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The Public Lounge at District Hall Providence is open to the public weekdays from 9:00am – 5:00pm as a free, drop-in workspace. Follow us online at #pvdloungehours for updates if it’s closed for a private event or holiday. Questions? Email info@districthallprovidence.org.

Sep
26
Thu
SheConnects @ Venture Cafe Providence
Sep 26 @ 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
SheConnects @ Venture Cafe Providence

 

SHE Connects recognizes female innovators and entrepreneurs. This special ‘conference night’ event seeks to bring together the brightest minds who are building, funding and innovating to solve the world’s toughest problems. Come for an evening of learning, networking, and empowerment!

Open Office Hours | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Connecting emerging entrepreneurs and startups with industry and sector experts for 30 minutes of free advising. This week features experts in finance, marketing, and strategy. 

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM :: Fatiha Ainane – Expertise in micro-finance and small business lending

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM :: Daniel Gertrudes – Entrepreneur with expertise in finance & business development.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM :: Scott Asadorian – Leadership, marketing, culture, and strategy.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM :: Odessa Cozzolino – Advising individuals and startups on product strategy, revenue generation, and operations.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM ::Ann Clanton – Expertise in marketing and communications strategy

Small Business Spotlight | 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Barrett’s Garden makes delicious vegan food that everyone can enjoy. Non gmo, minimal ingredients-just like we make at home. Do no harm and honor all life! Do it deliciously!

Keynote – Kim Anderson | 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Kim Anderson has been a successful business leader for more than 35 years notably as co-founder of Ava Anderson Non Toxic, founder of EverHope Capital, and the recent opening of her family restaurant, Plant City. Kim has been awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” by the SBA and “Citizen of the Year” by the RI Chamber of Commerce and is currently a board member of Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Providence RI, personally mentoring dozens of socially responsible entrepreneurs.

“Transitioning from Corporate to Entrepreneurship” | 6:15 PM – 6:45 PM

Idania Abreau (Adoras Dream, @adorasdream) and Roberta Powell (HEAL, @q2qhealth) lead a roundtable conversation on the opportunities and challenges facing female entrepreneurs in the transition away from a corporate career.

“Building Culture and Managing Teams” | 6:50 PM – 7:20 PM

Becca and Tiffany, the co-founders of Hometown Poké (@hometownpoke) met while working a boring corporate gig and bonded very quickly. While traveling together and eating their way around the world, decided to trade it for the 24/7 by opening a food cart, launching Hometown Poké in 2017. Join them as they discuss their mission to provide fresh, flavorful, accessible food for all, and do so by making their customers, staff, and neighborhood feel like family. 

Women in Science | 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM

Hear from leaders in the scientific community about the challenges and benefits of starting a scientific startup in Providence. Moderated by Carol Malysz of RI Bio, this panel will explore med-tech, genomics, engineering, and more.

For more information, please visit venturecafeprovidence.org/sheconnects

Oct
10
Thu
Café Night: Manufacturing Innovation, RICE Meetup, Open Mic, & Office Hours @ Venture Cafe Providence
Oct 10 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Café Night: Manufacturing Innovation, RICE Meetup, Open Mic, & Office Hours @ Venture Cafe Providence

Open Office Hours | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Café Lounge)

Connecting emerging entrepreneurs and startups with industry and sector experts for 30 minutes of free advising. Below are this week’s advisors:
David Hirschman – Providence-based entrepreneur with a deep knowledge of media, local marketing & tech, and events
Michael Tierney – Supports business development with a sector expertise in sustainable seafood practices
Jonathan Muniz – Digital product development and product management

Open Mic | 5:30 (Café Lounge)

Each month, we hand the mic over to a few emerging entrepreneurs, giving them 60 seconds to pitch their concept and the resources they are seeking from the community to enhance their product offering. Sign up today: venturecafeprovidence.org/getinvolved

Rhode Island Coalition for Entrepreneurs Meetup | 5:35 PM – 6:25 PM (Assembly)

The Rhode Island Coalition for Entrepreneurs (RICE) hosts its annual open meetup discussing efforts to “support the collaboration and unification among the entrepreneurial community”. 

“How to Position and Rally Your Organization For Growth” | 6:35 PM – 7:25 PM (Assembly)

Polaris MEP’s Manufacturing Innovation Challenge team shares growth-driving behaviors observed across 55 local companies. Enjoy a candid exploration of common patterns that hold companies back, and learn a methodology to hone your own strategic priorities for your business.

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Oct
17
Thu
Food/Bev Connect @ Venture Cafe Providence
Oct 17 @ 4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Food/Bev Connect @ Venture Cafe Providence

Open Office Hours | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Connecting emerging entrepreneurs and startups with industry and sector experts for 30 minutes of free advising. Below are this week’s advisors:

Erica Guatieri – CPA providing finance, tax consulting, compliance and planning expertise
Seth Milman – Experienced intellectual property attorney helping businesses develop, monetize, and assert their IP
James Kwon – Storyteller & Business Strategist, growth-hacking companies to realize their full potential

FoodBev Connect | 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM

FoodBev Connect celebrates the vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem of food businesses in the region. This mini conference focuses on a range of topics and innovations impacting the food sector including food access, product development, plant-based alternatives, and co-manufacturing.

 

Nov
21
Thu
Café Night: Speech Training, Resource Tables, Office Hours, and more
Nov 21 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Café Night: Speech Training, Resource Tables, Office Hours, and more

Open Office Hours | 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Connecting emerging entrepreneurs and startups with industry and sector experts for 30 minutes of free advising. Below are this week’s advisors:

Erica Guatieri – CPA providing finance, tax consulting, compliance and planning expertise
Seth Milman – Experienced intellectual property attorney helping businesses develop, monetize, and assert their IP
James Kwon – Storyteller & Business Strategist, growth-hacking companies to realize their full potential

Resource Tables | 5:00 – 7:30 PM

“What can public speakers learn from stage performers?” | 5:40 – 6:30 PM

In this interactive workshop we’ll polish your delivery skills to help you look and stay cool under pressure – even when you’re not, use your voice to keep your audience tuned in and turned on, and clarify intention to create influence and build trust. Led by Kara Lund. @SpeechRev