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Rhode Island Small Business Development Center Welcomes Fellow SBANE Member to Advisory Board

Release Date: March 7, 2012 Contact: Lelani Bonner Director of Marketing & Training lbonner@jwu.edu, 401-598-2705   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center Announces Advisory Board Appointments

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Small Business Development Center at Johnson & Wales University welcomes new members to its 2012 advisory board. The advisory board members were selected to join the existing distinguished group to support and advise the RISBDC on programmatic, partner, and funding opportunities to increase its capacity to provide high quality service, assistance, and impact generation to the small business community in Rhode Island. Members of the board are notable in the RI business community and are qualified on the basis of achievement, experience, and integrity. Board members will bring a diverse perspective from different industry sectors that will ensure the growing needs of businesses continue to be met by the innovative RISBDC statewide service delivery model. Members of the Advisory Board include: Rick Brooks, Executive Director, Governor’s Workforce Board RI Miriam A. Ross, Esq., Attorney at Law Michael Van Leesten, President, The Van Leesten Group Matthew Wojcik, Director of Economic Development, City of Woonsocket Jeshua Zapata, President, Xzito Creative Solutions The recent appointments join existing advisory board members: Stephen Cronin, President, TWOBOLT John Gregory, President, Northern RI Chamber of Commerce Mark S. Hayward, District Director of the US SBA Karriem Kanston, Vice President, Coastway Credit Union James Lavoie, CEO, Rite Solutions Pat Mastors, President, Pear Health, LLC Dr. David M. Mitchell, Dean, JWU College of Business Joan Moran, Deputy District Director, US SBA Dr. Jeffrey Senese, Vice President for Academic Affairs, JWU Lauren Slocum, Executive Director, Central RI Chamber of Commerce Keith Stokes, Executive Director, RI Economic Development Corporation Jody Sullivan, Executive Director, Newport County Chamber of Commerce Frank X. Tweedie, Dean, JWU School of Technology Dr. Traci Warrington, Dean of Professional Studies, Salve Regina University About the Rhode Island SBDC Network The Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (RISBDC) at Johnson & Wales University serves as a focal point for the coordination of federal, state, local, academic, and private resources to aid small businesses and to promote economic development in the state. The RISBDC provides quality resources to entrepreneurs focused on building successful businesses supported by our no-fee consulting services and affordable training programs. The RISBDC connects entrepreneurs to business coaches, industry experts and Johnson & Wales student engagement opportunities to assist their ongoing business journey of creation, growth and transformation. For more information on taking your business to the next level - visit our website at www.risbdc.org or call 401-598-2702.



New Board Member Miriam Ross,  Law Offices of Miriam Ross in Providence, RI, has been an SBANE Member since 2006. Other SBANE members already sitting on the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center Advisory Board include: Mark S. Hayward, District Director and Joan Moran, Deputy District Director of the US SBA and Keith Stokes, Executive Director of the RI Economic Development Corporation.
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