Rhode Island Natural Awakenings Seeks New StewardOct 31, 2020 04:00PM ● By Maureen Cary
When the first Natural Awakenings edition was published in Naples, Florida 27 years ago, it was to fill a specific community need. Founder Sharon Bruckman wanted to make it easier for people in her area to find information in one place about local farmers’ markets and healthy living activities and events. It may seem quaint in the post-Google era we are in now, but Natural Awakenings was born from one woman’s honest desire to help people be informed and empowered. That mission has driven Maureen Cary’s leadership as publisher of the Rhode Island edition for more than 12 years.
With a passion for healthy living, Cary was looking to bring the Rhode Island holistic community together. “I knew it was out there and just needed a vehicle to bring it all together,” says Cary. That has been her passion for the last 12 years—being actively involved in the community, introducing new businesses, sponsoring events, having a visible presence at expos and distributing the magazine anywhere that will have it. “The more people who can find us, the more people we can help,” she attests.
In the midst of extraordinary change on the planet and in our culture, on all levels, Natural Awakenings is no exception when it comes to that wave. In the aftermath of the upheaval, new projects, businesses and enterprises will be forming, which will be thrilling to witness (some of it is already underway). Exciting new digital partnerships are forming for the Natural Awakenings Publishing Corporation national franchise and those represent innovative opportunities for multiple revenue streams for the local magazines and their constituents.
“Rhode Island Natural Awakenings is unique, even among Natural Awakenings franchises. Rather than just a county, our agreement includes the entire state. The future of the magazine is bright with a known presence and a twelve year reputation that would be the envy of any business. For a variety of reasons both personal and professional, now is the time for me to step away from publishing the Rhode Island edition. I am making the Rhode Island franchise available for sale. As our state grows out of the difficulties of the past year, we are on the cusp of new growth and opportunity. I’m looking forward to working with the new owner to continue this amazing mission.” shares Cary.
This is a great opportunity to get involved in the local community and make a difference. Work from anywhere, make your own hours, plot your own course.
For more information about the sale of Rhode Island Natural Awakenings, contact Maureen Cary at 401-709-2473 or email [email protected].