In November 2010, Lisa Ranglin mobilized community and local leaders to come together to look at issues affecting small businesses in underserved cities. This group, led by Lisa, conducted brainstorming sessions and did a random sampling of both individuals and businesses to help determine the priorities for effectively fostering minority small business efforts. After a detailed analysis was completed, the group recommended that the Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA) be established.
RIBBA is committed to providing dynamic leadership, advocacy and economic empowerment to strengthen and promote sustainable growth and prosperity within Rhode Island’s underserved communities.
To be a member-centric Association and the united voice and leader for advancement of businesses, entrepreneurs, and professionals in Rhode Island’s underserved communities.
The Institute for Economic Empowerment and Development is a 501 (c) (3) charitable arm of RIBBA and provides financial support to RIBBA to carry out its stated priorities through educational programing to individuals, families and individuals and entrepreneurs which promotes dignity, economic growth and financial stability. Funds are acquired through by the way of donations, grants, and fundraisers.
Advocacy: Advocates for policies that favorable impact small business Stay informed and seek solutions to issues.
COLLABORATION: Willingness to work with others to create effective partnerships. Explore opportunities both internal and external to our organization to partner, support, and leverage the knowledge, skills, abilities, and talents for the enduring bene t of our members and our organization.
DEVELOPMENT: Provide a positive and stable vibrant economy by providing opportunities to grow, assisting our businesses with information and guidance.
EXCELLENCE: Meet and exceed expectations, continuous improvements, identify and document best practices and promote high quality outcomes.
INNOVATION: driven by creativity and welcome input on cutting-edge, out-of-the box tools, techniques, methods, programs, and processes.
INTEGRITY: Accountability, ethical commitment, reliability, respect, promote openness, trust and transparency.
LEADERSHIP: Promotion and fostering the development of leadership in our community. Develop knowledgeable, skilled and passionate leaders who will advocate for and represent the community.
STRATEGIC: Thinking long term for the best interests of the organization and members.
What is the make-up of membership and location?
The RIBBA is comprised of businesses, professionals, industries, and individuals. We are located at 3 Regency Plaza, Suite 3E, Providence, RI 02903.
Membership in RIBBA comes with many great benefits, including but not limited to:
• Customer Referrals
• Advertising & Sponsorship Opportunities
• Listing on RIBBA Website & Printed Directory
• Seminars, Educational & Professional Development Opportunities
• Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreaking Ceremonies
• Invitation to Host or Attend Networking Events
• Member Only Pricing for Events, E-blasts/Other Marketing Materials & Services
To learn more about Membership Benefits check out our Member Benefits page. If you want even more information contact our Membership & Program, Chair, Zaneta Hunter, at firstname.lastname@example.org