RIC RESOURCE HUB
Innovation Studio Programs
Innovation Studio Programs
Our entrepreneurial programs democratize innovation through individualized pathways by providing access to the resources and skills entrepreneurs and business owners need to be successful.
COMMUNITY RESOURCE HUB
COMMUNITY RESOURCE HUB
ALPFA Boston is deeply committed to the professional trajectories of the Latinx community, and while 2021 may have posed some challenges along the way, we maintained our vigor and passion for creating impact.
Boston Local Development Corporation (BLDC)
The Boston Local Development Corporation (BLDC), located in Boston, Massachusetts, works to increase employment opportunities for Boston residents by providing small business loans with a focus on commercial, industrial and service companies. The BLDC is a private 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation governed by an independent board of trustees. The day to day operation of the program is provided by the Boston Planning & Development Agency’s Financial Services department.
Boston Police District C-11
The Boston Police Department is dedicated to working in partnership with the community to fight crime, reduce fear and improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods. Our Mission is Community Policing.
Branchfood is a launchpad for food innovation. By bringing together all corners of the industry through curated events, investments, shared workspaces, and advisory support, Branchfood connects innovators and fosters growth to transform the food industry.
Browning the Green Space
Browning the Green Space is a voluntary coalition of leaders and organizations, primarily in the New England region, that share the passion to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (“DEI”) in clean energy. Our goal is to increase the participation and leadership of Black and Brown people and of women (collectively, “underrepresented groups”) in the clean energy space and beyond (e.g., wasted food, water, agtech) in the Northeast.
Center for Women & Enterprise
The Center for Women & Enterprise is a nationally known nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people start and grow their businesses. CWE has worked with more than 65,000 Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Vermont entrepreneurs since 1995. CWE also operates the Veterans Business Outreach Center of New England (VBOC of NE) that focuses on assisting veterans, active-duty service members and their families with starting and growing their business.
City of Boston Small Business Development
Our team provides all small business owners and entrepreneurs with the tools and guidance to successfully start, grow, and build a business in Boston.
Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corp.
Our mission is to build a cohesive and resilient community in Codman Square and South Dorchester, develop affordable housing and commercial spaces that are safe and sustainable, and promote economic stability for low- and moderate-income residents of all ages.
City of Boston - EIN/ITIN Support
An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is used to identify a business entity. The only kind of business that does not require getting an EIN is a sole proprietorship with no employees.
Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative
English for New Bostonians
The mission of English for New Bostonians is to ensure that immigrants can access high quality English classes to fully leverage their talents and voices across schools, workplaces, small business and civic life.
Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll) is accelerating economic and social impact in communities nationwide through inclusive entrepreneurship.
Works to remove social, cultural, and institutional barriers in order to facilitate and support an expansive and equitable artistic ecosystem where all voices thrive and where storytelling flourishes. This mission is essential because our collective voices have the power to shape a more just and connected world by revealing truths, transforming lives, and deepening human understanding.
Our mission is to provide equal visibility opportunities for women, supporting career development, business success, thought leadership and diversity. We’re also here to help event managers avoid the all-male, all-pale and all-stale panels we see so often at industry conferences and events. We need more diversity onstage.
Latino Equity Fund
The Latino Equity Fund (formerly the Latino Legacy Fund), a unique partnership between local Latino leaders and the Boston Foundation (TBF), is the first Latino-focused fund in the Commonwealth. The Latino Equity Fund (LEF) uses its influence and platform to amplify diverse voices and perspectives within the Latino community and beyond in Greater Boston and the state, with a focus on achieving greater and more equitable access to economic prosperity and well-being.
MA Small Business Development Center
The MSBDC is the leader in providing small business owners and entrepreneurs in Massachusetts with the tools and guidance needed to become successful in today’s challenging economic climate. We provide free and confidential one-to-one business advice to prospective and existing small businesses focusing on business growth and strategies, financing and loan assistance as well as strategic, marketing and operational analysis. In addition, low-cost educational training programs are offered across the state targeted to the needs of small businesses.
