Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | September 12, 2012

Join The Chamber Experience ~Sept 18th, add your voice to this important discussion

Chamber members are encouraged to attend this newly created forum (September 18th) designed to foster dynamic and thoughtful dialogue around statewide economic issues, member benefits and key Chamber initiatives.

During the interactive discussion, attendees will get updates on relevant issues and initiatives the Chamber is advocating and preparing for the 2013 legislative session; engage with key policy and business leaders; and exchange ideas and information on starting or growing business – all in an effort to expand our members’ network of collaboration and connections.

THE CHAMBER EXPERIENCE features presentations by:

GPCC President Laurie White

“Chamber 2013”

Highlights of the Chamber’s economic agenda and how the Chamber’s work benefits your business.

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GPCC Board Chair /Duffy & Shanley President Jon Duffy

“RI’s Small Business –Big Footprint”

As the first small business leader of the GPCC, Jon will explain why it is vital to join forces in raising RI’s small business voice.

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GPCC Lobbyist and Government Affairs Specialist Kelly Sheridan

“Advocacy –Why it matters:  The Chamber is minding government while you mind your business”

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Special Guest Panelist, John Taylor, Chairman of the Twin River Board of Directors & Jobs to RI campaign

Supports Question 1 this November to bring table games to Twin River.  John will talk about this opportunity to protect & grow jobs & revenue for the state, & will answer any questions Chamber members may have.

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Seating is limited.  Sign up today at www.provchamber.com  

DISCOUNTED PARKING AT RI CONVENTION CENTER GARAGE

Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | September 11, 2012

Welcome President Paxson!

The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce joined with the Rhode Island Foundation to officially roll out the welcome mat last night for new Brown President Christina Hull Paxson.

Flanked by leaders from Rhode Island’s business, arts, non-profit, government, labor, health care and education sectors, President Paxson talked of her enthusiasm for becoming part of the Providence and Rhode Island community.  An economist by trade, she noted the importance of the collaboration between academia and business, and promised to be an active participant in the continued development of this relationship locally.

Brown University’s 19th President, prior to her appointment at Brown, Christina Paxson was dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs and the Hughes Rogers Professor of Economics and Public Affairs at Princeton University.

She is a graduate of Swarthmore College and earned her graduate degrees at Columbia University.  Paxson has focused on the relationship of economic factors to health and welfare, particularly on the health and welfare of children. She founded the Center for Health and Wellbeing, an interdisciplinary research center in the Woodrow Wilson School.

The Chamber is looking forward to working with President Paxson on growing the knowledge economy in Providence and we wish her well as she embarks in her new role as Brown University’s new President!

Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | September 11, 2012

What do you need to be successful?

Whether it is business planning, registering your business, financing, licensing and permits, safety and health, or counseling for taxes; the We Mean Business Expo –presented by the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s Office and the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with SBA and the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center — has the resources to get you the answers you need to grow your business.

Get free business advice from a team of experts put together especially with small businesses in mind.  Go to one of the free workshops on topics ranging from customer service to marketing.  Pick up business tips and giveaways all day long.

WE MEAN BUSINESS EXPO

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

10 am – 3 pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick

For more information visit  www.WeMeanBusinessRI.com

Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | September 10, 2012

Thinking about the unthinkable – can your business survive a disaster event?

The recovery costs associated with a disastrous event can be overwhelming.  
Does your business have a continuity of operations plan in place--just in case? 
Does your staff know their responsibilities should your company be affected by 
a disastrous event?

If you need help creating or updating your plan, the Rhode Island Business 
Emergency Operations Center (RIBEOC) will be hosting a free Business Continuity 
Conference at Bryant University in Smithfield, RI, on October 31st, 2012, 
from 8 am- 1 pm. 


The focus of the conference is to educate RI business executives on prudent 
preparedness strategies. Participants will learn how to: 
  • Improve disaster preparedness efforts
  • Improve communications before, during, and after a disaster
  • Rapidly develop sound economic impact statements to support decision making
  • Assistance requests protocols
  • Coordinate response efforts to facilitate return to normal, pre-disaster operations
  • Coordinate post-disaster economic recovery
 
The RIBEOC supports the coordination of activities and resources of 
businesses and organizations in Rhode Island to improve response and 
self-sufficiency; reduce reliance on FEMA and other federal assistance 
programs in order to maximize business, industry and economic stabilization; 
return the business environment to normal operations as quickly as possible. 
The RIBEOC is a joint effort between the Rhode Island Emergency Management 
Agency and the US Economic Development Agency (EDA), in partnership with 
the private sector.

For more information please visit:  
http://www.riema.ri.gov/business/workshops.php/
 
Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | September 7, 2012

Business NetWorks at The Regency Plaza

Don’t miss this last of the summer networking events poolside at one of the city’s most unique communities – The Regency Plaza. You will enjoy tasty delectables provided by Blackstone Caterers while listening to smooth jazz sounds of the Ginny Conley trio.  Tours will also be offered.

