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Progress on MBE contracting limited without enforcement

This year’s General Assembly session ended without changes to the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program, despite a $500,000 study that identified a host of...
DIVERSE WORKFORCE: C.C. Business Corp. Vice President Ron Brewer, left, and President Marcellus Sharpe stand outside of Thundermist Health Center in Woonsocket, one of the private-security company’s clients. Brewer estimates that 70% of the company’s 39 employees are minorities. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A question of equity: Can R.I. level the field for minority...

As small-business owners clambered to get in on the federal payroll relief program launched in the wake of COVID-19, Anna Mangeni held back. Her business,...
LISA RANGLIN, president of the Rhode Island Black Business Association, criticized the state for its failure to comply with its own policies regarding contracts with minority-owned businesses during a news conference on Thursday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. Black Business Association: R.I. failing to comply with minority-contracting policy

PROVIDENCE – State policies for contracting with minority-owned businesses have come under scrutiny amid heightened attention on racial justice issues. The Rhode Island Black Business...
OPENING the door: Cheryl Burrell, associate director of the R.I. Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity, has been working to open state government job opportunities to a wider scope of the state’s population since 1993.  / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Burrell champions diversity in R.I. government over 25 years

OVERALL DIVERSITY CHAMPION Cheryl Burrell has spent a quarter-century increasing diversity in state government, starting as director of personnel for then-Attorney General Jeffrey Pine in...
CHANGING INDUSTRY: Cheryl Burrell, right, associate director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity in the R.I. Department of Administration, is heading the state’s efforts to further diversify the construction industry. At left are Dorinda Keene, assistant administrator of MBE, or minority business enterprise, and Elvys Ruiz, chief supplier to diversity officer.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Diversity elusive in construction

White men still dominate construction, though some companies are committed to changing that Born to immigrant families struggling to get by in Providence, Edwin A....
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