A New England-based nonprofit focused on boosting entrepreneurship in under-represented communities is turning its focus to Rhode Island.

After officially launching its new chapter last month, EforAll Rhode Island has now hired a new executive director and announced its first accelerator program for local businesses. The new program, set to start May 12, is open to Rhode Island residents at no cost. It provides immersive business training, mentorship and access to an extensive professional network.

EforAll got its start in neighboring Lowell, Massachusetts, in 2010 and has since grown to 13 locations across the country.

Johnston resident Laura M. Guillén joined EforAll as executive director to oversee its English and Spanish languages programs in Rhode Island.

“We’re excited to work with individuals across a wide range of industries, including restaurants, online and storefront retailers, personal and financial service providers, nonprofits, and more, with entrepreneurs in different stages of their business plans,” Guillén said in an email.