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Small Business
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The Rhode Island Black Business Association has named five recipients of its 2015 Business Awards Program, who will be recognized in October at a gala at the Omni Providence Hotel. more
Providence is among the least friendly cities for small business, according to Thumbtack’s fourth annual Small Business Friendliness Survey released Tuesday more
The Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce for the third year in a row has received recognition for being a “small business champion.” more
The U.S. Small Business Administration awarded a $373,000 grant on Tuesday to the John H. Chaffee Center for International Business at Bryant University to support activities to increase exporting by small businesses. more
Rhode Island earned more failing grades for its business climate Tuesday, in a national ranking of small-business sentiment compiled by the website company Thumbtack Inc. more
The U.S. Small Business Administration on Tuesday announced the winners of its second annual Growth Accelerator Fund Competition. Providence-based Social Enterprise Greenhouse is one of 80 winners. more
(Updated 1:26 p.m.) The Small Business Administration’s 7(a) loans hit their annual lending cap of $18.75 billion this week, and the agency has instituted a waiting list for new loans as a result, The Business Journals reported. more
Five percent, or 24, of Rhode Island’s 506 middle-market firms are engaged in exporting, according to Middle Market Power Index: Taking the Global Stage, a report from American Express and Dun & Bradstreet. more
One of the earliest Providence landmark restaurants is closing its doors. Rue de L’Espoir, on Hope Street for 39 years, will serve its last meals on Aug. 9, proprietor Deb Norman announced Monday. more
A new “buy local” campaign, dubbed “Indie Week,” runs Wednesday through July 7, providing special discounts from participating businesses. more
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