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STATUS QUO: RoseMarie Clemente, owner of Baron & Clemente Real Estate LLC, says she opposes any effort to remove Portuguese from the list of qualifying origins for the state’s Minority or Women Enterprise Business program.   / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: ‘We rally to help each other’

RoseMarie Clemente | Baron & Clemente Real Estate LLC (Editor’s note: This is the 14th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners...
MAN WITH A PLAN: Gabriel Varga, a native of Costa Rica, started BlueSkies Construction & Design LLC in Lincoln in 2013. The company is registered with the state as a minority business enterprise. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: He has a distaste for ‘minority’ label

Gabriel Varga | BlueSkies Construction & Design LLC (Editor’s note: This is the 13th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and...
SIGNATURE OFFERING: Yewchanang Tan, owner of the New Wing Kee Barbeque & Poultry restaurant, located at 39 Central St. in Providence, hangs some of the fully cooked ducks for display. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: A diverse customer base is his new aim

Yewchanang Tan | New Wing Kee Barbeque & Poultry owner (Editor’s note: This is the 12th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business...
SITE VISITS: Geraldine Barclay King, owner of Geri’s Bluffing Boutique in Woonsocket, says she wants to see business resources meet business owners where they are working to learn about their challenges and needs. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: ‘I knew … the odds would be against me’

(Editor’s note: This is the 11th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...

Everybody’s Business: He adopted strategy of adapting

(Editor’s note: This is the 10th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...
CURIOSITY WELCOMED: ­Priyadarshini Himatsingka, owner of pH Factor on Hope Street in Providence, doesn’t mind discussing her Indian roots with customers who ask about her background. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Everybody’s Business: She runs shop with a worldly view

(Editor’s note: This is the ninth installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
NO EXCUSES: Robert B. Foster, owner of RBF Fitness and Nutrition LLC, says there are obstacles for minorities who aspire to be business owners, but nothing that can’t be overcome. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Everybody’s Business: ‘Anyone can forge their own path’

(Editor’s note: This is the eighth installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
BUSINESS BUILDER: Jeshua Zapata and his friends Juan and Jairo Gomez started a marketing and web-design business when they graduated from college. Seventeen years later, Xzito Creative Solutions LLC is still going strong. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM


Everybody’s Business: Bond built over shared background

(Editor’s note: This is the seventh installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
CLIMBING THE LADDER: Junior Jabbie started as an intern at Banneker Supply Chain Solution Inc. in North Smithfield in 2005. Now he is the company’s top executive. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Everybody’s Business: Mentor helped lift him to the top

(Editor’s note: This is the sixth installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
MIXING IT UP: Amber Jackson creates her own blends of loose-leaf tea and sells them at The Black Leaf Tea & Culture Shop, which she launched in 2019 using her own money. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: Finding value in shared connections

(Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...

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