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The Valley Breeze & Observer 10-31-2019

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VALLEY BREEZE | OCTOBER-31-NOVEMBER 6, 2019 CHAMBER OF COMMERCE 21 There are may reasons businesses, entrepreneurs join Chamber of Commerce LINCOLN – Why join the Northern R.I. Chamber of Commerce? There are a host of reasons, according the the Chamber's web site, including: Advocacy Value of Influence The NRI Chamber monitors legisla- tion on a federal, state and local level and advocates on your behalf. • The Chamber's involvement with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and our relationship with the Congressional delegation ensures that your voice is heard on the Federal level. • The Chamber's lobbyists monitor and respond to more than 300 bills on your behalf during any legislative period. • The Chamber regularly communi- cates with our members to keep them informed of key legislative concerns via Under the Dome, our government affairs e-newsletter. • The Chamber leads and partners with nine chambers to produce one of R.I.'s largest lobbying groups in the state, representing thousands of businesses through the Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce Coalition. • The Chamber Coalition maintains www.RhodeIslandBusinessVotes.com an electronic advocacy tool that edu- cates members and allows communi- cation with elected officials. • The Chamber Advisory Groups focus on local economic issues and community development. Every business has a vested inter- est in knowing which legislation may impact your business. The Northern Rhode Island Chamber is a leader in monitoring that activity on your behalf. Should you have questions about any legislation that may affect your business, contact them or call (401) 334-1000. Networking Opportunities Value of Interaction The Chamber provides ample opportunities to meet new prospects, make contacts and receive qualified referrals to grow your business. "The Northern R.I. Chamber has been a valued partner in our agency's growth. Chamber events allow our agents to reach a qualified audience of business professionals who are equally interested in our community's growth. We also have found that the more a company invests in the Chamber, the greater the return. An investment into being an active member – attending Networking at Night, being a member of Executive Success Club, advertising in the e-Newsletter, being a corporate sponsor, to name a few – has resulted in a measurable increase in business." ~ Brian Hunter, Hunter Insurance In addition to attending network- ing events, the Chamber also has three referral groups called Executive Success Clubs. Visit www.nrichamber. com for more information. This list describes the signature and monthly events that provide interaction with potential new prospects. Annual Dinner Apple Festival Twist on Tasting Eggs & Issues Golf Outing Holiday Open House Legislative Reception Networking at Night PawSox BBQ PawSox Luncheon Statewide Business After Hours Economic Development The Northern Rhode Island Chamber's mission is to strengthen the economic climate through business leadership that fosters member and community prosperity. The Chamber's legislative agenda includes supporting responsible budget and taxation policy crafted to provide short term and long term fiscal responsibility and sustain- ability at the state and local levels. The Chamber's President/CEO, Elizabeth Catucci, along with the Chamber's lobbyist Lenette Forry and Chamber members, routinely testify on legislation to ensure an increasingly competitive, predictable business envi- ronment. They have been successful in influencing the state's leadership and lawmakers on lowering taxes and addressing tough issues such as regula- tory, pension and Medicaid reform. Rhode Island has not raised its top personal income, corporate income or sales tax rates in a generation. Instead, the top personal income tax rate was recently lowered (from 9.9 percent to 5.99 percent), as well as the top corpo- rate tax rate (from 9 percent to 7 per- cent). Rhode Island's top corporate tax rate is now the lowest in the Northeast. Workforce Development and Training Chamber staff involvement in workforce development benefits the Chamber membership. We are in the know when it comes to workforce development programs and issues through serving on various boards and committees. Paul Ouellette, senior vice president, serves as Vice Chair of the Workforce Partnership of Greater Rhode Island and is also Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at the William M. Davies Jr. Career and Technical High School. The Chamber partners with mem- bers and local agencies to address the needs of the current and future work- force. We are currently partnering with Connecting Children and Families on a Real Jobs RI grant to address the necessary skills for financial services, customer service and call center posi- tions. You can contact the Chamber to address any questions you have regarding grants and other training initiatives to provide your employees and new hires with the skills needed to have an edge over the competition. Visit www.nrichamber.com, or call (401) 334-1000. WWW.ASIAGRILLE.COM LINCOLN MALL PLAZA 334-3200 Open Daily at 11 a.m. Take-out or Dine-in Karaoke Thursdays Thank you and Best Wishes, John, on your Retirement!

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