The Town of Bristol is a participant in e-procurement, an electronic vendor bidding registration system. This system allows vendors to view bid opportunities, sign up to receive email notifications when a project is out to bid, and to download bid documents and related addenda on-line.
Learn about the initiatives of the Economic Development Commission
Center for Women and Enterprise
At CWE, women and other entrepreneurs are connected with the resources they need in order to run successful small enterprises. CWE offers classes, workshops, mentoring, business counseling and other services for a wide range of business-related topics.
Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (C-PACE) Program
Bristol joined nine other Rhode Island communities in adopting the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank's C-PACE program, an innovative financing model that supports our commercial and industrial business owners who wish to undertake clean energy and energy efficiency projects that will improve their bottom lines.
C-PACE enables owners of Eligible Commercial & Industrial Buildings to finance up to 100% of Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Water Conservation, Environmental Health and Safety Eligible Improvements. Financing is provided by private Capital Providers at competitive rates with repayment terms consistent with the useful life of the improvements, generally up to 25 years.
Make sure you have a plan in place if disaster strikes your business through the help of the Small Business Administration's Emergency Preparedness website.
East Bay Chamber of Commerce
The East Bay Chamber of Commerce's mission is to "encourage, promote, and support businesses and serve as a resource for the community." The Chamber supports businesses in the Towns of Bristol, Warren, and Barrington.
Explore Bristol is a public-private community-wide effort to promote Bristol as a wonderful place to live, work, learn and play.
Mosaico Business and Community Development
In partnership with the Town, Mosaico BCDC runs the Bristol Industrial Park, an historic mill building actively being restored with spaces that are rented to small businesses.
Discover Newport is the main tourism organization promoting Newport County and Bristol County for business and leisure travel.
Rhode Island Commerce Corporation
Commerce RI is the State's quasi-public agency, the corporation serves as a government and community resource to help streamline the business expansion process in, and relocation to, Rhode Island. The agency assists new and existing companies with commercial real estate, business financing, workforce training and other relevant issues. Here is an overview of the programs and resources offered by Commerce RI.
RI Office of the Secretary of State
The Secretary of State's office provides important information for starting and growing your business in the state of Rhode Island, include a helpful Business Portal to make the process of opening a business in Rhode Island smoother and easier.
Rhode Island Small Business Development Center
Experts at the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center (RISBDC) at the University of Rhode Island provide no-cost business counseling, training, and access to resources that support small businesses throughout the state from start-up through maturity. A Business Counselor is available for appointments at the East Bay Chamber of Commerce on Thursdays each week.
Roger Williams University
RWU offers opportunities for businesses to partner with students on projects directly related to business needs throughout the Rhode Island community. Business owners can contact the Business Partnership Center to partner with students who provide services such as marketing and social media development, accounting and financial planning, and legal consultation.
Small Business Administration
The US Small Business Administration exists to provide free or affordable assistance in the form of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other services to small businesses.