December 18, 2014
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Lepre hosts Business After Hours
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Project Leader of the North Providence Youth Commission Vanessa Garcia and Board Member Anthony Ursillo are joined by Lepre staffers Brian Smith, Kaitlyn Quigley and Joshua Perry at last week’s Business After Hours.

Lepre Physical Therapy, located at 1525 Smith Street in North Providence, was the site of plenty of networking last Thursday for the North Central Chamber of Commerce’s (NCCC) monthly Business After Hours.

“Great crowd, some great networking and great conversations among all the attendees,” said Chamber President Deborah Ramos.

Ramos focused on the benefits of joining the Chamber, and also why members should support one another.

“I really felt as though I caught their attention; that it really hit them that each of us needs to support each other,” she said.

Ramos recalled a story about a fellow Chamber member who was looking for a contractor to do some work on her family’s home.

“The Chamber has a few contractors within our membership, and each of them can indeed do the work needed at your home,” Ramos said. “I know it sounds like I’m conducting my own bandwagon, but we need to support each other. We are just like a sports team; there’s no letter ‘I’ in team. We’re all here to do business.”

NCCC members who attended the February Business After Hours went home with a special gift bag, courtesy of owner Steve Lepre, who could not attend the event because of a family illness.

In Lepre’s absence, Kaitlyn Quigley, Brian Smith and Joshua Perry, who are all directors of clinical services at Lepre Physical Therapy, made sure every NCCC member and his or her guest went home with a gift bag that included a coffee mug, water bottle, pen and informational package about Lepre’s Wellness Center.

The Wellness Center is also located at 1525 Smith Street and occupies one room of the 5,400-square foot facility.

During the Business After Hours, several Lepre staffers were conducting classes in the Wellness Center and NCCC members and their guests saw firsthand the kind of services that Lepre offers.

“We’re a two-part facility,” said Perry, who is originally from New York but now lives in Smithfield and has worked at Lepre for 10 years. “We hold all our classes in the Wellness Center and this is where we do the PT [Physical Therapy].”

Quigley grew up in Cranston and has been with Lepre organization for two years. Smith, who also lives in Smithfield, joined Quigley and Perry as they treated guests to food and a variety of wines and beers.

This was Lepre’s first Business After Hours hosting experience.

“The turnout was great and we all had fun doing it,” Perry said. “All the people seemed like they had fun.”

Ramos is hoping for the same enthusiasm next Wednesday morning when the NCCC holds a “Speed Networking-Leads Power Lunch” at Kountry Kitchen in Greenville.

“This will be a great chance to do one-on-one networking,” Ramos said. “Each attendee will have an opportunity and is guaranteed to meet from 20 to 24 people within the first hour. Naturally, some networking will take place during the luncheon.”

The March 6 Speed Networking will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the one-on-one sessions running until 12:30 p.m., at which time lunch will be served. Space is limited to 24 people. The cost is $15 for NCCC members and $25 for non-members.

On Friday, March 8, the NCCC will sponsor the State of the Town Address by North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi. The event will run from 8:30 to 10 a.m. at the Salvatore Mancini Resource and Activity Center, located at 2 Atlantic Boulevard in North Providence.


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