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  • There’s Still Time to Get Full Access to the Women’s Small Business Summit!

    The Women’s Small Business Summit is off to a fantastic start! Nearly 50 women attended our first live session. Our keynote speakers kicked off the event with inspiring stories and crucial info for female small business owners and entrepreneurs, while the small-group networking gave participants a chance to make meaningful, direct connections.
    There’s still plenty of time left to sign up for the Summit. You’ll be able to participate in the two upcoming live sessions, and you’ll get access to all three session recordings. 
    Plus, don’t forget about the new Women’s Small Business Exchange Program, where you can keep networking with other female entrepreneurs throughout the year.
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    Next Up 
    Our next session is Get Together Over Lunch on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 12 pm. Diane Wilbur, founder and CEO of Soft Skills Training Group, will moderate a panel of outstanding female small business owners.
    All of these women have inspiring and insightful stories to share:
    • BJ Murray is the Principal Partner and COO for Business Focus, Inc., an IT consulting and staffing firm. She also owns the Brooklyn Coffee Tea & Guest House in Smith Hill, Providence, a hub for community and civic-minded activities. 
    • Kim Anderson is a longtime business leader and mentor, climate impact investor, and environmental advocate. She recently co-founded Plant City, a plant-based food hall and marketplace with a focus on sustainability and reduced climate impact.   
    • Kaitlyn Szczupak, owner of S&S Transmissions and Auto Repair, was named this year’s Rhode Island Young Entrepreneur of the Year by SBA! In 2016, when her father unexpectedly passed away, 20-year-old Kaitlyn stepped up and took over ownership of S&S.
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    Highlights from the 1st Session
    In addition to sharing her challenges and revelations in the world of politics, Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea covered key features of the newly redesigned Rhode Island Business Services Portal, a major initiative of her administration. The portal focuses not only on helping you start a small business, but also on getting you the resources you need to grow.
    Highlights include the comprehensive Plan For Success, the step-by-step Business Assistant, the award-winning RI Business Data Hub, and the dedicated Hub for Nonprofits.
    Our opening keynoter, Katie McDonald, reminded attendees that self-care is a smart and proven business strategy. Going beyond surviving to thriving requires a deep commitment to support ourselves through routines and daily planning, and to inspire others through the role modeling of self-care habits. 
    To find out more about how Katie’s techniques help Type A’s learn to Be, you can sign up for the bnourished newsletter
    Use the hashtag #womeninbusinessRI on social media to connect with other Summit attendees!
    Thank You to Our Sponsors! 
    Thank you to the following organizations for stepping up and supporting the female business owners and entrepreneurs of Rhode Island. This event wouldn’t be nearly as amazing without you.
    Want to show your support and sponsor the Summit? Download the sponsorship packages PDF to see available opportunities.

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