Rhode Island’s Community Navigator Program

A trusted local ecosystem to advance and empower
Rhode Island’s Historically Excluded Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs

The Community Navigator Program has carefully selected 5 business support organizations in the state of Rhode Island with professional expertise that will connect entrepreneurs and small businesses to critical resources in the community.


Together, we empower and equip historically excluded entrepreneurs and small businesses across Rhode Island with the necessary tools to build sustainable, resilient, high-growth businesses with positive impacts on their communities. 

Free Technical Assistance in the areas of:

  • Accessing Capital

  • Financial Management

  • Certification Processes

  • Marketing/Communications

  • Business & Strategic Planning

  • Operations & Growth

How It Works

  • Step 1:
    Tell us about yourself and your business’s needs and challenges

  • Step 2:
    Get matched with one or more of our community navigators

  • Step 3:
    Attend trainings, workshops, one-on-one technical assistance support

  • Step 4:
    Share your feedback and continue thriving

Center for Southeast Asians promotes the prosperity, heritage and leadership of Southeast Asians in Rhode Island.

Hope & Main empowers an inclusive community of entrepreneurs to jumpstart and cultivate thriving food businesses that are the foundation of a more just, sustainable, and resilient local food economy.

Rhode Island Black Business Association is dedicated to enhancing the growth and economic empowerment of small and minority owned businesses by providing opportunities to competitively participate in the local and global economy, primarily through business development, legislative advocacy, business mentoring, quality educational opportunities and professional development.
Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce represents, promotes and supports the economic development of the Latino Business community in Rhode Island.
Social Enterprise Greenhouse accelerates impact by providing inclusive support and networks for entrepreneurs and businesses committed to positive societal and economic change.

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The Community Navigator Pilot Program is an American Rescue Plan initiative designed to reduce barriers that underrepresented and underserved entrepreneurs often face in accessing the programs they need to recover, grow, or start their businesses.