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Partners and Counseling

Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE)

32 George M. Cohan Boulevard, 2nd Floor, Providence, RI 02903

Partners & Counseling Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) 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. Complimentary or no fee one-on-one business consulting. As a non-profit, charitable organization, CWE provides scholarships for its services.

Rhode Island Commerce Corporation

315 Iron Horse Way, Ste. 101, Providence, RI 02908

Rhode Island Commerce Corporation is a quasi-public organization that 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 Commerce Corporation’s business development team can provide you with the tools, expert advice and partnerships you need to succeed.

John H. Chafee Center for International Business

150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917

The Chafee Center houses the World Trade Center and Export Assistance Center for the state of Rhode Island. The center provides comprehensive services on all aspects of international trade including trade data, training, consulting, trade show and trade mission support.

Rhode Island Minority Business Enterprise Compliance Office

One Capitol Hill, 2nd floor, Providence, RI 02904
401 574-8670

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 Rhode Island's business and economic development opportunities.

SCORE Counselors to America’s Small Business

380 Westminster Street, Room 511, Providence RI 02903
Phone: 401-226-0077 Website:

SCORE’s business experts offer real-world advice and know-how. The counselors represent every business area. A SCORE business professional can answer your questions in a face-to-face, confidential consultation

Small Business Administration (SBA)

380 Westminster Street, Rm 511, Providence, RI 02903

The U.S. 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.

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

URI Carlotti Admin. Bldg. 75 Lower College Road, Kingston, RI 02881

The Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (RISBDC) at the University of Rhode Island provides local small business owners with the services and expertise they need to succeed including 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.