What is the Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA) and how does it help businesses?

The Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA) is an independent non-profit 501 (c) (6) organization, founded in 2011. RIBBA is your bridge to resources and opportunities. These resources are essential to help clients take their business or career to the next level and build sustainable wealth.

RIBBA is one of Rhode Island’s business advocacy organizations formed to advance business opportunities and economic vitality in underserved cities throughout Rhode Island. RIBBA is made up of individuals and businesses of all sizes and membership is open to the public. The organization strives to build a purpose-driven Association where people unite and take actions to create lasting change. RIBBA values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of ethnicity, race, gender, abilities, socioeconomic status, culture, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

RIBBA leverage the region’s core assets to find solutions in the area that matter most to its members and the community: contract opportunities, access to capital, quality jobs, growth and quality of life.

Mission, Vision, and Core Values

RIBBA is committed to providing dynamic leadership, advocacy and economic empowerment to strengthen and promote sustainable growth and prosperity within Rhode Island’s underserved communities.

Our Vision
To be a member-centric Association and the united voice and leader for advancement of businesses, entrepreneurs, and professionals in Rhode Island’s underserved communities.
The Institute for Economic Empowerment and Development is a 501 (c) (3) charitable arm of RIBBA and provides financial support to RIBBA to carry out its stated priorities through educational programing to individuals, families and individuals and entrepreneurs which promotes dignity, economic growth and financial stability. Funds are acquired through by the way of donations, grants, and fundraisers.

Advocacy: Advocates for policies that favorable impact small business Stay informed and seek solutions to issues.

COLLABORATION: Willingness to work with others to create effective partnerships. Explore opportunities both internal and external to our organization to partner, support, and leverage the knowledge, skills, abilities, and talents for the enduring bene t of our members and our organization.

DEVELOPMENT: Provide a positive and stable vibrant economy by providing opportunities to grow, assisting our businesses with information and guidance.
EXCELLENCE: Meet and exceed expectations, continuous improvements, identify and document best practices and promote high quality outcomes.

INNOVATION: driven by creativity and welcome input on cutting-edge, out-of-the box tools, techniques, methods, programs, and processes.

INTEGRITY: Accountability, ethical commitment, reliability, respect, promote openness, trust and transparency.

LEADERSHIP: Promotion and fostering the development of leadership in our community. Develop knowledgeable, skilled and passionate leaders who will advocate for and represent the community.

STRATEGIC: Thinking long term for the best interests of the organization and members.

What is the make-up of membership and location?

The RIBBA is comprised of businesses, professionals, industries, and individuals. We are located at 3 Regency Plaza, Suite 3E, Providence, RI 02903.

Membership in RIBBA comes with many great benefits, including but not limited to:
• Customer Referrals
• Advertising & Sponsorship Opportunities
• Listing on RIBBA Website & Printed Directory
• Seminars, Educational & Professional Development Opportunities
• Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreaking Ceremonies
• Invitation to Host or Attend Networking Events
• Member Only Pricing for Events, E-blasts/Other Marketing Materials & Services
To learn more about Membership Benefits check out our Member Benefits page.If you want even more information contact our Membership & Program, Chair, Zaneta Hunter, at info@ri-bba.org

How do I become a member of RIBBA?

We have made joining RIBBA easy! Join online or fill out the Online Application and we will connect with you or you can call the office at 401-383-1179 or send an email to Info@ri-bba.org.

Can I pay for a membership with my credit card?

Absolutely! RIBBA accepts Master Card, Visa, American Express and Discover for payment of Membership Dues, Publications, Marketing Services & all Networking Events.

How can I get more involved with RIBBA?

RIBBA Members and their employees can get involved in a number of ways! Including, attending events, participating in committees, volunteer at the Association’s many functions and so much more. Let us know what areas you would like to become more involved in and we will find a match for your interests!  Check out our Get Involved page to find more ways you can get involved!

How can my business get exposure through RIBBA?

RIBBA offers many opportunities to make connections and build relationships for your business. You can sponsor an event and promote your brand to existing or potential clients. Promoting your business through our Online Membership Directory and offering a " Deal" to fellow members is also an excellent way to increase the exposure of your business. There are many ways to get your name in front of other businesses, we invite you to sit down with us and visit about what might be the best fit for you!

To learn more ways of how your business can get exposure, please call or email or president at 401-465-3669 or email her at Lisa@ri-bba.org

How do I sign up for the RIBBA's email list so I can be informed about upcoming events?

To sign up to receive the RIBBA's Newsletter & Emails, contact our Marketing & Event, please click on Contact Us and complete the form to be added to the elist.

If I'm not able to attend events and committee meetings, can I send an employee?
All employees of RIBBA Member businesses are Members, so everyone in your organization is welcome to attend and/or participate! In fact, many of our seminars and trainings are aimed at employees. Watch for information in our newsletter announcing programs and events that might be of interest to you or your employees!

Looking for trainings for little to no cost? Check out our Online Trainings Page under member benefits.

Can I use the RIBBA's logo on my website, advertisements, and promotional items?

Yes. We would love for you show you’re a Member of RIBBA. If you would like a digital copy of the Association logo, please send an email to inf@ri-bba.org.

How do I get information about visiting or moving to Rhode Island?

If you are looking to make the move to Rhode Island we would love to connect with you. To obtain more information about RI, visit our Live & work page on our website.

What is the Association's Privacy Policy?

The Association does not disclose or share any personal information collected on this website. All payments are made using a secured shopping cart on this website.

What is the Association's Refund Policy?

The Association does not give refunds on any events, goods or services. If you have any questions, please contact our finance director at info@ri-bba.org

What is the Association's Member Code of Conduct?

Read the member code of conduct under member benefits page.