Resource Guide

Contact: Peter Dorsey, President
Phone: (401) 351-3036
        Resource(s) Available: The Business Development Company provides capital to promising companies whose financing needs exceed available bank debt and equity. The Company has the experience to evaluate and respond to the unique merits of each opportunity. Loans from $100,000 to $500,000 include term debt, SBA loans, subordinated debt, and lines of credit. Larger loan amounts are possible through syndication. Typical uses include expanding product lines or geographic territory, investments to improve efficiencies, acquisitions, and debt restructures..
Phone: 877-348-0502

Resource(s) Available: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration has launched a helpful new Web portal to help job seekers match their current skills to new careers and find out what training is needed to transition from one job to another.  This new online tool is called “mySkillsmyFuture” and can be accessed at  Users will be able to view local job postings and locate training and education providers.  They also will be able to find descriptions, salary information and common job tasks associated with a new occupation.

The new site’s features include:

  • Detailed information about occupational skills that can be transferred from one job to another.
  • A side-by-side comparison chart of likely skill gaps from one occupation to another.
  • Links to local training programs that are available to help fill skill and knowledge gaps.

Additionally, users will be able to find opportunities for short-term training programs provided by local community colleges and other postsecondary schools.  They can find career-specific details about obtaining credentials such as certifications, licenses and apprenticeships.  Users also will be able to view and apply for job postings by ZIP Code or state.  Job listings are from a national database and will be updated daily.

MySkillsmyFuture includes an integrated help system with page-by-page instructions and videos to enhance the user experience.  The online program is based on data from the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Information Network, known as O*NET, and the National Labor Exchange.  Data from O*NET includes the required knowledge, skills and abilities for more than 900 occupations, which helps identify transferable skills and skill gaps among different occupations.  The National Labor Exchange is a service of the Direct Employers Association, a nonprofit consortium of more than 550 leading U.S. corporations.


Contact: Susan Biagioni
Acting Chief 
Phone: (401) 462-8923


Resource(s) Available: The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training matches hiring businesses to qualified candidates with appropriate skill sets; customizes recruitments and job fairs to individual businesses or industries; connects businesses to applicable grants and tax credits; provides information on the labor market intelligence and training opportunities; offers Rapid Response services during employee transitions; and guides businesses to services available through other government agencies.

Contact: John Riendeau
Business Development
Phone: (401) 278-9100 x162


  Resource(s) Available: The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation provides direct access to state economic and business resources including finance, export trade, federal procurement and marketing. The RIEDC calls on local businesses to facilitate better business/state communications.
Contact:Melody Weeks
Program Director
Phone: (401) 278-9100 x141

  Resource(s) Available: The Rhode Island Procurement Technical Assistance Center provides businesses with training and one-on-one counseling on doing business with federal agencies, state purchasing departments, and local governments. This is a free service to all RI businesses.

Contact: Edward Huttenhower
Phone: (401) 874-7232

Resource(s) Available: The Rhode Island Small Business Development Center provides businesses (under 500 employees) services including presenting training seminars and workshops in business planning, marketing, financing, and other business subjects. Free consulting is provided to clients by professional consultants in all aspects of business.


Phone: 401.528.4561


Resource(s) Available: SCORE is a 50 plus year old nationwide organization affiliated with the Small Business Administration. SCORE volunteer councilors are retired executives and former business owners. Our mission is to provide start-up and small business with resources and expertise to tackle various business challenges. We work closely with the Small Business Development Center. Please call for an appointment. 


Contact: Maria Gooch-Smith
Executive Director
Phone: (508) 822-1020 

  Resource(s) Available: As a regional nonprofit economic development corporation, South Eastern Economic Development (SEED) Corporation focuses on job creation by financing all types of small businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. SEED makes loans ranging from a $1,000 Micro Loan to a $5.5 million SBA 504 Loan and also administers a small business technical assistance program., aims to offer the web’s best resource for finding online accredited colleges and universities. Attending college online can seem risky, and online degree accreditation is confusing when you’re just starting out in pursuing a degree. Accredited Online Colleges are proud to host a searchable directory of online colleges and universities to let you find the online accredited colleges that fit your own educational needs.

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Chamber Member Discounts Available

Savings and Discounts available to Chamber Members 


Constant Contact Discount
For Emails, Surveys & Event Marketing
Discounts for New or Existing Users:
20% discount for prepayment of 6 months or
25% discount for prepayment of 12 months
Phone: 781-472-8072


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Save on your Electricity and Natural Gas Bill
No Fees for Members to Join
No Minimum Usage Requirements
No Long-term Contract
Contact: Sandy Spanos,
Phone: 401-633-5338


Swipe for a Cause
Guaranteed Minimum of 10% Savings on
Merchant Service Costs
Save on Retail Credit Card Machines and more
Local, Personal Service and Support
Free, No Obligation Cost Savings Analysis
Contact: Margaret Kinnecome
Phone: 800-768-6004

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Save a minimum of 10% at Chamber Member Businesses
Use your FREE Chamber key tag
Chamber Contact: Carol Mutty,
Phone: 401-847-1608 

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Chamber Contact: Kathleen Papp,
Phone: 401-847-1608