businesses can discover the factors to consider while determining the most advantageous legal structure for their company and review the differences between a limited liability company and an "S" corporation.

Gil Lantini of Focus Business Solutions will present “Internet Marketing for Small Business,” Thurs., Aug. 25, from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the RIEDC, 315 Iron Horse Way, Ste. 101, Providence.

This workshop will explore how search engines work, cover ways to gain better website visibility by utilizing both free and paid methods and how to transition from traditional marketing budgets to the Internet.

To register for the free workshops, contact RIEDC at 278-9100, x212, or

The Secretary of State’s office works with 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 small 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: 08-19-2011

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