Ocean State Business Expo

Save the Date !

Crowne Plaza Hotel – Grand Ballroom & Grand Foyer

Now Accepting Exhibitor Registrations

10th Annual Ocean State Business Expo

Date:  Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Time: 12pm – 5pm

Location: 801 Greenwich Ave,  Warwick, RI 02886

Reserve To Secure Your Spot

Thank you to our 2017 Sponsors!


The Ocean State Business Expo was created by Jay White of Uncle Jay’s Networking in September 2009. Susan Lataille of DiscoverYou Events joined in 2011. The two met about 8 years ago networking at Chelo’s in Warwick. They are a great team supporting and balancing each others strengths. The vision for the event is that the exhibitors have a place to shine! It’s their day to promote, inspire and make lasting relationships!


The Ocean State Business Expo was created to bring the small business community together in meet, inspire and build connections.  The event has become the premiere business event of the year!


The event highlights local experts from our business community, information presentations and a place to build connections.  Bringing the best business professionals in Rhode Island together! Services and products from the expert exhibitors are available throughout the day. The Crowne Plaza Hotel is a perfect location being centrally located in Rhode Island. Cumulus Media (WPRO-630AM and AM790 Talk & Business) and the Rhode Island Small Business Journal partner again for the fourth year in a row!


The local business community looking for the opportunity to meet other local professionals to connection, inspire and exchange ideas. People that want connect with the local business community. Those who are looking for the opportunity learn what business services and products are available in the local business community. Executives, employees, small business owners and sales representatives are encouraged to attend the Ocean State Business Expo.

Admission free with a business card

For More Information Contact:

Jay White at 401-265-5373 (by email, jaywhitebiz1@cox.net)

Susan Lataille 401-919-4944 (by email, susan@discoveryouevents.com)

2017 Partial Exhibitor List (check back weekly for additions)

AA Thrifty Sign & Awning
ABC Specialtees
Adams Fine Pearl Jewelry
Allclean Restoration/Rui Construction
Ambit Energy
Anchor Telecom Inc.
Ascensus College Savings
Automated Business Solutions
Barnum Financial Group
Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern MA, ME, RI, & VT
Bevilacqua & Bevilacqua
BJ’s Wholesale Club
Block Advisors
Brave River Solutions
Bruneau and Co. Auctioneers
Camp Bow Wow
Carrie Humphreys
Cartridge World
Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Centreville Bank
Chestnut Hill Realty
City of Cranston and The Greater Cranston Chamber of Commerce
City of Warwick, Department of Tourism, Culture & Development
Clean Rite Cleaning & Restoration
Conlon Containers
Constant Contact
Cox Business Security Solutions
Dave’s Marketplace
Donovan Travel
Double D Security Solutions
Dr. Day Care
East Greenwich Chamber of Commerce
Eastern Pure Water
Edward Jones
Elite Physical Therapy
Energy Monster
Envision Technology Advisors
Executives Association of Rhode Island
FUN Enterprises, Inc.
G Metz Moving & Storage
Goodwill Industries
Helping Hearts
Integrated Media Group (IMG)
Island Carpet, Tile, and Hardwood
Joseph Schechtman Business Coach
Kool Radio AM Full Power Radio
Lang’s Bowlarama
Latina 100.3 fm WKKB Full Power Radio
Lucier CPA
Lynch’s Cleaning & Restoration Service
Massage Envy Spa
Natural Awakenings Magazine
Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island
NetCenergy, LLC
Office Direct
Panera Bread
Paula Allin – HomeSmart Professionals
People’s Credit Union
Photographer Ernest Price (dba ELPriceLLC Ltd.)
R.E. Coogan Heating Inc.
Re/Max Bell Park
Renewal by Andersen
RGS Energy
Rhode Island Capital Corporation
Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
Rhode Island Telephone Inc.
RI Business Referral Exchange (RIBRE)
RI Realtors
RI Small Business Development Center
Sentinel Safe Floor Solutions
ServiceMaster by Mason
Single Source Disaster Recovery Specialists
Stillwater River Publications
Summit Web Adventures
The Riddle Room
Toharri Cards & Gifts
U.S. Small Business Administration
Unitel Inc.
US Solar Works
Vive Communications
Wireless Zone
WRIK Entertainment
WRIK Photo Booth
Xzito Creative Solutions
ZK Painting

