STATE AND FEDERAL BUSINESS RESOURCES

 

Rhode Island has a wealth of resources designed specifically to assist new and existing business, large and small. The following is a list of agencies and organizations that can help your business from start-up to expansion:

 

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, South County Office, 35 Belver Ave., North Kingstown, RI 02852; telephone (401)294-1227; fax (401)294-6897; Contact: Diane C. Fournaris, Program Manager. Information, referrals and training to start-up companies; free, one-on-one consulting services to existing small businesses.

 

U.S. Small Business Administration, Providence District Office, 380 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903; telephone (401)528-4561; fax (401)528-4539; small business training, counseling, business development and loan programs.

 

Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE), 390 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903; telephone (401)528-4571; small business training programs, business plan assistance and mentoring.

 

R I. Economic Development Corp., One West Exchange St., Providence, RI 02903; telephone (401)222-2601; Business services, referrals, tourism, tax credits and information on doing business in Rhode Island. www.riedc.com.

 

Business First, One West Exchange St., Providence, RI 02903; telephone 1-888-384-9704; Contact: Program Manager. “One-stop shopping” and referrals to small business resources throughout the state of Rhode Island. www.businessfirst.org.

 

First Stop Business Information Center, Office of the Secretary of State, 100 North Main St., Providence, RI 02903; telephone (401) 222-2185; fax (401) 222-3890; contact Paul Caranci, director; information on business structures, business registration, licensing and permitting requirements.

 

Enterprise Community Business Information Center, 550 Broad St., Providence, RI 02905; telephone – (401) 272-1086; extensive business reference library, including audio/visual training guides, state-of-the-art computers and business planning software.

 

Center for Women and Enterprise, 380 Westminster St., Providence, RI 02903; telephone – (401) 528-4595; fax – (401) 528-4359; contact Carol Malysz, director; training, counseling and financing assistance for women entrepreneurs.

 

Center for Design and Business, Two College St., Providence, RI 02903; telephone (401) 454-6108; contact Cheryl Faria, director; training, counseling and information tailored to artists, designers, inventors and other entrepreneurs needing commercialization skills.

 

Bell Atlantic Telecommunications Center, Bryant College, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917; telephone (401) 232-0220; contact Kate Dolan, managing director; information and assistance on using various technologies to enhance productivity and efficiency.

 

Rhode Island Export Assistance Center, Bryant College, 1150 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI 02917; telephone (401) 232-6407; fax (401) 232-6416; contact Ray Fogarty, director; resource for businesses seeking assistance in exporting to foreign markets.