EAST PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Small Business Development Center will have a satellite office at East Providence City Hall to host office hours for private, no-cost counseling sessions, specialty-topic training programs and assistance to existing and prospective entrepreneurs, East Providence Mayor Roberto L. DiSilva announced Tuesday.
The partnership will allow business owners to seek RISBDC help and access the city’s economic development staff in one visit. The city and RISBDC said that they also will work with commercial lenders and the U.S. Small Business Administration to advise startup businesses about financing options.
“East Providence is here to help our local businesses in any way possible,” DaSilva said. “Not only have we expedited the permitting process, but we will continue to support businesses in every district and offer a loan program to foster local innovation.”
The RISBDC has been housed at the University of Rhode Island in South Kingstown since 2014. The center is supported by the SBA and the R.I. General Assembly. The program has operating in Rhode Island since 1983.
The RISBC is overseen by State Director Ed Huttenhower.
“The Rhode Island Small Business Development Center is pleased to work with East Providence and its local businesses in developing strategic business plans, preparing financial projections and accessing the capital they need to grow,” Huttenhower said in a statement.
In addition to South Kingstown and the East Providence satellite office, the RISBDC has offices at the RISBDC Northern Rhode Island Office in Lincoln, at the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce in Providence, Central Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce in Warwick, Newport County Chamber of Commerce in Middletown, Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce in Westerly, East Bay Chamber of Commerce in Warren, as well as offices at Pawtucket City Hall and Central Falls City Hall.