Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Our mission is to encourage, promote and support business and serve as the trusted resource for our community.

Join us for our Monthly Mingle Networking event

Wednesday, June 14, 2023
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Dudek Bowling Lanes
409 Child St, Warren


Meet new clients, customers, and new friends! Let's BOWL!
Chamber members $5, Guests $10. Cash Bar, free appetizers & Lots of FUN!
Join us for a
Grand opening Ribbon Cutting!

Beau Bleu
Boutique & Gifts
FRIDAY, JUNE 16th at 5 PM
423 Hope Street, Bristol



Fabulous gifts and clothing! Come check it out and spread the word.



We are excited that Ocean State Food Truck Festivals will be joining us-over 15 food trucks lots of yummy choices!
Book your company's foursome today!


Breakfast, Lunch, Cart & Green Fees included
Prizes, Raffles, 50/50!
Member News
HIRING ALERT: COMPARION INSURANCE AGENCY
Start your own business without the start up cost! Join our award winning Team in our new office in Chapel View, Cranston, RI. Scan below to learn more about this great opportunity!


We’re HIRING for a ROCKSTR Senior Bookkeeper!

We’re looking for a highly-efficient, detail – oriented, dedicated, forward – thinking team player that loves technology, numbers, improving systems and the outdoors.  
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island, www.bigsRI.org
Reynolds Physical Therapy and Wellness, www.reynoldspt.com
New York Life Insurance Company - Craig L. Corsetti,
East Bay Food Pantry & Thrift Shop, www.eastbayfoodpantry.org
Skills for Rhode Island's Future, www.skillsforri.com
Bay State Physical Therapy, www.baystatept.com
NAT Retail, LLC DBA Beau Bleu Boutique & Gifts
Sea Me Rise Restorative Yoga & Wellness LLC
Rely on Rach, www.relyonrach.com
Beach Barn Art & Gifts
Edward Jones Investments - Chris Stevenson
Stony Creek Farm,
Restaurant Accounting Solutions
Cedar House Design Collective, https://cedarhouseri.com/
Deanna DiMarzio Real Estate Photography,
Chase Bank - Barrington
Barrington Lions Club, www.barringtonrilionsclub.org
Calm Education, www.calm-education.com

Welcome New Chamber Member:
It was a fun Ribbon Cutting at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Rhode Island on Saturday, June 3, 2023 at their new Donation Drop-off Center at 705 Metacom Avenue in Bristol.

For more info contact Tina at Tina@BigsRI.org

We love our Chamber members!
Events
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Excellence in Business Award
The East Bay Chamber of Commerce is preparing for our Annual Awards Recognition Dinner, October 12, 2023.
The award recipient will be announced and honored during the recognition dinner and your participation in the selection of award recipient is crucial. Please review the description as a guideline to nominate someone who you feel epitomizes the award. 

Your participation in the selection of the Awards recipient is very important. Please include reasons why you have chosen your nominee! Deadline: June 30, 2022

Please nominate a highly successful, innovative business which consistently practices exemplary corporate citizenship.   Download form or email: Info@eastbaychamberri.org

CHAMBER EVENTS
Mark your calendars and register in advance for our events!

June 14, Monthly Mingle, Dudek Bowling Alley, Child Street, Warren, 5:30 - 7:00
June 16 Ribbon Cutting Grand Opening: Beau Blue, 423 Hope Street, Bristol , 5:00 pm
Aug. 31: Art Night Bristol Warren - Youth Art Exhibit , Chamber Office 5:30 - 8:30
Sept: 13: Monthly Mingle, at the Blount Clam Shack on the Waterfront in Warren, 5:30 pm
Sept 27: Wellness Wednesday Networking, 6-8 Chamber office
Sept 29: Coffee & Commerce, Guest Speaker Kathryn Farrington, CFEE Vice President of Marketing, DiscoverNewport, 8:00 am placeTBD
Oct. 12: Annual Awards
Oct 25: Wellness Wednesday Networking, 6-8 Chamber office
Nov. 29: Wellness Wednesday Networking, 6-8 Chamber office
Important Resources

Under the Dome: Wage Theft Bill – Independent Contractor Update– CALL TO ACTION Continues
 
The Senate Labor Committee passed S.1079 last week without a change to the definition of independent contractor. The bill would allow the Attorney General to charge a company with a felony for knowingly and willfully failing to pay employees on time, at the proper amount, withholding union dues, or paying terminated employees within 24 hours of the liquidation of a business. It also would be a felony to knowingly and willfully misclassify an employee as an independent contractor. The bill could still be amended on the Senate floor Thursday, June 8th. The Senate also has a bill by Senator Quezada (S.430) that seeks to change the definition of independent contractor. Should the House move forward on a definition change to the House version of the wage theft bill, the Senate could amend S.430 and Rhode Island businesses would still have to cease hiring independent contractors that no longer fit the definition or face felony charges and prison time.