Workshop Schedule

11:00 am – “Creating Small Business-Friendly Rhode Island”

Lt. Governor Dan Mckee is a lifelong Rhode Islander who ran for lieutenant governor to strengthen our public schools, build solvent communities and create a healthier small business climate throughout the state.
Dan’s background is deeply rooted in small business. His family owns and operates a small oil company in Cumberland that began back in 1900 as an ice business. Dan also ran a health club in Woonsocket for many years.
In addition to a background in business, Dan served as Mayor in the Town of Cumberland for 12 years. As mayor, his record was one of strong fiscal management, visionary education initiatives and thoughtful economic development.
Since taking office in 2015, Dan has visited over 180 small businesses to hear their concerns and identify short and long term solutions to their problems. As lieutenant governor, Dan has also been a driving force in lowering energy costs for Rhode Island families and business.  

12:00 pmHow Smart People Use Smart Phones for Business Growth

Whether you’ve had an email marketing service for years or you’ve been thinking about using one, this workshop is for you. Get up to speed on the latest developments in email and social media marketing technology.
You will learn:
– How to get your prospects to text YOU if they want to join your list  – save time managing your list
– How to use a phone app to design and send email – get away from your desk and do it from wherever you want to work
– How to schedule your social media to drive attention to your news – work one day, and take the rest of the week off!
– Three things the most effective emails have in common – increase your click through rates

Michelle Girasole has helped hundreds of small business owners to get comfortable using digital marketing technology for 25 years.  As founder of Fresh Growth Ventures, she was one of the original Constant Contact Solutions Partners.  Her goal is to make your job of reaching your customers and future customers MUCH easier with smart phone technology.  Visit her booth and do not miss this relevant topic!

Michelle Girasole is a 25-year veteran of the digital marketing arena.  An award-winning author, innovator and entrepreneur, Michelle helps small businesses grow using online marketing strategy, PR and events.  In addition to teaching a variety of marketing workshops in Rhode Island for Constant Contact (w: mgirasole.constantcontact.com), she is a core certified partner, helping business people learn to use the online marketing platform, which she has enjoyed doing since 2003. Michelle is the co-author of “The Sassy Ladies Toolkit for Startup Businesses” and the founder of Fresh, llc (www.FreshRebellion.com), fueling her passion for fresh, organic food and local business.

1:00 pm – Words of Wisdom for Running and Growing a Profitable Small Business

David Lucier, owner of Lucier CPA, Inc specializes in small business. In this seminar you will receive the best ideas from over 30 years of working with over 1500 small businesses.

The following are some of the secret tips you will learn:

  1.         What is small business greatness
  2.         Business success traits
  3.         The secret formula to successful partnerships
  4.         The six steps to read financial statements
  5.         Low cost marketing tips
  6.         Strategic marketing planning
  7.         Pricing for profits
  8.         Five keys to “Financial Greatness”
  9.         What are the best small business books
  10.    Growing your business in the new economy

In addition, you will receive numerous handouts to assist with the execution of these concepts.

David J. Lucier CPA is an entrepreneur, real estate investor, Certified Public Accountant, Author and business advisor. He has worked with hundreds of start-up and emerging companies over the past 30 years. His management advice encompasses strategy, marketing, sales, finance and operations.

He has served as a board member on numerous non-profit organizations and has received various awards including the prestigious U.S. Small Business Administration “Accountant Advocate of the Year.”

He is a graduate of Bryant University and has taught classes at both Bryant and Roger Williams University. He is widely regarded as the top business lecturer in the State of Rhode Island.

2:00 pm – An Alternative Way to Increase The Bottom Line

Focusing on personal health and healthy employees can help your small business be more productive, in turn improving performance and lowering costs associated with health care, absenteeism, and employee turnover.

​Learn: The Stats ~ Health & Productivity: Recent studies indicate improved health impacts performance and reduces health care costs.  The History of Health Care vs. Sick Care

Healthy Options ~ there are four main areas to focus on: stress management, nutrition, physical exercise, and health benefits.​ ​

Resources  – Education, nutrition programs, consultants/coaches, fitness locations, courses.

