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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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