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Westerly-Pawcatuck Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Westerly

Community Artists Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

E-Reader Help
10 a.m. - Noon Charlestown

Drop-in Knitting Club
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Charlestown

Book Discussion Group
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Charlestown

Classic Car Cruise Nights
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Misquamicut

Misquamicut Drive-In Movie
9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Misquamicut

Westerly Land Trust Summer Paddles- Potter Hill to Westerly Landing
9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly

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Upcoming small business training events


The following are this week’s scheduled small business training programs from the U.S. Small Business Association-Rhode Island and Prophet Share:

SBA-R.I.

Tuesday

• Government Contracting 101, from the U.S. Small Business Administration, at North Kingstown Public Library, 100 Boone St., North Kingstown. The program runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is free. To register, email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov or call 401-528-4561.

NAICS, DUNS, SAM, CAGE, FAR … talk about alphabet soup! This program will help you decipher all these acronyms and help guide you on the path to getting started in government contracting.

Wednesday

• Intro to the HUBZone Program, from the U.S. Small Business Administration, the City of Central Falls and Navigant Credit Union, at the Navigant Credit Union branch, 693 Broad St., Central Falls. The program runs from 9 to 11 a.m. and is free. To register, email providence.ri@sba.gov or call 401-528-4561.

The HUBZone Program helps small businesses located in designated economically depressed areas and urban and rural communities with high unemployment get contract assistance and promote job growth and economic development in their communities.

Thursday

• Small Business 101, from the U.S. Small Business Administration, at Lincoln Public Library, 145 Old River Road, Lincoln. The program runs from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is free. To register, email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov or call 401-528-4561.

Have you ever wanted to start your own business? Do you already have a business and need a little guidance? Are you considering a small business loan? Want to get involved with government contracting? Attend this seminar and discover a world of resources for you and your business.

• Customer Retention: Three Things You Absolutely Need to Know to Drive Repeat Business, from SCORE, at the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Building 4, Suite 402, Lincoln. The program runs from 9 to 11 a.m. and is free. To register, email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov or call 401-528-4561.

Join marketing consultant Bob Salvas as he reveals the three things you absolutely need to know to retain your customers, make more profits and successfully grow your business.

Friday

• How to: Explore Entrepreneurship, from the Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Blvd., Providence. The program runs from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and is free. To register, visit cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800.

Attend this workshop and decide whether starting your own business is right for you. As part of this workshop, you will explore the process and learn about the risks and rewards of starting up your own business; discuss specific business ideas and needs with a program manager; get an overview of various resources at CWE and elsewhere to help you succeed; and more.

• How to: Obtain Bank Financing, from the Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Blvd., Providence. The program runs from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. and is free. To register, visit cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800.

If you are considering loan financing as a way to start or grow your business, then join a banking expert for this free session that will help you understand how loan financing can be a way to start or grow your business; find out more about lenders’ primary considerations when reviewing a loan request; master key loan lingo of the financing world and discover a range of loan types, and their respective terms and conditions; and more.

• How to: Choose Your Legal Entity, from the Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Blvd., Providence. The program runs from noon to 1 p.m. and is free. To register, visit cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800.

A legal designation can significantly impact the future of your business, so come to learn the advantages and disadvantages of various business structures (sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability company, corporate, nonprofit); better understand your business in the legal sense; and more.

Prophet Share

To register for the seminar below, visit prophetshareri.com. All events are held at the Centerville Seminar Center, 875 Centerville Road, Warwick, Building 2, Suite 5.

Tuesday

• How to Start or Run a Profitable Small Business. The program runs from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and is free.

There are many advantages to running a small business: independence, satisfaction, sheltering income and profits. However, four out of five businesses don’t last five years and few ever earn the profits they should. What’s the difference between success and failure? Knowledge. What will you learn in this seminar? The unknown secret formula to earning substantially higher profits than others; the 10 hottest businesses; how to slash hundreds off your taxes; and more.



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