Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | March 13, 2012

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center Announces Advisory Board Appointments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Small Business Development Center at Johnson & Wales University welcomes new members to its 2012 advisory board.

The advisory board members were selected to join the existing distinguished group to support and advise the RISBDC on programmatic, partner, and funding opportunities to increase its capacity to provide high quality service, assistance, and impact generation to the small business community in Rhode Island. 

Members of the board are notable in the RI business community and are qualified on the basis of achievement, experience, and integrity. Board members will bring a diverse perspective from different industry sectors that will ensure the growing needs of businesses continue to be met by the innovative RISBDC statewide service delivery model.


Members of the Advisory Board include:

Rick Brooks, Executive Director, Governor’s Workforce Board RI

Miriam A. Ross, Esq., Attorney at Law

Michael Van Leesten, President, The Van Leesten Group

Matthew Wojcik, Director of Economic Development, City ofWoonsocket

Jeshua Zapata, President, Xzito Creative Solutions


The recent appointments join existing advisory board members:

Stephen Cronin, President, TWOBOLT

John Gregory, President, Northern RI Chamber of Commerce

Mark S. Hayward, District Director of the US SBA

Karriem Kanston, Vice President, Coastway Credit Union

James Lavoie, CEO, Rite Solutions

Pat Mastors, President, Pear Health, LLC

Dr. David M. Mitchell, Dean, JWU College of Business

Joan Moran, Deputy District Director, US SBA

Dr. Jeffrey Senese, Vice President for Academic Affairs, JWU

Lauren Slocum, Executive Director, Central RI Chamber of Commerce

Keith Stokes, Executive Director, RI Economic Development Corporation

Jody Sullivan, Executive Director, Newport County Chamber of Commerce

Frank X. Tweedie, Dean, JWU School of Technology

Dr. Traci Warrington, Dean of Professional Studies, Salve Regina University


About the Rhode Island SBDC Network

The Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (RISBDC) at Johnson & Wales University serves as a focal point for the coordination of federal, state, local, academic, and private resources to aid small businesses and to promote economic development in the state. The RISBDC provides quality resources to entrepreneurs focused on building successful businesses supported by our no-fee consulting services and affordable training programs. The RISBDC connects entrepreneurs to business coaches, industry experts and Johnson & Wales student engagement opportunities to assist their ongoing business journey of creation, growth and transformation. 


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