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Where every company
can be part of a growth story

Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 1:30-7:30 p.m.

Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin Street, Downtown Providence


"All Things Food…how every business can win as part of this thriving economic engine."

NEW format. Fast paced. Casual. Interactive. No buzz words, no jargon.

Just real talk from real people in “The Garage.”

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Five reasons and one delicious excuse for why you should attend!

#1Hear from some of Rhode Island’s hottest companies. Find out what’s propelling their growth. Share their enthusiasm. Ask questions. Get engaged.

#2Walk away with fresh ideas on how to succeed by tapping into food-related industries that are actually growing.

#3We’ll show you how to change the boundaries of your own business development and marketing strategy so that you’re poised for the next big thing.

#4See how leading business professionals are reinventing their own strategies to capture the attention of today’s discerning consumer.

#5Network with high caliber business professionals who are working across opposite industries to spark innovation.

And did we mention the food?

#6No confab on “All Things Food” in Rhode Island would be complete without great food! Come and taste the best in local goodness.

Think new. Think growth. Think random. Think ahead. Think Garage 2015.

Learn where the pockets of opportunity are for small businesses across all industry sectors, including services, technology, finance, legal, manufacturing, health care, nonprofit, distribution, design, processing, hospitality and more.

What types of companies have already found their niche in the food industry?

Manufacturers, processors, wholesalers, bankers, distributors, software developers, data miners, marketers, packagers, publishers, designers, growers, educators, health care providers, financiers, laundry servicers, web developers, energy suppliers, nonprofit, agriculture, medicine, retail, real estate, specialty equipment, pharmacy, restaurant, hotel, parking, apparel, multimedia, cybersecurity.

RI Food Facts

The Food and Beverage Industry is one that has the opportunity to benefit from the intersection of unique local assets and national upward trends to put Rhode Island on the map.

  • Industries involved in “purchased meals and beverages” grew from $1.6 billion to just under $1.8 billion.

  • Jobs in food services and drinking establishments grew by 10 percent.

  • Jobs in food and food-related occupations grew by 9.3 percent.

  • Jobs in accommodation and food services are projected to continue to grow by 12.3 percent by 2022.

(Sources: RI Commerce Corporation, RI Department of Labor and Training)

Recap of the May 2015 installment of #GarageRI, hosted by the GPCC at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

October 2014 Garage

The Knowledge Economy Forum.

The fall 2014 Garage highlighted Rhode Island’s knowledge economy and featured some of our hottest local growth stories. Learn more about the companies who inspired us.

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May 2014 Garage

Carefully hand crafted.

RI growth companies share the important “ah ha” moment that ultimately redefined their business, talk candidly about their biggest set-backs, & inspire attendees with advice on how to “see around corners.”

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October 2013 Garage

Design, Manufacturing and Connectivity

The second installment of The Garage focused on “The Intersection of Design, Manufacturing and Connectivity" in Rhode Island. Learn more about the innovative success stories highlighted.

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