Good luck with you're new business. What type of services are you providing to Rhode Island? Mowing? Mulch and Maint.? design and build?
While sometimes it can be a wrong move to do business with family and friends, I would target them first in you're situation. Ideally you would want to set up customers before purchasing all of you're equipment. Also maybe put adds in your local paper for services. I live in a small town here in PA. you would be amazed at how many people still look at the classifieds in small towns.