Rhode Island Small Business Development Center to Bring Business Counseling Resources to Newport County Chamber of Commerce

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Kingston – March 24, 2016– The Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (RISBDC) at the University of Rhode Island has begun offering regularly scheduled office hours at the Newport County Chamber of Commerce every Wednesday from 9 a.m. – noon.

“Our partnership with the Newport County Chamber of Commerce will enable the RISBDC to expand its outreach to the small business community and provide a convenient, Newport area location where existing and prospective business owners can take advantage of our services,” said Edward Huttenhower, RISBDC Executive State Director.

Erin Donovan Boyle, Newport County Chamber President, added “Our partnership with the RISBDC will enhance our efforts to provide Newport area business owners with the resources they need to grow and succeed .”

An RISBDC business counselor will be onsite at the Chamber every Wednesday morning offering no-cost, one-on-one, confidential business counseling. Appointments can be scheduled by calling Josh Daly, RISBDC Southern RI Regional Director, at 401-714-9177. The RISBDC provides counseling in both English and Spanish; Spanish-speaking entrepreneurs should request an appointment with the bilingual business counselor.

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and supported by the University of Rhode Island and CommerceRI, the RISBDC is part of a national network of Small Business Development Centers with over 1,000 locations across the country employing approximately 5,000 certified business counselors. In addition to its expert, no-cost, business counseling services, the RISBDC provides high quality training programs on relevant topics at no or low cost.

The RISBDC, which is based at the University of Rhode Island’s Kingston campus, has service centers in Kingston and at CommerceRI in Providence. Additional outreach sites are located at the Greater Providence Chamber, Providence; Central Rhode Island Chamber, Warwick; Ocean Community Chamber, Westerly; East Bay Chamber, Warren; and in Lincoln. For further information, call 401-874-7232 or visit the RISBDC website.