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HERE TO SERVE: Milena Pagan, left, pours mimosas for Jessica Tynan, center, of Salem, Conn., and Rebecca Saenz of Cambridge, Mass., at Little Sister LLC on Hope Street in Providence. Pagan owns Little Sister and Rebelle Artisan Bagels LLC.
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MICHAEL SALERNO

She left corporate life to be a bagel artisan

Milena Pagan was a retail strategist for CVS Health Corp. in 2016 when she told the pharmacy giant she was quitting this steady job...

‘Biz Bodega’ to assist central Providence entrepreneurs

PROVIDENCE – For entrepreneurs, community resources often play an invaluable role in launching or growing a business. But for some, these innovation opportunities are...

Coalition launches to support minority- and women-owned businesses in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Business leaders on Wednesday announced the launch of the Rhode Island Business Empowerment Network, a coalition of nearly 80 professionals dedicated to...
FRESH ­INGREDIENTS: Master chef Rosa Munoz, of Savory Fare, prepares a home-cooked meal in the commercial kitchen at food incubator Hope & Main in ­Warren. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. considers relaxing law on homemade food

A home-based bakery seemed to make perfect sense to Portsmouth resident Kara Donovan. Friends and family had already asked to buy her creations, and...
FIRST OF ITS KIND: Jamie Freda makes her vegan pasta at Hope & Main in Warren. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Preserving tradition through pasta

Jamie Freda spent her summers in Puglia, Italy, learning the finer points of cooking traditional Italian food from her grandmother. “She taught me everything,” Freda...
DISHING OUT MEALS: Douglas Spikes, kitchen manager, and volunteer Kathy Block prepare meals for guests at social services nonprofit Amos House in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

For many groups, hardships evolving, not subsiding

Social services nonprofit Amos House in Providence has been inundated since the COVID-19 pandemic first hit in March 2020, and it doesn’t appear that...

Aura’s Chocolate Bar lands $8K Sam Adams grant

CRANSTON – Fifteen years ago, Aura Fajardo Quintero, a graphic designer, never imagined herself working with chocolate. Now, Fajardo Quintero owns a growing chocolate...
MUSCLE REPAIR: Rupert Whiteley, managing partner with Joro Protein LLC in Warren, holds a bag of the plant-based protein he created. / COURTESY JORO PROTEIN LLC

Plant-based protein for active lifestyles

Rupert Whiteley was not feeling well one day after taking the whey-based protein powder supplements he had been consuming. Whiteley, a workout enthusiast, needs protein...

Governor’s panel discusses strategies for aiding state’s small businesses

PROVIDENCE – A panel of business leaders discussed potential strategies aimed at aiding the state's small businesses on Facebook live on Thursday. The discussion was...

Feast & Fettle helps keep the community fed

PBN FASTEST GROWING COMPANIES 2020 $250,000 - $5M 2. Feast & Fettle Inc. CEO (or equivalent): Carlos Ventura 2019 Revenue: $782,581 2017 Revenue: $230,926 Revenue growth: 238.9% AT A...

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