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CONCERNED CITIZEN: Rhode Island Black Business Association CEO and President Lisa Ranglin worries that efforts to improve access to and participation from minority businesses in Providence may go unnoticed with no one currently filling the role of business and development director for the city.

Providence looks to improve its MBE contracting program

Leroy Belona thought certifying his Providence construction company through the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program would open the door to more ­opportunities. But in the...

Providence economic development leader to step down Jan. 2

PROVIDENCE – The city’s top economic development leader is leaving as the incoming mayor takes office. Keith Stokes, Providence’s business and development director, confirmed in...

Providence accelerator program graduates 100-plus microenterprises

PROVIDENCE – More than 100 microenterprises graduated from the Empower Providence Microenterprise Accelerator Program, a partnership between the city and internet domain registrar GoDaddy. The six-week...

Stokes sets his sights on small businesses, workforce training in Providence

PROVIDENCE – His background includes involvement in the ill-fated 38 Studios deal a decade ago, but luring major companies to Providence with multimillion-dollar offerings...

Stokes named Providence business and development director

PROVIDENCE – Keith Stokes has been named business and development director for the city of Providence, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza announced Wednesday. Stokes, who will...
MAYOR JORGE O. ELORZA on Wednesday signed an executive order committing the city to a racial reparations plan. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Elorza announces racial reparations plan for Providence

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza on Wednesday signed an executive order committing the city to a racial reparations plan, though specific details on...
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