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Connect Greater Newport connects businesses to the resources they need to be successful. Rhode Island has many organizations that are ready to serve your business. Contact us to discuss your needs or take a look at the connections below:

Statewide Resources

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RIBizBuilder is a databased of resources designed to help business owners and entrepreneurs navigate the resources and services available in Rhode Island. Whether your goal is to start, grow or maintain your business RIBizBuilder’s is a great tool. RIBizBuiders directory catalogs over 100 business support services available in Rhode Island. logo.png
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Rhode Island Secretary of State Business Portal

The Rhode Island Secretary of State Business Portal is designed to help you access the tools that you will need to plan, start, and maintain your business. The Rhode Island Business Portal provides information on business basics including state regulations, compliance and taxation.  The business assistant feature asks questions about your business, and provide you with a list of licenses, regulations, and fees needed to get started.

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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.

Business Support Services

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Rhode Island Commerce Corporation

The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation offers a host of programs and services for businesses who are starting, expanding, or relocating to Rhode Island. The state offers a hotline for small businesses: 401-521-HELP. The Business Navigation Center helps businesses navigate and access information on government services and partner programs, and the Statewide Action Team serves as a centralized concierge network to help address issues with state agencies impacting businesses. The Small Business Assistance Program helps businesses that have trouble obtaining adequate credit from traditional lending organizations.

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center

The Rhode Island Secretary of State Business Portal is designed to help you access the tools that you will need to plan, start, and maintain your business. The Rhode Island Business Portal provides information on business basics including state regulations, compliance and taxation.  The business assistant feature asks questions about your business, and provide you with a list of licenses, regulations, and fees needed to get started.
Ocean State Business Development Authority

Ocean State Business Development Authority, is a certified development company that assists companies in Rhode Island and nearby areas of Connecticut and Massachusetts to receive small business loans. . The Authority is licensed and regulated by the U.S. Small Business Administration to make 504 loans in this region. Their role is to help small businesses access long-term fixed-asset financing in partnership with the private sector, usually a financial institution.

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Polaris MEP

Polaris MEP provides competitive manufacturing business improvement programs to grow Rhode Island’s manufacturing industry. Polaris MEP provides training and workshops for lean manufacturing, continuous improvement, quality systems, workforce development, business development, sales and marketing for manufacturers, and overall operations improvements.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

The Small Business Administration provides assistance to small businesses in the areas of access to capital, entrepreneurial development, government contracting, and advocacy. The Rhode Island District Office offers financial assistance for new or existing businesses, free counseling through guaranteed loans made by area bank and non-bank lenders, and special programs available for minority owned businesses, women business owners, and veterans.

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.

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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. 

Greater Newport Associations & Support Services

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Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce
 Newport, RI

The Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce is one of Rhode Island's largest business advocacy organizations formed to enhance the business, civic, and economic vitality of Newport County and greater Rhode Island. The Chamber has taken a leading role in economic development and community planning throughout Newport County and Greater Rhode Island; members are eligible for programs and services that directly benefit their businesses or organizations.

Composites Alliance of Rhode Island
Bristol, RI

The Composites Alliance of Rhode Island was formed to grow the 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.

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East Bay Chamber of Commerce
Warren, RI

The East Bay Chamber of Commerce offers members networking and volunteer opportunities, discount programs, free advertising, and more.

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Hope & Main
Warren, RI

Hope & Main is a first food business incubator, that’s goal is to help grow the local food economy by creating a community of support for food entrepreneurs and cultivating an environment where emerging culinary startups can test, create, scale and thrive. This is a place where food producers, farmers, fishermen and other industry members can connect directly with consumers, engage the community and collaborate with peers.

Newport, RI

InnovateNewport is a new coworking space located in Newport that will provide a wide range of modern high tech office suites, rooms, meeting spaces with the latest technology and networks.

Jamestown Chamber of Commerce
Jamestown, RI

The Jamestown Chamber of Commerce works to provide business and community programs for its members and, at times the general public. The Chamber members meet, network, and exchange ideas at meetings designed specifically for that purpose; promoting an attractive downtown village area; and encouraging members to embrace accepted standards of professional and business conduct.

Rhode Island Marine Trades Association
Bristol, RI

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association (RIMTA) represents all aspects of the recreational boating industry in its home state. They are dedicated to growing Rhode Island’s marine trades through advocacy, education, and promotion and positioning the Ocean State as a worldwide leader in the marine industry.

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Salve Regina University Center for Business Outreach: Newport, RI

The Center for Business Outreach links business owners, nonprofit organizations, entrepreneurs, and the public sector with students, faculty, and alumni from the Department of Business Studies and Economics. The Center provides resources and opportunities for students to tackle real-world situations and uses their talents and skills to address business issues, resulting in recommendations, research, and solutions.

Sprout CoWorking, LLC
Warren, RI

With two locations in Providence and Warren, Sprout CoWorking offers flexible work space, dedicated desks, a local address, shared office, private offices and eight meeting rooms—the best of coworking for an innovative and creative environment. Beyond coworking, members have access to a community of entrepreneurs, creatives, startups, and more—the Sprout community is diverse and filled with individuals in all types of industries.

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Southeastern New England Defense Industry Alliance (SENEDIA): Middletown, RI

SENEDIA was formed to identify, champion and coordinate issues that contribute to our National security and provide benefit to our members, local communities, the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, and other Federal Government agencies. SENEDIA’s vision is to be a catalyst for thought leadership and technical innovation in undersea technology, cybersecurity and other critical defense technologies. Our mission is to enable the development of the innovative technology, foster thought leadership and facilitate required workforce development.

Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium
Middletown, RI

The Undersea Technology Innovation Consortium promotes the rapid development, prototyping and commercialization of innovative undersea and maritime technology and advances learning in the undersea and maritime sector for commercial, academic, and defense organizations. Our Consortium-based model welcomes participation by organizations - both traditional and non-traditional - who have technologies that can contribute to undersea and maritime domain applications.

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