FAQs

What is the Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA) and what does it do?

RIBBA is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island. The association is made up of black and minority business owners, community leaders, corporations, and professionals who are interested in the development of black and minority owned urban businesses. The association is poised to be the united voice and leader of the Black/Urban Business community in Rhode Island

Who is the President of RIBBA?

Our president is Lisa Ranglin. You may read her bio here.

Why should I join RIBBA?

Now, more than ever, building substantive relationships is crucial to sustaining and growing your business. RIBBA provides opportunities on a daily basis for you to meet new contacts, whether at one of our quarterly business forums or a professional development event. There are plenty of opportunities that fit your schedule. If you're interested in finding out more information about RIBBA, please contact us by emailing to: info@ri-bba.com or visit the events page on our website.

Who are the members of RIBBA?

Our members range from sole proprietorship, corporations, community leaders, and professionals. We have members who have just started their business and members who have been in business for more than a century. If you're looking for advice on how to grow your business or transition it to the next generation in your family, the Association has members who will be there to support you.

What does it cost?

There are several membership options. Business membership dues correlate with the number of employees at one's company. To learn more, please click the link for Join Us under the membership tab in the main navigation menu.

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What types of programs does the Association offer?

The Association offers a wide variety of programs for our members, most of which are included in the cost of your membership. We offer professional development seminars which focuses on the fundamentals growing your business and taking it to the next level.

How can I register for an event?

You can register for all our events and member programs by clicking the related links in our events calendar.

What types of sponsorship opportunities are available at the Association?

There are a variety of sponsorship opportunities available through the association. To learn more, please click the link for sponsorship opportunities under the sponsors tab in the main navigation menu.

How can my company get exposure through RIBBA?

There are many great ways to get exposure through RIBBA. First, get active and become a member today. The association is about meeting new people and building relationships for you and your business. Second, sponsor an event or a member program to get more exposure for your brand. Third, promote your brand through our online member directory and offer a special discount to our members and the community. Lastly, purchase advertising on our website. For more information, please email info@ri-bba.com with your specific questions.

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Can any member get involved with the RIBBA's Public Affairs efforts?

Yes, any member of RIBBA can get involved with the Association's Public Affairs efforts. If you'd like to learn more about our efforts, please contact Cynthia Scott.