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Not everyone is sold on McKee’s plan to boost MBE program

AFTER THE STATE last year exceeded the minimum requirements for awarding government contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses, Gov. Daniel J. McKee wants to...
CONCERNED CITIZEN: Rhode Island Black Business Association CEO and President Lisa Ranglin worries that efforts to improve access to and participation from minority businesses in Providence may go unnoticed with no one currently filling the role of business and development director for the city.
PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence looks to improve its MBE contracting program

Leroy Belona thought certifying his Providence construction company through the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program would open the door to more ­opportunities. But in the...
MOVING AHEAD: George Metz, who has Montauk and Narragansett tribal roots, has certified his company, G. Metz Moving and Storage, as a minority-owned business, but in some cases, he feels it’s been a hinderance. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERTY WHITELEY

Everybody’s Business: Declaring minority status wasn’t an easy decision for Metz

(Editor’s note: This is the 21st installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each are asked their views on...

Report: Providence metro has 4th lowest share of minority-owned businesses in...

PROVIDENCE – Greater Providence has the fourth-lowest share of minority-owned businesses relative to its minority population among major metropolitan areas nationwide, according to new...
MAN WITH A PLAN: Gabriel Varga, a native of Costa Rica, started BlueSkies Construction & Design LLC in Lincoln in 2013. The company is registered with the state as a minority business enterprise. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: He has a distaste for ‘minority’ label

Gabriel Varga | BlueSkies Construction & Design LLC (Editor’s note: This is the 13th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and...
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