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"Adopt a Rhode Island Small Business" is about adopting a local business by contributing financially or by donating expertise to Urban Ventures.

Our goal is to provide targeted assistance so that entrepreneurs can grow the business, create jobs, and impact the quality of life in the state. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does it work?


UV's volunteer experts pool their expertise on a pro bono basis over a year-long period to help selected UV businesses achieve its desired goals.

Who is eligible to apply?

Urban Ventures ONLY serves Rhode Island based businesses and entrepreneurs.  Applications will be judged on several factors, including management, sales, market, business model and potential for success.

How long is the program?

The program is a one-year commitment.

Is there a cost?

There is NO financial commitment. Urban Ventures' experts are donating their time and expertise. The selected business will be responsible for expenses associated with approved activities, such as printing, advertising, transportation, etc.


Urban Ventures' "Adopt a RI Small Business" accepts applications from January 1st through November 30th. Services for the selected business will begin April 1st, 2014 and last for one year.

Why are the experts donating their time?

Urban Ventures' experts are not only successful in their respected fields, but they believe that “giving back” is the right thing to do.

What will Adopt a Small Business Provide?

Urban Ventures will help the selected business owner to set goals and objectives and then put together the plan that will get them there. Depending on the business selected, services will range from development of company mission, vision and values, along with long-range planning, company branding, audience identification and development of marketing tools such as a website and sales materials, "UV Bankability and Investability Certification" Kit

Apply here to "Adopt a RI Small Business".

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