Kicking off the 2020 Lt. Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge



We launched Rhode Island's third Lt. Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge, a business pitch competition open to high school students across the state. This year, participants will compete for $14,000 in scholarships, the largest amount since the program launched in 2018.


Rhode Island students in grades 9-12 can take the challenge by submitting business plans via by Friday, April 10, 2020. The top five students or student teams advance to a Shark Tank-style business pitch competition in May 2020 where they receive scholarships based on their pitch scores.


Thank you to our lead sponsor, the Credit Unions of Rhode Island. Additional supporters include: Massey & Associates Inc., Dr. Day Care, RI REALTORS, Dunkin' Donuts Franchisee David Batista and Millennial Rhode Island.



Take the Lt. Governor's Entrepreneurship Challenge







Calling all Newport small businesses: Share your feedback



Join me and the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce for the next meeting of Rhode Island’s Small Business Advocacy Council. 


Every other month, I take the council to a different community to hear feedback from members of the business community. My office, the Department of Business Regulation, Commerce Rhode Island, the Department of State and other agencies attend the meetings to provide support on any issues raised by business owners.


  • : Tuesday, March 10, 2020
  • : 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • : Innovate Newport 513 Broadway, Newport, RI 02840
  • Reserve a seat: E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Do you have a specific issue you’d like to highlight at the meeting? E-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with details to help us prepare to address your concerns. All businesses are welcome to attend and participate.







Collaborating with international leaders



This month, I was honored to attend the 58th Session of the Commission for Social Development at the United Nations in New York where international leaders addressed poverty, equality, housing and homelessness.


During the session, Rhode Island's very own Bernard Georges of New Bridges for Haitian Success was recognized by the Council for Justice, Equality and Peace and the Federation of World Peace and Love for his support of the Haitian community in our state and abroad. In 2018, Bernard and I worked with the Town of Lincoln to donate an emergency vehicle to a Haitian community in need. I enjoyed discussing that effort with ambassadors, advocates and elected officials from around the world.








Lt. Governor Dan McKee | 82 Smith Street, Providence , RI 02903






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