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Accelerator program for technology and design entrepreneurs who are ready to build a product, launch a company, and change the world.

95 Chestnut Street, Third Floor
Providence, RI  02903
Better Business Bureau of New England
290 Donald Lynch Boulevard
Marlborough, MA  01752
Commerce RI
Commerce RI is the full service, official economic development organization for the state of Rhode Island. A quasi-public agency, the Corporation serves as a government and community resource to help streamline the business expansion in, and relocation to, Rhode Island. The agency assists companies with commercial real estate, business financing, workforce training and other relevant issues.

315 Iron Horse Way
Providence, RI  02908
Employer Guide to Structuring a Successful Internship Program
A collaborative effort of all of Rhode Island’s colleges and universities. Read the employer guide on the website.

Internal Revenue Service Providence Office
380 Westminister Street
Providence, RI  02903
International Institute of New England
The International Institute of New England is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization based in Boston, Massachusetts, supporting programming in Rhode Island. The Institute’s mission is to help refugees and immigrants become active participants in the social, political, and economic richness of American life.

645 Elmwood Avenue
Providence, RI  02907
IRS Small Business & Self Employed Tax Center
John H. Chafee Center for International Business
Through global market research, corporate training, and strategic consulting, the Chafee Center at Bryant University helps companies get products and services to more customers around the world. The Center assists more than 200 companies each year.

Raymond Fogarty, Director
1150 Douglas Pike
Smithfield, RI  02917
Providence Economic Development Partnership
The Providence Economic Development Partnership (PEDP) is the economic development policy making body of the City of Providence. PEDP’s philosophy is to grow and nourish neighborhood based businesses and existing manufacturing through programs, partnerships and technical support. PEDP is also an assistance destination for new businesses – large and small – that choose to be part of the innovation that makes Providence the Creative Capital.

444 Westminister Street, Third Floor
Providence, RI  02903
Providence Export Assistance Center
U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration. Located across the United States and in U.S. Embassies and Consulates in nearly 80 countries, our global network of trade professionals connects U.S. companies with international buyers, providing them with market intelligence, trade counseling, business matchmaking, and advocacy/commercial diplomacy support.

Keith Yatsuhashi, USEAC Director
315 Iron Horse Way, Ste. 101
Providence, RI  02908
RI Bar Association
Founded in 1898, the RI Bar Association upholds and defends the Constitution and laws of the United States and the Constitution and laws of Rhode Island. It also refers those seeking legal advice to member specialists.

115 Cedar St
Providence, RI  02903
RI Business Emergency Operations Center
The RI Business Emergency Operations Center (RIBEOC) supports the coordination of activities and resources of businesses and organizations in Rhode Island to improve response and self-sufficiency; reduce reliance on FEMA and other federal assistance programs in order to maximize business, industry and economic stabilization; return the business environment to normal operations as quickly as possible. The RIBEOC is a joint effort between the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) and the US Economic Development Agency (EDA), in partnership with the private sector.

Alex Ambrosius
645 New London Avenue
Cranston, RI  02920
RI Department of Administration - Division of Purchases -...
The State Purchasing Division’s goal is to streamline the procurement process to provide more opportunities to the vendors, especially small businesses, women owned businesses, and minority owned businesses.

One Capitol Hill
Providence, RI  02908
RI Department of Business Regulation
The Department's primary function is the implementation of state laws mandating the regulation and licensing of designated businesses, professions, occupations and other specified activities. The Department is composed of Central Management, which includes the administrative, legal, and data operations sections, and five divisions including: Banking, Securities, Commercial Licensing & Regulation, Racing &Athletics, and Insurance.

1511 Pontiac Ave
Cranston, RI  02920
RI Department of Environmental Management - Division of...
The Department of Environmental Management (DEM) is committed to preserving the quality of RI's environment, maintaining the health and safety of its residents, and protecting the natural systems upon which life depends. DEM offers assistance to individuals; businesses and municipalities; conducts research; finds solutions; and enforces laws created to protect the environment.

235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI  02908
401-222-2781 ext 4500
RI Department of Labor & Training - Business Workforce Center
The RI Department of Labor & Training provides workforce development, workforce security and workforce protection to the state’s workers, employers and citizens. Through federal and state funding, it offers employment services, educational services and economic opportunity to both individuals and employers. DLT also protects the workforce by enforcing labor laws, prevailing wage rates and workplace health and safety standards. And, the department provides temporary income support to unemployed and temporarily disabled workers.

1511 Pontiac Ave
Cranston, RI  02920
RI Division of Taxation - Regulatory Assistance
RI's primary tax administration agency collects nearly $3 billion in revenue per year -- money that is used to pay for public safety, transportation, education, and other vital services. The division has nearly 200 employees, to assist taxpayers by helping them understand and meet their tax responsibilities.

One Capitol Hill
Providence, RI  02908
RI Hospitality and Tourism Association
As the official trade group of the foodservice, lodging, restaurant, and tourism industries, the mission of the RI Hospitality Association is to advocate for and to develop and provide programs, services, support and education to members of the hospitality industry.