More Than Words
We work with youth, ages 16-24, who are in the foster care system, court-involved, homeless, out of school, parenting, or involved with the Department of Mental Health. At More Than Words, they earn a spot on our team running a successful $4M business, gain promotions, set and achieve personal goals, advocate for their rights, and learn skills to set them up for success in any career path they choose.
Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
NFTE ignites the entrepreneurial mindset with unique learning experiences that empower students to own their futures.
North Shore InnoVentures
NSIV is a non-profit technology incubator helping early-stage biotech and cleantech companies increase their probability of success.
Partridge Snow & Hahn
Being an effective legal advisor requires granular knowledge of client topics, agility in our practice and consummate people skills.PS&H was founded around a desire for greater rigor and efficiency. As a result we offer clients a more fully engaged, energetic legal team that consistently achieves positive outcomes.You will find that we listen intently and recognize when bold action is needed. Our people are savvy, strategic thinkers who favor straightforward communication. In short we put greater energy into superbly navigating the legal process on behalf of our clients.We take an interdisciplinary approach to business law, litigation, real estate, and trusts and estates. Our clients benefit from this collective wisdom.
Porter Square Books (BOS+Somm)
Boston Edition is a welcoming space to gather with your neighbors, linger over books, read with your kids, chat with booksellers, and feel a part of your community. We want to provide the resources this neighborhood needs, so whether it’s an event series, space for a book club, regular story hour, or something else, we’d be happy to work with you to make it happen.
We believe in social justice through economic empowerment, and in the opportunity for meritocracy in tech. This isn’t about one-off camps or hackathons. This is about meaningful change.
Roxbury Main Streets
Through collaboration with residents, local businesses, developers, plus public and private agencies, our mission is to make Nubian Square a vibrant and inclusive commercial district that supports local and minority businesses, creates jobs for local residents and engages the community through neighborhood planning
- We focus on making the maximum positive effort for our community.
- Our board members and volunteers provide the momentum that helps us affect change.
- Using data driven models, we provide solutions that make a long-lasting difference.
- We take our convictions and turn them into action. Get in touch for more information!
Small Business Strong
Small Business Strong is a non-profit organization empowered to help women and minority owned small businesses navigate the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize that our 650,000 Massachusetts small businesses are the lifeblood of our communities and we have set out to provide best-in-class support where it’s needed most. Small Business Strong provides expedited, pro-bono resources to small businesses ranging from access to capital to consulting, business restructuring, business growth, digital marketing and customer engagement plans. You don’t need to work through these hard times alone, contact us today.
Black Economic Council of MA
The organization was born out of the singular desire to solve a growing crisis. A group of committed community leaders organized a mass meeting after the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston released “The Color of Wealth in Boston” report, which detailed the yawning racial wealth divide. That meeting, which took place at the Prince Hall Grand Lodge in Dorchester, rallied more than 700 Black Boston residents, all with a focus on solutions to the emergency that the report made plain. It was at this meeting and others that BECMA was born.
Boston Impact Initiative
The Boston Impact Initiative Fund has a unique role in the field of impact investing. Our fund is focused on economic justice, which means that we invest in opportunities for all people—especially those most oppressed or abandoned by our current economic system—to lead a dignified and productive life.
Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets
Bowdoin Geneva Main Streets (BGMS) is a non-profit organization that brings together local businesses, residents, and neighborhood organizations to support our business district and raise its profile by providing technical, financial, and design support.
Through transitional employment and financial empowerment, Breaktime works to break down barriers to job security, financial security, and–ultimately–housing security for our Associates.
BU BUild Lab
An organization that values their intellectual property as a strategic business asset turn to Caldwell IP. Our clients range from startups to industry leaders that expect personal attention, cost-consciousness, and rigorous attention to detail. Organizations choose Caldwell IP for our technical expertise, post-grant experience, and will convert innovation into defensible intellectual property.
The Capital Network
City of Boston, Economic Opportunity + Inclusion
To make Boston a global model of economic equity for working people, entrepreneurs, businesses, and investors. Implementing sustainable practices that repair economic harm and help build generational wealth, fostering local talent and innovative ideas, creating thriving and healthy neighborhoods, establishing equitable procurement strategies, and strengthening the partnership between the City and local organizations. To enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of government, the quality of life for all Bostonians, and the experience of all visitors.
