About Us

Mission

Engage in activities that cultivate a healthy environment for the region’s diverse entrepreneurs and small businesses to prosper

Mission Statement

Engage in activities that cultivate a healthy environment for the region’s diverse entrepreneurs and small business to prosper.

Located in a Federal HUBZone, a certified Pennsylvania Enterprise Zone and Keystone Innovation Zone, RCI has established the following outputs for the organization:

(1) Provide direct services to start-up/microenterprise businesses and entrepreneurs;
(2) Assist in training and educational programs to improve the success rate of entrepreneurs;
(3) Form partnerships and collaborations with other entrepreneurial service providers;
(4) Focus on the needs of the disadvantaged entrepreneurs;
(5) Operate with best practices.

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Catalyze Diverse and Small Businesses Throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.

Established in 1983, the North Side Industrial Development Company d/b/a Riverside Center for Innovation (RCI) is a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization located in the City of Pittsburgh’s North Side. RCI is a leading, full-service small business incubator – targeting women, minority, veterans, LGBTQ and other disadvantaged ventures in southwestern Pennsylvania.

Organization Description

Riverside Center for Innovation (RCI), established as the North Side Industrial Development Company in

Our Board outcomes or outputs will be to achieve: 

1) Build leadership & organizational capacity; 
2) Build advocacy/systemic change capacity;
3) Reduce income disparities through the development of minority and women entrepreneurs and small businesses.

Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values at Riverside Center for Innovation (RCI).  RCI is committed to the equitable treatment and elimination of discrimination at all levels throughout our organization and within our programming.  We will invest in strategic partnerships with individuals and organizations whose mission is to develop a diverse pool of talent including products, goods and services, and provide opportunities for our various stakeholders to create an interdependent entrepreneurial ecosystem for the region

RCI will be intentional about promoting a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion, with a focus on the retention and development of our employees. Through our work, we will amplify underrepresented voices and empower communities to advance equality.  We will hold ourselves accountable to the highest standards of our organization to deliver unique programs, ideas, and solutions while delivering exceptional services to our clients every day in order to build a resilient ecosystem that is closing the racial wealth gap.

Riverside Center for Innovation has exhibited laser focus and the expertise to build and accomplish a stronger ecosystem

1) RCI’s database of clients has over 1,600 BIPOC business owners
2) RCI clients created over 5,000 jobs
3) RCI’s clients generated over $204 million in annual output
4) RCI’s clients paid $94 million in annual wages
5) RCI Clients returned to the three taxing bodies $24.8 million in annual total tax revenue 
6) 95% of RCI’s clients are minorities including female, Veterans & LGBTQ  
7) 3 of 4 of RCI’s BizFIT clients are profitable

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Our People

RCI Staff Members

Juan Garrett

Executive Director

Tiara Flowers, Director of Community Engagement
Tiara Flowers

Director of Community Engagement

Arnisha Keyes

Senior Executive Administrator

Tenesha Smith

Director of RCI Portfolio Development

Victoria Snyder

Director of Strategic Initiatives

Clyde Tevis

Facility Manager

Robin Young

Director of Operations

Our Leadership

RCI Board of Directors

Oliver Beasley

Senior Director of Inclusive Economic Growth,
Allegheny Conference on Community Development

Amber Farr

Executive Director, Grantmakers of Western PA

Pete Hanlon

Head of Finance Americas, Bayer

Jennifer Harris

Chief Operating Officer, Neighborhood Community Development

Michael Knoop

Sr. Director, Special Projects, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Linda Leonhardt

Sr. Vice President, First National Bank

Lee Lewis Jr., CSDP

Director, Supplier Diversity & Inclusion, Highmark

Matthew Mohn

Vice-Chair, Business Finance Department Partner, Global Corporate Group, Reed Smith LLP

George Robinson II, MBA

Supplier Diversity & Inclusion, UPMC

Merril Stabile

President, Alco Parking

F. Connelly Thieman

Attorney + Principal, growthGC, PLLC

Our People

RCI Board Members

Amber Farr

HR Specialist, Allegheny County Department of Human Services

F. Connelly Thieman

Attorney + Principal Growth GC, PLLC

George Robinson

Director, Supplier Diversity _ Inclusion, UPMC

Jennifer Harris

Chief Operating Officer, Neighborhood Community Development

Linda Leonhardt

Sr. Vice President, First National Bank

Matthew Mohn

Vice-Chair, Business _ Finance Department Partner, Global Corporate Group, Reed Smith LLP

Michael Knoop

Sr. Director, Special Projects, Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

Merril Stabile

President, Alco Parking

Pete Hanlon

Head of Finance Americas Bayer

Rhaslyn McGhee

Ph.D, Executive Director, National Director for University Partnerships

Robert James

VP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Corporate Strategies, Highmark Health

Sarah Silverman

Ph.D., Sarah Silverman, Senior Vice President and Chief Talent Officer, Whiteboard Advisors

Steven C. Townsend

Esq. Eddy Townsend Gravina _ Bendik