"Rhode Island SCORE provides FREE, confidential counseling to small businesses in Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts.
We are a volunteer organization of working and retired business owners, professionals, and executives with experience in all aspects of business management."
The Rhode Island Chapter of SCORE provides free face-to-face advice with an experienced mentor to help develop strategies and answer questions on a wide range of business topics – everything from how to write a business plan, how to arrange funding and manage cash flow, to how to develop effective marketing and sales strategies.
Importantly, SCORE not only helps people to start businesses, the organization works with existing businesses that need assistance and who must improve financial performance.
SCORE operates as a community service and as a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Rhode Island SCORE has 11 locations throughout the state and 40 volunteers comprised of retired corporate executives, successful business owners and some unsuccessful business owners, as well as, technology, legal, financial and sales and marketing experts.
The Chapter’s expertise is deep and varied. We make an effort to match those seeking assistance with the appropriate counselor. Notwithstanding, the counselor’s background, they are required to undertake a training and certification process. What each volunteer has in common is a willingness to share their expertise, experience and business savvy to help others achieve success.
In addition to our face to face counseling, we have many online workshops, online mentoring, online templates and tools and they are all free.
In summary, put SCORE’s volunteers, workshops and online workshops to work for your business.
Contact the Chamber 401-732-1100 OR visit www.riscore.org
Telephone: 401-226-0077 to schedule your free appointment.
RISBDC helps strengthen Rhode Island's small businesses through counseling, training, research, and related services, in order to contribute to the growth of our economy.
How do we accomplish this?
• By providing private one on one business counseling to new or existing businesses at no cost.
• Need to review your 5 year Business Plan? Or do you want to write a new one?
• Need a loan and would like help with the process? We can work with you to gather the necessary information the bank will need to process your loan.
• If your business numbers are sluggish, we can work together to identify the cause and put a plan in place to improve performance.
• Need a stronger online presence?
• Want to rejuvenate your goals?
• Increase marketing efforts.
• Sounding board for new ideas. We will listen and have the necessary conversation to see if your idea has legs.
These are just some of the items that may benefit your business.
There are so many changes from day-to-day and our services are here to help keep your business in touch.
Interested in Free business counseling? Call the Central RI Chamber 401-732-1100, Email to schedule an appointment or Click Here for the online business counseling request form.
Center for Women & Enterprise -Where it's not just for women.
What We Do and Why
Imagine yourself as a successful businessperson -- independent, prosperous, a leader in your field. It’s possible with the right tools and support.
The Center for Women & Enterprise is a nationally known nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people start and grow their businesses. CWE has worked with more than 37,300 Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont entrepreneurs since 1995.
CWE provides opportunities for entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth, and financial Independence.
What we do:
- Technical assistance
- Women’s business enterprise certification
When Andrea Silbert returned to her hometown of Boston in 1994 after a two-year stint in South America, she brought with her an idea for a non-profit micro-lending institution for women entrepreneurs. Read more about the history of CWE.
Who We Do It For
Our clients represent a variety of racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Scholarships are available for those who qualify.
We’ve worked with everyone from women starting a home-based business in public housing to women running multi-million dollar technology firms.
We’d like to work with you too, to start your business or grow your business.