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Business Development Resources
(listed alphabetically)
Contact/e-mail/WebsiteDescription of organization
95 Chestnut St., Third Floor
Providence, R.I. 02903
(401) 400-2382
Owen Johnson, Allan Tear, managing partners
Intensive, 12-week startup accelerator program that provides mentorship, kickoff funding and immersion in a concentrated startup community; legal counsel, incorporation filing and other legal work necessary to complete qualifying business models; additionally, participant teams have access to a fully-equipped workspace and the opportunity to demo prototypes to investors
Business Innovation Factory
60 Valley St., Unit 25
Providence, R.I. 02909
(401) 270-7906
Eli Stefanski, chief market maker
Works with individuals, organizations, and communities who believe that business model innovation is critical to transforming important social systems. BIF imagines, designs and tests transformative business models in complex social systems
Center for Women & Enterprise
132 George M. Cohan Blvd.
Providence, R.I. 02903
(401) 277-0800 Fax: (401) 277-1122
Carmen Diaz-Jusino, senior program director
Provides technical assistance on Small Business Administration loan programs and directs women business owners to local SBA resources and financial partners; also offers one-on-one counseling, training and networking to help women build business skills
First Stop Business Information Center
148 West River St.
Providence, R.I. 02904
(401) 222-2185 Fax: (401) 222-1309
Kelly E. Carello, director
Provides full-service support to growing and startup businesses by providing customized packages that make it easier for them to apply for financing, obtain permitting, make contacts and get answers from every level of government
Governor's Workforce Board Rhode Island
1511 Pontiac Ave., Building 72-2
Cranston, R.I. 02920
(401) 462-8860 Fax: (401) 462-8865
Rick Brooks, executive director
Primary advisory body to the governor on workforce issues; conducts oversight, develops and institutes policies, goals and strategies; provides training grants to support businesses and system partners