Gov. Lincoln Chafee told small business owners Wednesday that he wants to help them foster a better economic climate in struggling Rhode Island.
Chafee, an independent, met with several dozen small business owners in Pawtucket in the first of three forums intended to show business owners that state government can be a resource and not an obstacle.
"We have all these programs. We need to use them," Chafee said. "We cannot have businesses unaware of the many programs out there."