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On October 18th , the Southern New England Entrepreneurs Forum (SNEEF) will be holding its monthly meeting from 5:30PM to 8:00PM at the Law Offices of Adler Pollock & Sheehan, 1 Citizens Plaza, Providence, RI.

We are going to have a Paneled Discussion entitled “The current state of entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurship support, in Southern New England”.  There’s a lot happening in the start-up community in the region.  And this event will be an opportunity to hear from a panel of experts about these current changes, and what’s being done to support entrepreneurs and create a start-up ecosystem right here in our own backyard.

Time:  Wednesday, October 18th 2017, 5:30 - 8:00 PM

Location:  the Law Offices of Adler Pollock & Sheehan, 1 Citizens Plaza, Providence, RI

Purchase Tickets: follow this link here

 discussion panel

Carol Malysz, M.B.A.

Executive Director of MedMates

Carol Malysz is the Executive Director of MedMates, Rhode Island’s life sciences technology network group.  MedMates’ mission is to grow the life sciences economy in Rhode Island by attracting, bringing together and advocating for talent and resources to support the life sciences community throughout southeastern New England. Founded in 2013, MedMates members have deep experience in the fast-changing life science fields, ranging from startups to mature companies to everything in between.

Carol's long history of supporting Rhode Island entrepreneurs include her experiences with: the Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) Rhode Island,  the Association of Women’s Business Centers, the Business Expansion Division at the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, and BusinessFirst - an online collaboration of 17 RI service provider organizations that streamlined the delivery of business development assistance to RI small businesses.

Shelley Cardoos

Executive Director of Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll)

Shelley Cardoos is the Executive Director of Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) South Coast, a nonprofit focused on accelerating economic and social impact in mid sized cities through inclusive entrepreneurship. Shelley is also the owner of Hippo, a gift shop located in the heart of downtown New Bedford featuring a variety of unique handcrafted goods and independently designed products. 

Shelley is currently on the board of Downtown New Bedford Inc, committee member of Love the Ave, South End Engaged and the SRPEDD Regional Economic Strategy Committee. She's also been involved with AHA!, 3rd Eye Youth Empowerment, NB Open Studios, and the Local Cultural Council. She worked as the Creative Department Manager for AHEAD, LLC for 12 years managing a staff between 30-50 employees. 

Shelley loves the combination of creativity, business, and community.  

Ric Wild

Member Services Coordinator at Hope & Main

Ric Wild is the Member Services Coordinator at Hope & Main, Rhode Island's first food business incubator. In its first three years, Hope & Main has helped to license over 100 food-related businesses, and has an active membership of more than 50 companies. 

Ric is the point of first contact for entrepreneurs inquiring about Hope & Main's incubation program, and implements the organization's curriculum. Ric has broad interests in food and agriculture, and has worked on small-scale livestock farms in Illinois and Rhode Island. 

Emily Wanderer

Director of Programs

Emily believes in creating social equality through business. She serves as the Director of Programs at Social Enterprise Greenhouse supporting do well, do good entrepreneurs from ideation to scale with networks and resources. 

Emily came to SEG to lead the re-launch of SEG's blended learning Accelerator program in 2014. Over the last three years, Emily and the SEG team has developed and supported this and other technical assistance programs as mechanisms for creating sustainable positive social impact in Providence and beyond. SEG works across all industries but has a focus on Health & Wellness, Food, and Environment. SEG's volunteer network of over 250 business and community leaders provides expertise to more than 200 social enterprises per year.

Christine M.B. Smith

Managing Director of Innovation at Rhode Island Commerce Corporation

Christine M.B. Smith is Managing Director of Innovation at the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, the state’s primary economic development organization.  In this role, she is responsible for leading statewide economic development initiatives dedicated to creating economic opportunity and job growth by leveraging the state’s unique assets in science, technology and design.

Programs under her direction enhance the state’s R&D-related economic development opportunities by promoting collaborative research across institutions, encouraging industry cluster growth, supporting networks for entrepreneurs and building the pipeline of STEM talent.  As part of her portfolio, she also serves as Executive Director of the Rhode Island Science & Technology Advisory Council (STAC), a coalition of business, academic, medical, and government leaders launched in 2006 that works to support the transfer of technologies and discoveries into the marketplace.  

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