35 Valley Rd
Middletown, RI 02842

​​Tel: 401-314-0329


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Connect Greater Newport is a regional economic development initiative launched in 2018 by the Newport County 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.


Our Team

Ashley Kuzmanko-Medeiros

Business Consultant

Phone: 401-314-0329

Erin Donovan Boyle

Executive Director, Newport County Chamber of Commerce

Rich Overmoyer

Project Manager, Connect Greater Newport
President and CEO, Fourth Economy Consulting

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Community Board 

Town of Warren RFP: Waterfront Property in an Opportunity Zone 
The Town of Warren is seeking proposals for the development of a 1.38 acre waterfront property. Proposals are due to the office of the Town Clerk by December 4, 2019 at 11:00am. Learn More
Polaris MEP
The application period for the next cohort of Polaris MEP’s Manufacturing Innovation Challenge opened on Oct. 21. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 20 and reviewed on a rolling basis. Learn More

Site Readiness Program
The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation is accepting applications for the state's new Site Readiness Program. The program partners Commerce with municipalities and/or developers to fund municipal technical assistance and site-specific planning and improvements. Funding is available in two categories: site-specific improvements and municipal assistance. Applications will be accepted through November 15th, 2019. ​ Apply Now

 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
DEM Recreation Acquisition and Development Grant Program
This grant program provides matching funds to cities and towns and recognized Native American tribes for the acquisition, development and renovation of outdoor recreational lands and facilities. The program is funded through State bonds. Funding categories include Large Recreation Development grants (up to 80% matching funds to a maximum of $400,000), Small Recreation Development Grants (up to 80% matching funds to a maximum of $100,000), and Recreation Acquisition grants (up to 50% matching funds to a maximum of $400,000). The application deadline is December 11, 2019. Learn More
The Newport County 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