SOURCE: Rhode Island Business Plan Competition

January 31, 2007 09:00 ET

Rhode Island Business Plan Competition Announces Free Writing Workshop Feb. 13

PROVIDENCE, RI -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 31, 2007 -- The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition today announced that it will hold a free workshop on Feb. 13 to help emerging entrepreneurs sharpen their business plan writing skills.

Jack Derby, one of New England's leading management consultants and a highly respected mentor to entrepreneurs, will lead the event.

The workshop is the second of three offered in this year's competition in advance of the April 2 application deadline.

"How to Write a Business Plan" is open to the public, but pre-registration is required at It will be held 5-7 p.m. at the offices of Brown Rudnick, 121 So. Main St., Providence.

Charles Kingdon, Rhode Island Business Plan Competition co-chair and associate vice president of Brown Technology Partnerships at Brown University, said, "Putting your plan on paper is one of the most challenging aspects of launching a new business. We're very fortunate to have someone of Jack's caliber and experience to provide guidance."

As president of Boston-based Derby Management, Derby coaches senior executives and their staffs on business planning, sales, and marketing strategies and tactics. An accomplished businessman, Derby has been CEO and president of a number of technology, health care, and sports companies, and today is a member of the board of several emerging companies.

Derby currently chairs the Boston chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth and is a director of The Associated Industries of Massachusetts. Previously, he served as vice chair of the Smaller Business Association of New England and was instrumental in restructuring the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum.

The final workshop in the 2007 Competition -- "How to Present Your Business Plan" -- will be held on Mar. 14.

The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition will award $125,000 in prizes to this year's winners. The deadline to apply is April 2, 2007. Winners will be announced May 1.

About the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition

The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote entrepreneurship and the development of start-up and early stage companies in Rhode Island, is supported by 24 local organizations, including public and private companies, universities and colleges, and public agencies.

Complete competition information, including rules, application procedures, guidelines, and business plan resources, is available at

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