Start a Business in Providence

The City of Providence has a robust business community and innovation-rich ecosystem. There is an exciting mix of companies, talent, and space here supported by public and private business resources.

In response to the impacts of COVID-19 on the Providence small business community, the Providence Business Loan Fund has announced temporary modifications to the Fund to provide access to capital for eligible small businesses and immediate relief for existing borrowers. In addition to our standard loan program, we are offering Emergency Loans of $10,000 to $100,000, payable over 5-7 years with zero interest and no payments for the remainder of 2020 to assist Providence Businesses affected by COVID-19. To be eligible, you must have been in business for three years and must have employees.


Colleges and Universities, employer informed pipeline development programs, and academic entrepreneurship centers foster the unsurpassed talent found in Providence. 


Financing is essential to launching and growing your business. 

Whether you are new to the area or a lifelong resident, there are valuable resources available to help make your new business successful.