A company’s workforce is among its greatest assets. The Rhode Island Commerce Corporation helps new, relocating, and expanding companies define their needs, find the right staff, and access resources– including funding– for worker training.
A company that is new or is relocating to Rhode Island needs to know how to find a workforce with the right characteristics. Commerce Corporation staff can walk a company through the process of choosing the best location and attracting the staff it needs. What kind of talent and educational background will a company’s employees need? Will the workforce be likely to commute, or prefer access to public transportation? With its deep knowledge of the state and its workforce, the Commerce Corporation can help companies move through the decision-making process.
If a company is expanding, it may need to hire or train staff. The Commerce Corporation wants to make sure businesses know about and take advantage of programs on offer in the state. We can connect businesses with our partners – from the Governor’s Workforce Board to the Department of Labor and Training (DLT) as well as local colleges and universities – and educate businesses on the many programs, grants, and incentives available. For example, the DLT offers grants to help train employees on new software platforms, while the Export Express Program provides qualified companies with $5,000 in matching funds to address their international training needs.
The Commerce Corporation can also help your company sort through the various tax incentives and programs related to new job creation, training, apprenticeships, and other projects, and help businesses that need temporary staff or interns find and screen those workers.