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148 West River Street
Providence, RI 02904-2615
Phone: (401) 222-2185
Fax: (401) 222-1309
TTY: 711


Open to the public
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


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Business Development Organizations

Center for Women & Enterprise:

The Center for Women & Enterprise has served over 15,000 entrepreneurs. CWE offers education, training, technical assistance, women's business enterprise certification and access to both debt and equity capital to entrepreneurs at every stage of business development. Their clients are drawn from a wide variety of racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds, spanning the range from women living in public housing who may want to start home-based or small retail businesses to women running fast growth, multi-million dollar technology businesses. As a non-profit, charitable organization, CWE provides scholarships for its services in order to serve all women, regardless of their ability to pay.

Commerce RI

Commerce RI offers a broad portfolio of client services and financing programs to help companies — both big and small — grow. Whether expanding your business in Rhode Island or starting a new venture, the RIEDC business development team can provide you with the tools, expert advice and partnerships you need to succeed.

John H. Chafee Center for International Business:

The Chafee Center houses the World Trade Center and Export Assistance Center for the state of RI. We provide comprehensive services on all aspects of international trade including trade data, training, consulting, trade show and trade mission support. The Center's state-of-the-art technology provides businesses with a competitive advantage in the global marketplace and prepares students for careers in international business.

Rhode Island Minority Business Enterprise Compliance Office:

The Rhode Island Minority Business Enterprise Compliance Office 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 Rhode Island's business and economic development opportunities. Specifically, MBECO services in certification, enforcement, business assistance and advocacy.

Rhode Island Small Business Development Centers:

The Rhode Island Small Business Development Centers (RISBDC) at the university of Rhode Island provides lical small business owners with the services and expertise they need to succeed -no cost- expert counseling, relevant training and access to important resources. The RISBDC experienced business counselors are available to support you and your business at every stage, from start-up through maturity.

United States Small Business Administration:

The United States Small Business Administration Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.

SCORE Counselors to America's Small Business:

SCORE’s business experts can give you real-world advice and know-how. The counselors represent every business area. Some have worked as executives of Fortune 500 companies, while others were small business owners themselves. A SCORE business professional can answer your questions in a face-to-face, confidential consultation.