R.I. Foundation launches website to help businesses grow

June 06–PROVIDENCE — If you own a small business, whether it’s established, a startup or just an idea, the Rhode Island Foundation has a new website that can help your business grow.

RIBizBuilder.com, which launched Wednesday, is an interactive, online directory to free and low-cost help with business challenges including borrowing money, marketing, finding employees and local regulations and taxes.

The foundation created the directory in partnership with the Center for Women & Enterprise, the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center.

Entrepreneurs answer four questions about their businesses, including what help the business is seeking, in which industry it operates and whether the owner has special status, such as being a woman or a veteran. The website then returns a list customized to the business of agencies and programs that can offer help.

“Many of the organizations included in the directory helped me when I needed it the most,” Alba Lucia Rios, owner of Tienda Alinary in Central Falls, said, according to a news release from the foundation.

The foundation will hold sessions in Cranston, Pawtucket, Providence, Warren and Woonsocket to introduce business owners to the website.

The website offers a way for agencies and programs that offer services to businesses to be included in the directory.

It also offers information in Spanish.

This article provided by NewsEdge.