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Friday, September 21, 2012

Talking Charlestown Business with Governor Chafee

Governor Chafee to Host Charlestown Business Community Outreach Forum    
Reps. Larry Valencia and Donna Walsh with Governor Chafee at the
Charlestown Historical Society during his last visit to Charlestown
Taken from a news release from the RIEDC

In his continuing effort to address the fiscal challenges of Rhode Island’s cities and towns, Governor Lincoln D. Chafee will host a community forum with the Town of Charlestown 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 the Charlestown Economic Improvement Commission chaired by Frank Glista as well as representatives from the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, RI Department of Labor and Training, U.S. Small Business Administration, RI Small Business Development Center, Ocean State Business Development Authority, Charlestown Chamber of Commerce and the South County Tourism Council.

State Representative Donna Walsh helped to organize this forum, viewing it as a logical next-step after the tour she arranged for the Governor last August.

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; and c) energy efficiency programs to help businesses operate more cost effectively.

All area businesses are invited to attend! Representatives from the Governor’s Office, U.S. SBA, participating agencies and municipalities will answer questions and be on-hand after the forum to meet one-on-one with participants and/or schedule follow-up appointments.

Business Forum Date:
Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Time: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
Location: General Stanton Inn, 4115 Old Post Rd., Charlestown
RSVP: Frank Glista,, 364-3723