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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...

PBN to host health care webinar on the coronavirus

PROVIDENCE – Providence Business News will host a free virtual summit on April 1 on what businesses need to know about the global COVID-19...
MEETING OF MINDS: Mark S. Hayward, left, director of the U.S. Small Business Administration Rhode Island District Office, discusses plans with Robert Russell, center, corporate ambassador for Aretec Inc., and Charles Newton, a director for the Ocean State Business Development Authority Inc. / PBN PHOTORUPERT WHITELEY

Five Questions With: Mark S. Hayward

Mark S. Hayward | Director, U.S. Small Business Administration Rhode Island District Office 1. Was 2019 a good year for small businesses in Rhode...
THE JOHN H. CHAFEE Center for International Business at Bryant University has received a $374,002 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration to aid small businesses to enter the global market or to expand their global exports. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Chafee Center receives $374K in federal funds for export initiative

SMITHFIELD – The John H. Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant University has received a $374,002 grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration...
THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS Administration is now accepting applications for the 2020 National Small Business Week Awards.

SBA accepting applications for National Small Business Week Awards

PROVIDENCE – The Small Business Administration is now accepting applications for the 2020 National Small Business Awards, the SBA announced Monday. Honorees will be recognized...
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...

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