Supplier Spotlight: Office Direct

Office Direct offers a multitude of services which include Commercial Design, Interior Fit Out, Furniture, Flooring, Window treatments, Artwork, and everything to do with an office renovation, or designing and furnishing an entire commercial building!

Office Direct's mission is "To provide great value - excellent design, outstanding products and professional installation at a reasonable cost." What sets their commercial interior design company apart from their competitors is our experience in commercial design, knowledge of contract furniture and commercial flooring.

"Being in business for over 32 years, we bring our team of reliable sub contractors to the project, if you have a need for any construction of interior fit out. We act as the project manager insuring that your project is completed on time and making certain that your vision becomes a reality. Whether you are looking for just a few pieces of furniture, or planning on outfitting your entire office or building, Office Direct is your answer. We purchase directly from over 400 manufacturers of furniture and flooring and can bring their innovative products directly to you!"

- Phyllis Cannava, President of Office Direct

Learn More About Office Direct Here

Elizabeth Tanner is the New Secretary of Commerce

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Recently, Elizabeth M. Tanner, Esq. has been appointed as Rhode Island's next Secretary of Commerce. Tanner has served as the Director of the Department of Business Regulation (DBR) since 2017. Before joining DBR, Tanner was the Executive Vice President of Client Services at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation.

“Liz knows the ins-and-outs of small business and she has proven she will do what it takes to make Rhode Island a better place to live and work. When faced with challenges, Liz has always come out on top. She advocates for policy that is efficient and outside-the-box and I know she will get the job done to continue Rhode Island’s growing momentum.”

- Governor Dan McKee 

See the Press Release Here

New Anchor: Mayflower Wind

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Mayflower Wind, a 50/50 joint venture between Shell New Energies US LLC and Ocean Winds North America, is developing an offshore wind lease area far off the coast of Massachusetts with the potential to supply 2,400 megawatts of low-cost clean energy to electricity customers in New England. Mayflower Wind is committed to zero harm, innovation, industry development, and investing in our local communities. 

Mayflower Wind has joined SupplyRI as our newest anchor! Mayflower Wind has committed to supporting local businesses in Rhode Island through their participation. 

“We are looking forward to tapping into Rhode Island’s national leadership in the offshore wind and Blue Economy sectors to support our projects. With the assistance of SupplyRI we will be able to utilize their network of local businesses and strong connections to the minority- and women-owned businesses in the state to efficiently build out our supply chain and provide job opportunities for the people of Rhode Island.”

- William Cotta, Supply Chain Manager, Mayflower Wind Energy, LLC

Mayflower Wind will be hosting a Virtual Community Forum for the town of Portsmouth on Tuesday August 16th, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. During the forum Mayflower Wind will be giving an overview of: Their proposed activities in Portsmouth and the Sakonnet, project benefits, and next steps in the permitting and review process. They will also have opportunities throughout to address community-submitted questions, with several of Mayflower’s technical experts on the line to offer insight. 


The Zoom registration page for the event is here.

See the Press Release Here

Other Upcoming Training Events:

August 4, 2022

August 10, 2022

August 11, 2022

August 18, 2022

To View All Upcoming Events & Trainings Click Here

Quick Links for Suppliers and Businesses

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Business Assistance

Business advisors at Rhode Island Commerce are standing by to assist you and your business with programs and resources. Complete this form and a business advisor will respond within one business day.

Take the RI Commerce Broadband Speed Test & Survey!

Click here! Responses will help us understand where broadband is available, at what speeds, as well as the data needs of our state’s residents and businesses. And it only takes a few minutes to complete! Make sure to share this link with family and friends.

Best Regards,

Doris Blanchard

Director of Small Business Programs

401.278.9127 |

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