represent the vast majority of businesses throughout Rhode Island and the
Southern New England region economy. Their impact and growth are undeniable. In
the last two years micro businesses have accounted for the largest share of
employers in the United States.
Rhode Island became the first State in the country to define micro businesses in law as those
with 10 or fewer individuals.
AFRICA is owned by first generation Ghanaian-American and Providence resident
Tony Ansah. Started in 2017, Ansah Africa connects businesses based in Africa
with resources and digital marketing services while creating a Pan-African
directory of businesses and organizations.
diverse companies in ANSAH AFRICA’s directory is DW, a social
enterprise in Ghana that creates jobs for disabled persons by training and
employing them to manufacture durable and fashionable footwear and accessories
from recycled tires and other sustainable materials.
business start - up offers a monthly membership that provides access to a
directory of social enterprises and businesses like DW.
“We hope to expand our services
to include online sales of Africa based products and services”, says the former non-profit administrator.
AFRICA ENTERPRISE is among the emerging micro businesses working with Urban
Ventures of Rhode Island, incorporating a concept the business incubator
developed leveraging technology to deliver
assistance to entrepreneurs to help them launch and expand their businesses.
Ventures coined the phrase and concept E-incubation to deliver more support to
micro entrepreneurs in an environment of an ever increasing need with limited
resources. In 2010, the concept helped the State of Rhode to win a $4.5 million
Federal Broadband grant.
in a video on Urban Venture’s recently redesigned website,
Tony has nothing but praise for the non-profit organization. “They were there for me from
the initial stages to my official launch.”
He credits Urban Ventures with turning a broad idea into a simple and
clear business concept.
more and more people of every age, particularly women and minorities, are starting
their own, businesses.
“Our communities are full of
many talented individuals who have great ideas. Our goal is to help them
develop their ideas into profitable, sustainable and ultimately, growing
micro-businesses. In doing so, we are not only helping entrepreneurs achieve
their dreams, but also helping to create jobs in Rhode Island.”, says Urban Ventures Executive Director, Ron Crosson.
to the U. S. Department of Labor, the unemployment rate has dropped to below 4%
in the month of April for the first time since 2000.
surprising, Tony is active within the community. Volunteering with the African
Coalition and the African Bridge Network, which he says contributed to ANSAH
AFRICA delivering better service and making him a better entrepreneur. You can
contact Tony at firstname.lastname@example.org
have an idea or a product you would like to launch, contact Ron or Marlin at
Urban Ventures at 401-780-8866.