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

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

Mah Jongg
12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

Quilting Group
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Charlestown

Art Exhibition Hoxie Gallery
5 p.m. - 6 p.m. Westerly

Hispanic Heritage Festival
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Westerly

Extra Virgin Olive Oil Talk
6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Westerly

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Upcoming Rhode Island small business training programs

As a part of a federal grant received for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, the Center for Women & Enterprise will be holding a wide variety of workshops over the coming month. These workshops include:

QuickBooks Boot Camp — Tuesday, Sept. 17, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Southern R.I. Chamber of Commerce.

QuickBooks Boot Camp — Wednesday, Sept.18, Block Island, time and location TBD.

QuickBooks Boot Camp — Monday, Sept. 23, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., at New England Tech.

10 Tips On Managing Your Business Safety/Disaster Planning — Tuesday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-noon, at the Warwick Public Library.

Social Media Boot Camp — Wednesday, Sept. 25, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Southern R.I. Chamber of Commerce.

Social Media Boot Camp — Thursday, Sept. 26, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., in Narragansett (location pending).

Free One-On-One Consulting Clinic — Saturday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Warwick Public Library.

Social Media Boot Camp — Monday, Sept. 30, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at New England Tech.

To register for any of these free workshops, please visit or call 401-277-0800.

This week’s small business training events include:


• Grow Your Business With Email and Social Media, from the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, at the East Bay Chamber of Commerce, 16 Cutlet St. in Warren. The program runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and is free. To register, visit or call 401-598-2702.

Are your email and social media marketing programs creating new business for you? They should be. In this free workshop, small businesses and nonprofit organizations will learn easy-to-implement tactics for creating and measuring marketing campaigns without spending a lot of time or money. Participants will leave with a workbook full of ideas for timing their messages, writing winning subject lines, brainstorming offers or content to try, and how best to approach the next marketing campaign.


• Community Entrepreneurs Phase Two: Business Planning, from the Center for Women & Enterprise, 132 George M. Cohan Blvd. in Providence. The program runs from 6 to 9 p.m.

The class will meet for 14 Tuesdays. The fee is $650. Partial scholarships may be available. To register, visit or call 401-277-0800.

The next step in CEP involves getting your business on the right track. In this second phase, you will xetermine the feasibility of your business concept, work with other business owners and CWE experts to prepare a viable, funding-ready business plan, find options for financing your business and understand and organize your financial documents, and more.


• Business Development Strategies for Government Contracts, 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, visit

This training is meant to build on “Government Market Research” and will focus on using the results of market research to develop a working strategy to enter and grow business with the federal, state, government agencies and or prime contractors.

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