Support Our Sponsors

Business Information Center (BIC)

We’re here to help…

  • Navigate the steps to your new business.
  • Get to the next stage of your existing business.
  • You get ready to sell, make sure your business is ready.
  • Plan for retirement, what happens next with your business.

Welcome to the

Located at the Central Rhode Island Chamber Of Commerce
3288 Post Road – Warwick, RI – Rear Door

The Greenwood Business Information Center (BIC) is open at no charge to the public.

It provides a one-stop location where current and future small business owners can receive assistance and advice. Schedule a FREE appointment to meet with one of the business consultants. They are here to help entrepreneurs plan their business, expand an existing business or venture into new business areas. 

Are you in business or looking to start a business? You can use the BIC as often as you wish at no charge. For the prospective business owner, visits to the BIC may be frequent as they do the basic research necessary to start their business. 

Existing business owners may use the BIC less frequently, but will find many resources aimed at business growth and transition. 

The BIC has free on-site counseling available by appointment. These business men and women lend their expertise and knowledge to assist clients with problems and issues confronting those starting, managing and growing a small business. 

To schedule your Free appointment call 401-732-1100 Or for the fastest support, complete a request online to get matched with a counselor. Tell them the Central RI Chamber sent you. They typically can meet virtually or in-person.


Please REGISTER in order to receive free, confidential business advice from our advisors. Registration is fast, easy, and free.

Our business counseling services are:
Effective – We have years of experience helping small businesses succeed
Confidential – All our clients, their businesses, and related information are kept strictly confidential – we will not sell or provide your information to anyone without your permission.
Free – Our business counseling services are provided free of charge to businesses and entrepreneurs

SCORE Rhode Island

A Partnership Focused on Making You More Successful
No matter where you are on your entrepreneurial journey, our SCORE mentors are ready to assist. SCORE Rhode Island mentors are highly successful and seasoned business professionals and entrepreneurs with the experience and knowledge to help you achieve your small business.

We’ll help you build your business.

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Business Champions and Counselors include:

RI SCORE for the life of your business

Rhode Island
Chapter of SCORE

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.

[email protected]
Telephone: 401-226-0077 to schedule your free appointment.

Ri Small Business Development Center

Small Business Development Center 
University of Rhode Island

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. 
(401) 874-7232

Center for Women and Enterprise

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.

Our Mission

CWE provides opportunities for entrepreneurs and women in business to increase professional success, personal growth, and financial Independence.

What we do:

  • Education
  • Training
  • Technical assistance
  • Women’s business enterprise certification

Our History
The Idea
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.

Interested in volunteering to help others – be a SCORE Counselor! All areas of experience are welcome.  Email your contact information and a brief history of your background and areas of expertise to receive additional information. Subject: Score Counselor We will answer your questions and review the process for your consideration.  

Discounted rates on meeting and conference room space rentals for Central Rhode Island Chamber Members.