Providence looks to improve its MBE contracting program

CONCERNED CITIZEN: Rhode Island Black Business Association CEO and President Lisa Ranglin worries that efforts to improve access to and participation from minority businesses in Providence may go unnoticed with no one currently filling the role of business and development director for the city.
PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
CONCERNED CITIZEN: Rhode Island Black Business Association CEO and President Lisa Ranglin worries that efforts to improve access to and participation from minority businesses in Providence may go unnoticed with no one currently filling the role of business and development director for the city.
PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Leroy Belona thought certifying his Providence construction company through the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program would open the door to more ­opportunities. But in the decade since he started B & D Veteran’s Corp., he hasn’t seen many benefits. The process to submit bids for city or state contracts is riddled with red tape, and…

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