There are many resources available to entrepreneurs and small business owners. Rhode Island, itself, has many organizations that offer free counseling, workshops, referrals, networking opportunities, etc. Before you pay a consultant or purchase a book or software, check out the links below to get started. Use your network to gain knowledge and expertise. Ask questions, research, try out ideas and move forward. Business model not working? Flexibility is key - pivot and try again! Reach out to the folks below and ask for help. It's what they do.
Start Up and Growth Planning Tools
How to Start a Restaurant (or food truck) in RI https://openarestaurant.commerceri.com/en/
Free sample business plans - online template.
Management Help - Virtual Database (all things business-related)
Women in Business (loan resources): https://www.count-me-in.org/