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    House Committee Passes Rules The House Committee on Rules passed proposed rules for the 2019-20 legislative years. Historically, few people outside the state house paid much attention to the rules, but this year was different. Over two hours of testimony was presented at a hearing. The bill that will go before the House floor this week contains two significant changes: 1. A required 24- hour public posting of committee substitute bills prior to committee votes; and 2. The creation of a Committee on

    January 1, 2019, rang in a new year and a new legislative session. Rep. Nicholas Mattiello was elected Speaker of the House and Sen. Dominick Ruggerio was elected Senate President. In the coming weeks, committee assignments will be made, new committee chairs will be named, legislation will be filed, and hearings will be held. During the upcoming year, the Chamber may ask you to contact your legislators when the need arises. Please go to the Rhode Island Secretary of State’s web page,

    The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Center for Women & Enterprise will partner to host the Rhode Island Small Business Economic Summit. This small business strategic planning conference will be held on Friday, January 11, 2019 at Bryant University in Smithfield, Rhode Island.

    To help celebrate 2018 National Veterans Small Business Week from November 5th through 9th, the U.S. Small Business Administration's Rhode Island District Office will be holding workshops across the state on various small business topics.

    Submit your nomination today for the 2019 National Small Business Week Awards, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

    Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend a public meeting concerning improvements to the Aquidneck Ave Intersection in Middletown. Improvements will happen at Green End Ave, Purgatory Road, Crescent Road and Valley Road. Will take place Tuesday, October 2 at 6pm at Middletown Town Hall, Council Chambers, 350 East Main Road, Middletown.

    Cox Business is bringing Get Started RI (#GetStartedRI) back to Providence on Thursday, October 4th. Get Started RI will feature seven entrepreneurs who will pitch their business to a distinguished panel of experts for a chance to win a prize package valued up to $50,000 in prizes, including a Cox Business technology package.

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is a 12-week business education program hosted at CCRI that helps Rhode Island small businesses grow and create jobs. Applications due Oct

    COMPLYING WITH RHODE ISLAND’S NEW PAID SICK LEAVE (PTO) LAWS – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW NOW

    The Chamber works on behalf of the business community to advocate for and promote economic health, diversity, growth and prosperity in the Greater Newport area. This is an essential part of the services and benefits that we provide to our membership and the broader business community. In addition to the many events we host throughout the year to inform the business community of best practices and market trends, we also focus a lot of our efforts on the laws and regulations that impact businesses, the policy

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