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The Rhode Island Black Business Association

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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

Join us for a panel event on on April 27th from 6-7:30 pm on 'The State of Rhode Island’s Black Economy & Business'. The panel will discuss the Black-American recovery and the importance of Black business development efforts. Learn more & Register here:

Looking for a volunteer opportunity that positively impacts Black businesses? We've got you covered! Learn more about our current opportunities here or by emailing

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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 3, Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 383-1179  |  Fax: (401) 383-5366

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