PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The U.S. Small Business Administration will visit small business owners on Block Island prior to the start of the tourist season. This marks the 13th season that SBA and its resources partners, and SBA lenders have visited the island to meet with business owners to discuss their needs and concerns. The small business tour will take place on Thursday, June 27th. The small business tour is conducted with assistance from the Block Island Chamber of Commerce, and the Block Island Tourism Council.
In addition to the SBA Rhode Island District Director Mark S. Hayward and members of the SBA staff, the tour’s entourage will include Rhode Island Secretary of State Ralph Mollis, representatives from the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center at Johnson & Wales University, the Joseph J.E. Knight SCORE chapter, the Center for Women & Enterprise, and several SBA lending partners.
“Small business owners on Block Island are a critical part of the state’s tourism program,” said Mark S. Hayward, director of the SBA Rhode Island District Office. In as much as they are remote and don’t always have ready access to the programs and services offered by SBA and our resource partners, it is important that island entrepreneurs have the opportunity to hear about the valuable small business services available to them.”
The group will arrive on Block Island in the morning and will meet with small business owners and island officials at the 1661 House at 11 a. m. to discuss the island’s economy and potential projects and training programs. A walking tour of the business district will follow the meeting.