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Chamber to Partner with CCRI Division of Workforce Partnerships to Provide Free Virtual Courses NEWPORT, RI – The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce and the Community College RI Divisions of Workforce Partnerships (CCRI) have formalized a partnership that will bring valuable programming to the businesses of Greater Newport. The Chamber’s partnership with CCRI was created to educate and empower local entrepreneurs and business owners by providing enriching skill-specific courses. Course topics include: Advanced Excel, Technical Writing, Data Literacy, and Virtual Technology. All courses will be held virtually throughout the summer, with limited class size. We encourage all businesses and nonprofit organizations to consider taking advantage of this valuable, professional development opportunity, which is being offered at no cost, courtesy of the Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training’s Real Jobs Rhode Island Grant Program. For more detailed program, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org. To register for a course, or inquire about registering your team, please email Kate@newportchamber.com, or visit NewportChamber.com. The organizations will kick off the partnership by taking registration for the following virtual courses:
1. Advanced Excel for Business – June 22nd – July 23rd, Mondays & Thursdays 9:00 -11:00 a.m. This training looks to provide participants with the ability to harness the power of Microsoft Excel. Participants will learn statistical and financial applications, as well as logical, lookup and math formulas. In covering analysis, this class will look at queries and trendlines, PowerPivot, PowerView, and PowerMap. 2. Virtual Technology for Business – June 22nd – July 10th Class #1 - Week of June 22nd (with 2-hr Webex portion on Friday, 6/26 -9AM-11AM) Class #2 - Week of July 6th (with 2-hr Webex portion on Friday, 7/10 -9AM-11AM) Class #3 - Week of July 6th (with 2-hr Webex portion on Friday, 7/10 -1PM-3PM)
Make remote work ‘work’ for your team. With rapid advancement in technology, a world-wide trend towards and increasingly “mobile” business model has emerged. This training focuses on technologies that support participants’ ability to operate virtually and remotely. Topics include: Virtual Meeting Platforms, mobile Connectivity, Microsoft “Tools for Collaboration”, Remote Working and Virtual Communication, Leveraging the “Cloud” and Technology and Productivity. 3. Data Literacy – July 27th – September 14th, Mondays & Thursdays 9:00-11:00 a.m. Throughout this course, students will begin with an introduction to data analytics followed by data analysis concepts and techniques, collecting and cleansing data, Microsoft excel skills (intermediate and advanced) and finish with discrete mathematics overview and analysis methods. Students will complete a Final Project for the course based on a dataset of their choosing. 4. Technical Writing – June 30th – July 23rd, Tuesdays & Thursdays 9:00-11:00 a.m. This introductory course focuses on producing concise, clear, credible, objective reports, memoranda, and other related workplace writing. The course promotes writing that demonstrated an awareness of the reader, as well as how to explain complex subjects in an organized manner. “This is a great opportunity for employers, their employees and the unemployed throughout the Greater Newport region to skill up. I hope that companies who have transitioned to remote work, or have been forced to reduce their employees’ hours take advantage of these free, value-added programs”, says Erin Donovan-Boyle, Executive Director of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 7, 2020 Contact: Bari Freeman (401) 924-3222 representing Paths to Progress Coalition Survey at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/BikingRI_coronavirus
Biking in the Time of Coronavirus: A STATEWIDE SURVEY OF PEOPLE ON BICYCLES Survey location: www.surveymonkey.com/r/BikingRI_coronavirus Are you seeing more people on bikes recently? Are you yourself riding more? The member organizations of ‘Paths to Progress’, Rhode Island’s statewide coalition for recreational and transportation paths are interested in your reasons for riding these days. Your input will help inform decisions about road use and what resources are most valuable to riders in your area and across the State. With stay-at-home restrictions and social-distancing policies in place, people are staying closer to home, roads have fewer cars, and there is a need for safe and healthy outdoor activities - and it appears that bicycling is on the rise.