Register today! http://www.providencechamber.com/irmevents.aspx?id=414

Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | September 6, 2012

Make things happen fast ~ a page from the serial entrepreneur’s playbook

It’s challenging to launch a new project, especially if you’re battling layers of bureaucracy. Don’t fight the red tape. Instead, work around it to make things happen. Here are two ways:

Use what you’ve got. Instead of jumping through hoops to get approvals and formal funding, simply use the people you know, the budget you have, and the resources you can muster.

Secure only the commitment you need for the next step. Don’t try to get everyone on board. Just ask for permission to take the next action. Some people will want to know the end goal, but get the least amount of commitment you need to push the project forward.

Take a page from the playbook of those who are experts in navigating extreme uncertainty while minimizing risk: serial entrepreneurs.  Learn more from Leonard A. Schlesinger, Charles F. Kiefer, and Paul B. Brown’s blog “New Project? Don’t Analyze –Act” at

http://hbr.org/2012/03/new-project-dont-analyze-act/ar/1

Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | September 5, 2012

Check out #PROVCHAMBER

Have you seen it?

The Chamber’s new quarterly publication – #PROVCHAMBER – has hit the newsstands. It is designed to be a source for information on topics impacting local business and their employees. Each issue will include interviews, features, and insights to highlight the accomplishments of Chamber members and the positive impact they are having on the Rhode Island business community.

In the first issue:
•    Meet Nortek’s New Leader and Top Innovator – Michael Clarke
•    Local business leaders answer the question… “What can Rhode Island do to spur economic development?”
•    “Click Here” – a sneak peak at the Chamber’s soon to be launched redesigned web site.

#PROVCHAMBER is printed by Rhode Island Monthly, and mailed with BrandRI to all Chamber members. Didn’t get your copy? Click here to read it online.

As always, we welcome your constructive feedback and story ideas – simply email bcostello@provchamber.com

Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | September 4, 2012

2012 Chamber Membership Campaign is Underway!

Close to 35 volunteers from some of the state’s leading businesses are calling on friends, contacts and business associates to promote the benefits of being involved with the state’s largest business advocacy organization.  These volunteers are energized about growing the Chamber’s diverse and dynamic membership base and are instrumental in fulfilling our organization’s long term strategy — to create a strong foundation of businesses on which we can grow the local economy and create jobs. We will continue to support and encourage them over the next 8 weeks!

Not a member yet? There is no better time to join than now! New Chamber members are eligible for a host of new incentives. Click here to learn more

Check back for campaign updates or click here to visit the Campaign Web site.

Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | August 31, 2012

Four Steps to Generating Your Next Breakthrough

Continuous business development within our diverse local industries is key to a robust economic climate in RI.  HBR provides this tip, adapted from “The Four Phases of Design Thinking” by Warren Berger, for promoting innovation in your company:

Business leaders can learn a lot from the way that designers solve problems and create new innovations. Successful designers find new ideas in seemingly mundane places. Here are four steps to finding something original in the ordinary:

  • Question. Don’t just ask the obvious questions. Look deeper and don’t be afraid to rethink basic fundamentals about your business and products.
  • Care. Caring doesn’t just mean giving great customer service. Get to know your customers as intimately as possible. Immerse yourself in the lives of the people you are trying to serve.
  • Connect. Find ways to bring together concepts, people, and products. Many great breakthroughs are “mash-ups” of existing ideas.
  • Commit. Give form to your idea as quickly as possible: create a prototype and begin testing it right away. This is the only way to know if you’ve touched on something truly promising.

Posted by: Providence Chamber of Commerce | August 29, 2012

A Reminder About Emergency Preparedness

As the Gulf Coast continues to bear the brunt of Hurricane Issac, we are reminded of the importance of having a clear, effective workplace disaster plan in place.

Since it’s impossible to know when and how a disaster will strike, a company must be ready for anything. Companies that don’t have a disaster plan, or have one they haven’t reviewed recently, should act immediately to develop a crisis response that will ensure the safety of employees and the ongoing survival of the business in the event of a natural disaster.

Local companies are encouraged to make sure your home or business property is less vulnerable by identifying possible hazards, developing a plan which includes establishing escape routes and keeping emergency phone numbers handy, keeping copies of important business and personal records off-site as well as having appropriate insurance coverage up to date.

Having a clear plan in place before it happens can help your company minimize injuries and property damage and get back to business quickly.

A few helpful links to help you get stared:

RI Emergency Management

Providence Emergency Management

Beacon Mutual Insurance Hurricane Planning Guide

Small Business Administration Emergency Planning

Federal Government Emergency Management

 

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