April 2022 Newsletter
Annual Report Highlight
What you need to know about our important work.
Interested in our Small Business Programs & Services?
RIBBA provides a vast array of business development services to Rhode Island's Black and minority business community. From technical assistance to free business services, access to contracts, loan programs, business coaching and mentorship, education, and leadership opportunities - RIBBA is uniquely positioned to be a force to grow Rhode Island's economy.
Tuesday, April 26th from 6-7:30 pm
Join us for our monthly general membership meeting on the Tuesday, April 26th from 6-7:30 pm to learn more about what's happening at RIBBA and about relevant opportunities for you and your business to take advantage of.
This month's featured speaker is: 

Brittany Belgrave-Sealy, Retail Experience Lead at WS Development (Developer of Garden City in Cranston, RI)
Program Alumni: Let's Meet Up!
Wednesday, May 18th from 12-1 pm
Join RIBBA's President & CEO, Lisa Ranglin, and your fellow alumni to connect, celebrate successes, problem solve, and share resources.
Young Adult Business Pitch Competition Event
Saturday, April 30th from 10 am - 1 pm @ Sprout CoWorking
We're excited to invite you the Young Adult Business Pitch Competition taking place on Saturday, April 30th. We have some great young adults who've been selected to pitch their ideas with awards up to $3k. Join us as we support the future of entrepreneurship & small biz in RI!
Press Release: Lisa Ranglin Named President & CEO of Rhode Island Black Business Association
Providence, RI – March 31, 2022 – The Rhode Island Black Business Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing business opportunities and vitality of Black-owned and minority businesses and professionals in RI, today announced that Lisa Ranglin has been named President and CEO of the organization effective immediately. Lisa founded the organization in 2011 and has served as the Interim Executive Director since January of 2021.

We are Accepting Scholarship Applications for the 2022 Scholarship Program

RIBBA, in partnership with our charitable arm that focuses on empowerment and training related activities – the Institute of Economic Empowerment & Development (IEED), are now accepting applications for our 2022 Scholarship.

Scholarship award amounts vary from $500-$1000 for each individual student. To date, RIBBA has given out over $45,000 in scholarships to Black students entering college or university. For more information on how to apply, click below.

Deadline: May 27, 2022 at 4:00 PM
RIBBA currently has multiple positions available and is looking for talent that will thrive in our growing organization.

Volunteer Opportunities at RIBBA
RIBBA’s impact is dependent on not just staff, but also the dedicated volunteers in our community that support our very important work. Below are our current volunteer opportunities.

RIBBA is always looking for skills-based volunteers to help drive our mission forward. Please click below to share your your volunteer interest with the team.
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