Small Business and Professional Networking Event at Rivier on November 9

Rivier’s Division of Business and Office of Multicultural Affairs are hosting a small business and professional networking event called “RU Connected” on Monday, November 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is being held on the Rivier University campus in Nashua and will offer ideas and resources to foster small business growth with a focus on expansion into diverse communities. Emerging Leaders in Communities of Color (eLcc) is the event sponsor.

The day’s highlights include mini-workshops from experts on personal and company branding, successful project management, and budgeting for small businesses; a keynote address by Thomas Pucciarello, organizational development and leadership expert; business networking opportunities; and access to local business resources on the exhibition floor.

“Growing a business requires a constant effort,” says Dr. Amir Toosi, Dean of Rivier’s Division of Business. “Developing a strong professional network and mutually beneficial partnerships provides vital support for small business owners. You never know who you will cross paths with and at what capacity.” The event offers small business owners, vendors, and job seekers a forum to meet and learn with the goal of expanding their marketing scope, business management skills and future opportunities.

Puc with captionKeynote speaker Thomas Pucciarello will present “It’s All About the Relationship.” Pucciarello has more than 30 years of experience in organizational development and leadership training. He has worked with a wide variety of organizations including Saks Fifth Avenue, Dow Jones & Co., the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps. Currently, Pucciarello is working with managers at BAE Systems to enhance their program management capabilities and competencies.

The registration fee for attendees is $25 before October 30 and $30 thereafter, which includes workshop attendance, entrance to the exhibition floor and lunch. Exhibitors are able to secure a booth and one registration for $35; a limited number of booths are available.

For more information and to register, visit Attendees and exhibitors can also register via email at or by calling (603) 897-8237. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of event.