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A HEALTHY PLACE: Dr. Pablo Rodriguez has created what he calls a social venture, Nuestra Salud Productions LLC, to provide health information to the Latino community in Rhode Island. 
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The doctor’s dishing out doses of health facts to Latinos

(Editor’s note: This is the 44th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
ON A JOURNEY: Rachel Averitt, owner of Rely on Rach, moved from Vermont to Rhode Island three years ago and has built a community of small-business owners and entrepreneurs through a monthly networking potluck dinner in Bristol. 
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Everybody’s Business: Arriving in R.I., she felt compelled to connect

(Editor’s note: This is the 43rd installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
LETTER OF THE LAW: Noah Kilroy turned his life around after he was prosecuted on drug charges and spent 18 months in federal prison two decades ago. Now he’s a lawyer and uses his life experiences in his practice as a criminal defense attorney. 
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Lessons of his past prove useful in his legal career

There is a misconception prevalent outside of legal circles that criminal defense attorneys are seen as a sanctuary of trust for those accused of...
BACK WHERE IT STARTED: ­Eugenio Fernandez Jr. operates Asthenis Pharmacy in Providence’s West End, near where he grew up. Part of the mission of his business is to provide reliable health information to communities that often struggle to get that information. 
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Asthenis Pharmacy providing an alternative source for health care information

(Editor’s note: This is the 41st installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS: Tom Chang, pictured, who studied food and beverage management at Johnson & Wales University, Jenny Lu and Tony Chen joined forces to open Charuma Inc. in Providence in 2021.
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Everybody’s Business: A partnership formed from common connection

(Editor’s note: This is the 40th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
TAKING STOCK: Minnie Luong, co-founder and co-owner of Chi Foods LLC, at the company’s facility in Pawtucket. She says she didn’t seek a bank loan when starting her kimchi business because she knew small businesses are viewed as risky by lenders, especially minority- and women-owned businesses. 
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In fermented veggies, a family heritage preserved

(Editor’s note: This is the 40th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
ALL SMILES: Dr. Joke Alesh, right, owner of Marigold Dental Studio in Pawtucket, speaks with Toni Tamba, scheduling lead.
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Everybody’s Business: She provides dental care, mentorship to underserved populations

(Editor’s note: This is the 39th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
WHAT’S IN STORE: Toyin Omisore, owner of Roam Loud, an activewear and athleisure brand, stands with the company’s products on display at REI in Cranston. Omisore has also sold her products through Kohl’s Corp. and 70 CorePower Yoga studios throughout the U.S.
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Everybody’s Business: Fashioning an enterprise that’s a perfect fit

When Toyin Omisore was ramping up her workouts around 2017, she didn’t give much thought to what she was wearing. “But I knew that I...
ALL-SPANISH STATIONS: Tony Mendez, background, owner of Poder 1110 AM and Power 102.1 FM, the longest-serving Hispanic radio stations in Rhode Island, speaks with Zoilo Garcia, program director and morning show host.
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Everybody’s Business: Giving Latino community a voice on radio

(Editor’s note: This is the 36th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked for their...
ROOT CAUSE: Sophath Toun established Soto Design in 2013 and has steadily grown the business into a landscape design company and plant shop. 
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Her growth plan: Education, hard work and smarts

(Editor’s note: This is the 35th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked for their...
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