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    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is seeking applicants for the 2019 Emerging Leaders Program. “The basis of the Emerging Leaders initiative is to instill within them the knowledge they need to take the next step forward in their small business cycle,” said SBA District Director, Mark S. Hayward. “This will be our fifth year of hosting the program here in Rhode Island and seeing how our past graduates have been able to elevate their businesses to new heights is the true measuring stick of the

    An Update from the State House What’s in the Governor’s Budget

    Many small business owners in Newport County are among the 7,000+ people affected by the gas outage that is expected to last 7 days. The Rhode Island Capital Access Program (RI CAP) can offer these community businesses financial options and accessible capital as they work towards recovery. For businesses in Newport and Middletown, RI CAP is a great option for those who may need increased capital or credit lines due to their businesses being shut down or impacted. Businesses looking for this assistance can

    If you are an employee of a business that is closed due to the gas outage, or if you are a business owner that has been unable to have employees come to work due to the gas outage, here is important information from the Department of Labor and Training about what you can do.

    Governor Sets Her Agenda in State of the State Address Last Tuesday, Governor Gina Raimondo gave her Annual State of the State Address and provided a small insight into her budget that was released later that week. Highlighting her past four years as Governor, Raimondo pointed out that Rhode Island has “more jobs today than at any time in our state’s history.” She said, “We won’t stop until every one of our Rhode Islander’s has a shot at a good job. Later in her speech the Governor went on to say that

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