Lori Delfosse, RN with 30 years of health experience, as a health consultant and national speaker, educates and motivates audiences and individuals to living a higher quality and more vibrant life. Educating on alternative choices for varying health concerns and choosing wellness thoughts and actions, she guides her clients to a more fulfilling and productive experience on this planet. She is available for individual or corporate consultation or for presentation, contact info www.LoriRNConsutant.com

2:30 pm – Let Your Voice Be Heard Through Your Own Podcast Series!

According to Edison Research, 112 million Americans have listened to a podcast, up 11 percent from 2016.  67 million Americans listen to podcasts monthly, up 14 percent in one year. 42 million Americans listen to podcasts weekly, representing 15 percent of the total US population. Podcast listening growth is steady, with 10 to 20% increases each year.   Patricia will show you how you can create a compelling podcast that have listeners coming back for more!

Patricia Raskin, award-winning radio producer and business owner, is a veteran radio broadcaster and podcast host, producer and coach. Her programs can be heard on Cumulus Broadcasting’s WPRO,  VoiceAmerica.com, iTunes and stitcher.com

3:00 pm – Leading with AIR – How Authenticity, Integrity and Respect accelerates your leadership capabilities.

Leading and managing people in the 21st century has never been more complex. During this session Jeffrey will explain how by engaging people with AIR significantly increases your ability to influence their thinking and actions. Lessons learned in this session can be immediately put to work your first day back in the office!

Jeffrey Deckman has been a serial entrepreneur for over 35 years. As the founder of Capability Accelerators in 2005, Jeffrey has been helping small and medium sized  businesses accelerate their growth by helping them develop strong management and leadership teams and high performance cultures. He is a thought leader in modern leadership techniques and the creator of the Bigger Know Principles of Leadership.

3:30 pm – The Importance of Proactive IT to Protect Your Business

Cyber security is something you hear about a lot these days. Sometimes it’s thrown around to scare business owners, other times it has proven to be a cautionary tale, one that small businesses can learn from to fend themselves from online threats that can leave devastating impact. What’s certain is statistics don’t lie, and as much as you’d like to believe your business is safe, the worst could happen at any time. Because antivirus software alone can only do so much to protect your business, managed services has become the solution.

In 2003, Donald Nokes co-founded NetCenergy with the goal of creating a professional, responsive, competent team of Information Technology experts to consult with clients and create an extension of their internal management and IT teams. Nokes began his IT career in 1980 and has held senior management positions with companies ranging in size from $3 Billion to $10 Million in annual sales. Nokes is the President of the Rhode Island Business Group on Health, member of the Rhode Island Business Coalition and is a member of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce’s Legislative Affair Committee.

4:00 pm – Auction 101:  The Ins & Outs of the Auction World

Brief discussion on the auction world along with market trends.  Kevin & Travis will be available for free verbal appraisals during the workshop along with at the booth during the day.  

Kevin Bruneau is an antiques aficionado having professionally been involved with antiques since 1992. Being a staple character in the east coast antiques circuit, Kevin originally owned and operated two antique stores from 1992 to 2002. He than elevated his business practice having co-owned and managed a regional auction house between 2002 and 2008. During this period of time, he had also co-owned and managed an upscale consignment shop from 2005 to 2007. After the sale of the auction house in December of 2008, Kevin returned to his 1998 roots of selling on eBay becoming the antique powerhouse known as “bkcranston”. He successfully orchestrated weekly online sales only offering the finest selection of antiques and Asian arts. In 2011, Kevin began his cross country antiquing tour having been a co-star of the hit PBS series Market Warriors. Present day, Kevin continues to travel countless miles every week all across the map pursuing antiques for his ever changing inventory continually amassing a stellar network of dealers, appraisers, and auctioneers to better serve his clientele. Kevin’s vast experience is what makes Bruneau & Co. Auctioneers Rhode Island’s premier auction gallery.

Travis Landry is a Pop Culture expert, antique specialist and auctioneer.  Travis oversees the intake, research and cataloging of antiques while also being the Toy Director for Bruneau & Co Auctioneers and Rhode Island Comic Con.  His specialties include American and Japanese toys (post 1950), comics, decorative & fine arts.  Travis is a fan favorite guest at comic conventions across the country having been a reoccurring cast member on Travel Channel’s Toy Hunter and producer for numerous RIPBS antique programs.  He is currently at Framingham State University obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Art History.  Travis will also be a Season 22 appraiser for PBS’s Antiques Roadshow in the collectible category.