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Businesses Make Squantum Association Their Think Tank [VIDEO]

The "Celebrate Doing Business in East Providence" networking event drew business owners throughout the community. Host William Conley hoped it would serve as an entrepreneurial incubator.

The Squantum Association was packed with city business owners buzzing with entrepreneurial spirit Wednesday night.

Among those owners were City Councilor William Conley Jr. and his wife, Norma, who hosted the evening of networking and business-building called, "Celebrate Doing Business in East Providence."

Special guests included General Treasurer Gina Raimondo, Senate Finance Chair Daniel Daponte and House Finance Chair Helio Melo. 

Conley hoped the night would function as an incubator for East Providence ventures.

"Even though I've been a business person since 1982, from the perspective of an elected official, I began to understand that we don't do a good job of understanding the needs of our business community," he said at the event. "I think it's important that we begin a dialogue with these businesses so we can identify their needs, understand what their issues are."

Abigail Crocker April 12, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Did you attend this event? If you send me pictures, I'll upload!
Paul April 12, 2012 at 07:38 PM
To quote the great Elvis Presley, what we need in East Providence is: "A little less conversation, a little more action".
Govstench April 14, 2012 at 11:06 AM
I am sure most business people will agree that less taxes and fees will create the atmosphere to grow business. Government has to stop spending money it doesn't have and learn to live within its means. People also have to stop making demands on government. It's a bad cycle we got into years ago and people have become accustomed to the entitlements. The horn of plenty has been emptied and now the cuts must start. The federal government is learning that lesson the hard way and so is the state. We as a society must learn to live within our means!

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