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CREATIVE SPACE: Subham Sett, pictured, launched Ohanga Inc. with his wife, Yuping Wang, as a digital marketplace and gallery for local artists and makers to connect with the public, as well as to connect technology and art, shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic began in 2020. Last fall Ohanga opened a physical location at Garden City Center in Cranston.
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Everybody’s Business: Forming a marketplace for a diverse arts community

(Editor’s note: This is the 27th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...
SEIZING THE MOMENT: After working as a technician in the printing business for more than a decade, Gary Wallace, owner of Hall of GraFX in Providence, jumped at the chance to start his own print shop when one of his customers decided to retire and Wallace purchased his printing equipment for $12,000.
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Everybody’s Business: ‘I had no business plan … I invested...

(Editor’s note: This is the 26th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
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. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

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...
EXPANSION-MINDED: Russell and Sterling Spellman operate Incred-A-Bowl Food Co., a food truck company that is preparing to open a restaurant in East Providence in the fall. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: Building a company with eye toward greater good

(Editor’s note: This is the 24th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...

Shoemaking allows Kurd to connect to his culture

(Editor’s note: This is the 23rd installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...
FAB FOUNDER: Fabiola Brunache changed careers in 2012, moved to Rhode Island and established her own real estate agency. She acknowledges that there have been some awkward moments for her in a real estate industry that doesn’t have many people of color. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

She sees her firm as change agent in real estate

(Editor’s note: This is the 22nd installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...
MOVING AHEAD: George Metz, who has Montauk and Narragansett tribal roots, has certified his company, G. Metz Moving and Storage, as a minority-owned business, but in some cases, he feels it’s been a hinderance. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERTY WHITELEY

Everybody’s Business: Declaring minority status wasn’t an easy decision for Metz

(Editor’s note: This is the 21st installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each are asked their views on...
FINDING PURPOSE: Lexus Fernandez, right, launched her vegan skincare products company Soulita in Providence with co-founder Evan Delpeche in 2019 after seeking a solution for her sensitive skin as a result of treatment for a ruptured brain aneurysm. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: Fernandez overcomes obstacles on journey to finding Soulita

(Editor’s note: This is the 20th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each are asked their views on...
FOUND HIS GROOVE: Jonathan F. Gramajo acknowledges that opening his own business was rough at the beginning, but now his flooring company is profitable and he’s booked two months in advance. /PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: Gramajo faced his fears and forged ahead

(Editor’s note: This is the 19th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
HELPING HAND: Jhonny Leyva, owner and president of Heroica Construction Inc. in Providence, says state government needs to do more to support minority contractors by awarding projects properly.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Leyva tries to build ways around the inequities

(Editor’s note: This is the 18th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
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