Finding Funding for Growth & Transformation

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Start Date

June 09, 2022 10:00 am

End Date

June 09, 2022 11:00 am




Polaris MEP



This event is for Rhode Island manufacturers only.

Do your priorities for 2022 or beyond include investing in new technology, equipment, automation, and/or upgrades to property or facilities? If so, you’ve got company — nearly 50% of Rhode Island manufacturers responding to our State of Manufacturing reported these goals.

Are you hesitating to pursue these plans because of financing concerns? If so, you’re still not alone! Polaris MEP regularly fields calls from smaller manufacturing companies who aren’t sure what resources could help them achieve their vision of stability, growth or transformation.

This webinar features an overview of various grant, voucher and lending programs that might be right for your business.

Christopher Cannata, Director of the Business Advisory Group at Rhode Island Commerce, will provide an overview of financial service programs his team manages – some already popular with manufacturers, some that are underutilized by the sector.

Daniel Horowitz, Lender Relations Specialist for the Rhode Island office of the US Small Business Administration (SBA), will describe how programs such as 7(a) or 504 can help manufacturing companies grow.

Polaris MEP Center Director Kathie Mahoney will moderate and guide a discussion of how all three organizations work together to strengthen the state’s manufacturers.


  • RI Manufacturing company owners and executives
  • Finance leads


Chris Cannata – Director, Business Advisory Group, RI Commerce

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Daniel Horowitz – Lender Relations Specialist, Small Business Administration

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Kathie Mahoney – Center Director, Polaris MEP



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