In a 2019 survey conducted by Bike Newport, bicyclists revealed that the number one thing that prevented them from biking more was “fear or concern riding with traffic”; and that the most requested improvements that would influence biking more were “more bike lanes” and “more off street bike paths”. These findings have been on the minds of statewide advocates as we all bear witness to more biking during the stay-at-home restrictions. Is the current absence of traffic the reason more people are biking now? Is it cabin fever? Need to exercise? Or all of the above? This new survey hopes to find out. “Biking in the Time of Coronavirus” poses relevant questions: Will you keep biking when restrictions are lifted? Will you continue on the same roads when more cars return? Where do you prefer to ride? The coalition partners at Paths to Progress will use your responses to make the case to the decision makers for improved biking locally and statewide. Understanding what’s getting you out there will help to capture an accurate picture of why and where people ride when, for example, roads become safer. No matter where, why, or how often you ride, you can help by filling out the survey. It is expected to take about 7 minutes to complete, and can be found at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/BikingRI_coronavirus Readers are encouraged to share the link widely. Questions may be addressed to: pathstoprogress@ ribike.org
Data Literacy This course will be held on Mondays and Thursdays, 9 – 11 a.m. | July 27th – September 14th
Data analysis is a critical skill in occupations and industries throughout Rhode Island. In response to market demand, CCRI’s Division of Workforce Partnerships worked closely with employer partners, the college’s Computer Studies Department and industry experts to design Data Literacy programming. Throughout this course, students will begin with an introduction to data analytics followed by data analysis concepts and techniques, collecting and cleansing data, MS excel skills (intermediate and advanced) and finish with discrete mathematics overview and analysis methods. Students will complete a Final Project for the course based on a dataset of their choosing.
Course Topics Analysis Data Collection & Cleansing Data Construction & Structure Data Visualization Discrete Mathematics & Rational Algebra MS Excel Probability Statistics
The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce is proud to collaborate with CCRI in offering these courses to the community. Please register here. For more information and full course outline, please send an email to: email@example.com.
Virtual Technology for Business June 22 - July 10 3 Friday cohorts, 6hrs – 4hrs asynchronous with 2hrs synchronous Class #1 - Week of June 22nd (with 2-hr Webex portion on Friday, 6/26 -9AM-11AM) Class #2 - Week of July 6th (with 2-hr Webex portion on Friday, 7/10 -9AM-11AM) Class #3 - Week of July 6th (with 2-hr Webex portion on Friday, 7/10 -1PM-3PM)
Make remote work ‘work’ for your team. With rapid advancements in technology, a world-wide trend towards an increasingly “mobile” business model has emerged. This training focuses on technologies that support participants’ ability to operate virtually and remotely. Topics include: Virtual Meeting Platforms, Mobile Connectivity, Microsoft “Tools for Collaboration,” Remote Working and Virtual Communication, Leveraging the “Cloud,” and Technology and Productivity.
Course Topics Getting Started: Ergonomics, Equipment & AV101 Virtual Meeting Platforms Collaboration Tools & Accessibility Leveraging the “Cloud” Best Practices (virtual) Connectivity and Bandwidth Presentation Tools
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WANUMETONOMY GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 8:30 AM - 1:30 PM
ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES Show your support for the Chamber! Help us to continue to provide advocacy, programming, and services to the Greater Newport Business Community by sponsoring this annual event! All sponsorship include: one golfer foursome, recognition on all event advertising, recognition in event program, recognition on social media, web banner ad, and tee sign. ADDITIONAL SPONSOR BENEFITS LISTED BELOW.
Grand Tournament: Phils Propane
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Lunch Sponsor: Newport Hospital
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Beverage Cart $1500
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Putting Green $1500
Tee Sign on designated Putting Green Location Opportunity to personally staff hole
Closest to the Pin $1500
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Cart : Centreville Bank
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Longest Drive: Planet Aid
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Please contact Kate Grotteberg at Kate@NewportChamber.com or 401-847-1608 to secure your sponsorship!
