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SMALL-BUSINESS STARTER: Providence-based Maternova Inc. was the first medtech venture to complete an accelerator program at Social Enterprise Greenhouse. The company’s founder, Meg Wirth, foreground, is now SEG’s director of health and wellness. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Lending some help to little guys

SMALL BUSINESS Ask any Rhode Island small-business owner if they could use more help – loans, grants, coaching, training programs – and it’s safe to...

R.I. business coalition awarded $1M SBA grant for ‘disadvantaged’ small-business support

PROVIDENCE – Services for Rhode Island minority and women-owned small businesses are slated to get a major boost thanks to a $1 million grant...

Kelly Ramirez

Kelly Ramirez | CEO, Social Enterprise Greenhouse What have been the challenges faced by your industry during the pandemic and how have they affected your...
DIVERSE WORKFORCE: C.C. Business Corp. Vice President Ron Brewer, left, and President Marcellus Sharpe stand outside of Thundermist Health Center in Woonsocket, one of the private-security company’s clients. Brewer estimates that 70% of the company’s 39 employees are minorities. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A question of equity: Can R.I. level the field for minority...

As small-business owners clambered to get in on the federal payroll relief program launched in the wake of COVID-19, Anna Mangeni held back. Her business,...
NEW DIRECTION: Jo Lee, owner of PopUp Rhody, in her home office in Providence. She is revamping her online marketplace designed to connect artisans with property owners with space to rent. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Business incubator born in response to COVID-19

Jo Lee’s new business was on the fast track to success. In a single year, she’d transformed PopUp Rhody LLC from an idea into a...
NEW DESIGN: The staff at Loft LLC, an industrial design company, has recently pivoted its work to designing and building contactless COVID-19 testing trailers for use by the National Guard. From left, Scott Noh, product design; Jeanette Numbers, co-founder; Nari Shin, designer/textile specialist. In the background is David Baker, director of engineering. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Startup shake-up: Entrepreneurs scramble to revamp business plans

Like many college seniors, biomedical student Abbie Kohler and engineering student Greg Fine were disheartened to have their final semester suddenly cut short and...

Stepping Up: Weekly series highlighting entrepreneurs’ work against COVID-19 to debut...

PROVIDENCE – District Hall Providence and Social Enterprise Greenhouse are going virtual every Wednesday, offering stories on how entrepreneurs are aiding in the fight...
UNITED WAY OF RHODE ISLAND and Social Enterprise Greenhouse has selected 10 fellows for its inaugural Nonprofit Innovation Lab, which commences Monday.

United Way of RI, SEG select 10 fellows for inaugural Nonprofit...

PROVIDENCE – Ten local nonprofit leaders have been selected as fellows by United Way of Rhode Island and Social Enterprise Greenhouse for the two...
OPEN HOUSE: Sebastian Sheng, left, a first-year graduate student in PRIME, or program in innovation management and entrepreneurship at Brown University, speaks with, from left, Brown sophomores Isamella Espinosa, international relations major; Olivia Tulkoff, public policy major; and Jack Schaeffer, applied math and economics major, at the university’s Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship during an open house to kick off the fall semester.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. has a robust entrepreneurial community, but can it do more...

For a small state, Rhode Island punches above its weight when it comes to producing promising startups and organizations that help nurture and fund...

Social Innovation Fellowship created at Brown in partnership with SEG

PROVIDENCE – Social Enterprise Greenhouse and the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University have partnered to create a new Social Innovation Fellowship...

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