Everybody’s Business: Company owner a rarity in his tribe

LASTING LEGACY: Robert Shumate, owner of Pier Ice Plant Inc., is a Narragansett Indian Tribe member who is looking to pass the business to one of his sons, just like Shumate’s father did decades ago. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
LASTING LEGACY: Robert Shumate, owner of Pier Ice Plant Inc., is a Narragansett Indian Tribe member who is looking to pass the business to one of his sons, just like Shumate’s father did decades ago. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM
(Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views on minority-business conditions in the state and for ways to improve those businesses’ chances for success. View the first installment here and the second installment here.) Rhode Island is home to…
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