Rhode Island District Office – October 28, 2022

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National Veterans Small Business Week

During National Veterans Small Business Week, October 31 – November 4, 2022, join the SBA and its extensive partner network for a series of virtual events hosted across the country. The events will feature information to help you start, grow, or expand your veteran-owned small business. Click the link below to register for all or some of the free webinars during National Veterans Small Business Week.

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The Veterans Business Outreach Center
of New England (VBOC)

The Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC), headquartered in Providence, equips veterans, active-duty service members, and their families with the resources to help them start and run their businesses.

The VBOC of New England serves veterans in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont, and is the primary partner in assisting the local SBA District Office in running the quarterly Boots to Business program.

The VBOC of New England is operated by the Center for Women & Enterprise who offer quality one-on-one counseling, classes, programs and services to those who want to start and grow their business. Click the link below to learn more or become a client Veterans Business Outreach Center.

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Are You The Best Of The Best?

Submit Your Nomination Today!

These annual awards recognize the achievements of SBA-assisted small businesses and the contributions they have made to their communities and the economy. SBA invites Rhode Island’s small businesses to share their stories. 

Guidelines & Forms:

Click Here for Award Guidelines & Forms

Where to Submit:

  • Businesses may self-nominate and submit! 
  • Completed packages MUST BE submitted via the Box.com link below.  Submissions via email, hard copy, or any other way will not be accepted. 

Submit Your Completed Package Here!


In time for Halloween: Our Top 10 “Nightmare on Main Street” consumer protection horror films

Halloween is the perfect time to stream your favorite horror flick, but nothing comes close to the spine-tingling fright inflicted by businesses that fail to honor established consumer protection standards. Learn more about the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Top 10 List of consumer protection horror films.

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Cybersecurity for Small Business

Learn the basics for protecting your business from cyber-attacks. The business cybersecurity resources in this section were developed in partnership with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the Department of Homeland Security.

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