Thursday, December 7, 2023



TROPICAL FLAVORS: Team members Julie Cox, left, and Blanca Goetz prepare poké bowls while co-owner Jim Way observes at Island Fin Poké Co. in Smithfield.

Franchisee: Jim and Marilyn Way

Jim and Marilyn Way | Island Fin Poké Co.  |  445 Putnam Pike, Smithfield The pitch: Island Fin Poké Co. is a fast-casual concept known for...
MARKET OPPORTUNITY: Joe Tuberville, left, and Alan Oversmith, owners of full-service moving company Two Men and a Truck in Warwick, say Rhode Island appealed to them because it was an untouched market with a lot of potential and a need for their services.

Franchisee: Joe Tuberville and Alan Oversmith

Joe Tuberville and Alan Oversmith Two Men and a Truck  |  205 Hallene Road, Warwick The pitch: Two Men and a Truck is a full-service moving...

Franchisee: Jeffrey Kulas

Franchisee: Jeffrey Kulas | Budget Blinds of Cranston | Cranston Pitch: Budget Blinds designs and installs blinds, shades, shutters and drapery for inside a person’s...
TEAM EFFORT: Junk King, located in Cranston, offers full-service furniture and appliance removal. From left, Matthew Rodriguez, manager, and owners Jose Martinez and Joel Martinez.

Franchisee: Jose Martinez

Franchisee: Jose Martinez | Junk King | 5 Murad St., Cranston The pitch: Junk King offers full-service furniture and appliance removal, either for recycling...
GIVING BACK: Cristian Dersidan left a nearly 10-year career in the food service industry to operate a couple of Home Instead Inc. franchises, which provide one-on-one in-home care for senior residents, because he wanted to give something back and help people in the community. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Franchisee: Cristian Dersidan

Cristian Dersidan | Home Instead Inc. | Warwick and North Kingstown The pitch: Home Instead Inc. specializes in direct, one-on-one in-home care for senior residents....
TASTE OF HOME: Wooma Cho, owner of the only Rhode Island bb.q Chicken franchise, which originated in Seoul, South Korea, in 1995, has always wanted to open a restaurant that would showcase her native culture.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Wooma Cho

The pitch: Bb.q Chicken Brown is a casual, comfortable dining place that will make you forget you left your own house for dinner. It...

Franchisee: Matt Banoub

Franchisee: Matt Banoub Germinator Mobile Sanitizing and Disinfecting 835 School St., Suite 1A, Pawtucket The pitch: Germinator Rhode Island will offer a safe and nontoxic sanitizing and...
METAL CONVENIENCE: Rumen Dimitrov is the owner and manager of the first Metal Supermarkets store in Rhode Island. The store specializes in small-quantity metal distribution with no minimum order size and features more than 8,000 types of metal. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Rumen Dimitrov

Franchisee: Rumen Dimitrov Metal Supermarkets | 177 Chestnut St., Warwick The pitch: Metal Supermarkets is like a convenience store for metal, where more than 8,000 types...
INCREASING NUMBERS: Richard Cromwell now has more than 400 members and a fleet of 70 boats throughout the four Freedom Boat Club franchises he owns in Rhode Island. He is pictured at the Newport club. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Franchisee: Richard Cromwell

Richard Cromwell | Freedom Boat Club | Barrington, Newport, Portsmouth and Warwick The pitch: Freedom Boat Club is a members-only boat club in the United...
SWEET TREATS: Bill Hoffman owns two Kilwins locations on Thames Street in Newport. He opened a second location of the ice cream and candy store in May to expand the brand and capture foot traffic the first store was missing. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Franchisee: Bill Hoffman

Franchisee: Bill Hoffman Kilwins | 262 and 359 Thames St., Newport The pitch: A traditional-style confectioner offering high-quality chocolate, fudge, ice cream and assorted candy, with...
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