• Rhode Island Business Resources



  • SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives)
    401-596-7761 One Chamber Way, Westerly, RI 02891 Providence, RI 02903

    Purpose: Both those who are considering entering a business enterprise and those who are already in a small business may benefit from the experience of successful executives who are familiar with similar businesses. Call for a free, confidential appointment.

    U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION
    380 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903 401-528-4561, FAX: 401-528-4539
    Purpose:Provides small business loans, seminars and a variety of services to entrepreneurs.


    STATE OF RHODE ISLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR & TRAINING/WAKEFIELD REEMPLOYMENT OFFICE
    Connie Parks, Employer Service Representative, 4808 Tower Hill Road, Wakefield, RI 02879 401-789-9721; Richard DiOrio, Manager of Reemployment Office & Professional Resource Center, 4808 Tower Hill Road, Wakefield, RI 02879 401-783-3981, FAX: 401-783-3989
    Purpose: Provides professional workers with opportunities to find meaningful employment and to upgrade their skills. Works with the business community to help them find skilled and trained workers through various programs and grant opportunities. Professional worker can come and do a self-directed job search.


    RHODE ISLAND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP
    West Exchange Street, Providence, RI 02903
    401-277-2601, 800-556-2484, FAX: 401-222-2102
    Purpose: Deals primarily with expanding businesses (companies that want to grow). Gives tools for growth: financing, permitting, training dollars, exporting programs. Offers lists of Manufacturers by SIC Code for sale. Web Link


    RHODE ISLAND HUMAN RESOURCE INVESTMENT COUNCIL
    Lawrence Fitch, Executive Director, 610 Manton Avenue, Providence, RI 02909
    401-277-6700, FAX: 401-277-6999
    Purpose: Two award grants to companies for training, including total quality management. ISO 9000 training, developing high-performance work organization.


    RI MICROENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION 401-383-7940

    PRIVATE RACE FOR QUALITY MANAGEMENT
    P.O. Box 6766, Providence, RI 02940, 401-454-3030, FAX: 401-454-0056
    Purpose: To accelerate economic growth in the State of Rhode Island through the use of quality management programs designed to help organizations become more competitive. Offer assessment, education and training. Also offers courses, seminars and quality awards for excellence and quality achievement.


    RHODE ISLAND EXPORT ASSISTANCE CENTER (RIEAC) FOR CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
    Bryant College, 401-232-6407, FAX: 401-232-6416 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917-1284
    Purpose:
    Provides many services to help Rhode Island businesses enter or expand into the global market. Services range from international training programs to trade missions and trade shows to export consulting. The center is also the home of the International Trade Data Network (ITDN). ITDN subscribers can obtain market research reports, vendor and buyer contracts, international trade leads and more. The ITDN is licensed to 40 states nationwide.


    RHODE ISLAND MANUFACTURING EXTENSION SERVICES
    Lawrence Girouard, Executive Director, 205 Lippitt Hall, Kingston, RI 02881
    401-621-5710, FAX: 401-621-5702
    Purpose: Established in 1996 with Federal Government and State of Rhode Island monies. Group provides support to manufacturers on variety of issues. Eight hours free service, then $50 an hour.

    RHODE ISLAND SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER
    Elizabeth Kroll, Case Manager QP/D Industrial Park, 35 Belver Avenue #212, No. Kingston, RI 02852 401-294-1277, FAX: 401-232-6416, e-mail: rieac@pipeline.com
    401-232-6477, FAX: 401-232-6319
    Purpose: Provides support for small businesses as they build and maintain profitability. Offers resources, including planning guides, research studies, periodicals, video tapes, seminars, consulting, etc.

    SOUTH COUNTY COMMUNITY ACTION 'BOOST'
    P.O. Box 3738, Kingstown Road, Peace Dale, RI 02883 401-789-3016, 401-214-1216
    (Business Ownership Opportunities Service & Training) Microbusiness Loan Program

    SOUTHERN NEW ENGLAND MATERIALS EXCHANGE
    Shannon Haines RIRRC, 65 Shun Pike, Johnston, RI 02919 401-942-1430, FAX: 401-946-5174, e-mail:mailto:recycle@loa.com
    Purpose: The Southern New England Materials Exchange (SNEME) is a free service offered by the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation (RIRRC) to businesses in Rhode Island, southern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. SNEME creates a link between businesses that have surplus or waste materials and businesses that may have uses for them. By providing businesses with the opportunity to give away or sell what they would normally throw away, SNEME not only helps businesses to save money on disposal costs, but also helps them to reduce their environmental impact. The most up-to-date SNEME Bulletin Board listings an be viewed on the RIRRC web page at http://www.state.ri.us/rirrc/. For those businesses without access to the internet, the SNEME Bulletin Board listings will be printed and distributed by request.


    VERIZON - BRYANT COLLEGE TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTER
    Bryant College, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917 401-232-0220
    Purpose: Introduces individuals to the evolving world of telecommunications technology. The Center acts as a free statewide resource for entrepreneurs and small businesses to help them solve their telecommunications problems. It offers educational seminars, customized programs, and consulting assistance on the Internet, Homepage Development, Telemarketing, Videoconferencing, Desktop Publishing, and Market Research.

    THE CENTER FOR DESIGN AND BUSINESS
    Bryant College, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917 401-454-6558
    Purpose: A unique joint venture between Bryant College and the Rhode Island School of Design to provide business education to artists and designers and assist regional businesses with product design and development. It offers a range of seminars, programs, conferences, and consulting services.

    THE CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND BUSINESS ENTERPRISE
    Bryant College, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917 401-232-6115
    Purpose:
    Assists owner-managed businesses in meeting the unique challenges they experience in today's marketplace. The Center offers practical, high quality educational programs and activities in business planning, start-up ventures, product development and commercialization, as well as family business issues. Its award winning Entrepreneurship Training Program provides intensive training and counseling in the skills necessary to establish and operate a successful business.

    THE CENTER FOR MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT
    Bryant College, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917 401-232-620
    Purpose:
    Offers corporate clients customized education programs, executive retreats, and skill-based certificate programs. Services include training in Strategic Management, Human Resource Management, Supervisory Management, Purchasing and Supply Management, Computer Training and Securities and Financial Services.