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HarborOne Bank named top SBA lender in R.I. for 2021

PROVIDENCE – HarborOne Bank continues to lead the way in helping Rhode Island businesses secure loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Massachusetts-based bank...
CHANGING NEEDS: Laurie White, president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, says business grants should be targeted differently as challenges for businesses shift over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic relief programs still have aid available

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses in the hard-hit arts and hospitality industries were forced to shutter. But drawing from state grant funding, Brooklyn...

Traditional SBA loan funding for R.I. small businesses more than doubles...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island small businesses got more than double the money through traditional, U.S. Small Business Administration loans in fiscal year 2021 compared...

Stay focused on business success

Business owners can be excused for being too busy surviving to spend the time needed to fully understand differences between myriad state and federal...
MARK S. HAYWARD, bottom center, U.S. Small Business Administration Rhode Island District director, shares insights about the small-business relief programs during PBN's 2021 Coronavirus Business Stimulus Summit on Thursday. Also participating was, from top left, Anthony J. Mangiarelli, partner and director of enterprise solutions group for Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., PBN Editor Michael Mello, and Kristin Urbach, executive director for the North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce. At bottom left is Jenny Pereira, Rhode Island Foundation vice president of grants and community investment.

PBN summit panelists lay out latest rules on federal, state business...

PROVIDENCE – The dizzying array of state and federal relief programs rolled out over the last year is enough to trip up even the...
PBN’s 2021 Coronavirus Business Stimulus Summit is set to take place online on Feb. 11 at 9 a.m.

PBN’s 2021 Coronavirus Business Stimulus Summit approaches

PROVIDENCE – Providence Business News’ 2021 Coronavirus Business Stimulus Summit will take place Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. The free, virtual event will feature panelists...

SBA reports $3.2B in traditional, COVID-19 loans to R.I. businesses in...

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration provided more than $3.2 billion in capital to Rhode Island small businesses in fiscal 2020 through traditional...
FAR-FLUNG PANELISTS: Providence Business News’ Coronavirus Stimulus Program Summit took place online on April 16. The panelists were at separate locations during the event.

PBN coronavirus summit panel: Many do’s and don’ts in using stimulus...

Planning is crucial in business, and it has never been as difficult as it is now that the coronavirus pandemic has hammered the national...
TRUE TEST: Mark S. Hayward, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Rhode Island office, acknowledges that he hasn’t seen a disruption of business quite like the one caused by the coronavirus pandemic. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. businesses offered SBA help to get through coronavirus epidemic

Mark S. Hayward was in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 11, 2001. With the metro shut down following the devastating terrorist attacks in New York City...
STEADFAST: Mark S. Hayward, director of the SBA’s Rhode Island district office, says businesses that persevere will find the help they need to bounce back from the corona­virus crisis. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Perseverance, not panic, the path to surviving coronavirus crisis

None of us has been here before, in a rapidly collapsing economy with industries being shut down virtually overnight. But history is still the...

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