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Raimondo Administration Announces Second Round of Wavemaker Fellowship to Attract and Retain STEM Talent

August 28, 2017 5:47 pm

Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation today announced it has selected the second round of recipients of the Wavemaker Fellowship awards. Following a competitive review process, a total of 224 college graduates who work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and Design fields at Rhode Island employers will receive the award, which is a tax credit to defray the cost associated with student loan repayment for a minimum of two years.…

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From Worst To First: Inside Rhode Island’s Business Development Toolkit

August 16, 2017 3:05 pm

                    Note: This article originally appeared on Bisnow on August 10, 2017 Rhode Island’s leaders know their state ranks as one of the least business-friendly in the country, but they have been making an increased effort lately to shed the image. “With great credit to Gov. [Gina] Raimondo, state leaders and to the leaders of the business community, there has been a real ramp-up of effort,” Rhode Island Secretary…

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Q&A with Commerce: Public Libraries in RI

August 9, 2017 12:38 pm

Welcome to our monthly Q&A Overview.  Our goal is to answer questions that you may have about programs, services or resources that exist for your business. We will also address any concerns you may have regarding the process of “doing business in RI” and inform you of any news you may find useful. Questions and Answers with Commerce RI Q. Have you ever thought to utilize your public library to help your business grow? A. There…

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Wavemaker Fellowship Open for Applications

April 12, 2017 12:23 pm

Raimondo Announces Wavemaker Fellowship Open for Applications Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation today announced the re-opening of Wavemaker Fellowship Applications, a competitive student loan reimbursement program for recent graduates working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and certain design fields. The Wavemaker Fellowship awards graduates who choose to work in STEM jobs in Rhode Island with a refundable tax credit that can cover student loan payments up to $6,000…

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Q&A with Commerce: Small Business Assistance Program

March 8, 2017 3:26 pm

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation is starting a new series called “Q&A with the Commerce Corporation.” We are hoping to hear from you, the businesses in Rhode Island, to answer questions about our programs, services or resources. We will also address concerns you may have regarding the process of doing business in Rhode Island and inform you of any news you may find useful.   Small Business Assistance Program Q. I read an announcement about the…

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Commerce Corporation Chooses R.I. Firms for Ad Campaign

February 28, 2017 8:45 am

Commerce Corporation Chooses Rhode Island Firms for Advertising Campaign Local agencies Nail and RDW Group to be Principals in Efforts to Market Rhode Island FEBRUARY 27, 2017 — The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation today announced that it has selected three vendors to execute its upcoming tourism campaign. At this month’s meeting, the Commerce Corporation Board voted to authorize the Commerce Corporation to enter into agreements with NAIL Communications, the RDW Group, and NJF, an MMGY Global…

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How Can You Identify the Real Innovation Hub?

December 8, 2016 2:15 pm

Many cities and states are laying claim to the title Innovation Hub. But is there a way for those considering where to open or relocate a business to tell if a city or state is walking the walk? Innovation centers are the future, but to determine if it has truly taken root in a place, you must look to the recent past and ask: Have big investments been made to encourage innovative thinking among executives…

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Where’s the Talent? Go There.

November 8, 2016 9:22 am

If you build it, they will come? More like—go where they already are, and then build it. We’re talking, of course, about talent, and the importance of making sure, when locating or expanding a business, that the workforce you need is already in place. In today’s knowledge-driven economy, no resource is more important than human capital. Without a skilled local workforce, major investments in offices, plants and other facilities can be wasted money. This has…

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