“Little Rhody” has been going to great lengths to shore up its small businesses in the past couple of years. The state has granted more than $51 million in awards to 4,100 small businesses, with up to $30,000 for each company. State officials also announced another program in January 2022 that offers direct financial assistance of up to $5,000 for each qualifying business. Rhode Island’s IT software, cyber systems and data analytics industry concentration is 18% higher than the national average. The state has recently experienced a cluster of patent activities in fields such as e-commerce, data processing, enterprise applications and cybersecurity. Rhode Island continues to be a leading area for innovation-led emerging companies, including GreenBytes, Upserve, Utilidata and ShapeUp.
Qualified Jobs Incentive Tax Credit: Offers up to $7,500 per job per year for up to 10 years for companies that expand the workforce in or relocate jobs from out of state.
Rebuild Rhode Island Tax Credit: Fills financing gaps with redeemable tax credits covering up to 30% of project costs for commercial office, industrial, residential, mixed-use development, ground-up construction or historic rehab for projects of at least $5 million.
Innovation Voucher Program: Offers up to $50,000 for companies with 500 employees or less to support R&D projects that commercialize a new product, process or service, support scale-to-market development or new expertise.
Rhode Island Innovates 2.0, the state’s latest Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy equivalent, calls for policy and investment in new opportunities. Areas of focus for the strategy include: the blue economy, offshore wind as targeted industry cluster, the back office market, creating a minority business accelerator and transition to the future of work via a new Technology Adjustment Initiative.
Six Fortune 500 companies headquartered in state:
1:00 - 5:00 pm
Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Many Strategic Planning Efforts Lack Systematic Approach Tips for Enhancing Your Strategic Planning Process
Executives expressed frustration with their current strategic planning process. Issues include:
Steve Rutan and Denise Harrison have put together an afternoon workshop that will provide the tools you need to address these concerns. They have worked with hundreds of executives to develop a systematic approach that will enable your team to make better decisions during strategic planning. Steve and Denise will walk you through exercises for prioritizing your lists and steps that will reset and reinvigorate your process. This will be a hands-on workshop that will enable you to think about your business as you use the tools that are being presented. If you are ready for a Strategic Planning tune-up, select this workshop in your registration form. The additional fee of $695 will be added to your total.
2:00 - 5:00 pm
Female leaders face the same issues all leaders do, but they often face additional challenges too. In this peer session, we will facilitate a discussion of best practices and how to overcome common barriers to help women leaders be more effective within and outside their organizations.
Limited space available.
10:30 - 5:00 pm
General’s Retreat at Hermitage Golf Course
Sponsored by UBS
General’s Retreat, built in 1986 with architect Gary Roger Baird, has been voted the “Best Golf Course in Nashville” and is a “must play” when visiting the Nashville, Tennessee area. With the beautiful setting along the Cumberland River, golfers of all capabilities will thoroughly enjoy the golf, scenery and hospitality.
The golf outing fee includes transportation to and from the hotel, greens/cart fees, use of practice facilities, and boxed lunch. The bus will leave the hotel at 10:30 am for a noon shotgun start and return to the hotel after the cocktail reception following the completion of the round.