What We Do
For anyone that has ever started a business or dreamed of working for themselves, the hurdles to entrepreneurship can seem insurmountable. From doing the paperwork to start a business to sell goods or services; to setting up bank accounts and accounting systems; to buying the equipment and supplies that make the business go often keep many folks from following their dreams. In other cases, people have great ideas for small businesses but cannot get access to working capital because they don’t have a good financial track record or don’t have a means to back up a loan.
Here to Help
The Papitto Opportunity Connection invests in unique programs designed to help BIPOC businesses across Rhode Island gain access to capital and navigate the small business journey.
We do so by investing in programs that provide mentorship, offer unique low-interest micro-loan programs or by direct grants to businesses to help create jobs that will support members of the BIPOC community.
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