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     March 22, 2023
     4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

BIG Resources for Small Business Fair

is offered by the City of Warwick along with the Rhode Island District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce.

If you are in business or looking to start a business, you should be here!

Features 15 Exhibitors in an Informational Open House and Presentations

Admission is FREE – stop in for a bit, or stay for the evening!

Be Sure to Bring Your Business Card  – Enter to Win A Door Prize!  Don’t have a card? Simply fill out an entry form at the door.

Bring Your Questions!

Hospitality Stations [Snacks] courtesy of 




Simply Ask Your Questions, Gather Information, and Let The Team of Experts Help You Put It All Together.  




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DID YOU HEAR?  There will be…






Door Prize Drawn At The End of Each Presentation!

4:30 p.m.
Buck Harris, VP/Loan Officer, Community Investment Corporation

What You Need To Know To Get A Business Loan

Whether you’re just starting up or already in business, come learn what lenders look for in a loan application, as well as the free resources that can help you prepare a business plan, financial projections, and more.

5:30 p.m.
Kristen Cordeiro, Deputy Director of Business Services, R.I. Secretary of State

Plan, Start, Maintain, or Grow Your Business with the RI Department of State

Did you know the RI Department of State – Business Services Division has FREE tools to help you make more informed business decisions? Whether you are dreaming of business ownership or have been in operation for years, this session will explore the many resources available at the Business Services Division, including one-on-one assistance, interactive workshops, market research tools, personalized licensing checklists, and step-by-step guides.

6:30 p.m.
Taylor Cacciola, Co- Founder, Namra Consulting

Fundamentals of Social Media Marketing

For some of us, social media can be intimidating.  For others, it is a constant effort to stay up-to-date on what is hot, new algorithms, what to use as content, etc.  Yet, social media marketing is a critical component to the overall marketing plan for businesses. This brief overview will help you to start answering the questions – Why Social Media?  How do I do that?  When do I do that? Understanding the answers to these questions is specific to your specific business, industry and customers. A more in-depth workshop will be offered at a future date if you want additional information.

Presentations will be 30 minutes or less

Visit one or all of the presentations, and you could win a special door prize simply by attending. Prize drawn at the end of each presentation – must be present to win.





  4:30 p.m.
Buck Harris
, VP/Loan Officer, Community Investment CorporationWhat You Need To Know To Get A Business Loan

Buck brings a wealth of corporate knowledge and entrepreneurial experience to Community Investment Corporation where he has served as Vice President and Loan Officer since 2008. As a previous business owner himself, he understands the pressures of small business ownership, and he works hard on behalf of his clientele to assist them throughout the SBA loan process. From small loans of $15,000 to large loans of $5,000,000, Buck has helped hundreds of small business owners accomplish their goals by helping them access the capital they need to start or grow their businesses.

  5:30 p.m.
Kristen Cordeiro
, Deputy Director of Business Services, R.I. Secretary of StatePlan, Start, Maintain, or Grow Your Business with the RI Department of State

Kristen Cordeiro serves as Deputy Director of Business Services under Secretary of State Gregg M. Amore. In this role, Kristen works with entrepreneurs and seasoned business owners alike to help them navigate the sometimes complex business environment in Rhode Island. Her focus is on community outreach, resource development, and customer service.

  6:30 p.m.
Taylor Cacciola,
Co- Founder, Namra ConsultingFundamentals of Social Media Marketing

Taylor Cacciola is one of three Co-Founders at Namra Consulting Group, a local digital marketing agency that specializes in social media management, marketing, and advertising. Taylor works primarily with New England-based small businesses to help them grow their digital presence and be found more easily for the products and services they offer.  Taylor knows that small businesses are the bedrock of the local community and economy.



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Venue Phone: 401-738-2000

Venue Website:

65 Centerville Road, Warwick, Rhode Island, 02886, United States


A restored historical textile mill housing multiple city departments.

List of City Departments – Locations – Contacts


Building History

    AAA Restores Historical Mill Building – AAA Northeast – April 8, 2022

Apponaug’s Sawtooth mill building set to house municipal offices – Warwick Beacon – May 13, 2021

Sawtooth Municipal Building Ribbon Cutting – Mayor Frank Picozzi – October 18, 2022

Starting this week, city offices return to Apponaug – Warwick Beacon – August 31, 2022