Digital Innovation and R&D Tax Credits for Today’s Manufacturing Challenges

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Start Date

January 17, 2023 10:00 am

End Date

January 17, 2023 11:00 am




Polaris MEP and Rhode Island Manufacturers Association



Developing or improving products and processes is a top priority for Rhode Island manufacturers, and digital innovation could be the answer. Explore possibilities and potential R&D tax credits in this webinar.

Do you face any of these issues?

  • Supply chain challenges
  • Labor shortages
  • High operating costs

Digital innovation is one way Rhode Island manufacturers can address these issues and become more competitive. However many are unsure of the possibilities and of the cost involved in digital transformation.

If your company is attempting to develop or improve products or manufacturing processes, you may be eligible for federal and state R&D tax credits. These credits are a dollar-for-dollar offset against regular income tax liability and have enabled many startup and mature businesses to hire additional employees, invest in new technologies and equipment, and finance other business objectives. Plus, recent legislation has created additional ways to utilize the credits even if the business is not generating taxable income.


In this presentation, practitioners from CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) will share client success stories, which demonstrate the value of driving operational efficiency through software integration, data modernization and automation.

CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) will also share their proven collaborative methodology which ensures that manufacturing businesses realize high return on their Digital transformation investments.


Leaders at RI manufacturing companies, especially:

  • Owners, founders, CEOs/Presidents
  • Chief Financial Officers
  • Chief Growth Officers, R&D leads, Product Managers
  • Chief Technology Officers, technology and IT leads



Mark Hall, Manager – Federal Tax Strategies, CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) 
A manager in CLA’s Federal Tax Strategies group, Mark helps his clients finance innovation and growth by helping them quantify  and substantiate credits, incentives, and deductions. During his first six years in public accounting, Mark has focused on helping manufacturing companies of all sizes maximize their research and development tax credit claims.

Noel Hopkins, Digital Growth Director, CLA (CliftonLarsonAllen) 
As Digital Growth Director, Noel is focused on identifying opportunities to provide CLA clients in the Northeast region with valuable Digital solutions. By working closely with Client Relationship Leaders, Noel is leveraging the growing CLA Digital capabilities, to address some of our clients biggest and most urgent business challenges.

Before joining CLA Noel led a successful sales organization at a Digital Transformation company. Noel supported the development of solutions to help businesses in a variety of industries, transform their data into valuable outcomes through data modernization and process automation. Noel brings a unique blend of Engineering knowledge and Digital Sales experience to the Digital Growth Director role.

Having worked for over a decade in aerospace and automotive companies, Noel has firsthand experience of leveraging digital technologies within the manufacturing and distribution space.

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