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Stepping Up: Rhody Tees pays it forward with small-business support program

CRANSTON – Jose Castellanos is no stranger to struggle. From his upbringing in the Dominican Republic, a place he characterized by a lack of opportunity...
FORCES JOINED: Alicia Piazza, left, and Nicole Eller combined their strengths in social media marketing to form The Spark Social Inc. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Marketing merger was sparked by social event

Nicole Eller and Alicia Piazza were introduced at a networking event, and it didn’t take long for them to realize they shared a strong...
ENDLESS CHOICES: Customers can choose from up to 4,000 styles and an array of finishes at Get The Picture, a custom framing shop in Lincoln launched nearly 20 years ago by owners Andy Langlois, right, and Mike Labbe. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A custom shop that’s thinking outside the frame

Customers who walk into Get The Picture LLC in search of a custom frame are presented with row after row of choices – up...
HEALTHY ALTERNATIVE: Owners John Pisaturo and his wife, Aileen, are excited to open the first Saladworks franchise in Rhode Island, located at 75 Fountain St. in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Franchisee: John Pisaturo and Aileen Soriano-Pisaturo

John Pisaturo and Aileen Soriano-Pisaturo Saladworks | 75 Fountain St., Providence The pitch: Delivery of a custom-built salad in minutes after walking through the door and...
CHUCK ISGAR, top left, Megan Kasselberg, top right, and David Lu, center bottom, are the founders of Intern From Home./COURTESY CHUCK ISGAR.

Stepping Up: Brown University students create site to match ‘virtual’ interns...

PROVIDENCE – The disruption of university life created by the new coronavirus pandemic has led directly to a new business service launched by Brown...
THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION said that the small business loan program created to combat the economic impacts of COVID-19 may be operational as soon as this week.

COVID-19-related SBA loans could be available as soon as this week

PROVIDENCE – The Small Business Administration’s $349 billion in small-business capital program due to COVID-19 is expected to be operational starting Friday, the SBA...
TAILORED CARE: Physical therapists Karl Busch, left, and Peter Dionisopoulos, owners of Dynamic Performance & Rehab in Johnston, opened their own practice so they can treat clients with more time and individual care. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

They’re the dynamic duo of physical therapy

A strong desire to work for themselves and treat clients with more time and individual care prompted Peter Dionisopoulos and Karl Busch to open...
RUNNING THE TABLE: East Greenwich Cove Builders recently won the 2019 “Best in American Living” community of the year award from the National Association of Home Builders for their “pocket neighborhood” called Castle Street Cottages. From left, Chris Santilli, managing partner, and Jerry Zarrella Jr., president. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Creating a ‘pocket’ in the housing market

For many buyers, the American dream is no longer a single-family house with a yard. Instead, they want to own a smaller but well-designed home...

Goldman Sachs survey: Small businesses lack funding to operate in the...

PROVIDENCE – Half of U.S. small-business owners don’t have enough money to operate for more than three months in the current economic climate caused...
THE 10,000 SMALL BUSINESSES Rhode Island program is accepting applications for its tenth cohort. The program has had 227 Rhode Island small businesses participate in the program over its three years of operation.

Goldman Sachs survey: Small businesses lack funding to operate in the...

PROVIDENCE – Half of U.S. small business owners don’t have enough money to operate for more than three months in the current economic climate...

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