The Transformation Program is made up of nine priority items designed to advance the organization’s capabilities while providing the services to our clients, members and the underserved communities.
STRATEGIC PRIORITY #1: ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT BUISNESS SUCCESSS:
Connect, grow and strengthen
Promote and enhance a vibrant, diverse and sustainable economy by growing and retaining existing businesses; promote increased economic inclusion and development; connect business, government and other stakeholders to effectively execute community initiatives and create an environment to promote business growth.
STRATEGIC PRIORITY #2: BUSINESS WORKFORCE AND DEVELOPMENT
Assist business leaders to achieve outstanding performance and growth through entrepreneurial and business management training. Help members manage and grow their businesses with quality educational opportunities and professional development resources.
STRATEGIC PRIORITY #3: ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT
Maximize opportunities for members to network their businesses through the Association facilitated programs, services, and community events.
STRATEGIC PRIORITY #4: PIPELINE & INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
RIBBA will develop an Urban Youth Internship Program that cultivates the talents and skills of Rhode Island urban youth by exposing them to real world workplace experience. The program would include pre-employment seminars that would introduce the youth to the importance of dress and interpersonal communications as part of employment in a professional setting.
The Pipeline Program will assist graduating seniors to start their careers within the Rhode Island workplace. College students in underserved community and other graduates coming out of our universities and colleges tend to leave the State to find suitable positions. This program will provide ongoing mentoring to help new grads navigate the job market and find and retain suitable in-state employment. The program will bring graduates and employers together in informal settings to highlight opportunities for employment within Rhode Island and introduce employers to talented new grads.
STRATEGIC PRIORITY #5 : EMERGING PROFESSIONALS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
The number of high performing people of color in Rhode Island in policy positions and positions of authority in State government and in corporations is very limited relative to the number of minority professionals in the workforce. In many instances, minority professionals are already working in the company or department, but their talent and experience have gone unrecognized or may be underdeveloped. The EPD will partner with corporations and state department heads to help identify appropriate open positions to which qualified professionals can advance. And, EPD will help identify incumbent professionals appropriate for the positions. EPD will coordinate professional level activities and events designed to prepare selected candidate(s) for the positions available.
STRATEGIC PRIORITY #6: MEMBERSHIP RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION
Create a stronger, more engaged and diverse membership base through aggressive marketing, ease of access, and increased social and media awareness.
STRATEGIC PRIORITY #7: MAXIMIZE OPERATIONS AND BUSINESS PRACTICES
Maintain and grow a highly effective Association. Deepen the brand and deliver value to members through productivity, efficiency and effectiveness.
STRATEGIC PRIORITY #8: ORGANIZATION EXCELLENCE
Populate and align Executive Committee and Advisory Board for proactive leadership in advancing the economic vitality and quality of life in Rhode Island for our members and the larger community
STRATEGIC PRIORITY #9: COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Promote awareness of the Association’s programs and services, as well as its’ member organizations through events and public relations activities.