mission of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce is to
develop a positive and productive business climate for our community
through economic development, political action and civic endeavor.
The Chamber is dedicated to helping member-businesses of all
sizes grow and prosper in Rhode Island. The Chamber will promote
programs of a civic, social and cultural nature, and through
its growing membership, provide the leadership, ideas, energy
and finances to help address major community challenges.
in 1967, the RI State Council on the Arts (RISCA) is charged
by the state legislature to stimulate public interest and participation
in the arts and to serve as the liaison to the state arts community.
The National Arts Marketing Project was created by the Arts &
Business Councils (ABC) of New York and Chicago with a $1.5
million four-year (1997-2000) grant from American Express to
assist non-profit arts organizations to increase their earned
income by helping them acquire the skills needed to expand their
audience. Its goal is to offer marketing training to over 1,000
small-and medium-sized non-profit arts organizations in eight
cities across the U.S.: Chicago, New York, Dallas/Ft. Worth,
Phoenix, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Atlanta and Miami. This
groundbreaking effort also provides financial support to select
organizations to assist them in implementing their newly
developed marketing plans.
Arts Forums Series
Metropolitan Life Foundation was established in 1976 by MetLife
for the purpose of supporting various educational, health and
welfare, and civic and cultural organizations. The primary objective
of the Foundation is to assist tax-exempt organizations through
a program of financial support, particularly in the communities
in which MetLife has a major presence. Our goals are to strengthen
communities, promote good health and improve education. The
Foundation continues a tradition of corporate contributions
and community involvement begun by MetLife at the turn of the century.
The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation provides
access to Rhode Island's economic development services. Its
primary mission is to assist in the growth and expansion of
existing Rhode Island firms and to attract new business and
investment to the State. Specialized representatives can connect
businesses with the wide range of programs and incentives
appropriate to their business needs.