Sponsors of the 2021 Rhode Island Business Competition
The Rhode Island Business Competition thanks the following who make it possible to award prizes in the 2021 Competition.
Cox Business is proud to be a Pillar sponsor of the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition. Cox Business is a local provider of voice, data, video, and security solutions for businesses of all sizes. In addition to these services, we're especially excited to support the Rhode Island entrepreneurial community with our annual pitch competition, Get Started Rhode Island. For more information, please go to GetStartedRI.com, as well as our business resource site, CoxBlue.com
Sponsor of the 2017 Competition and presenting sponsor of the May 16 Awards Ceremony.
Envision Technology Advisors has been providing business and technology consulting and implementation services to the New England market for more than a decade. With offices in the Providence and Greater Boston markets, Envision knows that technology solutions need to start with people - your people, our people, and the people your business serves. With specialties that include desktop and data center virtualization, cloud solutions, SQL infrastructure assessments and remediation, IT managed services, network and wireless consulting, website design and development, and more, Envision is proud to help clients make the most out of the technologies they use in their organization.
Hinckley Allen is a full-service law firm with 150 lawyers and offices in Providence, Rhode Island; Boston, Massachusetts; Hartford, Connecticut; and Concord, New Hampshire. Since 1906, the firm has been providing expert legal counsel to corporations, organizations, and individuals, and has earned a reputation for legal excellence delivered with a personal touch. The firm provides legal services to individuals and businesses, including many of the region's publicly held corporations and emerging business. Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP's practice is organized into the following principal practice areas: construction, corporate and business, employee benefits, environmental, health, intellectual property, litigation, real estate, labor and employment, personal financial planning, securities, and technology.
Integrated Media Group (IMG) is a full-service digital marketing agency,with offices in Johnston, RI and Boston, MA. Our focus is on helping your business create engaging online content that captivates your targetaudience, increases brand awareness and drives sales. We do this by leveraging popular social media platforms, executing email marketing campaigns, increasing online search visibility, optimizing your web presence and implementing marketing automation strategies. IMG is also
the publishing company of the Rhode Island Small Business Journal.
KLR is one of New England's premier accounting and business consulting firms. With 160 team members and offices in Providence, Boston, Waltham, and Newport, KLR provides a wide range of services to both individuals and businesses. Ranked one of the largest firms in New England, KLR’s growth and commitment to client service is unparalleled in the industry. Communication, cost saving strategies, relationships, and excellence are the core of our commitment to our clients. KLR has been awarded three Practice Innovation Awards and named one of the Best Places to Work (four years in a row). Our award-winning firm helps ensure our ability to retain the most talented professionals to support your business.
Sprout is a coworking community that offers a variety of flexible and dedicated work and meeting spaces to individuals and organizations. Members include entrepreneurs, freelancers, established businesses and new businesses. Any person or team that needs a work or meeting space can find one at Sprout. Membership benefits include a business mailing address and participation in a diverse and supportive community. Meeting facilities are available to anyone. Our location at 166 Valley Street, Providence, has many amenities including ample free parking. We also operate an art gallery and are part of Gallery Night Providence. Our second location is at 489 Main Street in Warren, RI. Come for a tour!
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Bioscience and Information Technology Industry Association. Uniting industry, government, and academic stakeholders, our mission is to inspire, engage, educate, and employ a high-skill, high-wage Knowledge Economy in Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $8M in federal, state, and private grant funding to foster industry and workforce awareness, collaboration, and development through forums and initiatives including: Tech10, GRRL Tech, Women in Technology, Bio-Ed, and STEM-based education and training programs for K-16 students as well as incumbent and transitioning workers.
Established in 1857, Barlow, Josephs & Holmes, Ltd. is one of the oldest intellectual property law firms in the United States. The firm specializes in all facets of patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret law including patent, trademark and copyright protection, related litigation and enforcement. Barlow, Josephs & Holmes is a small firm which is well-suited to providing personalized and speedy legal services, at reasonable cost, to small individual clients and large corporate clients alike.
The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company is the premier writer of workers' compensation insurance in the State of Rhode Island. Chartered by the state in 1990, we are a mutual workers' compensation insurance carrier with over 12,000 policyholders and 60% of the workers' compensation market - serving both the competitive and residual markets. We are financially secure, with approximately $400 million in admitted assets and we return excess surplus to our policyholders in the form of lower premiums and/or dividends.
Brown University, founded in 1764, has a rich history of entrepreneurship and support of the local economy. Brown students, faculty and alumni take advantage of a growing array of undergraduate, graduate and continuing education courses, programs and events related to entrepreneurship and innovation. New ventures are a vibrant mix of for-profit and social mission companies that include bio-tech, green-tech, web, consumer, education, service, and healthcare. The Nelson Center, launched in 2016, provides an interdisciplinary approach to entrepreneurship learning and research that is unique in higher education.
