September 30
10:00am – 12:00pm

The Hive RI
650 Ten Rod Rd.
North Kingstown, RI 02852
*Back corner & across from the waterfall

ADA Accessible: Yes
Fee: Pay what you wish

Economy Together: Designing a community based economy



The Hive RI’s Co-Founder, Tuni Schartner, will lead an engaging panel conversation on the story of how they continue to build a ‘community based economy’ at the Mill at Lafayette.  Join Tuni and five community members (a.k.a. ‘tenants’) as they talk about the origin story of The Hive RI, Southern RI’s 1st Coworking Space, and the unique and diverse community of over 100 businesses and professionals that now fill the 85,000 square feet of this historic mill complex.  The pandemic brought the ‘Future of the Office’ to the forefront of our discussions but this very laid-back strategy down in Southern Rhode Island that has been quietly played out over the last 9 years is already there!

Moderator: Tuni Schartner 

Christine Marinello, Marinello Law and Key Mediation LLC
Kristen Sloan Maccini, K. Sloan Maccini Law and Key Mediation LLC
Ryan Axford, Nurture Labs

Tuni Schartner

Tuni, known as RI’s Economic Gardener, is a passionate leader and small business advocate throughout the state.  For her, strategic planning and development for entrepreneurs and small businesses is more of a calling than a profession.  #TogetherWeAreStronger is her mantra and in addition to running Tuni Schartner Consulting LLC and The Hive RI, she continues to be actively involved in local and state programs and initiatives supporting the growing innovation economy.  Tuni is a founding mentor with RI Hub’s VMS program, volunteers at Salve Regina University, URI, The MET School (and other educational institutions), supports SCORE RI’s Annual Women’s Small Business Summit and was the inaugural director of Innovate Newport.