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SITE VISITS: Geraldine Barclay King, owner of Geri’s Bluffing Boutique in Woonsocket, says she wants to see business resources meet business owners where they are working to learn about their challenges and needs. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: ‘I knew … the odds would be against me’

(Editor’s note: This is the 11th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...

Everybody’s Business: He adopted strategy of adapting

(Editor’s note: This is the 10th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...
CURIOSITY WELCOMED: ­Priyadarshini Himatsingka, owner of pH Factor on Hope Street in Providence, doesn’t mind discussing her Indian roots with customers who ask about her background. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Everybody’s Business: She runs shop with a worldly view

(Editor’s note: This is the ninth installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
NO EXCUSES: Robert B. Foster, owner of RBF Fitness and Nutrition LLC, says there are obstacles for minorities who aspire to be business owners, but nothing that can’t be overcome. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Everybody’s Business: ‘Anyone can forge their own path’

(Editor’s note: This is the eighth installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
BUSINESS BUILDER: Jeshua Zapata and his friends Juan and Jairo Gomez started a marketing and web-design business when they graduated from college. Seventeen years later, Xzito Creative Solutions LLC is still going strong. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM


Everybody’s Business: Bond built over shared background

(Editor’s note: This is the seventh installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
CLIMBING THE LADDER: Junior Jabbie started as an intern at Banneker Supply Chain Solution Inc. in North Smithfield in 2005. Now he is the company’s top executive. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Everybody’s Business: Mentor helped lift him to the top

(Editor’s note: This is the sixth installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
MIXING IT UP: Amber Jackson creates her own blends of loose-leaf tea and sells them at The Black Leaf Tea & Culture Shop, which she launched in 2019 using her own money. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: Finding value in shared connections

(Editor’s note: This is the fifth installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
A BIG DEAL: Louis Yip stands outside a mill building in Central Falls that his real estate group purchased and converted into a 175-unit apartment complex called M Residential.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Everybody’s Business: In a new country, he wasted no time

(Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
LASTING LEGACY: Robert Shumate, owner of Pier Ice Plant Inc., is a Narragansett Indian Tribe member who is looking to pass the business to one of his sons, just like Shumate’s father did decades ago. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Everybody’s Business: Company owner a rarity in his tribe

(Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
LATINO ADVOCATE: Oscar Mejias, CEO of the Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, stands along Westminster Street in the Olneyville section of Providence that features an enclave of Latino-owned businesses.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Latino business leader: Some barriers lowered, but more to go

(Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. View the first installment here.)   Oscar Mejias...

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