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Risk Reduction for Small Business Resiliency:
 A Project to Prepare RI Small Businesses for Extreme Weather Events
Small Business Owners

You are cordially invited to participate in a focus group to discuss the impacts of extreme weather events
 
January 9, 2019
8:30 AM to 10:00 AM
Hope & Main,  691 Main St.,  Warren
Free of Charge
 
Representatives from RI Division of Statewide Planning, RPS Group, Coastal Resources Center at URI, Connect Greater Newport and the Town of Warren will be in attendance
 
Be part of a discussion on assessing vulnerability of small businesses and the development of a risk reduction guide that will meet your small business needs
 
Experience shows that 40% of small businesses affected by disaster never reopen, and another 25% that do reopen, fail!
 
RSVP
Town of Warren - Office of Planning & Community Development
401-289-0529
brulli@townofwarren-ri.gov

Monthly Mingle at Hometown Tavern in Warren

Join us
Wednesday, 
January 9, 2018
5:30 - 7:00 pm
appetizers, cash bar

Hometown Tavern,  632 Metacom Ave., Warren
Chamber Members: $5 / Guests $10 
  
  
Why I joined the Chamber - Michelle Hughes, CPA
                                                                                                                   
I initially joined the East Bay Chamber of Commerce because I simply believed that was what you did to become a successful business owner. I wanted to grow my business, and to meet other business owners.  
The Chamber easily provided such opportunities through special events such as the holiday party and food drive, participation at Roger Williams parents weekend, or the Chamber clam boil, where the community came together for a seafood meal, and our service to one another helped build bonds with neighbors and business associates. It is true to me, that people do business with folks they know and like. If I cannot personally help one of my clients, I now have a vast network of other CPA's and professionals of which I can refer.  Continue Reading >>
Women's Empowerment Business Owners Network & Development 

Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019
12:00 - 1:00 pm  \   $5 Admission
We are women business owners, entrepreneurs, executives, artists, career professionals, visionaries, and so much more. We are business women from all walks of life at different stages in our journey. WE-BOND!  This group is all about being around amazing, positive, and inspiring women, (YOU) making connections and creating new friendships.  We hope you join us!

Since this is the first meeting of the new year, we will be doing introductions, giving each person some time to tell us what they do best! Participate in a team building exercise, you can bring back to your organization.
We will discuss what WE want for the upcoming year; what topics you would like to be educated on, etc.
Its Important for you to attend this meeting - this group is for YOU and we need your input! Please help us shape the successful future of women in business. 
 
Market Your Business to  New  Homeowners! 


We Put Your Marketing Materials in the hands of new Homeowners! 
AND - You receive the list of names and addresses of the homes we deliver to!  

You provide the marketing material  we collate and hand deliver in cloth bags to all the new home owners in the East Bay area. $400 / the  Year! 
 
Sign up now for 2019 
Email  info@eastbaychamberri.org to sign up, or call us at 245-0750. 
 
     ****  Construction on Hope Street in Bristol  - We need your Feedback! 

The RI Department of Transportation has plans to replace the Silver Creek Bridge on Hope Street in front of Sip 'N Dip Donuts in Bristol.  They will start preparing for the project with work on the utility lines after the July 4th celebration through the fall of 2019.  There will be partial road closures during this time,
RIDOT will maintain traffic flow in both directions during this phase. 

  After the July 4, 2020 celebration, they will start demolishing the bridge and the road will be closed at that time, which will run through the fall.  Detours would be set up to allow traffic to reach either side of the bridge while avoiding the construction.  Signs would be placed calling out Businesses Open During Construction.   DOT would also be constructing a temporary pedestrian and bike path to allow bike and pedestrian access in both directions throughout construction.
 
The East Bay Chamber is monitoring the plans for this project and would like to provide feedback from our members as to the potential impact to their businesses during this time.  We are asking for your feedback this week so we can relay this information to the RIDOT.  We would prefer responses by email info@eastbaychamberri.org , but you may also give us a call at the Chamber office 245-0750.  

 East Bay Chamber Calendar of Events
January 
8 Tues.    WEBOND Women's Meeting
10 Thurs. Pizza, Puzzles & Problem Solving for Manufacturers, 5 - 7pm, Events Room, 16 Cutler St, Warren 
17 Thurs. EBCC Board of Directors Meeting, 8:00 am
22 Tues.  WEBOND Wome's Meeting
25 Fri.     Coffee & Commerce, Meet Your Legislators, 7:30 am location: TBD

February
7 Thurs.  Is Your Business At Risk? Cyber Security Seminar, 12-1 Lunch provided, Chamber Office
21 Thurs. EBCC Board of Directors Meeting, 8:00 am

March
21 Thurs.  EBCC Board of Directors Meeting, 8:00 am
22 Fri.    Restaurant Challenge Beer & Wine Event, Events Room 16 Cutler St, Warren RI 

 
Say hello to our newest members!
  
 
Thank you Chamber Members for your renewal, and your continued support
 
AtlantiVacations Tours, member since 2017
Avery Smith Insurance Agency, member since 1983 
Barker Land Surveying,Inc, member since 1995 
C&C Fiberglass Components, Inc., member since 1998 
INk Munkee Apparel, member since 2015 
Magnetic Seal Corporation, member since 1982
Sentinel Limousine, member since 2018
Town of Warren, member since 2016
Traffic Signs & Safety, Inc., member since 2013
The Tree Doctor, member since 1998

*highlighted in red denotes members over 20 years*
  

     OPPORTUNITY ZONES: RI COMMERCE LAUNCHES OPPORTUNITY ZONE WEBSITE
Rhode Island has a new website dedicated to Opportunity Zones in the state. The Opportunity Zones program is a new economic development tool for designated communities to attract private equity investment in businesses and real estate.

The website (rhodeislandopportunity.com) details information on the program, highlights areas designated as "Opportunity Zones", and more.

    Click here to visit the site >>
 2019 Rhode Island Small Business Summit

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.

The Rhode Island Economic Summit provides the venue for state officials and small business owners to engage in a dialogue and exchange ideas about issues of importance to small business in Rhode Island. This is a great opportunity to speak directly to legislative leaders who can facilitate a positive business climate.
More than 175 small business owners, business leaders, and elected officials participated in the 2018 summit. This year's forum will address business concerns and recommend solutions in seven key business areas: economic development, healthcare, taxes & budget, regulations, emerging markets, main street, and workforce development.

Due to the venue space is very limited.  Register today!
 Welcome to our Lobby! 

 Chamber Members did you know you can put brochures and business cards in our lobby? 
 Let our visitors know who you are, and what services you offer!  We have been handing out brochures to newcomers, and visitors, and need more info about YOU! 

Drop off your info, or mail to the Chamber
16 Cutler St., Suite 102, Warren RI 02885

Ebates for your business and personal shopping 

Ebates is a website that will allow you to get cash rebates back on most of your online shopping. Perfect for your business shopping and travel and even better for the holidays that will be here soon.
 C lick here to  go through the Chamber's affiliate link to sign up, get a $10 credit to your account and a $5 gift to the Chamber once you make your first purchase.   Learn more >>>