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Is R.I.’s rate of new business starts a problem?

At first glance, the Rhode Island business community’s growth during the COVID-19 pandemic looks impressive: since 2019, new business applications have shot up by...
LOOKING FOR TIDY PROFITS: Daneshwar “Dan” Persaud, who operates Taj Commercial Cleaning LLC, says the state’s minority business enterprise program that guarantees a certain percentage of state contracts be awarded to minority-owned companies has a lot of room for improvement. 

Everybody’s Business: ‘I really feel like I’m alone’

(Editor’s note: This is the 25th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked about their views...
ONLINE OFFERINGS: TigerEye Gift Shop owner Ron Amore Jr. has closed his Warwick shop but is selling holiday gift baskets through his website and pickup system. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New gift shop stocked up with optimism

Ron Amore Jr. took a chance on opening his own gift store, something he’d always wanted, and launched TigerEye Gift Shop LLC in early...

R.I. lacks key data on minority businesses

People of color are underrepresented as business owners compared with their share of Rhode Island’s population, but getting a clear picture on the depth...
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