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Upcoming Rhode Island small business training events


The new Health Exchange for Rhode Island, HealthSource RI, is putting on presentations in each city/town across the state between now and Sept. 30. These presentations are offered to the public at no cost, and discuss the implications of the Affordable Care Act to Rhode Island businesses and individuals. For a complete list of presentations, visit www.HealthSourceRI.com.

The SBA is co-sponsoring the following five presentations with HealthSource RI:

Tuesday, 5:30-7:30 p.m. — New England Tech, 1408 Division Road, East Greenwich.

Wednesday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. — Theater 82, 1408 Rolfe Square, Cranston.

Aug. 29, 6-8 p.m. — North Kingstown Senior Center, 10 Beach St., North Kingstown.

Sept. 11, 8:30-10:30 a.m. — New England Tech, 1408 Division Road, East Greenwich.

Sept. 26, 6-8 p.m. — East Providence Public Library, 475 Bullocks Point Ave., East Providence.

All presentations are free of charge. No registration is required. Seating is first come, first serve. For more information, call 401-528-4561.

Tuesday

• How to Choose Your Legal Entity, from the Center for Women and Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Blvd. in Providence. The program runs from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and is free. To register, visit www.cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800.

Make it legal: 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.

Be able to ask questions to our legal advisers to make this important business decision regarding legal entity.

Thursday

• How to Sell Yours Goods and Services to the Federal Government, from the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Webinar, 9 to 11 a.m., is free. To register and receive login information, email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov or call 401-528-4561.

The world’s largest buyer of goods and services is the federal government, with purchases totaling more than $500 billion per year. The government especially encourages small businesses to bid on contracts for some of these needs. In fact, federal agencies are required to establish contracting goals, with at least 23 percent of all government buying targeted to small firms.

SBA administers and promotes several programs and services that assist small businesses in meeting the requirements to receive government contracts, either as prime contractors or subcontractors. These include the 8(a) Business Development Program, Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program, Woman-Owned Small Business Programs and programs designed to assist veteran and service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses. This workshop will provide you with an overview these programs.



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