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HITTING HIS GOAL: Nic Cortes, owner of Cortes BJJ LLC, leads one of the classes at his jiu-jitsu studio in Warwick, which offers self-defense programs, fitness and strength conditioning. Cortes realized his dream of starting his own academy when he opened his studio in 2017.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: A display of fighting spirit to overcome obstacles

(Editor’s note: This is the 29th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
EXPANSION-MINDED: Russell and Sterling Spellman operate Incred-A-Bowl Food Co., a food truck company that is preparing to open a restaurant in East Providence in the fall. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: Building a company with eye toward greater good

(Editor’s note: This is the 24th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...

Shoemaking allows Kurd to connect to his culture

(Editor’s note: This is the 23rd installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...
FAB FOUNDER: Fabiola Brunache changed careers in 2012, moved to Rhode Island and established her own real estate agency. She acknowledges that there have been some awkward moments for her in a real estate industry that doesn’t have many people of color. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

She sees her firm as change agent in real estate

(Editor’s note: This is the 22nd installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...
HE’S STILL STANDING: It’s been a struggle, but Jhonny Levya has kept his business, Heroica Construction Inc., operating during the pandemic. As head of the Black Contractors Association of Rhode Island, he’s unsure how other minority-owned businesses will weather the crisis. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Crisis ‘insurmountable’ for some minority businesses

Jhonny Levya is president of Heroica Construction Inc., growing what was a family business when he purchased it in 2009 into a multimillion-dollar company....
A BIG DEAL: Louis Yip stands outside a mill building in Central Falls that his real estate group purchased and converted into a 175-unit apartment complex called M Residential.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO


Everybody’s Business: In a new country, he wasted no time

(Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
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