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Citizens taking submissions for Community Champion Award Contest

PROVIDENCE – Citizens Financial Group Inc. has launched its seventh annual Small Business Community Champion Award Contest, designed to honor small businesses by recognizing...

Polar Park construction manager pays $1.9M over minority hiring

BOSTON (AP) – The company that oversaw the construction of a minor league baseball park in Massachusetts has agreed to pay nearly $2 million...
COMMUNITY GROWTH: Tomás Ávila, associate director for the R.I. Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, says that as of April 2022, minority-owned small-business enterprises have been awarded 15.3% of the dollar value of Rhode Island’s procurements or construction projects after not meeting the 10% mandate for years.
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New leadership, reorganization of state division has led to increased MBE...

PBN 2022 Diversity Equity & Inclusion Awards Government: R.I. Division of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Upon being hired in August 2021 as the associate director...
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION and R.I. Commerce Corp. released Friday a study on how the state's number of minority-owned businesses is still lagging behind the national average, and recommendations on how to address the issue. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation study: Minority-owned businesses still lacking in state

PROVIDENCE – While the minority population in Rhode Island is increasing, the number of minority-owned businesses in the Ocean State still lag behind the...
GETTING ­CERTIFIED: ­Dominican immigrant Pedro Mendez, right, has applied for his business, AmeriSigns, to be part of the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program. Also pictured are workers Luiyi Moreno, left, and Obdalis Csisa.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. needs to get with the times on minority contracting

The state historically has failed miserably in ensuring minority-owned businesses get their fair share of tens of millions of dollars in state contracts. That looked...
IT’S HOME: Amanda Mottola, who was born in Paraguay and adopted as a child by a Connecticut family, set down roots in Rhode Island in 2019 and established a small marketing firm. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Adopted as a baby, marketer still connected to her ancestry

(Editor’s note: This is the 15th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
SITE VISITS: Geraldine Barclay King, owner of Geri’s Bluffing Boutique in Woonsocket, says she wants to see business resources meet business owners where they are working to learn about their challenges and needs. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: ‘I knew … the odds would be against me’

(Editor’s note: This is the 11th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION and Gov. Daniel J. McKee jointly announced Monday that they are launching the $150,000 initiative to help enhance the growth and support of minority-owned businesses across Rhode Island. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation, McKee administration launch $150K initiative to support minority-owned businesses

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation and Gov. Daniel J. McKee jointly announced Monday that they are launching the $150,000 initiative to help enhance...
NO EXCUSES: Robert B. Foster, owner of RBF Fitness and Nutrition LLC, says there are obstacles for minorities who aspire to be business owners, but nothing that can’t be overcome. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Everybody’s Business: ‘Anyone can forge their own path’

(Editor’s note: This is the eighth installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
THE RHODE ISLAND Foundation and R.I. Commerce Corp. are collaborating on a project to help support, sustain and grow minority-owned businesses in Rhode Island.

R.I. Commerce Corp., R.I. Foundation collaborate on initiative to help minority-owned...

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Commerce Corp. and the Rhode Island Foundation are collaborating on a project that will help support, sustain and grow minority-owned businesses...
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