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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 02-07-2019

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4 WOONSOCKET FEBRUARY 7-13, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION In last week's column by Gregory Butler on our Opinion page, it was written that Gen. George S. Patton was alive in 1946. In fact, he died on Dec. 21, 1945. CORRECTION Taking care of business Nonprofit course helping local entrepreneurs find their groove WOONSOCKET – Shanikqua Dandy, known to her friends as sim- ply "Dandy," is having a good year. Her newly launched makeup services company, Fine and Dandy, is aver- aging three to four customers per week, while her latest online tutorial numbered 4,200 views. That's a sig- nificant growth from six months ago, when her videos had around 500 views apiece. Dandy, a 27-year-old entrepreneur from Woonsocket, has been inter- ested in founding her own business for a long time. As a student at the Art Institute of Boston, she attempted to launch her own photography com- pany, though without knowledge of how to run a business, she said, "It didn't go well." In her second semes- ter, she became interested in makeup when she took a portraiture class and later started doing makeovers for family and friends. "I was more interested in these techniques (the professor) was using to make this person look more like the image, and that was all makeup," she said. In her 20s, Dandy returned to Woonsocket to work at NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley and Riverzedge Arts, where she currently serves as arts and busi- ness program director. But makeup, she said, was always in the back of her mind. Last June, she began post- ing online makeup tutorials under the social media name @dandyu- ploads. The tutorials were popular with friends and teenagers looking to get ready for prom season, but she hoped to turn the platform into a brand name that could make some extra income on the side. Then, in the fall, she learned about a new training program for budding entrepreneurs. Bootstrap Bootcamp is a course offered by the Providence-based Institute for Entrepreneurship and Leadership, a nonprofit organization that seeks to end poverty and increase diver- sity in the tech economy through business training. The organization, which became an official nonprofit in 2017, had recently started offer- ing its program in Woonsocket and, thanks to a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation, was offering the course to Woonsocket residents free of charge. Dandy signed up for the November session, joining five other aspir- ing small business owners for the 24-hour course. The business ideas were varied, she said, and included skill sets ranging from a locksmith to an acupuncturist to a comic book illustrator. By the end of the session, she and two other participants were ready to launch their ideas. On the Friday the course ended, Fine and Dandy became an officially regis- tered business at City Hall. "The biggest takeaway for me was actually coming up with a plan and figuring out how to do these makeup sessions and these makeup services at such a low cost, but also, is it need- ed?" she said. According to Keno Mullings, founder of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Leadership (IEL) and course instructor, the pro- gram stems from his own experiences in business. Mullings moved from Jamaica to the United States to study software engineering at Northeastern University before founding The Mullings Group, a software develop- ment company. Rather than focus solely on a business plan, he said, the program works to develop par- ticipants' goals and leadership skills to help position them for success. It covers topics such as registering a business, setting up a bank account and promoting a brand while help- ing participants build confidence and focus. "My hope is that they transition from startups to long-term business- es," he said. Mullings said he thinks Woonsocket is uniquely positioned to benefit from the program. While Main Street has seen a lull in small business activity in recent years, the vacant storefronts also create an opportunity for new businesses to move in. He first had the idea to bring the program to Woonsocket after visiting Woonsocket Middle School to speak with students about software development. "I think just putting businesses in there that are active, that are keep- ing that hum, I think it would change downtown," he said. Downtown is exactly where Dandy sees herself someday. The young entrepreneur would eventually like to open a brick-and-mortar makeup stu- dio, but for now is focused on grow- ing her client base through online promotion and word-of-mouth. She recently signed her first corporate sponsor, an online jewelry retailer called Fashion Mink that sponsors her tutorial videos in exchange for promotion of their products. For now, she provides her makeup ser- By LAUREN CLEM Valley Breeze Staff Writer lauren@valleybreeze.com BREEZE PHOTO BY LAUREN CLEM SHANIKQUA DANDY, left, of Woonsocket, launched Fine and Dandy, a makeup ser- vices company, after taking a course offered by the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Leadership. She is pictured with KENO MULLINGS, founder of the institute and course instructor for its Bootstrap Bootcamp business training program. See ENTREPRENEURS, Page 10 City man pleads not guilty to Gauthier murder charges WOONSOCKET – Matthew Dusseault, the city resident charged with the 2016 murder of 81-year-old Constance Gauthier, pleaded not guilty to the charge in Providence County Superior Court last week. Prosecutors are seeking a life without parole sentence for the 21-year-old suspect, who was arrest- ed last summer after DNA tests linked him with evidence recovered from the crime scene. The plea and notice of the prosecutor's intent were announced during an arraign- ment hearing last Wednesday, Jan. 30. Charges against a second suspect, Attleboro resident Tyler Grenon, were dismissed last month after the state Attorney General's office determined there was "insufficient evidence" in his case. Dusseault is being held without bail and will appear for a pre-trial conference in March. CCA enrolling for free ESL and GED classes WOONSOCKET – Community Care Alliance is now enrolling students for free Project Learn GED and English as a second language classes. Classes are held in Cumberland, Woonsocket and Central Falls. Interested individuals should call 401-769-4200 for details and to register. The Project Learn main office is now located at 55 Main St., Woonsocket. For more information, visit www.CommunityCareRI.org/ ProjectLearn . Consumers Propane 762-5461 BOUSQUET OIL 769-0146 139 HAMLET AVE. WOONSOCKET, RI 02895-0628 Service – SALeS – iNSTALLATiON Of gAS & OiL heATiNg equipmeNT • Boilers • Furnaces • Hot Water Heaters WWW.consumerspropane.com WE FILL GAS GRILL TANKS FAMILY COURT FOR THE STATE OF DELAWARE NOTICE OF FAMILY COURT PROTECTION FROM ABUSE ACTION To Jason O'Brien, (Respondent) Petitioner, Shannon Sparks has filed a Petition for an Order of Protection From Abuse against you in the Family Court of the State of Delaware for New Castle County. Case No. 19-00811 A court hearing has been scheduled for 2/13/19 at 8:30 am. The Family Court is located at 500 N. King St., Wilmington, DE 19801. If you fail to appear, the hearing may proceed without you. There is an Ex-Parte Order in effect. If you wish to obtain the information on this filing prior to the hearing, please respond to the Family Court location noted above. A Request For Proposal (RFP) will be opened by the North Providence School Department soliciting proposals for Snow Removal Services to be provided over a 3 year school term. The request for proposal will be issued on 2/14/19 for 21 days. The proposal due date and opening tentatively scheduled for March 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the School Department Central Administration Building. It is anticipated that the potential contract will be awarded by the North Providence School Committee during the March 27, 2019 meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

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