February 29, 2012

Whitehouse Brings RI Business Leaders to Washington

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee held a meeting to hear from businesses around the country that have succeeded and created jobs despite the tough economy.  The meeting focused specifically on economic development in the African American community, and featured the participation of Cheryl Snead, CEO of Banneker Industries in North Smithfield, RI.  Snead was invited to participate by U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

“As we work to boost Rhode Island’s economy and help small businesses succeed, it’s helpful to hear from successful businesses in our Ocean State and learn from their experience,” said Whitehouse.  “I’m glad Cheryl was here in Washington to share her ideas with my colleagues in the Senate.”

“On behalf of our entire Team (Banneker) celebrating over 20 years providing Supply Chain Solutions, we thank Senator Whitehouse for the opportunity to share our growth success as well as highlight some of the innovative solutions the State of Rhode Island has taken to provide both lifeline and catalytic support to businesses in our State, including minority and woman owned,” said Snead.

Each year, the Steering and Outreach Committee hosts several meetings with advocates, policy experts, business leaders, elected officials, and community leaders to discuss key priorities and enlist their help.  These meetings are open forums for discussion between members of communities around the country and members of the Democratic Caucus.

Banneker Industries is a provider of Supply Chain Management solutions, headquartered in N. Smithfield, Rhode Island with national operations and plans to expand internationally in 2012.  The company specializes in third party logistics, procurement, kitting, warehousing, and distribution for aerospace & defense as well as commercial industries.


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