Accion creates economic opportunity by partnering with small business owners to provide access to capital and the business support they need to create and grow healthy enterprises and contribute to thriving local economies. Accion Serving the East Coast reaches small business owners through offices in Boston, New York, Jacksonville, Orlando and Miami, and across 41 states through the internet and local partners.
AS220 is an artist-run organization committed to providing an unjuried and uncensored forum for the arts. AS220 offers artists opportunities to live, work, exhibit, and/or perform in its facilities, which include several rotating gallery spaces, a performance stage, a black-box theater, a print shop, a darkroom and media arts lab, a fabrication and electronics lab, a dance studio, a youth program focusing on youth under state care and in the juvenile detention facilities, four dozen affordable live/work studios for artists, and a bar and restaurant.
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Bay Capital Investment Partners (investor/capital investment firm)
Bay Capital Investment Partners was formed in 2007 to specifically address the capital needs of U.S. companies at the smaller end of the lower middle market. Each fund is licensed as a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Smaller companies often require more flexibility than many banks can provide and cannot access larger private equity funds. Bay Capital applies a flexible capital approach to investing by providing a number of financing options, including senior and subordinated debt with warrants and preferred stock and common equity.
Bay Colony Development Corp. is a Certified Development Company whose purpose is to stimulate economic development through the creation and preservation of jobs by providing healthy companies with fixed asset financing at affordable rates and reasonable terms. Bay Colony Development Corp. works with bank loan officers, accountants, real estate brokers, attorneys, and their clients to identify and structure the most beneficial financing program appropriate to the needs of the project.
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The Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to preserve and enhance the economic vitality of the Blackstone Valley by addressing the needs and concerns of businesses and providing leadership, support, and resources in connection with issues which impact commerce and the quality of life in the Valley.
bRIdge.jobs is a free program that focuses on connecting employers, students, and academia in Rhode Island. Students who gain relevant internship experience are better prepared for full-time employment after graduation and are more likely to receive job offers before graduation.
The Brown Entrepreneurship Program (Brown EP) is the main student entrepreneurship initiative at Brown University. Our mission is to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit of the students on College Hill. Founded in 1998, Brown EP has facilitated a wide array of activities on campus for nearly two decades to bring together like-minded individuals, instill the Brown community with a self-starter mentality, and introduce entrepreneurship as a potential career path. True to Brown’s distinctive approach to learning and life, our student-run and university-backed events and programs inspire, educate, and empower the next generation of constructively irrelevant leaders. We are powered by the Jonathan M. Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship. Note: This program largely serves Brown students.
Buy Local RI strives to build a strong economy and vibrant community by promoting locally owned independent businesses, strengthening our state’s merchant and commercial associations, and providing a public resource where businesses and individuals can find and connect to local products and services.
The Center for Women & Enterprise (CWE) provides opportunities for women entrepreneurs and women in business to increase their professional success, personal growth, and financial independence. CWE’s Providence center has been providing education, training, resources and connections to women (and men) since 2002. CWE also operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England.
The Charlestown Chamber of Commerce promotes a vibrant local business community, providing networking opportunities, sponsoring events, and helping to connect businesses with potential partners and the wider community.
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Cherrystone Angel Group (investor/venture capital firm)
Cherrystone Angel Group, founded in 2004 with more than 60 members, is Rhode Island’s first organized angel investment group. All of our members are experienced and qualified investors who have built their own companies or have extensive experience launching new business ventures. Cherrystone invests in companies that are early to mid-stage and located in the New England area. To help ensure the success of our investments, we actively work with the entrepreneurs in whom we invest.
Cranston’s Department of Economic Development is a one-stop shop for assistance with available real estate, tax incentives, job training, or financing. The Department administers both a Revolving Loan Fund and a Microloan fund to help meet the financing needs of businesses. The Revolving Loan Fund can provide gap financing for companies seeking to undertake new development within the City. Dependent upon the availability of funds, the City can provide low interest rate financing for up to 20% of a total project’s cost. For entrepreneurs seeking financing for business start-up, the City’s Microloan program can provide low interest financing up to $5,000 for both capital equipment and working capital. Low to moderate-income residents of Cranston or companies which create job opportunities for these residents are strongly encouraged to apply.
The East Providence Economic Development Commission promotes a healthy and vigorous local economy in East Providence. The office offers a low interest Commercial Loan Program, a Tax Stabilization Program, and a commercial micro-loan for small startup companies. (Development incentives are also offered by the East Providence Waterfront District.) The Commission offers for assistance looking for development sites.
The City of Pawtucket’s economic development office helps businesses with zoning, site selection, and various business growth issues. Through the Pawtucket’s Business Development Corporation (PBDC), the City provides flexible financing programs that include loans for commercial ventures, equipment, real estate, working capital, restaurants, and fire safety. Pawtucket also assists businesses seeking information about properties in Pawtucket that are for sale and/or for lease.
The City of Providence serves businesses through its Department of Economic Development and Office of Economic Opportunity. The City’s economic development strategy focuses on four of the City’s core competencies: the Blue Economy, Food, Health and Wellness, and Design and Technology. The City’s Business Portal offers assistance with starting, growing, and financing your business. The Providence Business Loan Fund (PBLF) (formerly the Providence Economic Development Partnership) was established more than 25 years ago to assist Providence based businesses to grow and to create employment opportunities in the City of Providence. PBLF offers loans that target specific neighborhoods, incentivize new businesses, and provide a wider range of workforce and technical assistance. Through the Office of Economic Opportunity, the City offers a suite of workforce training ranging from new employee to on-the-job training.
The City of Woonsocket provides loans to assist Woonsocket businesses to expand, purchase equipment, and to create jobs for low to moderate income residents. The Small Business Loan Program is designed to provide gap financing to enhance a firm’s eligibility for conventional financing. All businesses located in or relocating to Woonsocket are eligible to submit applications, which are evaluated with HUD underwriting standards, as well as with respect to public benefit and financial need. The City also provides assistance through its Commercial Façade Rehab Program.
Community Investment Corporation is an economic development lender contributing financial expertise and practical guidance to small business entrepreneurs, in Rhode Island and Connecticut, who need capital to grow or get started. Community Investment Corporation offers financing through the SBA 504, SBA Community Advantage, SBA MicroLoan, and Commerce RI Small Business loan programs. Community Investment Corporation provides free technical assistance support to help small businesses secure financing and for the entire life of the loan.
Rhode Island boat builders were early pioneers in composites building, and their traditions of innovation and excellence have nurtured a diverse cluster of composites companies in Rhode Island. The Composites Alliance of Rhode Island was formed to grow this sector and ensure purchasers of composites technology around the world know about the strong capabilities in Rhode Island. The Composites Alliance also provides a nexus where these companies can share expertise and focuses on workforce-development programs to ensure a skilled labor pool.