Bryant University has a 144-year tradition of excellence in higher education. The depth and breadth of the academic programs in the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Business offer students the flexibility to explore courses that pique their individual interests. Bryant’s unique integration of the business and the liberal arts prepares students to apply their knowledge and skills upon graduation. Outstanding faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and technology, and a focus on the development of the individual transform and empower students. The goal is to help students to realize their personal best in life and their chosen professions.
Established in 1995, the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) is a non-profit rganization dedicated to helping women start and grow their own businesses. As New England’s leading organization for women entrepreneurs, we work hard to ensure that all women, regardless of their economic status, are provided access to our programs and services. CWE offers scholarships to disadvantaged clients while fostering influential relationships for successful businesses women at the other end of the financial spectrum. CWE provides education, training, resources and connections to women (and men) in Boston, Worcester, and Providence. CWE is the New England affiliate for Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, serving as its certification arm for women-owned businesses.
FM Global, headquartered in Johnston, R.I., is a world leader in commercial property insurance and risk management. For 175 years, FM Global clients have relied on our unmatched expertise in creating comprehensive, global commercial and industrial property insurance and engineering-driven risk management solutions. Our policyholder/owners represent more than one out of every three Fortune 1000 companies, as well as leading international companies.
The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce working with the Innovation Providence (IP) Committee distributed US Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration funding to support local economic opportunities like the RI Business Plan Competition, which focuses on growing the state’s Knowledge Economy. The Chamber is a membership organization that fosters the development of a positive and productive business climate. The IP Committee oversees strategy and investment surrounding the development of Rhode Island’s Knowledge Economy.
The Hatch Entrepreneurial Center is a collaborative workspace for early-stage businesses and entrepreneurs, located at 244 Weybosset Street in Providence. It provides 6,000 square feet of office space to its associates and typical workplace amenities such as phone and internet access, fax, scanner, and copier machines, conference rooms, and meeting spaces. Most importantly, it enables entrepreneurs to meet and review business plans, discuss operational issues with other start-ups, and connect with mentors in the areas of accounting, finance, international business, law, marketing, and management.
Taking a no-nonsense approach to branding, web, design, and video, our team offers innovative ideas and unconventional strategies that get results. We’re talented, ambitious storytellers who are never afraid to come up with something that’s outside the box. As Rhode Island natives, we understand the local market but have the ability to make a lasting impression nationally. Never shying away from hard work, we take the time to listen carefully to your mission and objectives.
Social Enterprise Greenhouse -- an Entrepreneur Track finalist in the 2012 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition -- creates positive social and economic impacts by supporting social entrepreneurs and enterprises with the tools and networks they need to thrive. We are a network of business and community leaders who contribute time, expertise and money to create jobs and support positive change through social enterprise.
Bank Rhode Island is a full-service, FDIC-insured commercial bank based in Providence. The bank’s capital strength gives it the capacity to serve businesses of all sizes – from sole proprietorships to large corporations. Its local focus and consistent approach to business lending has made it the #1 SBA Lender in Rhode Island for the past two years. The bank operates 17 branches and over 60 ATM’s across the state.
Bristol County Savings Bank, founded in 1846, is a full-service financial institution offering commercial lending, personal and business banking, and mortgage services. The Bank’s Bristol Wealth Group, which enjoys an affiliation agreement with one of the leading brokerage firms in North America, Raymond James Financial Services (Raymond James), provides businesses, municipalities, non-profits and individuals with a wide range of investment solutions. In addition, the Bank also offers quality property and casualty insurance options for its customers through its majority-owned insurance partner, FBinsure. The Bank’s steady growth and expansion has resulted in $2 billion in assets and over 400 employees in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The key words at Bristol County Savings Bank are: "Commitment, Stability, and Community," values that are combined with state-of-the-art technology to meet the needs of its customers. A dedicated local community bank for over 170 years, Bristol County Savings Bank is actively involved in giving back to all the communities it serves both through financial support and the volunteerism of its people.
The Business Development Company is a non-bank lender, regulated by the state of Rhode Island, which provides gap and direct funding, in the form of debt or equity, to help promising but often undercapitalized companies in Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts grow and expand employment. Since our founding in 1953, we have assisted hundreds of companies to become stronger competitors while helping to retain and create thousands of jobs in Rhode Island, as well as jobs in Massachusetts and Connecticut.
