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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...
KELLY B. MENDELL, president of MIKEL, was named the U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Person of the Year for Rhode Island. / COURTESY SBA

SBA announces R.I. 2018 Small Business Awards

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced its 2018 Rhode Island Small Business Award winners Wednesday. Kelly B. Mendell, president of MIKEL Inc., was...
SBA ADMINISTRATOR Linda McMahon and newly-appointed Region I Regional Administrator Wendell G. Davis. / COURTESY SBA RHODE ISLAND

Davis named SBA regional administrator

PROVIDENCE - Wendell G. Davis has been named Region 1 regional administrator by the U.S. Small Business Administration, according to an announcement by the...
UNIQUE COLLABORATION: Viana Newton, left, and Katie Bouchard are co-owners of Providence-based beauty-products manufacturer PotionPVD, which has partnered with mobile coffee company The Nitro Cart to use its coffee beans in their beauty products. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. small businesses expanding reach through local collaborations

Once the hot water streams through, most people toss spent coffee grounds in the trash – but not Audrey ­Finocchiaro. “In my personal life, and...
THE SOUTH EASTERN Economic Development Corp. is celebrating 35 years of business at its annual meeting this year on Nov. 29, which will include the election of members, directors and officers as well as giving out awards for Regional Business Advocate of the Year, Startup Business of the Year and Small Business of the Year.

SEED to celebrate 35 years of business

TAUNTON – The South Eastern Economic Development Corp., or SEED, is celebrating 35 years of business at its annual meeting this year. The 2017 meeting...
FAMILY-OWNED: Pier Ice Plant in Narragansett was founded June 15, 1966, by owner Robert Shumate, above, and his father, Lawrence. Robert Shumate is a member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe. He says he was lucky to grow up in a family that owned its own business. / PBN PHOTO/

For R.I.’s indigenous people, good jobs and prosperity are often out...

For 51 years, Robert Shumate said he has been “keeping South ­County cool.” Owner of Pier Ice Plant in Narragansett and a Narragansett Indian Tribe...
MARK S HAYWARD, U.S. Small Business Administration Rhode Island district director, said "real results" come from the organization's Emerging Leaders program./PHOTO BY TRACY JENKINS

Third R.I. SBA Emerging Leaders cohort graduates

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island branch of the U.S. Small Business Administration Monday announced the eight executives which make up the third cohort of...
SUMMER RETREAT: Families have been traveling to Block Island as a summer retreat for generations, helping ensure steady business at the island’s 35 hotels and its beaches. Revenue from the state’s hotel tax is a major source of income for the island, generating $2.97 million between fiscal years 2007 and 2017.  / PBN PHOTO/K. CURTIS

Will business on Block Island always be seasonal?

Sven Risom and his wife, Laura, became enamored with the beauty of Block Island long ago. After summering there for many years, they became...
R.I. SBA members celebrate National Doughnut Day with Bolt Coffee owners and SBA loan recipients Bryan Gibb and Todd Mackey./ PHOTO COURTESY SBA

SBA celebrates national doughnut day at Bolt Coffee

PROVIDENCE - Members of the R.I. Small Business Administration celebrated National Doughnut Day with Bryan Gibb and and Todd Mackey - owners of Bolt Coffee...

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