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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-31-2019

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10 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE OCTOBER-31-NOVEMBER 6, 2019 | VALLEY BREEZE Corporate Sponsors Platinum Amica Insurance COX Business CVS Health Fidelity Investments National Grid Navigant Credit Union Pawtucket Credit Union Twin River Casino Hotel Gold Bank Rhode Island Citizens Bank Hope Global Landmark Medical Center Pawtucket Red Sox Baseball Club, Inc. TD Bank Silver Adler Pollock & Sheehan, P.C. Bank of America BankNewport Bristol County Savings Bank Bryant University Customers Bank Dr. Day Care Family Freedom National Bank HealthSource RI for Employers Hunter Insurance, Inc. Kirkbrae Country Club Marcum, LLP Neighborhood Health Plan of R.I. Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP PKF O'Connor Davies Providence Business News The Valley Breeze The Washington Trust Company Bronze AAA Asia Grille Restaurant B&M Printing, Trophies & Signs Beacon Mutual Insurance blum shapiro Delta Dental of Rhode Island HarborOne Bank IHOP Lincoln JH Communications Luxury Cleaners Marsh & McLennan Agency Massage Envy Milford Federal Bank RDW Rhode Island College Rhode Island Monthly Rhode Island State Energy Center LP Santander Bank Teknor Apex Co. Tiffany & Co. Tufts Health Plan US Solar Works LLC Webster Bank YMCA of Pawtucket, Inc. How did 'chambers of commerce' begin, and what do they do? The long history of the chamber movement can be traced back to 1599, when the term "chamber of commerce" appeared for the first time, in Marseille, France. Moving beyond individual interests to that of a collective group, the establishment of chambers provided merchants, traders, craftsmen and industrialists a public forum to discuss issues facing them as a business community. This representa- tion of common interests became, and remains, the founda- tion of chambers of commerce worldwide. Gaining acceptance from public authorities also helped the chamber cause. Public authorities rapidly established close dialogue with chambers, seeing them as the legitimate and institutionalized common voice of business. Today, chambers of commerce exist in almost every country of the world. Our Chamber The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce (NRICC) was formed in 1991 as a result of a merger between the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce (located in Pawtucket) and the Greater Woonsocket Chamber of Commerce. Both Chambers had been in existence since the 1880's placing them among the oldest chambers in New England. In 1969 The Blackstone Valley Chamber, one of the chamber's predecessor organizations was among the very first chambers to be accredited by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce at the inception of the accreditation program. In 2004 under the new accreditation program, the Chamber became the first in Rhode Island to receive a four star accreditation. In 2016, the North Central Chamber, headquartered in the Smithfield area, merged with the NRICC, making it the largest geographical chamber in Rhode Island, serving 13 communities. Source: www.nrichamber.com "Having served our business community with John Gregory for many years, we knew finding his successor would be a challenge. At Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C., we are thrilled Liz Catucci has agreed to follow John's legacy and advocate for the business community and Rhode Island." Rob Stolzman, NRICC Director One Citizens Plaza, 8th Floor, Providence, RI 02903 401.274.7200 | www.apslaw.com

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