Creating Opportunity - Building Community

The Rhode Island Black Business Association

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RIBBA is hiring!

Our team is growing and has the following positions open:

Grants & Contracts Specialist
Office Coordinator
Bilingual Program Coordinator
Program Specialist, Business Development

Small Business Support:

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


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We are Accepting Awards Program Nominations

The Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA) seeks nominations for the 2022 Awards Program. Nominations for the Awards Program will be accepted until the deadline on June 3, 2022 at 5 pm.

Nominate an exceptional business or business professional for this honor here.

Welcome to the Rhode Island Black Business Association

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

Our vision is to create a more equitable and sustainable business environment in Rhode Island. Our purpose is to leverage the region’s core assets to find solutions in the areas that matter most to the business and community: quality jobs, quality growth, and quality of life for all. 

How We Accomplish This

Business Development Programs

RIBBA provides programs and services to support businesses of all sizes in their sustainable growth and equitable talent development.

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Workforce Development Programs

IEED is the charitable arm of the Rhode Island Black Business Association. IEED provides workforce development programs to train a sustainable generation of diverse, empowered, and well-informed individuals.

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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.

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RIBBA Membership

RIBBA is a vibrant association positioned to make a significant favorable impact in your business and throughout Rhode Island. The resources available to you as a member will be essential to help take your business and career to the next level towards building sustainable wealth.


We have multiple online volunteer opportunities available. If you’ve got access to a computer, we have short and long-term volunteer projects and roles available — from your home or anywhere with an Internet connection.


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:

Stay up to date with Ribba

Taken from a recent article we included in our newsletter written by Stephanie Mireku; Stephanie interviewed Emerging Leaders alum Mushi Calixte and asked her about the impact of participating in the program. Take a look at the article here:

@RIBBABIZ Board of Directors held its regularly scheduled meeting earlier today at @RIFoundation.
Thank you, @NeilDSteinberg and staff, for the great welcoming environment; the hospitality was amazing.

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Sponsors & Partners

State of Rhode Island Department of Administration Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity (ODEO)
Rhode Island Black Business Association
3 Regency Plaza, Suite 3E, Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 383-1179  |  Fax: (401) 383-5366

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