Rhode Island is the smallest U.S. state. Roger Williams (a religious exile from Massachusetts) was the state’s first settler in 1638. It consequently became a safe haven for freedom of religious expression and thought. Modern-day Rhode Island is heavily industrialized. The state manufacturers electronics, metals, jewelry, and plastics.
Fishing is also important, with the large fishing ports of Galilee and Newport located there. The state’s rural areas also house small-scale farming endeavors. Thanks to its location and beaches, tourism also plays a significant role in the state’s economy. Rhode Island’s networks and location close to the Northeast markets make it a safe option for small businesses to establish themselves there.