We ask you to continue to contact your legislators and the leadership on this issue. If you operate your business as a sole proprietor or if you hire independent contractors, it is imperative that you tell your legislators how a change in the definition might affect you. Provide your name, the name and location of your business, an explanation of why you are an independent contractor or how you utilize independent contractors, and what will happen if you have to hire employees to replace your current independent contractors.
To find out who represents you go to https://vote.sos.ri.gov/Home/PollingPlaces?ActiveFlag=3 and enter your home address and information. Contact your State Representative and your State Senator.
Thank you for your help! Read More 
Are you a Small Business that needs assistance?: 
Apply today for 
RI Rebounds Technical Assistant Program


ABOUT RI REBOUNDS TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM What is the RI Rebounds Technical Assistance Program? The RI Rebounds Technical Assistance Program is designed to support small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is funded through Rhode Island’s allocation of the State Fiscal Recovery Fund and managed by RI Commerce. Program operation and implementation are being led by Skills for Rhode Island’s Future (SkillsRI). Eligible small businesses (CLIENTS) can receive technical assistance valued up to $10,000 through matched VENDOR(S). SkillsRI will pay VENDORS directly for services they provide. 
The Rhode Island Small Business Development Center
Director, Paul Harden is available at the Chamber office Thursday mornings.

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.
For more info or CALL for appointment:: https://web.uri.edu/risbdc/ pharden@uri.edu | 401-447-0148
  This Week’s Cybersecurity Tip of the Week, provided by PacketLogix

IT Security Tip:
What the heck is an AUP…and why do you want it?
 
With so many access points, from cell phones to laptop and home computers, how can anyone hope to keep their network safe from hackers, viruses, and other unintentional security breaches? The answer is not “one thing” but a series of things you must implement and constantly be vigilant about, such as installing and constantly updating your firewall, antivirus, spam-filtering software, and backups. Therefore, clients hire us – it’s a full-time job for someone with specific expertise (which we have!). 
Once that foundation is in place, the next most important thing you can do is create an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) and TRAIN your employees on how to use company devices and other security protocols, such as never accessing company e-mail, data or applications with unprotected home PCs and devices (for example). Also, how to create good passwords, how to recognize a phishing e-mail, what websites to never access, etc. NEVER assume your employees know everything they need to know about IT security. Threats are ever-evolving and attacks are getting more sophisticated and cleverer by the minute. 
This e-mail series is one great way to keep your employees informed, but you STILL need training and a good AUP in place. If you’d like our help in creating an AUP for your company, based on best practices, call us at 401-227-2695 or reply to this e-mail. You’ll be glad you did. 
 
Cybercrime is at an all-time high, and hackers are setting their sights on small and medium businesses who are “low hanging fruit.” Don’t be their next victim! To download this free report that reveals the most common ways that hackers get in and how to protect yourself today go to www.packetlogix.com  
 
For a very limited time, at no cost to your company, we will conduct a dark web scan looking for your company’s hacked credentials for sale on the dark web. Contact Nikki Manalansan at 401-227-2695 or nikki@packetlogix.com for us to start your dark web scan today. 
 
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Get Involved We Need YOU! Join one of our committee's
Together we can make our businesses grow and at the same time, make our community better for all of us! We encourage any member to get involved with any one of our five committees.
Learn more: click here

Events Committee meets the second Thursday of each month at 9:00 am
Public Relations / Business & Community Engagement meets the first Friday of each month at 9:00 am
Ambassadors Team meets the last Thursday of the month at 2:00 pm
Government Affairs Committee attends the RI Coalition meeting each month
Education Committee meets the third Tues. of each month.

Chamber Website Advertising Opportunity

Advertising on the East Bay Chamber website works! Our members have access to new customers and unique visitors every day via the Chamber's highly searched local website.

If you’re trying to find new customers in Rhode Island’s East Bay, then the East Bay Chamber’s website should be part of your marketing plan. Call now: 245-0750
Making Connections Program
Sign ups now available for April 2023 through April 2024!

HOW IT WORKS:

Each month we will hand deliver a Making Connections bag to new homeowners filled with your promotional items. Here’s the best part: You will receive the list of names and addresses of the homes that we delivered to so that you can continue reaching these homeowners through your own marketing efforts.

TO PARTICIPATE:  click here and fill out form!
or call the Chamber office 245-0750

Sponsored by Marshall Building & Remodeling
2023 Board of Directors. Learn more at: https://www.eastbaychamberri.org/board-of-directors.html
Partner Sponsor: i3 Broadband
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