Since 1999, Urban Ventures has assisted approximately 500 small community businesses in Rhode Island access business services ranging from Micro Business Boot-camps to Incubators, Micro Business coaching to Starting-up businesses.

Urban Ventures' Demographics Served

UV demographics in percentages

What We've Achieved

  • Urban Ventures co-author the Broad Band Rhode Island grant for $4.5 million, for the support and implementation of a "virtual incubator". Link

  • 125 clients in our portfolio

  • Assisting businesses in 18 cities and towns in RI

  • Worked with the City of Pawtucket - Planning (Economic Development) Department - 2013

  • Worked with the City of Providence - Providence Healthy Corner store Pilot Project 2014

  • RI Urban Apprenticeship Program - 2015/2016, in partnership with UA 51, Progreso Latino, Mayforth Group and New Commons.

impact

Short Term

  • Provide support for community small businesses

  • Increase business planning knowledge and skills

  • Increase potential to secure finance

Mid Term

  • Increase business competence

  • Increase skills for avoiding risky behaviors

Long Term

  • Jobs and wealth creation

  • Transforming local communities


Urban Ventures is one of the best Rhode Island investments
— Dr. Edward Mazze, Distinguished URI Prof. of Business Adminstration
Urban Ventures enabled us, through their events and advisor contacts, to figure out our legal status and requirements. They have been invaluable in too many ways to describe
— Liberty Goodwin, Klinkman Solar Desgin
Urban Ventures was always willing to meet with us and never charged a fee for their service. Their advice was instrumental in steering our company in the right direction.
— Anita Chiulli, President, EcoOrchards