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BACK WHERE IT STARTED: ­Eugenio Fernandez Jr. operates Asthenis Pharmacy in Providence’s West End, near where he grew up. Part of the mission of his business is to provide reliable health information to communities that often struggle to get that information. 
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Asthenis Pharmacy providing an alternative source for health care information

(Editor’s note: This is the 41st installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS: Tom Chang, pictured, who studied food and beverage management at Johnson & Wales University, Jenny Lu and Tony Chen joined forces to open Charuma Inc. in Providence in 2021.
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Everybody’s Business: A partnership formed from common connection

(Editor’s note: This is the 40th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
TAKING STOCK: Minnie Luong, co-founder and co-owner of Chi Foods LLC, at the company’s facility in Pawtucket. She says she didn’t seek a bank loan when starting her kimchi business because she knew small businesses are viewed as risky by lenders, especially minority- and women-owned businesses. 
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In fermented veggies, a family heritage preserved

(Editor’s note: This is the 40th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
ALL SMILES: Dr. Joke Alesh, right, owner of Marigold Dental Studio in Pawtucket, speaks with Toni Tamba, scheduling lead.
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Everybody’s Business: She provides dental care, mentorship to underserved populations

(Editor’s note: This is the 39th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
WHAT’S IN STORE: Toyin Omisore, owner of Roam Loud, an activewear and athleisure brand, stands with the company’s products on display at REI in Cranston. Omisore has also sold her products through Kohl’s Corp. and 70 CorePower Yoga studios throughout the U.S.
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Everybody’s Business: Fashioning an enterprise that’s a perfect fit

When Toyin Omisore was ramping up her workouts around 2017, she didn’t give much thought to what she was wearing. “But I knew that I...
AT YOUR SERVICE: Edy Cruz, third from the right, and his wife, Zuleyka Gardinet, second from right, mingle with customers at Cruz’s restaurant El Anafe on Manton Avenue in Providence. From left are server Eva Baaz, Edgar Schultz, Cruz, Gardinet and Alba Martinez. 
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Everybody’s Business: Trying a new recipe for success

The restaurant industry is known to be an unforgiving place to start a business, but for Edy Cruz, the benefits were worth the risk. Cruz...
ALL-SPANISH STATIONS: Tony Mendez, background, owner of Poder 1110 AM and Power 102.1 FM, the longest-serving Hispanic radio stations in Rhode Island, speaks with Zoilo Garcia, program director and morning show host.
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Everybody’s Business: Giving Latino community a voice on radio

(Editor’s note: This is the 36th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked for their...
ROOT CAUSE: Sophath Toun established Soto Design in 2013 and has steadily grown the business into a landscape design company and plant shop. 
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Her growth plan: Education, hard work and smarts

(Editor’s note: This is the 35th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked for their...
ON A ROLL: Muhammad Choudhry has built BK House of Cigars Inc. into a business that he says has helped him live the American dream after years of struggle. 
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‘Struggling days’ sparked his desire to venture out

(Editor’s note: This is the 34th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
HER IMPRINT: Franchesca M. Fernandez was a civil engineer in the Dominican Republic, but when she moved to Rhode Island she decided to start a business that had little to do with engineering.
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Everybody’s Business: She made a change of country and career

(Editor’s note: This is the 33rd installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
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