Katrinkles founder and owner Katherine Westcott has been awarded the 2022 Joseph G.E. Knight Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Katherine is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and her business is located in Providence, RI.
Katherine was presented the award today at the 2022 Rhode Island Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Knight Award is a recognition of a successful small business owner that SCORE Rhode Island (ri.score.org) has worked with for many years. The award was presented by SCORE chapter co-chair James Mutschler.
Katherine launched Katrinkles (www.katrinkles.com) in the corner of a loft apartment in Pawtucket in 2014. She says, “Katrinkles grew out of my passion for fiber arts and my recognition that there was a market that was not being served. In creating Katrinkles, I established a niche business that to this day remains unique in the knitting and fiber arts industries.”
Mutschler commented on Katherine’s success, “Katrinkles built a viable business around a niche of providing crafters with high quality tools. They have more than doubled sales each year since 2014, allowing her to proudly increase staffing to six employees and offer employee health insurance benefits similar to much larger companies.”
Katherine and her business both have deep roots in Rhode Island. She graduated from RISD’s Jewelry and Metalsmithing department in 2002 and she adds, “My two industries, jewelry and textiles, have a long manufacturing history here in Rhode Island. My family also has a history in those industries, and I am proud to continue this legacy with my own small business.”
About SCORE: Since 1964, SCORE has helped 11 million entrepreneurs start or grow a business. SCORE’s 10,000 volunteers provide free mentoring, workshops and educational services to 1,500+ communities nationwide, creating more than 25,000 new businesses and 71,000 non-owner jobs in 2021 alone. Visit SCORE at www.score.org.
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To Be More Happier, a new book by Andre Thompson, has been released by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc.
To Be More Happier is an eclectic collaboration of poetry that includes musical expressions, love, positivity, and enjoyment. Read this book written by audiophile Andre Thompson.
About the Author
Andre Thompson was born on 8/18/1966 in Harlem Hospital and grew up there. He came to Staten Island in 1981 and graduated from Curtis High School in 1984.
Andre likes taking long walks, listening to music, and attending his clubhouse (Venture House Staten Island), where he enjoys meaningful relationships, meaningful work, and great support!
To Be More Happier is an 84-page paperback with a retail price of $11.00 (eBook $6.00). The ISBN is 978-1-6491-3187-4. It was published by Dorrance Publishing Co., Inc of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. For members of the press, to request a review copy, visit our virtual pressroom at http://dorrancepressroom.com or to buy the book visit our online bookstore at https://bookstore.dorrancepublishing.com/to-be-more-happier/
When two Category 5 hurricanes hit the Virgin Islands in 2017, hams there knew they had to do something. The two monster storms destroyed 95% of St. Croix’s electric utility poles, and many antenna towers were down. As a result, the USVI Government’s primary land-mobile-radio (LMR) trunked radio system was essentially non-functional, and the National Guard could not be heard on any radio frequency for a week following the storms.
Territory radio clubs immediately went into action. St. Croix ham operators quickly established a daily high-frequency (HF) net for first response agencies. A single surviving ham repeater provided limited communications between islands. These links provided critical information and communications for governmental and non-governmental agencies including FEMA, Department of Defense, Transportation Security Agency, National Park Service, VI National Guard, Red Cross, and local police and fire services.
A $27,955 grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) will help them bolster the amateur radio infrastructure and train new amateur radio operators, thereby improving their ability to respond to disasters in the future. The funds will allow the Virgin Islands Amateur Radio Group (VIARG) – a group formed after the 2017 hurricanes – to purchase backup repeaters, commercial-grade antennas that will improve the resiliency and coverage of the repeaters, and training materials to help new amateurs get licensed and on the air.
VIARG President Fred Kleber, K9VV (NP2X) commented, “The generous ARDC grant will allow VIARG to improve and harden the territory’s critical amateur repeater system, and adding digital communications capabilities marks a new chapter for new and future territory amateurs.”
About Virgin Island Amateur Radio Group (VIARG)
The Virgin Islands Amateur Repeater Group (VIARG) was formed in 2017 following devastating twin Category 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria in the territory of the United States Virgin Islands (USVI). VIARG’s primary goal is implementing, maintaining and expanding a linked repeater system to connect USVI hams and promote amateur radio in the Territory. By doing so, VIARG supports its federal and territorial partners, as well as other non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Learn more about amateur radio in the United State Virgin Islands at vihamradio.org.
Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC) is a California-based foundation with roots in amateur radio and the technology of internet communication. The organization got its start by managing allocations of the AMPRNet address space, which is designated to licensed amateur radio operators worldwide. Additionally, ARDC makes grants to projects and organizations that follow amateur radio’s practice and tradition of technical experimentation in both amateur radio and digital communication science. Learn more about ARDC at ampr.org.