Small Business Support

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Online Resources


AskRI Links for Business

The Statewide Resource Center at AskRI includes numerous links for businesses, including websites, databases and links to local resources

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AtoZ Databases

AtoZ databases is available through AskRI in libraries and throughout Rhode Island to search for detailed profiles of millions of businesses, including a map-based search. There are video tutorials as well as weekly free webinars available to help you and your patrons use AtoZ.

Local Partners and Resources

Small Business Association

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

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.

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3D Printing for Prototyping

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.

Nicolette Baffoni
Adult Services Coordinator