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Rhode Island Agencies Associated with the Specialty Food Business

The following Rhode Island Agencies, provided with contact information, impact the Specialty Food Business. Please refer to your phone book for local agencies, chambers of commerce, and local health department information.

List of Agency Sites:

Rhode Island Food Business Agencies

Department of Health

Mainly food service oriented information and regulation. Regulations impact food safety.

3 Capitol Hill
Providence, RI 02908
Phone: 401-222-2231
Fax: 401-222-6548(fax)
Tty: 1-800-745-5555

Department of Agriculture

Listing of farmers markets, food processors, regulations governing eggs, vegetable sales.

235 Promenade Street
Providence, RI 02908-5767
Phone: (401) 222-2781
Fax: 401-222-6047

Rhode Island General Business Agencies

Business First

Contacts, companies and organizations providing business assistance.

Rachael Kitchell
Rhode Island Economic Development Corp.
1 West Exchange Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 401-222-2601
Fax: 401-222-2102

First Stop Business Center

Assistance with regulations and requirements for business operations in Rhode Island.

148 West River Street
Providence, RI 02904-2615
Phone: (401) 222-2185
Fax: (401) 222-3890

Department of Business Regulation

The Department's primary function is the implementation of state laws mandating the regulation and licensing of designated businesses, professions, occupations and other specified activities.

1511 Pontiac Avenue
Cranston, RI 02920
Phone: (401) 222-2246
Fax: (401) 222-6098
TDD: (401) 222-2223

Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation

Business assistance, start-up assistance, tax information, loan information

One West Exchange Street
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (401) 222-2601
Fax: (401) 222-2102

Rhode Island Minority Business Enterprise

To file as a Minority, Women- owned, or Disadvantage business

Minority Business Enterprise Compliance Office
One Capitol Hill
2nd Floor
Providence, Rhode Island 02908
Contact: Mr. Charles Newton