In his continuing effort to address the fiscal challenges of Rhode Island ’s cities and towns, Governor Chafee will host a community forum this week to hear from local small businesses and discuss ways to help them succeed, grow the economy, and create jobs for Rhode Islanders.
As part of Governor Chafee's focus for FY 2013 as the "Year of the Cities and Towns," he will be joined at the forum by South Kingstown Council President Ella M. Whaley, RIEDC staff, the U.S. Small Business Administration, RI Department of Labor and Training, Ocean State Business Development Authority and RI Small Business Development Center. Representatives from Governor Chafee’s Office and participating agencies will be on-hand to answer questions and schedule follow-up one-on-one appointments with participants.
Governor Chafee believes that small businesses are the backbone of Rhode Island communities and that their success will be a key factor in the revitalization of the state’s cities and towns.
Forum discussions will review state programs and initiatives developed for: a) providing greater access to financing and credit for small businesses; b) making it easier to do business by creating clear, predictable and reliable regulatory and permitting processes; c) revitalizing urban communities and businesses; and d) energy efficiency programs to help businesses operate more cost effectively.
Friday, March 2, 2012 from 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Palisades Mill, 1174 Kingstown Rd., South Kingstown (Peacedale)
Governor Lincoln D. Chafee
Abby Swienton, Policy & Legislative Analyst
Economic Development Corporation
Keith Stokes, Executive Director
Chris Cannata, Financial Services Client Relations Manager
Leslie Taito, Director of Regulatory and Quality Management
Department of Labor and Training
Connie Parks, Chief of Labor & Training Programs, Dept. of Labor and Training, Business Workforce Center
Business Development Partners
Normand Deragon, Economic Development Specialist, RI District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)
Henry A. "Bud" Violet, President, Ocean State Business Development Authority
Ardena Lee-Fleming , Central RI Regional Director, Small Business Development Center
Ella M. Whaley, President, South Kingstown Town Council
Clay Johnson, President, South County Chamber of Commerce
Contacts: Town of South Kingstown , Vin Murray, 401.789.9331