Entrepreneurship & Small Business

Lieutenant Governor Sabina Matos believes that entrepreneurs, no matter the size of their business, are the backbone of our economy. As Lieutenant Governor, she is the chair of the Small Business Advisory Council, which helps generate policy ideas to make it easier to start a small business and which spreads information about state programs that can help businesses.

Encouraging young people to consider entrepreneurship as a career choice is a central tenet of Lieutenant Governor Matos’ work. She has carried on the Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge first started by Governor Dan McKee, and is a central partner in the state’s Minority Business Enterprise Incubator pilot program.


To support businesses at all levels to compete, grow, and spur investment and new business development in the State of Rhode Island.


We believe that Rhode Island is a great place to start and grow a business. We work with our partners at Commerce RI, state agencies, the Small Business Administration, and local municipalities to advocate, foster, and develop relationships with current and new business developers locally, regionally, and internationally. We will achieve this end through the Lieutenant Governor’s International Economic Ambassadors Program, Small Business Town Halls, and the Small Business Advocacy Council.