• Connect Greater Newport Provides a Local Point of Contact for Businesses

    Connect Greater Newport Provides a Local Point of Contact for Businesses



    CONTACT: Ashley Medeiros

    Connect Greater Newport

    Phone: 401.855.2214



    Connect Greater Newport Provides a Local Point of Contact for Businesses


    Newport, RI:  Business owners in Newport and Bristol Counties who have been impacted by COVID-19 can access support through Connect Greater Newport’s Business Retention & Expansion program. This free resource, created through the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce in partnership with municipal leaders, business owners, resources organizations and education institutions, is available to offer assistance, guidance and resources to help businesses overcome the challenges resulting from the Coronavirus.


    “Although there are other resource organizations available to support the business community, we felt that it was important to have a dedicated local point of contact. COVID-19 is impacting every resident and stretching our local government to the limit. Connect Greater Newport is able to coordinate resources and convey information to ensure the needs of the business community are top of mind.”

    Shawn Brown, Town Administrator, Town of Middletown


    Connect Greater Newport’s goal is to ensure every business owner or leader is able to easily find information and access available resources. Through an up to date and comprehensive website businesses can find government mandates, resources, free offers, best practices and industry information. With a number of websites and publications providing COVID-19 information, Connect Greater Newport is differentiating this resource by developing a comprehensive site solely dedicated to the needs of local businesses.


    “Our goal is to make accessing information as easy as possible. Small business owners are far too busy to dedicate hours searching multiple websites to find the information and resources they need. We want to alleviate some of the burden by streamlining this process and providing specific information.”

    Ashley Medeiros, Director Connect Greater Newport


    In addition to the information on the website, business owners can access free individualized one to one virtual, phone or email support. Connect Greater Newport Director Ashley Medeiris is available to provide guidance, answer questions and develop a customized list of resources.  For more information or to schedule a virtual consultation go to www.connectgreaternewport.com/coronavirus-updates




    About Connect Greater Newport: Connect Greater Newport is a regional economic development initiative launched by the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce to serve the region’s business community. Connect Greater Newport’s mission is to support the growth of the region’s existing businesses and serve as a resource to attract new companies to the region. For more information about Connect Greater Newport visit www.connectgreaternewport.com.


    About Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce: The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce is one of the state’s largest business advocacy organizations, whose mission is to connect, innovate, enhance and advocate for the businesses of Greater Newport. As a trusted and reliable institution for nearly 100 years, the Greater Newport Chamber is a vibrant collective body of the greater Newport business community with nearly 1,100 members representing over 50,000 employees. We work to create valuable strategic partnerships, promote strong economic growth, diversity and prosperity to serve its members and the Greater Newport region. For more information about the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce visit www.newportchamber.com



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