About Us

Mission

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

About Us

Catalyze diverse and small businesses throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.

North Side Industrial Development Company d/b/a Riverside Center for Innovation (RCI) works to create a healthy environment for the region’s diverse entrepreneurs and small businesses to prosper. This is completed by providing incubation support, training, innovative strategies and brownfield development. We continue to serve as a resource-rich, innovative, and sustainable economic engine for all who live and work in the region. RCI provides direct services to small businesses, entrepreneurs, neighborhoods and communities. We also provide developmental training and educational programs; form partnerships and collaborations with other service providers to expand the scope of services that we offer; and we assist disadvantaged entrepreneurs by serving their needs.

Organization Description

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

1983 and now doing business as Riverside Center for Innovation, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization
located in the City of Pittsburgh’s North Side. RCI is proud to be one of the region’s premier community
economic development agencies. RCI is the leading and most comprehensive, full-service small business
incubator, targeting women, minorities, veterans, LGBTQ, and other disadvantaged ventures in
Southwestern Pennsylvania. RCI provides a single point of contact for our target business owners
seeking information to start, sustain and grow their business.

Our Results

The last Economic Impact Study and Report on the services and programs provided through RCI confirms the incredible impact that

Our board-approved programming and activities have on the regional economy. The study, which covered 2009 to 2013, found that:

RCI generated over $527.8 million in economic impact and supported more than 3,500 jobs,
one out of every 184 jobs in Allegheny County is attributable to RCI,
$1 out of every $120 of the county’s GDP can be attributed to RCI operations,
DBRC has assisted more than 4,500 entrepreneurs and microenterprises, and
these clients have generated $521.2 million in economic impact and created 1,819 jobs.
As of January 2020, we have helped 250 business owners access interest-free capital through our partnership with Kiva, the world’s largest micro-lender. Those entrepreneurs have collectively received 278 loans for a total of $1,536,625. We have also connected over 44 businesses with pro bono legal services for a total of over $1 million in free services to disadvantaged businesses through our partnership with Reed Smith

We look forward to continuing to share our growing menu of services as well as the results of our 2014 to 2018 impact study.

Our People

Meet the team

Adam Gerard

PROGRAM SUPPORT ASSISTANT

Tenesha Smith

OFFICE MANAGER

Emily Keebler

KIVA PITTSBURGH PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Juan Garrett

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Vernard Alexander

DIRECTOR, E3 ALLIANCE OF PITTSBURGH

Judy McNeil

DBRC PROGRAM DIRECTOR

Bob Thomas

BUILDING SUPPORT STAFF

Clyde Tevis

BUILDING SUPERVISOR

Autumn Metz

ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT

Robin Young

Director of Operations

Careers

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