Dale Venturini, President/CEO
94 Sabra Street
Cranston, RI  02910
RI Manufacturers Association
The RI Manufacturers Association, the unified voice of manufacturers throughout RI, stands committed: to the resurgence and sustained growth of manufacturing throughout RI; to legislating RI into the top quartile among states nationwide in terms of manufacturing competitiveness; to workforce development

Bill McCourt. Executive Director
333 Bucklin Street, The Allied Bldg.
Providence, RI  02907
RI Minority Business Enterprise Office
MBECO promotes the development of certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women Business Enterprises (WBE), and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE). It does this by facilitating their participation in RI's business and economic development opportunities. Specifically, MBECO services in certification, enforcement, business assistance and advocacy.

One Capitol Hill 2nd Floor
Providence, RI  02908
RI OSHA Consultation Program - Regulatory Assistance
The OSHA 21(d) Consultation Program provides safety and health consultation services to promote the safety and health of RI's working men and women in small to medium size private businesses (less than 250 employees) by identifying hazards and ensuring their timely abatement. Evaluations are executed to provide employers with resources and expert evaluation to assist in compliance with current workplace safety regulations in a confidential, preventive, and proactive approach.

3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI  02908
RI Procurement Technical Assistance Center
The RI PTAC is a Business Development Service provided by the Department of Defense and Commerce RI, and operates under a Cost Matching Cooperative Agreement administered by the Defense Logistics Agency’s Office of Small Business Programs. The Procurement Technical Assistance Program plays a vital role in assuring the growth in sales by RI businesses to the government thus supporting both the creation of high wage jobs and promoting further technology innovation.

315 Iron Horse Way
Providence, RI  02908
401-278-9100 ext 187
RI Secretary of State Office First Stop Business Information...
RI’s First Stop Business Information Center makes it easier for you to start or grow a business in RI. First Stop provides full-service support by creating free, customized packages that make it easier to apply for financing, obtain permits, make contacts and get answers from government at every level.

148 West River Street
Providence, RI  02904
RI Small Business Advocacy Council
The Small Business Advocacy Council was created to "develop specific and comprehensive recommendations for executive and legislative action, as may be necessary and proper, to maintain and encourage the continued viability of small business in the state." The Council consists of the Lt. Governor, nine key government officials, and ten members of the public involved in running small businesses.

Office of the Lt Governor, State House, Rm 116
Providence, RI  02903
RI Small Business Development Center
The Small Business Development Center provides entrepreneurs with best fit resources to create, transform and grow their businesses. RISBDC promotes entrepreneurship and strengthens small business in RI.

RI Society of Certified Public Accountants
The RI Society of CPA’s enhances the image of the CPA profession and the success of RISCPA members through education, leadership and advocacy.

45 Royal Little Drive
Providence, RI  02904
RI Society of Human Resource Managers
SHRM is a global HR professional organization that exists to build and sustain partnerships with human resource professionals, media, governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses and academic institutions; and to address people management challenges that influence the effectiveness and sustainability of their organizations and communities.

Science Technology Advisory Council
The Science Technology Advisory Council (STAC) seeks to assist state leadership in developing programs and policies that: increase Rhode Island's research and development capacity; encourage entrepreneurship and new company creation; and enable all organizations to innovate.

Christine M.B. Smith, Executive Director
15 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101
Providence, RI  02908
SCORE - Business Plan/Consulting Support
Rhode Island SCORE provides FREE, confidential counseling to small businesses in RI and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts. We are a volunteer organization of working and retired business owners, professionals, and executives with experience in all aspects of business management.

380 Westminster Street Rm 511
Providence, RI  02903
SEED Corporation
SEED Corporation is a non-profit organization certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and designated as an Intermediary under the SBA's Microloan Program. This program is designed to provide loans to new and existing business owners in amounts up to $50,000. As a regional economic development organization, SEED also offers a full range of financing programs providing loans from $1,000 up to $5.5 million to assist small businesses to grow and create jobs in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. SEED works with other economic development and financing institutions throughout the region to ensure that individuals who are committed to owning and operating a small business in the region are able to get the assistance they need to be successful.

Statewide Business Resources
Below is a link to a comprehensive list of business resources as published on - an award winning website and complete economic development resource for understanding the B2B value proposition for starting, growing, or locating a company in the Ocean State.

U.S. Small Business Administration - RI
The voice of small business on Capitol Hill since it was created in 1976, SBA’s Office of Advocacy works to protect, strengthen and represent the interests of the nation’s small businesses within the Federal Government. RI SBA recently published the comprehensive 2012-2013 Rhode Island Small Business Guide, which offers information on getting started; developing a business plan; choosing a business structure; available counseling and training; government licensing and regulations; a variety of SBA guaranteed loan programs; gaining access to government contracts; exploring global markets; and a host of additional tips designed to help businesses achieve their objectives.

Mark S. Hayward, Director
380 Westminster Street Rm 511
Providence, RI  02903