For East Providence business-related information, visit the City's new business portal featuring links and videos to answer all of your questions.


Where do I go? Who do I talk to? Where do I Start?

There are numerous resources available for people interested in starting a business. Some would agree that there are TOO many! We've taken a few sources that offer easy-to-follow instructions and noted them below. By following these links, you can get from thinking about having your own business to actually doing it, or perhaps deciding that you are not prepared or interested in doing it after all.


Before you go any further, please consider taking the Right Trac Assessment.


Rhode Island Small Business Development Centers 'Right Trac Assessment'


There are numerous steps you must take before starting your business to reach success.

Taking this assessment will help identify your strengths and weaknesses, enabling us to give you detailed suggestions, coaching,and resources that are relevant specifically to you.To get started, take our straightforward online assessment which will keep youon the right track. Answer a few questions and receive a tailored action plan to begin structuring your business immediately!


Based on the immediate score you receive in Step 3 of the assessment, you will also receive recommended next steps and appropriate resources to improve your business preparedness. You can expect SBDC follow-up via email and/or telephone tohelp you implement your next steps. There's no cost to you, so don’t delay. Get started today! click here to take the Right Trac Assessment


Quick Start from the Office of Rhode Island Secretary of State


We make it easier for you to start or grow a business in Rhode Island. Quick Start provides full-service support

by creating free, customized packages that make it easier to apply for financing, obtain permits, make contacts

and get answers from government at every level.


Find out what steps are required in starting a business in Rhode Island.

What kind of business structure should I set up: corporation, LLC, partnership, sole proprieter..

Start or Qualify a Business


Frequently Asked Questions about Starting a Business in Rhode Island


Additional Sources for Starting a Business in Rhode Island:

Rhode Island Small Business Development Centers (RISBDC)

Rhode Island Small Business Development Center is administered by University of Rhode Island in a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and the private sector. RISBDC's mission is to provide entrepreneurs with best-fit resources to create and transform their businesses.

RISBDC serves as a focal point for the coordination of:

  • federal

  • state

  • municipal

  • academic

  • banking

  • and other resources to aid small businesses

RISBDC promotes economic development and provides broad-based and high-quality,

"No Cost" one-on-one counseling and low-cost group educational services.


United States Small Business Administration:

United States Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.