Resources to Grow your Business

Now that your business is established and you are ready to grow, there are governmental and private programs to help expand your workforce, increase your profitability, train you to meet the challenges of business ownership and save money. These links will provide you with more information.

RI Business Services

Use our interactive visualizations to explore the business landscape in RI and conduct your own research before expanding or moving into a new territory.


SCORE is a volunteer organization that provides free, confidential counseling to small businesses.

RI Dept. of Labor & Training Workforce Development

Offers tax credits for employment and training.

Commerce Corporation Business Incentive Programs

Offers tax credits for employment and training.

Commerce Corporation Business Incentive Programs

Helps with various types of Loans, Financing, and Insurance.

The New England ADA Center

Provides information, guidance and training on how to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to support the mission of the ADA to “assure equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities.”

HealthSourceRI for Employers

Helps with understanding and providing health care options for your employees.

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Helps your business find the best electric rate.


T.H.R.I.V.E. Emerging Leaders Reimagined is an executive-level training series that will help small business owners and leaders produce a three-year strategic growth action plan with benchmarks and performance targets to access the support and resources necessary to move forward and access new avenues of capital. Eligibility requirements:

  • Have annual revenues of at least $250,000
  • Have been in business for at least three years
  • Have at least one employee, other than self

Office of Diversity, Equity & Opportunity

MBECO promotes the development of certified Minority Business Enterprises (MBE), Women Business Enterprises (WBE), Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), and Veteran Business Enterprise (VBE).

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program

With a world-class curriculum designed by Babson College, expert advisors, and a supportive network of over 400 individuals in Rhode Island alone, small business owners can gain practical skills and develop an actionable 5-year growth plan for their business. Eligibility criteria:

  • Owner or co-owner of a Rhode Island-based business.
  • Business in operation for at least two years.
  • Business revenues of more than $75,000 in the most recent fiscal year.
  • Business with a minimum of two employees (including the owner).