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[caption id="attachment_493" align="aligncenter" width="584"] BETASPRING, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Brown University and the University of Rhode Island announced the creation of the "Founders League" to give support to entrepreneurs in Rhode Island. Credit: PBN.com[/caption] Rhode Island's dire "job situation" seems to be improving, according to a report by the Department of Labor and Training. Our state's unemployment rate continues to fall as we are witnessing that the number of RI-based jobs are steadily improving. The report shows that we are currently at 10.5% in September, "down two-tenths of a percentage point from August and down eight-tenths from this time last year." Our entrepreneurial community here in Rhode Island may definitely be a contributing factor to our state's improving job rate. And a new program called the "Founders League" will aim to strengthen RI's entrepreneurial environment by expanding programs for the youth. This is great news as we move forward, as we are solidifying the importance of investing in local entrepreneurship. The "Founders League" will be launched by the  R.I. Center for Innovation, and is created through a partnership with the Betaspring, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, Brown University and the University of Rhode Island  and Entrepreneurship.   URI President David Dooley said in a statement, “Investing in a platform that creates and sustains those connections is one of the smartest investments we can make in our economic future.” According to PBN.com, local start-up incubator program, Betaspring, will be providing the platform for the Founders League at its headquarters at 95 Chestnut St. Beginning this Fall, Betaspring will assist in creating the new program's long term operating plan, as well as organizing networking events and educational programs.

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