Tech Collective Sponsors We Mean Business Expo

Tech Collective is sponsoring and will showcase benefits at the Expo focused on small business and hosted by Every Company Counts and The Secretary of State.

Providence, RI, August 13, 2009 --( Tech Collective, Rhode Island’s Industry Association for Information Technology and Bioscience, today announces it is sponsoring the 2009 We Mean Business Expo, hosted by Every Company Counts (an initiative of Rhode Island Economic Development) and The Secretary of State’s First Stop Business Information Center to be held on September 10, 2009 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Renaissance Hotel in Providence.

The Expo will focus on connecting Rhode Island’s small businesses with tools relevant to their growth and success, including: government and non-profit organizational information, funding opportunities and peer-to-peer networking. Tech Collective will also host booth space at the event showcasing its “I Belong” membership and benefits package for the IT and Bioscience industries.

“In a challenging and evolving economy,” said Kathie Shields, executive director for the Tech Collective, “the We Mean Business Expo will play an impactive role in raising awareness of the programs and services available to Rhode Island’s business owners, including business skills and resources, training, funding, job scouting and informative and educational industry events. Tech Collective is proud to be part of the We Mean Business Expo and their concerted efforts to meet the needs of both the Rhode Island and Tech Collective business communities.”

“We Mean Business is an important event for Rhode Island’s small businesses,” said Sherri Lynn Carrera, manager of small business serves for RIEDC. “This collaborative effort between RIEDC and The Office of the Secretary of State brings the Federal, State and Municipal agencies to the small business community in one location for one day and offers educational programming to help businesses thrive. With the addition of our keynote Bill Rancic, one of the country’s leading entrepreneurs, this year’s event is going to be our best event to date.”

The 2009 We Mean Business Expo is expected to welcome approximately 15 sponsors, over 25 business professionals and an attendance of over 400. Bill Rancic, New York Times best-selling author and co-host of the A&E Show, We Mean Business, will be the Expo’s Keynote Speaker. For more information about the We Mean Business Expo, sponsorship or registration, please visit

About We Mean Business
We Mean Business is a joint venture of Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis' First Stop Business Information Center and Every Company Counts, an initiative of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation. The mission of We Mean Business is to connect Rhode Island business owners with local, state and federal agencies as well as the non-profit resources that impact their business. This collaboration presents a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to discuss issues that impact their business and to get the information they will need to start, grow or improve their business experience in Rhode Island.

We Mean Business is committed to sponsoring workshops and networking events that promote Rhode Island businesses. Check upcoming events for the next We Mean Business event. For more information, contact ECC's Sherri Carrera at or First Stop's Kelly Carello at

About Tech Collective
Tech Collective is Rhode Island’s Information Technology and Bioscience Industry Association. Uniting industry, government and academic stakeholders, our mission is to inspire, engage, educate and employ a high-skill, high-wage Knowledge Economy in Rhode Island. Since its transition from the Rhode Island Technology Council (RITEC) in 2004, Tech Collective has received more than $6M in federal, state and private grant funding to foster industry collaboration, awareness and development through events and initiatives including: GRRL Tech, Women in Technology, Bio-Ed, Tech Laureates’ Night and STEM-based education and training programs for K-16 students as well as incumbent and transitioning workers. For more information about Tech Collective, please visit

Giselle LaFrance
Manager of Media Relations
Tech Collective
(401) 829-8321

Tech Collective
Giselle LaFrance, Manager of Media Relations
(401) 829-8321