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FRIENDLY FOODS: Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods in Johnston was named the Rhode Island and New England Small Business Manufacturer award winner as part of the 2019 Small Business Week, May 5-11, by the U.S. Small Business Administration. From left, Mark S. Hayward, SBA Rhode Island district director; Wendell Davis, SBA regional administrator; and Sennen G. Conte, co-owner and chief financial officer of Gerbs.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods breeds seeds of success

Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Rhode Island and New England Small Business Manufacturer award winner as part...
SECURING SENIORS: Michael Vieira, left, certified aging-in-place specialist, and Justin Oakley, occupational therapist and home safety specialist, combined their expertise to create Oakley Home Access, a company that offers advice on home adjustments for people living with mobility issues, as well as builds and installs specialized equipment to make home life easier and safer.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Making homes safe, livable for seniors

Justin Oakley and Michael Vieira share a work history that dates back decades.As 16-year-old entrepreneurs, they sold quahogs door to door in the Narragansett...

SBA to host ‘matchmaker’ event for food-related entrepreneurs, lenders

WARREN – The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a “matchmaker” event on Tuesday, April 30, for small businesses in food-related industries to meet...

SBA seeks applicants for Emerging Leaders program

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking applicants for the 2019 Emerging Leaders program that provides executive-level instruction to small-business owners free...
THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION has made Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to small businesses and nonprofits affected by the Aquidneck Island gas outage.

SBA offers disaster assistance to small businesses, nonprofits affected by Aquidneck...

NEWPORT – The U.S. Small Business Administration has made low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans available to Rhode Island small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small...

R.I. congressional delegation tours Bristol in support of small businesses

BRISTOL – Sens. Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Reps. James R. Langevin, D-R.I., and David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., joined a walking...

Federally backed lending to small businesses up in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has seen double-digit increases this year in small business loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the agency reported...
SUCCESS STORY: Lisa J. Raiola is the founder of Hope & Main, a Warren-based food-startup incubator that has worked with more than 350 businesses. Three of the 51 initial PBN Something New small businesses are either graduates or current members of Hope & Main.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

From ‘Something New,’ the strong survive

“To some people, small sounds like a limitation,” said Travis Webster-Booth, owner of TWB Creative, a copywriting and business-services firm launched in October 2014...
THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION is hosting a free seminar on July 17, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., on tax changes in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that will affect small businesses and individuals.

SBA hosting seminar on tax changes for small businesses

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration is holding a free training session on the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on July 17,...
SUBMARINE TECH: MIKEL Inc. President Kelly Mendell speaks with Dave Lambert, engineer and program manager, about the company’s Surface Ship component of its SANS Beacon underwater navigation aid system. The company supports the submarine community with technical and logistic expertise. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Risk-taking propels Mikel’s can-do CEO

WHEN IT COMES TO RUNNING A BUSINESS, failure is not an option for Kelly Mendell, president of MIKEL Inc. in Middletown.That’s according to Mark...
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