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WORKING TOGETHER: Panelists discuss the ways government and businesses in Rhode Island can work hand in hand to increase access to funds and develop a larger talent pool for various industries during a virtual conversation moderated by PBN Editor Michael Mello, center, and Mark S. Murphy, top left. Clockwise from the top middle are: Eric M. Shorr, Michael E. McKelvy, Edward O. “Ned” Handy III, Marcela Betancur, Chris Parisi and Betty Robson.

Call to arms for government, businesses

On the occasion of Providence Business News’ 35th anniversary, six business and community leaders joined in a virtual discussion on Rhode Island’s economy –...
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION, with the support of the Economic Progress Institute and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, is launching a new initiative to develop recommendations on how the state can spend the federal stimulus it is expected to receive from the American Rescue Plan Act. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation launches initiative to develop recommendations for state on stimulus...

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation announced Wednesday that, with the support of the Economic Progress Institute and the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council,...

New Latino Policy Institute plan highlights inequities, calls for action

PROVIDENCE – A new plan unveiled by the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University on Oct. 13 examines the inequities and barriers that...
DENIED: Elyse Farnsworth, owner of Arrow Salon in Providence, tried to apply through Bank of America for a Paycheck Protection Program loan but was turned down because she did not have a line of credit with the bank. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Certain businesses left behind in dash for stimulus loans?

Elyse Farnsworth was eagerly awaiting the rollout of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. The hair stylist and owner of Arrow Salon LLC...

Five Questions With: Marcela Betancur

When the results of the 2018-2019 Rhode Island Comprehensive Assessment System were released last week, they showed that the overall performance of students in...
HIGHER PRIORITIES: Mario Bueno, executive director of Progreso Latino, a nonprofit that provides comprehensive social services to Latin Americans in Rhode Island, speaks with Johanna Tones, bookkeeper. Bueno said the 2020 census is not as high a priority for immigrants as other, more-pressing concerns, such as working and housing.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Rhode Island could lose one of its two U.S. House seats...

The last time a U.S. census form arrived in the mail, Marcela Betancur helped her mother fill it out. As a 20-year-old, she had...
PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

Five Questions With Marcela Betancur

Marcela Betancur | Director, Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University 1. You have significant experience in housing. How does this relate to the work...
ON WEDNESDAY, Roger Williams University announced Marcela Betancur was named director of the Latino Policy Institute. Her tenure will begin Jan. 14. / COURTESY ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

Betancur to lead Latino Policy Institute at RWU

PROVIDENCE -Marcela Betancur has been named director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University, the school announced Wednesday. Betancur succeeds Gabriela Domenzain who left the...

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