Growing as Resource for State’s Business Community

PROVIDENCE, RI – In 2013, Bank Rhode Island (BankRI) launched a new website,, as a way to showcase the state’s business community while serving as a central resource dedicated to business and financial issues. In the months that have followed, the strong response to the unique site is preparing BankRI to expand its capabilities.

In an industry where many financial institutions are hesitant to speak publicly about their customers, BizHub has been embraced by those eager to share how BankRI’s approach to banking and financial solutions have positively impacted their business. The site is also a convenient and easy way to connect with representatives from BankRI’s Commercial Banking team.

“As a Bank, we saw the need to develop a site where businesses would have convenient and timely access to banking, financial and related information,” said William Tsonos, Senior Vice President, Director of Commercial Banking for BankRI. “One of the most telling things we’ve heard is that our lending staff really invests the time to establish real relationships that helps them better understand the specific needs of each client—it’s what sets us apart from other financial institutions.”

Relying on input from customers, the business community and its commercial lending teams—those working with local businesses on the ground floor—the  structure and content of BizHub represents BankRI’s commitment to building a banking site for businesses.  As the needs of the state’s business community continue to change, BankRI is preparing to grow BizHub in the coming months.

In an effort to provide returning visitors with additional content to aid their business and financial strategies, BizHub will soon expand to feature articles of interest, news on financial trends, relevant and timely economic data, and a blog with commentary penned by the Bank’s financial experts. There are also plans for a monthly eNewsletter and guest columns by industry insiders.

“I see a lot of opportunity in Rhode Island for businesses of all sizes to not only succeed, but to grow,” adds Tsonos. “Between BankRI’s financial strength, wide-range of commercial products and services, and deep experience, we believe we are a strong, strategic partner for Rhode Island’s businesses. And, I see BizHub as a vehicle thatdemonstrates this.”

Current commercial customers and projects featured on BizHub include 130 Westminster St. Associates, LLC; Daniele, Inc.; and The Providence Center.

To learn more about BankRIBizHub and how BankRI can meet the specific financial needs of your business to help accomplish your short- and long-term goals, please visit

About Bank Rhode Island

Bank Rhode Island, a wholly owned subsidiary of Brookline Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:BRKL), is a full-service, FDIC-insured financial institution headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island.  The bank operates 18 branches and more than 60 ATMs throughout Providence, Kent and Washington Counties. For more information, visit

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