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The Valley Breeze Cumberland Lincoln 11-19-2020

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CUMBERLAND LINCOLN EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | NOVEMBER 19-25, 2020 BUSINESS / THE VALLEY 9 9 CUMBERLAND – Mavenly Consultants, a Rhode Island certi- fied woman-owned and Black-owned business, has opened in Cumberland, providing strategy, finance and book- keeping services to small and mid- sized businesses. Principal owner Elaine Dickson spent most of her career in the cor- porate world of banking and finance and later in the communications field. After several years and four children, she said she was looking for a new direction. "I said, I've given a lot to others, and I'd like to take a shot at doing something very meaningful to me again," she said. Mavenly Consultants is a blend of her skills and background in account- ing, finance and communications to work one-on-one with clients, provid- ing strategies for starting companies and services for existing ones. "Whether they're just starting out and need help structuring their finances, if they need ongoing book- keeping services, advice on a bank loan, or help preparing bank state- ments for a specific project, we're here to serve and we have the exper- tise to help our clients," Dickson said. She's able to work completely virtually, which allows her to target a nationwide clientele. "I'm very comfortable in the (virtual) space and have been successful in it," she said. Dickson has also partnered with JamesGoode Associates, a human resources consulting firm, allowing her company to offer "a full suite of HR services," including diversity, equity and inclusion work. As a Black woman business owner, Dickson said, "I often say that I bring my whole self to work or to a proj- ect; I'm not ashamed and not afraid. I can't hide who I am and I don't want to. It's important for me to be who I am because it informs some of the work I do, especially in diversity and inclusion. I'm happy to own my identities and bring them all to work for me." "Data shows us Black women are a large demographic of small busi- ness owners, but that they often lack access to capital, resources and net- working," she said, adding that she's looking forward to helping to close those gaps for others, and "being part of the conversation around build- ing a successful economy for Rhode Island." "We're hoping our clients will see us as their go-to for help," Dickson said. "We love to serve." For more, visit mavenlyconsultants. com or call 401-405-4094. Cumberland woman launches Mavenly Consultants to help small, mid-sized businesses By NICOLE DOTZENROD Valley Breeze Staff Writer ELAINE DICKSON, of Cumberland, has launched Mavenly Consultants, offering strategy, finance and bookkeeping ser- vices to small and mid-sized businesses. maintain the equipment. "If something breaks, it's not on the School Department," he said. At Lonsdale, Filippelli said there were software and engineering issues during the switchover to Cox that eventually prompted him to contact Gov. Gina Raimondo's office for help. Within an hour or so of doing so, Filippelli said a representative from Cox was on the line prepared to guide them through the challenges. Filippelli said he contacted the governor's office because the district was "getting ready to roll out a major move to virtual learning, when sud- denly we had parents unable to log in from home and teachers who couldn't project the classroom into their homes … the bandwidth couldn't handle it." Once the issue was elevated at Cox, Filippelli said "things started to resolve really quickly." Filippelli and school officials have met with the company to discuss upgrading the network at the remain- ing schools, and the superintendent said Cox has promised that the roll- out will go much more smoothly next time. "I needed assurances from Cox that we wouldn't have a repeat of Lonsdale, especially now that we're really deep into virtual learning," he said. "We made it clear we couldn't continue to switch over until we were 100 percent sure we were OK." He said he's optimistic that the rest of the rollout will be smooth. The next schools up for upgrades are Central Elementary and Lincoln High School, while the remainder will be finished next year in phase two. From preceding page Lions clubs host coat drive next three Mondays ATTLEBORO, Mass. – The Southeastern MA Paws of Comfort Lions and the South Attleboro Village Lions are collecting clean, gently worn coats, jackets, hats, scarves and gloves for children and adults on Mondays Nov. 23, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7. Drop off items from 6 to 7 p.m. at Bethany Fellowship Church, 516 Newport Ave. For more information, call Joyce at 508-761-4855 or Monique at 508-431-0282.

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