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The Rhode Island Black Business Association

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RIBBA Micro-Loan Application!

The Rhode Island Black Business Association has multiple loan opportunities for companies owned and operated by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.

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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 Emerging Leaders Applications

The Emerging Leaders Development Program prepares high-performing Asian, Black, Hispanic or Latino, Indigenous and multi-racial professionals for advancement into senior leadership and executive roles while raising their visibility as a force within their organization and community. The deadline for applications is August 16, 2022 at 5 pm.

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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.

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It's here 🚨 Applications for the Emerging Leaders Development Program are due by 5pm tonight! Learn more about the program that's helping professionals of color level up and transform the future of the workforce. Apply and schedule an interview here:

Have a question about the Emerging Leaders Program that's been holding you back from pressing send on that application? We're doing a live Q&A on our Instagram stories @rhodeisland_bba and taking questions via DM to until tomorrow's deadline at 5pm. Send in your Qs! #AskRIBBA

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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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