Hispanic Chamber increases membership 900% during pandemic

OSCAR MEJIAS, CEO of the Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber increased its membership by 900% during the pandemic. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
PROVIDENCE – Azriel Arce can vividly remember the moment he learned about the Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s small-business resources and programs. It was March 2020. COVID-19 was quickly becoming a household name, and Arce, a Cuban immigrant who owns a hair salon in Johnston, was on the verge of closing his doors. He…

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