Dorchester Bay Economic Development
Dorchester Bay EDC acts to build a strong, thriving, and diverse community in Boston’s Dorchester neighborhoods. Working closely with neighborhoods, residents, businesses and partners, we access resources to: Develop & preserve home ownership and rental housing across income levels | Create and sustain economic development opportunities for businesses and individuals | Build community through organizing, civic engagement, and leadership development.
First Republic Bank
We strive to continually foster an inclusive and diverse environment, where a variety of voices are heard and valued. We’re committed to supporting our colleagues and doing our part in advocating for and advancing equality. We are driven by a core set of values that defines what we must do every day to best serve our clients, colleagues and communities.
Founded in 1917 to serve the growing financial needs of our local communities, HarborOne continues to honor and embrace its commitment to strengthen and empower the communities where our customers and employees live and work.
Junior Achievement of Northern New England
Junior Achievement’s mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed. The inspiration piece comes from community volunteers who not only deliver our lessons, but share their experience. In the process, these volunteers serve as role models helping to positively impact young people’s perceptions about the importance of education, as well as critical life skills. Preparation involves our proven lessons that promote financial capability, work and career readiness, and business ownership.
Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston
Lawyers for Civil Rights works with communities of color and immigrants to fight discrimination and foster equity through creative and courageous legal advocacy, education, and economic empowerment. In partnership with law firms and community allies, we provide free, life-changing legal support to individuals, families, and small businesses. We focus on impact areas that represent the front lines in today’s battle for equality and justice. LCR is headquartered in Boston. We represent clients across Massachusetts and surrounding communities—and the impact of our life-changing work ripples across the country.
MassChallenge is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting innovation and entrepreneurship through collaboration and development. We have more than a decade of experience accelerating startups, industry, and innovation ecosystems. We work across sectors to drive a stronger future through collaborative innovation.
NECEC is the premier voice of businesses building a world-class clean energy hub in the Northeast. NECEC includes the Northeast Clean Energy Council (a nonprofit business member organization), and NECEC Institute (a nonprofit focused on industry research, innovation, policy development, and communications initiatives). NECEC brings together business leaders and key stakeholders to engage in influential policy discussions and business initiatives while building connections that propel the clean energy industry forward.
New Commonwealth Fund
The New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund (NCF) is a coalition of Black and Brown executives in Massachusetts who have come together to leverage our individual and collective power to work with community organizations and coalitions to address and eliminate systemic racism and racial inequity in our Commonwealth.
Pine Street Inn
Founded in 1969, Pine Street Inn provides a comprehensive range of services to 1400 homeless men and women each day. We are the largest homeless services provider in New England, and could not do this important work without the support of our donors and local community.Since that time we have been providing a comprehensive range of programs and services, including housing, emergency services, and workforce development. Our ultimate goal is to end homelessness by making permanent housing a reality for all.
The Possible Zone’s Entrepreneurship Program is made up of four modules. Each module runs ten- to 12-weeks long and students attend two afternoons each week, either Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays. The sessions run from 4:00-6:30 p.m. Food is provided.
Prepare for VC
The Prepare 4 VC Oasis is the sum of all its parts, including a virtual Accelerator Program, a multitude of global conferences, live networking & pitch events, access to growth tools in personal wellness + professional skill development, critical business resource tools and communication pathways directly to investors, advisors, coaches, mentors and peers across a global stage.
Qodeo’s low cost solution saves you time and money kissing frogs. qodeo’s proprietary matching algorithm identifies the best business funding opportunities automatically. Connecting entrepreneurs and investors together to make a perfect match.
Roxbury Center for Financial Empowerment
A Boston where all residents can access opportunities and resources critical for individual, family, and community wealth building and an improved quality of life. The Office of Financial Empowerment’s mission is to link those seeking financial security and wealth generation with access to capital, financial education, and financial services.
RUNWAY provides Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) entrepreneurs with early-stage “We believe in you” funding and holistic business support in order to bridge the racial wealth gap for Black people and their local communities. We provide affordable, patient, “friends and family” style funding, weekly coaching and a thriving community of support consisting of other entrepreneurs or color in the portfolio.
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