McKee Administration, SkillsRI launch technical assistance program through the RI Small Business HUB


    PROVIDENCE – Gov. Dan McKee, U.S. Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, Rhode Island Commerce Secretary Liz Tanner, and SkillsRI Executive Director Nina Pande have announced the opening of small business applications for the RI Rebounds Technical Assistance Program, managed by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and implemented by Skills for Rhode Island’s Future through the RI Small Business HUB.

    “As I always say, Rhode Island has momentum. The Technical Assistance Program will offer small businesses the tools they need to build on that momentum and come out of these pandemic years stronger than ever before,” said McKee. “This program is an excellent resource, and I encourage our small business community to apply today.”

    Applications are now open for eligible small businesses seeking technical assistance. Examples of technical assistance may include:Accounting & BookkeepingLegal Advice & ServicesMarketing, Communications, Branding & Public RelationsCustomer Data & User Experience AnalyticsStrategic & Business PlanningHuman Resource & Payroll ServicesInformation & Computer TechnologyWebsite Development SupportBusiness Funding Pitch & Grant WritingSupply Chain & ProcurementE-commerce.

    “I am pleased to help steer $4 million in federal CARES Act funding to supporting small businesses and commend Governor McKee for leveraging these funds. risbHUB and the Technical Assistance Program will positively impact many small businesses, helping local entrepreneurs take their ideas to new heights and accelerate job growth,” said Reed.

    The RI Rebounds Technical Assistance Program is being administered by Skills for Rhode Island’s Future through the risbHUB.

    “Our goal in managing the RI Rebounds Technical Assistance Program and establishing the RI Small Business HUB is to provide access to critical support, networks, and resources to empower small businesses to overcome these hurdles, and ultimately, help fuel our local economy,” said Nina Pande, Executive Director at Skills for Rhode Island’s Future.

    To ensure accessibility, technical assistance services are offered in multiple languages and accommodations are provided for entrepreneurs with disabilities.

    Additional information about the RI Rebounds Technical Assistance Program, including eligibility requirements, can be found at:

    SkillsRI will accept all RI Rebounds Technical Assistance Program applications, available now at

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