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Office of Economic Opportunity

Our mission is to expand opportunities for the City’s low-income and unemployed residents assisting them to gain skills and credentials needed to succeed in the 21st Century economy, reduce income inequality, and break the cycle of intergenerational poverty in the City of Providence.

Grace Diaz
MBE/WBE Outreach Director
Dana Gillson
Confidential Asst to the Business Dev Director
Kadeem Leslie
Deputy Director of Economic Opportunity
Jessie Ernster
Small Business Coordinator
Learn More About Our Staff
First Source
For job-ready Providence residents looking for placement in open positions with First Source employers.
Support for Small Businesses
Support for small businesses or those interested in starting one, including grants, loans, and technical assistance.
Minority and Women-Owned Businesses
Procurement Program connecting certified businesses with opportunities to sell their products and services.
Year-Long Youth Employment Programs
Vision for a city with economic and educational opportunities for all.
Self-Employment Program
Provide unemployed and under-employed Providence residents with the training and support necessary so that they can become re-employed by starting their own businesses.