Rhode Island Minority Business Accelerator | Support for M/WBEs | RI Commerce

MINORITY BUSINESS ACCELERATOR

Bridging the Gap for Minority Business Owners

In the vibrant tapestry of Rhode Island’s business landscape, the Rhode Island Minority Business Accelerator facilitates assistance and opportunity for minority and women-owned businesses (M/WBEs).
 
Recognizing the longstanding challenges these businesses face, from historical inequities to the disproportionate impact of economic downturns, this initiative is dedicated to leveling the playing field.
 
By partnering with a variety of Rhode Island intermediaries, the Accelerator provides a network of comprehensive technical assistance to ensure that every freelancer, entrepreneur, and business, regardless of background, has the tools and support they need to thrive in Rhode Island’s diverse and dynamic economy.
 
 

 

Intermediaries & Services

For information about the FREE technical assistance this program offers, contact one of the following Rhode Island intermediaries.

  EforAll Biz Bodega NEMIC RI Builders Association RI Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  URI Small Business Develop. Ctr.  RWU Minority Business Law Clinic  SCORE RI  Skills RI & RIBBA  Social Enterprise Greenhouse  CIC Venture Cafe 
Accounting & Bookkeeping     ✓    ✓        ✓    ✓   
Assistance applying to available grants including business plan preparation.     ✓  ✓    ✓  ✓    ✓  ✓  ✓   
Legal advice & services       ✓      ✓  ✓    ✓  ✓   
Marketing, Communications, Branding & Public Relations.     ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓    ✓  ✓  ✓   
Customer data & User experience analytics             ✓    ✓    ✓   
Strategic and business planning     ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓    ✓  ✓  ✓   
Human resources & Payroll services                 ✓       
Information & Computer Technology (IT) services         ✓  ✓      ✓  ✓     
Website Development Support     ✓  ✓    ✓  ✓    ✓  ✓  ✓   
Business funding pitch & grant writing     ✓  ✓    ✓  ✓    ✓  ✓  ✓   
Supply chain & procurement           ✓      ✓       
E-Commerce     ✓      ✓  ✓    ✓  ✓  ✓   
Fostering innovation and technology adoption       ✓      ✓    ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓ 
Entrepreneurship and business start-up training  ✓   ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓    ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓ 
Mentorship programming and networking opportunities   ✓     ✓  ✓  ✓      ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓ 
Assistance registering a business with the state and a municipality.     ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓    ✓  ✓  ✓   
Training and assistance with a licensing process         ✓  ✓  ✓    ✓  ✓     
Assistance and education relating to access to capital and banking requirements.     ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓    ✓  ✓  ✓   
DEDI Directory registration preparedness (M/WBE certification assistance)  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓  ✓ 
Information and assistance around business readiness for government contracting.     ✓      ✓  ✓    ✓  ✓  ✓   
Translation services         ✓  ✓             

 

CIC Venture Cafe Global Institute 
venturecafeprovidence.org
Reilly Kons
Director of Venture Café Providence
207-837-8111
reilly@venturecafeprovidence.org

EForAll – RI
www.eforall.org/rhode-island
Laura Guillen
Executive Director
(833) 336-7255 Ext. 7054
rhode-island@eforall.org

Innovation Studio, Inc. (Biz Bodega)
bizbodega.org
Amy Erickson
Director of RI Programs
Amy.erickson@innovationstudio.org

New England Medical Innovation Center (NEMIC)
Nemic.org
Tara Maey Petrie
Director of Programs
401-450-0733 Ext. 3
Taramaey.p@nemicenter.com

RI Builders Association
ribuilders.org
Teresa Terrien
Program Manager
401-438-7400 Ext. 113
tterrien@ribuilders.org

Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
rihispanicchamber.org
Oscar Mejias
Executive Director
401-400-1340
mejiasalex@hotmail.com

RI Small Business Development Center
University of Rhode Island
https://web.uri.edu/risbdc
Diane C. Fournaris
State Director
401-874-5965
Diane_fournaris@uri.edu

RWU Minority Business Law Collaborative
The MBLC website is under “construction”
Miriam A. Ross, Esq.
Director
401-254-4578
mross@rwu.edu

SCORE RI
https://score.org/ri
Deborah Pannullo
Chapter Co-Chair
401-486-3646
Deborah.pannullo@scorevolunteer.org

Skills for RI/ RIBBA
RI Small Business HUB (risbhub.com)
Tania Quezada
HUB Senior Director
401-249-2222
tquezada@skillsforri.com

Social Enterprise Greenhouse
segreenhouse.org
Stefanie Engelhardt
Director of Later Stage Programs
401-383-3760 Ext. 807
sengelhardt@segreenhouse.org

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