Cultivating Entrepreneurship: Students Receive $9K in Scholarships
Over 40 teams submitted business plans to compete in Rhode Island's first Lt. Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge . In August, I watched the top five teams of high school entrepreneurs from across Rhode Island pitch their business ideas to win a share of $9K in scholarships. They blew us away! Congratulations to our winners and all participants--Rhode Island needs your entrepreneurial spirit.

Thank you to the Credit Unions of Rhode Island for sponsoring this program and Millennial Rhode Island for being a fantastic partner. And of course, thank you to the 65+ Rhode Islanders who came to the Final Competition Event to support these talented students and their dreams.
Fighting Back Against Elder Financial Abuse
I teamed up with the Credit Unions of Rhode Island to launch CU Senior Safeguard , an online educational program developed to fight the financial scams targeting the elderly.

Elder financial abuse is an invisible epidemic impacting thousands of Rhode Islanders and seniors across the country. As Chair of our state’s Long-Term Care Coordinating Council, I challenge all Rhode Islanders to join my office in spreading the word on how to identify elder financial abuse and how to stop it .
Helping Communities in Need
My office partnered with the Town of Lincoln, New Bridges for Haitian Success and Greenwood Emergency Vehicles to donate an ambulance and 10 sets of rescue gear that are no longer being used in Rhode Island to help families in Belle-Anse, Haiti, a community of 158K people who do not have access to a hospital or emergency transportation.

Bringing just one ambulance to Belle-Anse will significantly increase access to medical care and improve the quality of life for so many. I am glad my office could play a role in bringing local organizations together to find a new purpose for unused emergency equipment to help those in need.