Small Business Development Support

We provide programs and services designed to help small businesses grow, build sustainable wealth, and create jobs to impact their communities.

Digital Empowerment for Entrepreneurs!

RIBBA, in Partnership with Empower by GoDaddy, are providing digital empowerment to business owners in our network. Through Empower by GoDaddy, we equip entrepreneurs in communities with training, tools, and peer networks to help small businesses establish and improve an effective digital presence.

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Support RIBBA

 It is our mission to provide programs and services that help business owners and professionals achieve their business and career dreams. Make a charitable donation today and have a direct impact on our critical, mission driven work.

2023 Annual Awards Gala

You are cordially invited to attend the Rhode Island Black Business Association’s Annual Awards Galaon on Friday, October 27, 2023 at 6PM at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick, RI. The Gala is the organization’s largest annual fundraising event, attracting over 500 guests from across the state, including business owners, corporate leaders, professionals, state and local representatives and other stakeholders.

RIBBA Membership

It is your Association – claim your level of engagement!

Become a member today and discover the power of having RIBBA as an ally, advocate and change agent standing with you, your business and career.

RIBBA’s Annual Awards Gala

You are cordially invited to attend RIBBA’s 2022 Annual Awards Gala on Friday, October 28th from 6-11 pm at the Omni Hotel in Providence. Our Awards Gala is a prestigious, nominated awards program.

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The Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA)  is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the business opportunities and vitality of businesses and career professionals in Rhode Island through, business development resources, entrepreneur training, contracting, business advocacy, meaningful investor services, workforce development, and access to capital.

RIBBA is made up of individuals and businesses of all sizes and membership is open to the public. The organization strives to build a purpose-driven Association where people unite and take action to create lasting change. RIBBA values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of ethnicity, race, gender, abilities, socioeconomic status, culture, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

RIBBA leverages the region’s core assets to find solutions in the area that matter most to its members and the community: building generational wealth, contract opportunities, access to capital, quality jobs, career growth, and quality of life.

How We Accomplish This

Business Development

The Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA) provides programs and services to support businesses of all sizes in their sustainable growth and equitable talent development.

Workforce Development Programs

IEED is the charitable arm of the RIBBA. IEED provides workforce development programs to train diverse, empowered, and well-informed individuals. Learn more about our Emerging Leaders Development Program and Leadership Equity Accelerated Pathway (LEAP) Mentorship & Training Programs.


If you need an advocate on your side at City Hall or with state agencies, we will guide you through the governmental bureaucracy, and speak on your behalf at agency meetings and hearings. Fill out a business profile today.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Support of RIBBA leads to positive business growth, jobs, and pathways for sustainable community development that closes the gap on income and wealth inequalities. We hope you’ll consider supporting our programs and community directly at one of the following levels.


We have multiple online volunteer opportunities available, including becoming a mentor and serving on RIBBA’s committees.


Your donation or sponsorship contribution will provide financial support for RIBBA’s initiatives, programs and the important work that we do.

To learn more about sponsorships opportunities available; contact:

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Sponsors & Partners

Papitto Opportunity Connection
State of Rhode Island Department of Administration Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity (ODEO)
Rhode Island Black Business Association
220 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908
Phone: (401) 383-1179

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