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    Upcoming R.I. small business training events

    As part of a robust education and outreach effort, the Small Business Administration and Small Business Majority are launching the Affordable Care Act 101 weekly Webinar series.

    Small business owners can learn the basics of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for their company and employees, including insurance reforms, the small business health care tax credit, the new health insurance marketplaces, and employer shared responsibility provisions.

    Each week, SBA representatives will walk through the key pieces of the law so that small business owners can understand the facts and make the most informed decisions they can about providing health insurance for their employees.

    The Affordable Care Act 101 will take place every Thursday from now through the opening of the marketplaces in October. The next registration is Thursday at 2 p.m.

    isit sba.gov to register.

    Registration for later Webinars will be available shortly.

    If you have any questions, please contact Chris Van Es at Christopher.vanes@sba.gov

    Tuesday

    • Government Market Research, from the Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center, 315 Iron Horse Way in Providence. The program runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and is free. To register, please visit www.riptac.org.

    Everything the government buys is a matter of public record, but how do you know who buys what you sell? Market research is an essential tool for any business looking to succeed in the government market. Learn how to identify your real customers, target your market and develop a marketing strategy.

    Thursday

    • Lunch & Learn: Pitfalls of Intellectual Property — How to Reduce Liability for Trademark and Copyright Infringement, from the Center for Women and Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Blvd. in Providence. The program runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fee for the workshop and lunch is $55. To register, visit www.cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800.

    This workshop reviews common intellectual property protection issues involving trademarks and copyrights, and how a small business can utilize these rights and reduce liability in the marketplace most effectively.



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