Training & Events

The RI Small Business Development Center has a variety of training to meet your needs and help develop or grow your business. By working hard and smart with us, you will be able to build a true competitive advantage for your business.  Choose from the workshops at our various locations shown below. See Training and Event Policies!


Wednesday, October 05, 2016 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Basic Workshops
Good credit is critical to business and personal success. This workshop will cover ways in which you can establish and maintain good credit; calculate, prioritize and manage debt; and recognize the signs of identity theft and take steps to protect yourself. We will provide you with a downloadable module workbook where you can review the key learning points from the session and complete exercises to help you manage your credit and debt and protect your identity.
Speaker: Joanne Daly, First Vice President, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management; Gina M. DeVecchis, CPA/PFS, MST, DiSanto Priest; and Kerri Rawcliffe, CPA, MST, Batchelor, Frechette, McCrory, Michael & Co.
Fee: $ 25.00
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM, 12 sessions ending Wednesday, December 14
Topic: Start-up Assistance
A partir del lunes 12 de septiembre, estaremos aceptando solicitudes, para la segunda promoción del reconocido programa de educación empresarial Primer Paso. El programa tiene una duración de 12 semanas, empezando el miércoles 12 de octubre. Para más información llamar, en horas laborable, al 401-490-0378. El cupo es limitado. Primer Paso is a comprehensive, Spanish language business start-up training program that combines nationally recognized curriculum, coaching and mentoring. Cosponsored by Coastway Community Bank and CommerceRI, this 12-week course will lead prospective business owners through the business planning process and help to lay the foundation for future success. The program will begin on October 12, 2016. Please call 401-490-0378 for further information. Space is limited.
Thursday, October 20, 2016 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Topic: Start-up Assistance
Test your dream in this intensive 2 hour workshop designed to assess the feasibility of your business idea and provide you with the tools and tips needed to plan for entrepreneurship. Both traditional and progressive tools like The Big Idea and the Business Model Canvas will be utilized to help you target your customers, define your value proposition and estimate the resources and cash needed to be successful. Learn about Woonsocket City Services and Economic Development Polidy. You can extend this one time workshop by working with an RISBDC business counselor.
Speaker: Michael Markarian, Jude Kostas, Esq,, Amanda Caetano, Dennis McCarthy, Amit Basnet
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