Delta Dental of Rhode Island is the state’s leading dental insurer, administering dental benefits for nearly 587,000 members. Headquartered in Providence, we remain a symbol of strength and stability in the local dental insurance arena. For more than 50 years, Delta Dental has provided affordable dental insurance to employers, individuals and families across the country. As the nation’s largest, most experienced dental benefits carrier, Delta Dental protects more than one-third of the estimated 166 million Americans with dental insurance, covering more than 59.5 million people in over 97,900 groups nationwide.
Dimeo Construction Company is an industry leader in providing innovative planning and construction solutions to clients in the educational, institutional, healthcare, life sciences, commercial and corporate sectors throughout New England. Ranked by ENR among the Top 100 construction managers in the United States, Dimeo’s 225 professionals value strong team collaboration and working from a “Builder Mindset” in assuring our clients a successful project outcome.
The Moore Company is a diverse group of capital-intensive manufacturing companies united by a common goal: to assist in the growth of the world-class brands we serve. We contribute significantly to the success of the leading names in healthcare disposables, apparel, graphic arts, sporting goods, industrial power equipment, and marine products. We are a family-run business in its fourth generation. Elastic fabrics and rubber materials continue to be among our core products, but they are now complemented by expertise that ranges far beyond the textile industry that our founder first served.
Navigant Credit Union, Rhode Island's first credit union established in 1915, possesses a rich history of providing financial services to individuals and families throughout Rhode Island. At the end of its first year in operation in 1915, the Credit Union recorded assets of $22,000. Today, with more than one billion dollars in assets Navigant Credit Union is among the largest credit unions in Rhode Island and one of the strongest in the country and takes pride in offering all the same products and services as a "big" bank while maintaining a personal touch.
The smarter way to bank is an endeavor that sets Pawtucket Credit Union apart from other banking institutions through our commitment to providing the best in products, services, and rates. As an organization founded by, and run for, the benefit of its members, this philosophy is woven throughout all our business and civic activities. As the banking landscape continues to evolve, PCU remains steadfast in our commitment to delivering The Smarter Way to Bank and assisting our members in achieving a bright financial future.
For more than 15 years, Peter George has helped others develop into speakers who positively affect others. He has helped others learn how to craft and deliver presentations that engage, persuade, and inspire. As a public speaking coach and trainer, he specializes in helping executives, attorneys, and other professionals to be calm, confident, and credible every time they speak in public.
The Slater Technology Fund focuses on the support of entrepreneurs who have the vision, leadership and commitment to build substantial business enterprises, providing seed stage capital to companies committed to basing and building technology-based businesses in Rhode Island. Slater typically invests at the inception stage in the development of a new venture, often based upon ideas and technologies originating in academic institutions, government research laboratories or commercial enterprises located within the region. In most cases, investments are premised upon the possibility of raising substantial follow-on financing, be it from venture capital investors or from strategic partners, the rationale being that such external funding will accelerate the creation of a significant number of high value, high wage jobs over the intermediate to longer-term.
Teknor Apex was established in 1924 and is privately-held with global headquarters in Pawtucket, RI. We manufacture in 9 plants in the U.S. as well as plants in England, Belgium, Singapore and China. We are an international custom compounder of advanced polymer materials with a focus on vinyls, thermoplastic elastomers, nylons, bioplastics and colorants. We serve key markets including automotive, building and construction, appliance, toys and recreation, industrial, medical and wire and cable. We are also the largest manufacturer of garden hose in the U.S.
The Washington Trust Company is a subsidiary of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., a $3.1 billion corporation headquartered in Westerly, Rhode Island. Founded in 1800, Washington Trust is the oldest community bank in the nation and is the largest independent bank headquartered in Rhode Island. A state-chartered bank, Washington Trust offers a full range of financial services, including business banking, personal banking, and wealth management and trust services through its offices located in Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts. The Corporation's common stock trades on The NASDAQ Global Select® Stock Market under the symbol WASH.
Founded in 1819 and currently holding $1.1 billion in assets, BankNewport is an FDIC-insured savings bank and is a subsidiary of the Mutual Holding Company, OceanPoint Financial Partners, MHC. Along with its financial partner, OceanPoint Insurance Agency, Inc., BankNewport is proud to serve the financial needs of customers from banking and insurance offices located throughout southeastern New England. BankNewport is headquartered in Middletown, Rhode Island, and has 12 branch locations throughout Newport County, Bristol County, East Greenwich, North Kingstown and Narragansett, Rhode Island.
Cherrystone Angel Group, founded in 2004, is Rhode Island’s first organized angel investment group and today includes approximately 50 members. All members are experienced and qualified investors who have either built their own companies or have extensive experience launching new business ventures. Many have done both. Their backgrounds include creating or working with manufacturing, distribution, technology, and service companies. Many have been serial entrepreneurs. To help ensure the success of our investments, Cherrystone Angel Group actively works with the entrepreneurs in which it invests.
