Economic Improvement Commission To Host Business Forum

In an effort to address the challenges of the local business community, the Charlestown Economic Improvement Commission will host a business forum to hear from local businesses and discuss ways to help them succeed.

This year, they will be joined by Secretary of State, A. Ralph Mollis and members of his staff.

“You have a solid idea for a business, and all that stands between you and the grand opening is getting started. That’s where the Office of the Secretary of State comes in. We’d like to introduce you to our QUICKSTART on-line program.  You’ll get proven advice that comes from years of experience in helping people just like you.  Our goal is to help you become a business superhero!”

Also joining them will be the Director of the Department of Labor and Training, Charles J. Fogarty and members of his staff.

“Learn about services and incentives available to your business including training dollars and tax incentives.  The RI Department of Labor & Training’s Business Workforce Center provides customized assistance and workforce development solutions to businesses of all sizes statewide at no charge to you.  You will be provided a Business Services Specialist to act as your liaison to services and information within the RI Department of Labor & Training as well as other business resources both State and Federal.”

Local entrepreneur, Karl Wadensten of VIBCO, Inc. will be sharing his unique brand of business expertise.

Wadensten joined the R.I. Economic Development Corporation board of directors in 2010, just months before the board agreed to back a $75 million loan to 38 Studios, Curt Schilling’s video game company. He was the only board member who voted against the idea, and discusses his reasoning and why he supported last spring’s decision not to give the company additional support. Wadensten also reacts to the recent RIPEC study calling for an overhaul of the EDC and lays out his own vision for fixing state government’s approach to commerce.

“The Economic Improvement Commission believes that small businesses are the backbone of Rhode Island communities and that their success will be a key factor in the revitalization of the states cities and towns.”

All area businesses are invited to attend!  Please be sure to reserve your seat early, as seating is limited.

  • BUSINESS FORUM DATE:  Wednesday, October 16, 2013
  • TIME: 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
  • LOCATION:  The General Joseph Stanton Inn, 4115 Old Post Road, Charlestown, Rhode Island
  • RSVP: EIC Chair at or (401) 364-3723