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10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Charlestown

Wild About Reading
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Charlestown

Mah Jongg
1 p.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

GED Prep Classes
5 p.m. - 8 p.m. Westerly

FOPA Members Meeting
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Westerly

Strength and Stability
9 a.m. - 10 a.m. Charlestown

Free Income Tax Help
9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Westerly

Music with Mr. Mike
9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Charlestown

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Upcoming Rhode Island small business training programs


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:

Wednesday, 8:30-10:30 a.m. — Hampton Inn & Suites, 2100 Post Road, Warwick.

Sept. 25, 6-8 p.m. — Narragansett Community Center, 53 Mumford Road, Narragansett.

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

For more information, please call 401-528-4561.

Tuesday

• Complying With U.S. Export Controls — Two-Day BIS Seminar, from Chafee Center for International Business and U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry & Security, at Bryant University, 1150 Douglas Pike in Smithfield. The program runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. The fee for seminar is $350, which covers all materials as well as continental breakfast and lunch both days. To register, visit www.regonline.com/exportcontrols2013 or call 401-232-6407.

This two-day seminar is led by Bureau of Industry and Security professional counselors and provides an in-depth understanding of the EAR (Export Administration Regulations). Come learn from the experts how U.S. export control regulations covering goods and technologies affect you. Presenters will conduct a number of exercises for practical hands-on application to prepare participants to apply their knowledge to their own export activities.

Thursday

• It’s Who You Know That Counts: Six Keys to Power Networking for Your Small Business, from the U.S. Small Business Administration, City of Providence, RI Small Business Development Center and the Center for Women & Enterprise, at Johnson & Wales University, TACO Center, 10 Abbott Park Place in Providence. The program runs from 10 a.m. to noon and is free. To register, please email providence.ri@sba.gov or call 401-528-4561.

Networking has been recognized in recent years as a key to overall business success, but does it work really? Don’t some people just show up at events and hand out business cards and then get no business for their time spent? The answer to both questions is YES. Bob Salvas, a local director in BNI (Business Networking International) has been successfully networking for years. Come to this seminar and learn the real benefits of networking, how to go about it and where you should look to invest your networking time.

• Export Assistance Program, from the U.S. Small Business Administration, at the Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Blvd. in Providence. The program runs from 1:30 to 4 p.m. and is free. To register, email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov or call 401-528-4561.

Haven’t considered exporting? Did you know that 95 percent of the world’s consumers are OUTSIDE of the United States? Did you know that 87 percent of world economic growth over the next five years will take place OUTSIDE of the United States? Want to give exporting a second thought? Join this program to learn about no-cost state and federal resources available to assist you plan and implement your exporting plan.

• BYB: 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 2 to 4 p.m. The fee for the workshop is $40. 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.

Friday

• Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Planning 101, from SCORE and the Association of Contingency Planners, at the Centerville Seminar Center, 875 Centerville Road, Building 2, Suite 5, in Warwick. The program runs from 10 a.m. to noon and is free. To register, email matthew.spoehr@sba.gov or call 401-528-4561.

This presentation will provide important practical information to help small and midsize businesses understand the importance of developing business continuity and disaster recovery plans that ensure that the business can survive a natural disaster Consider this fact — nine out of 10 companies (90 percent) that are unable to resume business operations within five days of a disaster are out of business within one year. Do you have a plan?

Community Entrepreneurs Program Phase One: Visioning Boot Camp, from the Center for Women and Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Boulevard in Providence. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fee for the workshop is $195. Partial scholarships may be available. To register, visit www.cweonline.org or call 401-277-0800.

If you’re considering entrepreneurship, this is the first step in turning your dreams of owning your own business into a reality. Register for this intensive, one-day program to explore the challenges and rewards of self-employment.



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