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Startup Assistance

For startups and entrepreneurs, the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation is a technical resource, a sounding board, a connector, and a guide to the many opportunities and programs in the state that can help a new business flourish. With a broad and deep understanding of the Rhode Island economic landscape, the Commerce Corporation helps entrepreneurs understand the competitive terrain and works one-on-one with individual companies to help with their specific needs.

Many passionate entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses lack resources at this stage for human resources, accounting or veteran sales force. The Commerce Corporation can help businesses identify priorities, locate resources and services, and assist in creating a productive timeline for implementing business aspects. Our Client Services staff is focused on making sure startups access resources at the appropriate time in their business’s trajectory, helping to save time and solve problems.

Sometimes, that problem may be a misidentification of needs. A business may be preparing to seek financing when the real need is to first define markets, a key factor in securing capital. From operations to product placement, the Commerce Corporation can be a set of fresh eyes, and offer a critical and constructive perspective.

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The Commerce Corporation’s customer-service focus means we are here to listen. For entrepreneurs looking to socialize an idea, we provide a pair of expert ears and a one-on-one conversation. Whether you are an individual with a concept mulling over where to begin or a business that wants to plug into the Commerce Corporation’s network of partners, we invite you to contact us.

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Main Contact Information To speak with a Commerce Corporation expert, please email us at client.services@commerceri.com. We're happy to assist you.

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