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AG Kilmartin Hosts Small Biz Expo for New Americans

With the increased growth and success of small businesses owned and operated by new Americans, Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has partnered with the City of Providence, the Scalabrini Dukceveich Center and Western Union to host a FREE Small Business expo for new Americans on Saturday, June 9, 2012.

The Business Expo is scheduled frmo 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Scalabrini Dukceveich Center,located at 300 Laurel Hill Aevnue, Providence.

Representatives will be on hand from local, state and federal agencies to guide small business owners and entrepreneurs through the process of forming a successful new business; from incorporation and local licensing and zoning requirements to financing options, taxation requirements and labor-related matters. Participating agencies will have bi-lingual representatives on hand, as well as information printed in English and Spanish.

The RI Office of Secretary of State, the RI Economic Development Corporation, the RI Department of Labor and Training Business Workforce Center, the RI Division of Taxation, the federal Small Business Administration, the Small Business Development Center at Johnson & Wales University, the Center for Women and Enterprise, SCORE, the City of Providence, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, and Western Union, among others, will be present to answer questions and provide information for attendees.

"The American economy was built on the ideas of new Americans who came to this country with a little ingenuity and a great willingness to work hard. Today, however, the process of starting a new business can be confusing and daunting for anyone, let alone someone who may be new to this country," said Attorney General Kilmartin. "It is incumbent upon all of us to work together to help small businesses succeed in Rhode Island. This Business Expo will connect the next generation of new American entrepreneurs with the right agencies and programs to get their ideas off the ground."

Rossana Grillo, executive director of the Scalabrini Dukcevich Center, urged Rhode Island entrepreneurs to take advantage of the informative presentations and the necessary tools to empower new and existing businesses. "The Small Business Expo is a great opportunity for those entrepreneurs who wish to own a business, but don't know where to begin," said Ms. Grillo.

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