Healthy small businesses mean a healthy R.I. economy

A SIGNIFICANT BOOST: Small businesses such as MIKEL, headed by President Kelly Mendell, right (with Dave Lambert, engineer and program manager), who was named Rhode Island’s Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, employ more than half of all private-sector workers in the state.  / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
A SIGNIFICANT BOOST: Small businesses such as MIKEL, headed by President Kelly Mendell, right (with Dave Lambert, engineer and program manager), who was named Rhode Island’s Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, employ more than half of all private-sector workers in the state. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY
We are near the end of National Small Business Week, a celebration of those businesses that form an important, one might say essential, backbone to the American economy. According to the latest U.S. Small Business Administration report (with data from 2015), nearly 100,000 small businesses that operate in Rhode Island are classified as small, that…

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