Connect Greater Newport is a regional economic development initiative launched in 2018 by the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce to serve the region’s business community. Connect Greater Newport’s mission is to support the growth of Greater Newport’s existing businesses and serve as a resource to attract new companies to the region.



Community Board 

Work Immersion Grants from the Governor's Workforce Board
The Work Immersion Program offers wage reimbursements (up to 50%) to eligible Rhode Island businesses that provide a temporary paid work experience to a RI-based college student (or recent graduate), Career and Technical High School Student (or recent graduate), or an unemployed adult. Learn More
Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce Events and Trainings
The Newport County Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Small Business Development Center and the Center for Women & Enterprise to bring business resources and trainings to Greater Newport. Learn More
Hope & Main: Food Business Classes 
Learn to develop your own food-based knowledge and engage in conversation about our role as consumers and cooks, as well as our relationship to the food economy. Upcoming classes include: Food Business Startup Bootcamp, ServSafe and Leading from Within.  Learn More
Polaris MEP Manufacturing Events and Trainings 
Polaris MEP provides competitive business improvement programs to grow Rhode Island’s manufacturing industry. Polaris MEP is a statewide nonprofit organization, an affiliate of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), and a business unit of URI Ventures (formerly, the University of Rhode Island Research Foundation). Learn More
Rhode Island PTAC
The Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center (RI PTAC) provides a variety of services to Rhode Island based businesses of all sizes to help them navigate the complexities of contracting with federal agencies, state purchasing departments, and local governments.  Receive guidance through all facets of contracting including acquisition planning, subcontracting, solicitation analysis, proposal development, dispute mitigation, cost/price analysis, and post ­award administration.  RI PTAC services are free to all Rhode Island businesses. Learn More
Supply RI
SupplyRI helps connect local suppliers to the needs of larger Rhode Island institutions, through  their database, website, trainings and events. The SupplyRI team not only connects local suppliers with Rhode Island Anchor institutions, but also guides local businesses to better understand the processes and needs of the Anchor institutions. To learn more go to SupplyRI or Register Now


513 Broadway

Newport, RI 02840

​​Tel: 401-314-0329


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