This partnership addresses participation in state and federal incentive programs one of the key actions in my economic development plan, Putting Providence Back to Work and it is the renewal of a unique agreement with the U.S. SBA to put valuable information directly into the hands of small business owners.
Through this program, we have hosted workshops throughout the city for nearly 150 individual businesses owners. Our programs have provided them with the skills they need to access working capital, write successful business plans, secure government contracts, participate in the federal procurement process, access state tax incentives, and become eligible women- and minority-owned businesses. We bring the experts and the information to small businesses, so they can take what they need to start or grow a company.
With the renewed partnership, free workshops will continue to be held on a regular basis across the city, with the first of the series beginning on February 20. We will even hold a special series for college students and graduates called, Spring Break, that will explore search engine optimization (SEO) social media and more. You can find the dates and locations of the first scheduled workshops on the Citys website.
If you are involved in a small business group or a merchants association, please let us know if you would like a special presentation with this information; our staff is available to help you succeed and grow. Contact the Citys Economic Development office at 401-680-8401, for more information.
I thank the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Center for Women and Enterprise, and SCORE for their continued partnership with the city as we work to help our existing businesses be successful and to encourage new businesses to open and thrive.