GETTING A BUSINESS STARTED
Registering Your Business
RI General Law requires businesses to be registered with the municipality.
Knowing the Landscape and the Players
Please see the pamphlet entitled Doing Business in Portsmouth, An Informal User's Guide. This pamphlet gives important information including key offices you may need to interact with and phone numbers you may need to know.
The Director of Business Development
The Town Director of Business Development (DBD) is the central point of contact for information on conducting business in Portsmouth. The DBD works directly with town staff and with the Portsmouth Economic Development Committee ensuring we maintain, for our citizens, an affordable community, that can flex to changing economic times while maintaining a high community quality.
Enterprise Zone Program
The Enterprise Zone Program, designed to encourage business growth and retention, sunset in 2019. For a historical perspective go to the Enterprise Zone Program.
Available Business Properties
The DBD also assists local business by maintaining a list of commercial and industrial locations available for sale or lease in Portsmouth.
Benefits Offered by Portsmouth
Why move to or work in Portsmouth? Learn more about what Portsmouth has to offer!
See the following business assistance tools:
- The following are resourcecs available via the RI Secretary of State
- Business Assistant:
- Information for Rhode Island Businesses
- Information for Non-Profit Corporations
- RI SOS Business Services email - this is the email address for anyone with questions or concerns about their new or existing business. Corporations@sos.ri.gov
Access the following taxation resources: