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Buy Local RI wraps up small business month with Golden Chicken Awards
By Jessica David / June 6, 2018
Small businesses are the backbone of our economy and our communities. They employ our people, keep money local longer, shape our places, and give to local nonprofits. For residents to have access to good jobs, we need strong independent businesses.

Strengthening the business ecosystem
By Jessica David / January 14, 2016
The vision that guides our economic security initiative is a strong economic environment that allows all Rhode Islanders to prosper. We believe that the foundation of a strong Rhode Island economy will be quality jobs that allow our residents to support themselves and their families, and these quality jobs require robust enterprise and a skilled workforce.

Building the local economy
By Jessica David / November 30, 2015
I spent last Tuesday on a bus with 15 other Rhode Islanders. We visited Ocean State Job Lot in Providence, the Hope & Main food business incubator in Warren, Mission restaurant in Newport, Schartner Farms in Exeter, the shops of Wickford village, and Foolproof Brewing Company in Pawtucket. Our goal was to spread the Buy Local RI message across the state.

Cutting the red tape at DEM
By Connie Grosch / October 17, 2014
"This is the kind of momentum and engagement we need to move Rhode Island forward." - Neil Steinberg

Make It Happen RI, two years later
By Jessica David / September 8, 2014
Two years ago today, we gathered with 300 business and community leaders at the Rhode Island Convention Center for Make It Happen RI. Our goal was to generate new ideas and specific action steps for improving Rhode Island’s economy. We are frequently asked, so what happened?, and the two-year mark seems like a good chance to reflect.

Featured Post

  • Rhode Island Foundation announces six recipients of college scholarships in the name of Roger Williams Posted last month
    The four-year, renewable scholarships are through the Carter Roger Williams Initiative, which was launched two years ago by philanthropists Letitia and late John Carter.
  • Rhode Island Foundation awards $285,000 to Newport County nonprofits Posted last month
    The grants, through our Newport County Fund, will underwrite a host of activities ranging from workforce training and after-school activities to preventing relationship violence and protecting vulnerable seniors.
  • $2.6 million awarded for behavioral health care Posted last month
    Six nonprofit organizations will use $2.6 million in grants to support primary and secondary prevention models and high-quality, affordable behavioral health care services across the state. The funding is the first from the Behavioral Health Fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.
  • Vision and commitment Posted last month
    Hundreds of community and business leaders, donors, grant recipients, and other partners gathered at the Rhode Island Convention Center on May 16 for our 2019 Annual Meeting. Here are highlights of what our President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg told them.
  • Rose Fund grants stimulate civic and cultural dialogue Posted 2 months ago
    The primary goals are to strengthen libraries and other civic, cultural and literacy-focused organizations and expand their role as community centers that stimulate dialogue around critical issues.
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