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Rhode Island Commerce Corporation (aka Commerce RI)
Larry Friedman International Center for Entrepreneurship
Rhode Island State & Municipal Resources
First Stop Business Information Center
The Office of the Secretary of State provides resources which assist those who want to start a business or grow an existing business in Rhode Island. Links to appropriate state agencies for licensing, labor laws, taxation, worker's compensation and more. Provides "Customized Business Packages: e-mail your name, address, telephone number and type of business and in 3-5 business days, you'll receive a customized checklist and applicable forms.
Rhode Island Cities & Towns
Links to homepages of all 39 cities and towns in Rhode Island. Many (but not all) of these provide guidance/services on starting or relocating a business in their city/town. When considering a location for your business, remember to check local regulations regarding zoning and other ordinances which are different for each municipality.
Rhode Island Resources for Entrepreneurs
Business Innovation Factory
"A platform for transforming our most intractable systems, like healthcare, education, entrepreneurship, and energy, where players - both private and public - can design and test new solutions in a real-world environment"
Entrepreneurial Resources in Rhode Island
From Gaebler.com. Links to 20 resources for entrepreneurs, including government resources (state and federal), loans/financing, chambers-of-commerce, advertising costs and more. Also provides similar resources for all other states. Excellent place to begin research.
Other Useful Resources
Rhode Island Business Directory (2012)
Covers over 52,000 businesses. Arranged by city, yellow page catagory, major employers and SIC-code. Outstanding resource for researching potential competitor information.
These LIBRARY - USE ONLY BOOKS contain information on businesses and manufacturers in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island Manufacturers Register
Profiles over 2,400 R.I. "manufacturing, processing & wholesale distribution establishments". Arranged by industry, alphabetical, geographical and SIC code.