Hackers Prey On Coronavirus Fears
The FBI warned of an unprecedented wave of coronavirus scams. The targets are remote workers and older Americans, but how to avoid COVID-19 scams. Even during a global pandemic, the cybercriminals are not taking any breaks from attempting to steal your personal information and company data. They are working even harder to prey on COVID-19 fears. The cybercriminals go for the weakest link in the cybersecurity chain, and that is the human element. The hackers are using social engineering for the scams. They are phishing or sending emails claiming to be from legitimate organizations and sharing vital information about the coronavirus preying on people’s need for information during this uncertain time. How does phishing work? The pandemic makes phishing easy for the bad guys. Everyone wants more information, and these emails promise that to the reader if they say open an attachment or click an embedded link to see the latest statistics or fill out a form. When opening the attachment or the embedded link, it is most likely just downloaded malicious software onto your device. That allows cybercriminals to take control of your computer, log your keystrokes (helpful in getting passwords), or access your personal information. It could lead to identity theft.
How to Avoid COVID-19 Scams. There are three easy ways to protect yourself when COVID-19 emails and texts show up in your inboxes: • Don’t Open Attachments or click the embedded link. That seems common sense, but verify who is sending by checking the email address carefully. • Install security software. Reputable paid virus/malware protection software can lessen the threat.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BUSINESS EXPERT DEDICATED TO SERVING NEWPORT COUNTY ANNOUNCED Providing greater access to expertise and resources at crucial time KINGSTON, RI (June 24, 2020) -- The Rhode Island Small Business Development Center is proud to announce the creation of a new, full-time position dedicated to Newport County small businesses. The Newport Area Regional Director will help area small businesses launch, stabilize, and grow, capitalizing on the many strengths of this beautiful and important economic hub at this crucial time. Accomplished business expert Paul Harden, who is also a longtime Newport resident, will pioneer the position, effective immediately. Harden will work with businesses located in Newport, Middletown, Portsmouth, Tiverton, Little Compton, Bristol and Warren. The Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (RISBDC) provides small business owners in the state with the services and expertise they need to succeed: no-cost expert counseling, relevant training, and access to vital resources. The RISBDC supports businesses at every stage, from start-up through maturity, and continues to support small businesses throughout the COVID crisis. “It is critical that the business community has a strong resource now more than ever to survive and thrive during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and moving forward into the future,” said Ed Huttenhower, Executive State Director of the RISBDC. “Paul will provide the type of assistance that will help the small business community accomplish this.” “Having a skilled and knowledgeable regional director and business advisor who can dedicate all of his time to this area of the state will help many businesses get through these difficult times and prepare for future opportunities,” said Diane Fournaris, Associate State Director of the RISBDC. Harden joined the RISBDC in 2018 and quickly established himself as a valuable part of the team. With more than 30 years of experience with economic development in the Ocean State, working in a wide range of companies both in scope and size, he brings a common-sense approach to business problem solving that is especially needed now. Harden has in-depth knowledge about a variety of industries, including the marine industry, and understands the Newport/East Bay market and what it takes for businesses located in this area to be successful. He is Chair of the City of Newport's Waterfront Commission and is on the Executive Board as Treasurer of the RI Marine Trades Association. Funding for the position comes from the CARES Act. The RISBDC’s business counselors cover the entire state, with headquarters on the University of Rhode Island campus in Kingston, plus outreach office locations in Providence, Lincoln, Warwick, Middletown, Westerly, and Warren. The RISBDC is currently offering a variety of virtual workshops at no cost to small business owners and entrepreneurs that address current small business needs and issues. ABOUT THE RISBDC The Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (RISBDC) at the University of Rhode Island provides local small business owners with the services and expertise they need to succeed: no-cost expert counseling, relevant training and access to important resources. With a total of eight offices and outreach locations throughout the state, our experienced business counselors are available to support businesses at every stage, from startup through maturity. The RISBDC is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. The RISBDC successfully completed a rigorous accreditation process in association with the Small Business Administration. Rhode Island has had an SBDC office since 1983. MEDIA CONTACT: Julia Scott firstname.lastname@example.org