Who We Are

The Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the business opportunities and vitality of Black-owned and minority businesses in Rhode Island through business development resources, entrepreneurship training, business advocacy, contracting, 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. The services and programs offered by RIBBA are open to all Rhode Islanders.

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


RIBBA’s mission is to provide dynamic leadership, advocacy, economic opportunities, and empowerment that strengthen and promote sustainable growth and prosperity within Rhode Island’s underserved communities.

Our Vision

Our vision is to create a more equitable and sustainable business environment in Rhode Island.