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Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation Online Service Wins National Award

PROVIDENCE, RI – The State of Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation’s online liquor product label registration service has been named a 2008 Excellence Award winner by the National Electronic Commerce Coordinating Council (eC3). The annual Excellence Awards recognize innovative e-government programs that have produced measurable improvements in the delivery of government services. This year, the winners included five states, one county government and the federal Department of Homeland Security.

Rhode Island’s Certificate of Compliance Product Label Renewal application was recognized in the ‘innovative use of the Web in government management practices’ category. The service allows alcohol beverage manufacturers to fulfill RI regulations that require them to register alcohol products sold within the state. Manufacturers can renew all product label registrations, add new registrations, and remove products no longer being distributed, all through an easy to use online service. The application was developed by the Department of Business Regulation, Division of Commercial Licensing & Racing & Athletics, in partnership with, the state’s official Web site and online services provider.

“The online application replaced a time-intensive paper registration process and provided increased efficiencies for everyone involved,” explained A. Michael Marques, Director of the Department of Business Regulation. “I am pleased to have the Department recognized by eC3 for our Web efforts. Electronic efficiencies mean less time dealing with paperwork and more time enforcing the regulations that exist to protect consumers – which we see as our primary responsibility.”

About the Department of Business Regulation The Department’s primary function is the implementation of state laws mandating the regulation and licensing of designated businesses, professions, occupations and other specified activities. The industries regulated include insurance, banking, securities, liquor, real estate, racing and athletics, among others.

About eC3 eC3 is a governmental organization working to further discuss and create solutions for technology issues that impact the business of government. The organization works across the boundaries of federal, state and local governments and consists of thought leaders from the public and private sectors. To further its vision of affecting strategic change in government, eC3 cuts across a number of disciplines, including but not limited to technology, finance and acquisition. For more information, visit

About is Rhode Island’s homepage and official Website (, a collaborative effort between the state of Rhode Island and Rhode Island Interactive. The site and services are developed and maintained by Rhode Island Interactive, a wholly owned subsidiary of the eGovernment firm NIC (Nasdaq: EGOV).

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