There are many different types of business planning and entrepreneurship assistance programs and resources available to help those who want to own or already own a small business. Whether you are in need of help with business plan development to start up a new business or are an experienced business owner looking to expand your market, nonprofit and government organizations may be able to help you. See below for details regarding different types of services.
Rhode Island Small Business Development Corporation: Provides local small business owners with the services and expertise they need to thrive – no-cost expert counseling, relevant training and access to important resources; 650 George Washington Hwy, Lincoln, RI 02865; (401) 575-7407.
Commerce RI: A state-wide center with many small business incentive programs, technical assistance, and financing opportunities; 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence, RI 02908; (401) 278-9100 ext. 162.
Rhode Island SCORE: A regional organization providing free, confidential counseling to small businesses in Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts. They are a volunteer organization of working and retired business owners, professionals, and executives with experience in all aspects of business management; 380 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903; (401) 528-4561.
Center for Women and Enterprise: Provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth, and financial Independence through education, training, technical assistance, & women’s business enterprise certification; 132 George M. Cohan Blvd. 2nd Floor, Providence, RI 02903 (Also located in Worcester, MA at 50 Elm Street, 2nd Floor); (401) 277-0800.
Northern RI Chamber of Commerce: A membership organization that strengthens the economic climate through business leadership that fosters member and community prosperity; 6 Blackstone Valley Place, Suite 402 2nd Floor, Lincoln, RI 02865; (401) 334-1000.
Blackstone Valley Independent Business Alliance: A coalition of locally-owned independent businesses, citizens and community organizations united to support hometown businesses in the region.