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FAMILY MEETING: Andrew Torrado, left, and Luis C. Torrado, second from left, speak with their father, Luis A. Torrado, president of L. A. Torrado Architects Inc. in Providence. Torrado’s sons are project managers at the company.
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An architect with designs on boosting minority firms

(Editor’s note: This is the 30th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
HITTING HIS GOAL: Nic Cortes, owner of Cortes BJJ LLC, leads one of the classes at his jiu-jitsu studio in Warwick, which offers self-defense programs, fitness and strength conditioning. Cortes realized his dream of starting his own academy when he opened his studio in 2017.
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Everybody’s Business: A display of fighting spirit to overcome obstacles

(Editor’s note: This is the 29th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
THROUGH HIS LENS: Xander Monge says he has not experienced overt discrimination in his business dealings since establishing his media services and video production company, but he’s aware of the differences between him and many of the people who hire him. 
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Everybody’s Business: ‘Oblivious to the risk,’ Monge went off script

(Editor’s note: This is the 28th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
CREATIVE SPACE: Subham Sett, pictured, launched Ohanga Inc. with his wife, Yuping Wang, as a digital marketplace and gallery for local artists and makers to connect with the public, as well as to connect technology and art, shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. Last fall Ohanga opened a physical location at Garden City Center in Cranston.
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Everybody’s Business: Forming a marketplace for a diverse arts community

(Editor’s note: This is the 27th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...
SEIZING THE MOMENT: After working as a technician in the printing business for more than a decade, Gary Wallace, owner of Hall of GraFX in Providence, jumped at the chance to start his own print shop when one of his customers decided to retire and Wallace purchased his printing equipment for $12,000.
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Everybody’s Business: ‘I had no business plan … I invested...

(Editor’s note: This is the 26th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
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. 
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Everybody’s Business: ‘I really feel like I’m alone’

(Editor’s note: This is the 25th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked about their views...
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. 
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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...
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