Immigrant business owners feel disconnected from city resources. Should Providence do more to help?

SEEKING SUPPORT: Frank Ankoma, owner of Copa Menswear in Providence, would like to see the city offer lower interest rates on small-business loans and programs to teach immigrants how to be successful business owners. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
SEEKING SUPPORT: Frank Ankoma, owner of Copa Menswear in Providence, would like to see the city offer lower interest rates on small-business loans and programs to teach immigrants how to be successful business owners. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
When Frank Ankoma immigrated to Providence in 1997, he says immigrant-owned businesses were hard to find. Fast-forward 20 years and the Ghanaian native, now a naturalized citizen, said the capital city’s entrepreneurial immigrant community has “grown a lot” but still faces hurdles he says the city could do more to help with. Citing too-stringent restrictions…

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