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LOOKING FOR TIDY PROFITS: Daneshwar “Dan” Persaud, who operates Taj Commercial Cleaning LLC, says the state’s minority business enterprise program that guarantees a certain percentage of state contracts be awarded to minority-owned companies has a lot of room for improvement. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: ‘I really feel like I’m alone’

You will never hear Daneshwar Persaud introducing himself by his full name. He goes by “Dan.” Always. But even with a quintessential American nickname and an...
EXPANSION-MINDED: Russell and Sterling Spellman operate Incred-A-Bowl Food Co., a food truck company that is preparing to open a restaurant in East Providence in the fall. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: Building a company with eye toward greater good

(Editor’s note: This is the 24th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...

Shoemaking allows Kurd to connect to his culture

(Editor’s note: This is the 23rd installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...
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 21st 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...
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