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FAB FOUNDER: Fabiola Brunache changed careers in 2012, moved to Rhode Island and established her own real estate agency. She acknowledges that there have been some awkward moments for her in a real estate industry that doesn’t have many people of color. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

She sees her firm as change agent in real estate

(Editor’s note: This is the 22nd installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...
MOVING AHEAD: George Metz, who has Montauk and Narragansett tribal roots, has certified his company, G. Metz Moving and Storage, as a minority-owned business, but in some cases, he feels it’s been a hinderance. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERTY WHITELEY

Everybody’s Business: Declaring minority status wasn’t an easy decision for Metz

(Editor’s note: This is the latest installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each are asked their views on...
FINDING PURPOSE: Lexus Fernandez, right, launched her vegan skincare products company Soulita in Providence with co-founder Evan Delpeche in 2019 after seeking a solution for her sensitive skin as a result of treatment for a ruptured brain aneurysm. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: Fernandez overcomes obstacles on journey to finding Soulita

(Editor’s note: This is the 20th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each are asked their views on...
FOUND HIS GROOVE: Jonathan F. Gramajo acknowledges that opening his own business was rough at the beginning, but now his flooring company is profitable and he’s booked two months in advance. /PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: Gramajo faced his fears and forged ahead

(Editor’s note: This is the 19th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
HELPING HAND: Jhonny Leyva, owner and president of Heroica Construction Inc. in Providence, says state government needs to do more to support minority contractors by awarding projects properly.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Leyva tries to build ways around the inequities

(Editor’s note: This is the 18th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
TEA ZONE: Michelle Cheng opened her shop, Ceremony, in Providence in 2019. /  PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

At first, providing a taste of culture wasn’t easy

(Editor’s note: This is the 17th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
INTERSTATE BUSINESS: Nina Reed, owner of Sarcastic Sweets LLC, operates a food truck in Rhode Island but had difficulty finding a location for a café in Providence and decided to open one across the state line in Seekonk. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Facing challenges in R.I., she set up shop in Seekonk

(Editor’s note: This is the 16th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
IT’S HOME: Amanda Mottola, who was born in Paraguay and adopted as a child by a Connecticut family, set down roots in Rhode Island in 2019 and established a small marketing firm. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Adopted as a baby, marketer still connected to her ancestry

(Editor’s note: This is the 15th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
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...

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