Official State of Rhode Island website
Libraries are often a first stop for researching small business information from starting a new business to growing an established one. OLIS has gathered key resources to help Rhode Islanders anywhere on their small business journey.
RI Business Services
The Rhode Island Department of State Business Services site provides comprehensive resources on planning, funding, starting up and maintaining businesses of all types in Rhode Island. The RI Business Portal Business Assistant takes prospective business owners step by step through everything they will need to launch their business in RI, including fees and forms.
Small Business Association
The Small Business Administration in an independent agency of the federal government created to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interest of small business concerns. The Rhode Island district office will work with libraries to coordinate FREE workshops or workshop series on a variety of useful business topics through their local partners.
RI Commerce Corporation
RI Commerce Corporation, a quasi-public agency, works with public, private and non-profit partners to create the conditions for businesses in all sectors to thrive and to improve the quality of life for our citizens by promoting the state's long-term economic health and prosperity.
AskRI Resources for Small Business
The Statewide Resource Center at AskRI includes numerous links for businesses, including websites, databases and links to local resources.
Helpful databases include:
Many RI libraries house 3D printers, which small business owners may want to use to create product prototypes and models quickly and at a low cost.
Barrington Public Library
Clark Memorial Library, Richmond
Coventry Public Library
Cranston Public Library
East Providence Public Librar
Greenville Public Library
Jamestown Philomenian Library
Middletown Public Library
Newport Public Library
Portsmouth Public Library
Warwick Public Library
Westerly Public Library