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ON TUESDAY, the R.I. Small Business Development Center and Rhode Island Foundation announced a partnership to launch the Small Business Growth Hub focused on businesses operating outside the tech indudstry. / COURTESY R.I. SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

RISBDC, R.I. Foundation launch non-tech-related Growth Hub

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A new funding outlet for non-technology-related small businesses is now available to Rhode Island companies looking to grow, thanks to a...
CARMEN DÍAZ-JUSINO has been named strategic initiative officer for economic security at the Rhode Island Foundation. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

RIF hires Díaz-Jusino as strategic initiative officer for economic security

PROVIDENCE – Tasked with leading the Rhode Island Foundation’s activities and grant-making for economic security, Carmen Díaz-Jusino was announced April 17 as a strategic...
TRAFFIC BOOST: The Rhode Island Foundation, which launched online directory Buy Local Rhode Island, above, in 2014, says holiday-shopping traffic increased in 2017.  / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

Web tools boosting small businesses

Three years ago, the Rhode Island Foundation’s Jessica David identified a void in the local shopping scene – there was no central platform connecting...
CO-OP SPACE: Company executives at the site for the community-owned Urban Greens Food Co-op grocery store, slated to open this year on Cranston Street in Providence. From left, Philip Trevvett, vice chair and head of investments; Janiqua Jackson, general manager; and Corey Auger, chairman. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Community-supported food co-op banks on diverse investors

To find the best available produce, David Karoff, a resident of Providence’s South Side neighborhood, shops at three separate grocery stores – PriceRite, Whole...
INVESTED: Rhode Island Foundation President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg and Jessica David, senior vice president of strategy and community investments, have helped launch 12 Rhode Island entrepreneurs through RIF’s innovation fellowship program. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Six years in, RIF innovation fellows’ impact unclear as they fight...

Six years ago, the Rhode Island Foundation announced it was accepting applications for something called an innovation fellowship. The program, funded by local philanthropists...

Small businesses are in holiday-sales game

Small businesses, locally owned and operated, have been fighting to keep their place amid growing pressure from online sales.Two weeks into the traditional holiday...
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