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Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick (Airport)

801 Greenwich Avenue

Grand Ballroom & Foyer, Rotunda and Alfred's

Warwick, RI 02886

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The Ocean State Business Expo is celebrating 10 years of serving the local business community produced by DiscoverYou Events and Uncle Jay's Network.

It's a place to connect, collaborate and network with business professionals from around the area.

It's a place where invaluable and lasting connections are made.


  • Over 120 local exhibitors

  • Four presentations from local professionals (schedule below)

  • Interactive exhibitors

  • Door prizes donated by exhibitors

  • Networking area

  • FREE admission with a business card

  • The Prudential VIP Party immediately following the expo from 5 -7 pm (FREE admission)

Making the most of attending the expo:

  • What are your goals for attending?

  • Remember to bring plenty of business cards.

  • Be prepared by reviewing the list of exhibitors and presenters in advance.

  • Who do you want to connect, collaborate, and network with at the expo?

  • Are you looking for particular products or services to improve your business?

  • Remember that making a connection is the start of a new relationship or building on an existing one.

  • Remember to follow up after the event.


12 -5 pm Exhibit floor open (Grand Ballroom & Foyer)

Presenters (Rotunda)


Elizabeth M. Tanner, Esq. is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in Political Science and received her Juris Doctor from Western New England University. Her early career focused in the areas of title insurance and real estate law as well as corporate transactional work, focusing on small businesses. While at RI Commerce, Liz oversaw business retention for all in-state businesses and has led an effort to streamline and simplify businesses’ interactions with government.

Liz was appointed the Director of Department of Business Regulation in November 2017 where she is continuing her efforts to improve the business climate in Rhode Island.

A native of Pennsylvania, she lives in Bristol with her family.


Meet Rhode Island’s First Director of Veterans Affairs: Kasim J. Yarn, A proven leader dedicated to expanding opportunities, increasing access for Rhode Island veterans

On February 17, 2016, Governor Gina Raimondo appointed Lieutenant Commander Kasim J. Yarn as Rhode Island’s first Director of Veterans Affairs. Kasim retired from the U.S. Navy after more 20 years of military service. He joined the Raimondo administration in a full-time capacity in May 2016. Kasim reports directly to Governor Raimondo and is a participating member of the Health and Human Services Secretariat.

Kasim grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, but at the age of 18, enlisted in the U.S. Navy to see the world and serve his country. His first duty station was in South Weymouth, Massachusetts, a time that began Kasim’s lifelong love affair with New England.

While stationed at Naval Station Newport in 1995, the Navy selected Kasim to attend college and become an officer. That same year, he met his future wife, Rosaria, a native of Italy who grew up in Westerly, Rhode Island. Kasim decided to go to school in the New England area and chose Boston University. He graduated in 2000 and shortly thereafter married Rosaria. Kasim also received his commission as a naval officer and was deployed aboard the USS Nashville in the Mediterranean area of operations.

In 2002, Kasim reported to the USS Biscoe and deployed to the Persian Gulf. After his assignments at sea, Kasim became an instructor at the Surface Warfare Officers School at Naval Station Newport in 2004. While in Newport, Kasim attended the U.S. Naval War College earning a Master’s Degree in National Strategic Studies with a concentration in statistics in 2006.

Beginning in July 2007, Kasim served on several deployments with the Navy’s Sixth and Fifth Fleets in increasing roles of responsibility. In July 2013, he returned home to Rhode Island from deployment to become a faculty member at the Naval War College.

Kasim and his family made Rhode Island their permanent home in 2004 and bought a house in North Kingstown in 2009. He and Rosaria have two children, Jonathan and Giovanna. All are die-hard Red Sox fans.


Sandra J. Pattie is president and chief executive officer of BankNewport and chair of OceanPoint Insurance, the Bank’s fully owned insurance agency subsidiary. BankNewport, celebrating its 200th anniversary as a mutual bank, has been named one of the Fastest Growing companies the previous two years and has been recognized as a Best Places to Work for eight years by Providence Business News. BankNewport was the only RI-based bank to be named to Forbes magazine’s 2018 “Best-In-State” rankings for financial institutions.

Sandy is currently an appointed member of the American Bankers Association Community Bankers Council, board member of the New England Automated Clearing House (NEACH), Massachusetts Bankers Association, and an active member Rhode Island Bankers Association including co-founder of the Women in Banking initiative. She is an active civic leader, serving on numerous non-profit boards.

A graduate of the Community College of Rhode Island, Providence College, and the School for Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin, Sandy is also a Certified Financial


Mike Murray struggled with hearing loss his entire life. After hearing aids failed to work, he began his journey toward hearing with cochlear implants. Never letting life hold him back, Mike began a comedy career, living out a dream that he could not have realized before his cochlear implants. Find out why Mike does not let anything get in the way of achieving his dreams of being a comedian with hearing loss!

Mike Murray was hearing Impaired till the Age of 40 and gained his hearing with Cochlear Implants. Mike talks about Growing up and his business life filled with adversity and then following his dreams of Stand Up comedy! Wait till you HEAR his story!!

5 - 7pm The Prudential VIP Party in Alfred's

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Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick (Airport)

801 Greenwich Avenue

Grand Ballroom & Foyer, Rotunda and Alfred's

Warwick, RI 02886

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