February EG Chamber Messenger
The East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce got off to a flying start in January and our momentum is continuing in February. We had two wonderful, heavily attended events in January. The first was a joint Business After Hours (BAH) with the North Kingstown Chamber to celebrate the Grand Opening of Poliquin’s World Headquarters (www.poliquingroup.com) on South County Trail. Then we had our Annual Meeting and Expo at Quidnessett Country Club. Our members were treated to a very interesting PowerPoint presentation from Yardney Chairman Richard Scibelli who described the batteries produced at Yardney’s (www.yardney.com) facility on South County Trail. Their batteries are used in our national defense efforts by our military as well as NASA’s space exploration including a landing on Mars. The EG Chamber and the Town of East Greenwich are fortunate to have these world class companies on South County Trail!
February included a wonderful luncheon hosted by Eleven Forty-Nine featuring Kristin MacRae of Organizing in Rhode Island (www.organizinginri.com). We are following that up with a Business After Hours at Residential Properties at Main Street. Filippou’s Twisted Pizza and Thorpe’s Liquors were big contributors to this event. The Chamber’s strength is the variety of contributions made by its members. March’s BAH is scheduled for Di Mare Seafood Restaurant followed by April’s event at Mckinely’s Pub. Our May BAH will be held at Bank Rhode Island on South County Trail and will feature as our speaker, the President and CEO of South County Hospital, Louis R. Giancola.
Our Main Street Merchant’s Committee is planning another exciting season on Main Street. We will have another great season of Main Street Strolls and other events that will help in EG staying unique in the state with such a vibrant Main Street. We plan on building on the exposure we received this last fall with coverage on MSNBC and NBC 10. Our Annual EG Restaurant Week, plus the addition of a Jazz Stroll and Trolleys are all combining to add vitality to our Main Street scene.
The EG Chamber will present Here’s to the Ladies… Runway to Fashion at Quidnessett Country Club on April 24. Partial proceeds will benefit the East Greenwich Academy Foundation and Miss Rhode Island.
The EG Chamber, through its government relations committee and its membership in the Rhode Island’s Chamber of Commerce Coalition, will be working hard on its 2014 legislative agenda. The Chamber of Commerce Coalition supports responsible budget and taxation policy crafted to provide short term and long term fiscal responsibility and sustainability and allow Rhode Island businesses to remain competitive while preserving necessary services for the businesses and citizens of Rhode Island. For more complete information on the Chamber’s 2014 Legislative Agenda please visit either www.RhodeIslandBusinessVotes.com or www.eastgreenwichchameber.com
Let’s hope that spring arrives quickly and best to everyone for the remainder of the winter.
Stephen M. Lombardi