Take advantage of the many resources available to you as a member of the Rhode Island Builders Association! This section provides a brief overview. For more information, please view our Member Benefit Guide or call the office, (401) 438-7400.
Insurance Programs servicing the insurance needs of the entire RI, MA & CT communities
Builders Insurance Group (BIG) was created in 2012 by the Rhode Island Builders Association. The idea was to provide Rhode Island’s residential contractors with a full-service, added value alternative for their specific insurance needs, conveniently located at RIBA headquarters, 450 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Suite 301A, East Providence, RI 02914, builderinsgroup.com.
BIG is also a member agent of Renaissance Alliance Insurance Services, (renaissanceins.com) which provides us with the clout, economies, services, expertise and market access of a very large, regional organization. Unlike large firms, we can deliver personalized, local service and we have a deep commitment to the communities in which we live and work. We are open to serving all RIBA members and non-members alike and their families, with health insurance, property and liability insurance, auto insurance, workers compensation insurance, builders risk insurance, bonds and all other types of coverage.
Our RI insurance agency staff consists of well-seasoned, insurance professionals with excellent records of experience in health insurance administration and property & casualty insurance programs. Whether you are a sole proprietor with no employees, or a large corporation with multiple locations and large workforce, BIG can help you build a better insurance program to help you today and to prepare you for tomorrow.
Members receive free listings in our annual Membership Directory & Buyer’s Guide, which is distributed to thousands of consumers at our Home Show at the RI Convention Center each Spring, available at RIBA member lumber yards and suppliers, and mailed to consumers on request. For more information on this terrific promotional opportunity, see the advertising information.
Online Member Directory: Members receive a free listing on our website and RIBAlist.com – including contact info., email address, and a link to your company’s web site. Potential customers can search for you by your company name and the services you provide.
New Featured Web Listings: Would you like your company to appear at the top of our online web searches along with your logo? Your logo and company name would then link to a separate Business Page which would display your contact information, a paragraph or two describing your services in more detail, an email form for immediate communication, and even a photo of a recent job or your storefront. In addition to the increased exposure, Featured Listings are ideal for members who don’t have their own website. First-year introductory pricing is now available.
The Home Show: Since 1948 RIBA has offered the Home Show, which today takes place every Spring at the RI Convention Center in Providence. The Home Show is attended by thousands of people from southern New England, all interested in building/buying a new home or remodeling/decorating their existing homes. Exhibit your company’s products and services and meet thousands of new clients for one low price. RIBA members receive a 5% discount on booth rates! Visit RIBAHomeShow.com for information.
Educational Training For Your Business!
RIBA offers Lead-Safe Remodeler/Renovator Courses, OSHA-10 Certification, RI CRLB mandated classes in-person and online at RIBAEducates.com, Management Training, Small Business Seminars, Graduate Builder Institute Courses, and safety classes on a variety of topics.
RIBA safety consultants may be retained to conduct OSHA-30 hour Certification courses, Hoisting Pre-Licensing classes, job site visits, and provide assistance concerning safety matters. OSHA-required Safety Manuals (trade-specific and personalized for your company) are available for purchase from our consultants. Contact Sheila McCarthy for more details.
RI Builder Report
RIBA publishes an award-winning monthly magazine: the RI Builder Report, which covers issues and events in the building and remodeling trades. From what’s happening on Smith Hill and Capitol Hill, to new regulations, member news and issues that affect you in your own backyard, the RI Builder Report delivers the information you need to help you stay abreast of the industry and keep your business running smoothly.
The magazine is also a great advertising vehicle. A captive audience of over 1000 member companies will see your advertisement. Members receive discounted rates. For more information on this terrific promotional opportunity, see the advertising information.
Social Activities and Networking Events
RIBA’s Committee Meetings and Seminars offer a robust schedule of educational topics, including time to network with other members.
Life isn’t all work. Join us for fun events: Sports Outings, Golf Tournaments, Summer Outings, BBQ’s, and more. Treat your employees and network with your colleagues.
National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)
Member Advantage Discounts: RIBA members are automatically enrolled in the National Association of Home Builders. With over 200,000 members across the country, NAHB is our voice in Washington and also provides extensive research and technical services to the industry. NAHB also provides the Member Advantage program, which offers substantial discounts on a variety of purchases and services. Check them out!
Member Rebate Program
Increase your bottom line! For the minimal effort of listing the products you use when you’ve completed a project, this program can put money back in your pocket. When you participate in the program you can count on receiving checks every quarter.
National Purchasing Partners
The NPP Program offers substantial savings on products and services for you, your business and employees. Popular among many participating program participants are: Verizon Wireless Voice & Data Services for your business with savings up to 22% OFF monthly access fees and more; Special member pricing on Sherwin-Williams paints, stains, industrial coatings and supplies; Airgas Industrial Gas, safety and welding products; Office Depot discounts and savings on office supplies and solutions; Best Buy exclusive prices on 150,000+ items (discounts vary per category), price match guarantee, business technology advisors, and available volume pricing, and more. Visit NPP for details, sign up for FREE and start saving.
Land use restrictions, taxes, and environmental and consumer regulations all restrict how you do business. While some regulation is necessary and appropriate, RIBA’s government relations activities strive to protect and promote your interests against unreasonable and burdensome rules that add costs and restrict residential construction and remodeling. Our activity at the Legislature, the state agencies and in the courts impacts the future of the entire industry and is one of our top core activities.
RIBA recognizes that many small businesses require the same services and facilities that their larger counterparts enjoy. As a RIBA member, the following general resources are available to you:
- Construction Documents: Purchase & Sales Agreements, Building & Remodeling Contracts, Job Estimate & Cost Sheets, Walk-through Forms, Lead Paint Acknowledgments, Leases, Rental Applications, and International Residential Code Books.
- Notary Service: RIBA staff members are available to notarize documents for members free of charge.
- Meeting Facilities: RIBA offers meeting rooms to member companies for industry related business – call for details.
- Building Permit Statistics: As a member you have access to building permit statistics for current and prior years.
- RIBA Identity Program: Decals for your truck, car or office, and logo artwork for your stationery, ads, signs, t-shirts, etc. All members receive a membership certificate suitable for framing.
Helping You Build A Better Future
RIBA is here to help make your business more profitable. Our services and benefits are designed with our members in mind. However, we are always looking for new ways to help you. Your ideas for new products and services are always welcome.
In addition, association committees are a great way for you to give input and help shape the association and the future of your industry.
Our committees include: Education & Workforce Development, Environmental, Health Insurance, Land Use Controls, Lead Abatement, Legislative, Marketing & Public Relations, Programs & Events, Remodelers, and Professional Women in Building.