CVS/Health is the largest provider of prescriptions and related healthcare services in the nation. The Company fills or manages more than 1 billion prescriptions annually. Through its unmatched breadth of service offerings, CVS Caremark is transforming the delivery of healthcare services in the U.S. The Company is uniquely positioned to effectively manage costs and improve healthcare outcomes through its approximately 6,200 CVS/pharmacy stores; its pharmacy benefit management, mail order and specialty pharmacy division, Caremark Pharmacy Services; its retail-based health clinic subsidiary, MinuteClinic; and its online pharmacy, CVS.com. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations portion of the Company's website, at http://investor.cvs.com, as well as through the pressroom portion of the Company's website, at www.cvs.com/pressroom.
Fidelity Investments is one of the world’s largest providers of financial services, with assets under administration of $3.2 trillion, including managed assets of more than $1.4 trillion, as of September 30, 2011. Founded in 1946, the firm is a leading provider of investment management, retirement planning, portfolio guidance, brokerage, benefits outsourcing and many other financial products and services to more than 20 million individuals and institutions, as well as through 5,000 financial intermediary firms.
Hayes & Sherry Real Estate Services, a Cushman & Wakefield Alliance Member, is a full service commercial real estate brokerage company. Established in 1990, the firm provides leasing, investment sales, tenant representation, retail and consulting services to clients throughout New England. In addition, brokers at Hayes & Sherry Real Estate Services are members of the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), which links clients to the premier international industrial and office real estate network with 2,800 professionals in 800 offices in more than 450 cities nationwide.
Dave Lubelczyk | The Idea Turbine is a one-man think-tank who converts obstacles into jet-propelled actions. He specializes in helping entrepreneurs, management teams, and business owners get unstuck. By extracting solid timely action items out of the conceptual chaos and options that swirl around in the heads of entrepreneurs, Dave steers the business toward success and growth.
Johnson & Wales University, based in Providence, is a world class university where students have an opportunity to pursue a career education in business, hospitality, culinary arts, or technology. Scores of majors and degree programs are offered at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels to empower its diverse student body to succeed in today's dynamic world by integrating general education, professional skills, and career-focused education.
Richard G. Carriere, CFP®, CAP®
Senior Vice President and Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley
The New England Medical Innovation Center provides expert support to innovators and entrepreneurs in the medical technologies space. We draw on an extensive network, implement curated workshops, facilitate clinical access, connect with investors, regulate working with the FDA and provide a co-working and office space to help harness creativity and productivity. Our goal is to incite individuals and accelerate Med Tech ideas into fundable and sustainable solutions.
In service to thousands of kitchens across Southern New England, Newport Biodiesel converts used cooking oil into millions of gallons of clean burning biodiesel each year. Newport Biodiesel is proud to be a part of a clean energy future. We are excited to support the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition. Together we can Fuel a Greener New England.™ Newport Biodiesel was the Green Award winner in the 2010 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition.
StormTree, a national company based in Rhode Island, and Entrepreneur Track finalist in the 2014 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, designs and markets tree filter systems that integrate street trees with stormwater collection to naturally cleanse infiltrating water of pollutants in urban and suburban streets. StormTree was founded in 2014 based on belief that a better way existed to provide sustainable stormwater pollutant control in land used development and urban streetscapes. By harnessing the ever working natural processes within the plant/soil community to include biological and chemical interactions, stormwater remediation of pollutants can be effectively achieved.
At Innovation Studio, we believe Innovation is for Everyone; including you. We activate free live and virtual programs and spaces, creating impactful and inclusive pathways to collaboration. Our mission is to democratize innovation by cultivating relationships and providing resources for anyone to successfully launch and grow a business. We envision a world in which anyone can be an innovator.
MassChallenge was founded in 2009 with a singular purpose – to make it as easy as possible for entrepreneurs to launch and grow new ventures. Over the past decade, MassChallenge has played a vital role in strengthening local and global innovation economies. They have helped entrepreneurs from more than 54 countries solve some of the world’s massive problems. From a scrappy startup founded in Boston during the height of the global economic recession by two idealistic entrepreneurs to a network of nine accelerators in seven locations around the globe, MassChallenge and their 2,458 startups have had a transformative impact on the world.
RIHub’s not-for-profit mission is all about driving economic transformation by helping entrepreneurs and startups more effectively focus and apply their ingenuity and innovation to reach their goals. At RIHub Venture Mentoring Service, they believe when an entrepreneur is connected with a team of experienced business people, good things will happen. Their goal is to increase and enhance the entrepreneurial talent pool in Rhode Island and enhance the success of RI ventures.