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Lisa Ranglin, Rhode Island Black Business Association CEO and president; 
Citizens Bank program manager / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘We were sort of invisible’

(Editor’s note: This is the first installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
RHODE ISLAND will receive $6.8 million in federal funds to capitalize and administer Revolving Loan Funds for businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. / AP FILE PHOTO/SUSAN WALSH

R.I. receives $6.8M from feds for Revolving Loan Funds

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has been allocated $6.8 million from the federal government to capitalize and administer Revolving Loan Funds for businesses impacted by...
SALES BOOST: Lori Lyons, owner of Beauty and the Bath in North Kingstown, says after boosting the online presence of her gift store as a result of participating in the R.I. Commerce Corp.’s Small Business Technical Support program, she’s expanded the reach of her business and increased her sales by 25%. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Tech volunteers save the day for small retailers

Lori Lyons spent the first 48 hours after the state issued stay-at-home orders in a sleepless haze of research into how to transform her...
HOME AND HOME: After working in private industry for many years, Avishai Nevel, originally of Israel, founded the Providence-based nonprofit Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative to help forge trade, business and academic partnerships between the Ocean State and Israel. 

Avishai Nevel, founder and CEO, Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative

PBN 2020 Leaders & Achievers Awards Avishai Nevel | Founder and CEO, Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative HOME IS WHERE the heart is, and Avishai Nevel’s heart...

Restore RI sees 100 businesses apply in round 2; no cap...

PROVIDENCE – Another 100 small businesses have applied for grants under the state’s Restore RI program, with no plans to cap or close the...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO announced Wednesday that starting Friday, bars at restaurants must shut down by 11 p.m. / COURTESY CAPITOL TV

Roughly 90 R.I. restaurants/bars showed some noncompliance; Simone concerned about curfew

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island will implement its 11 p.m. shutdown for bars Friday, after Gov. Gina M. Raimondo said during her weekly COVID-19 press...

Restore RI small-business grant program closes first round of applications

PROVIDENCE – The state’s new small-business grant program will temporarily stop accepting applications at noon today, according to Matt Sheaff, director of communications and...
CAUTION SIGNAL: Fred Mattera, executive director of the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island, warns of the potential for loss of life and loss of vessels because the 1-mile-wide transit lanes allocated for traveling around wind turbines don’t provide enough room to safely maneuver vessels in high winds and storms when visibility is low. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

POWERING UP: Offshore wind sector gains momentum despite pandemic

Stark white walls, blank computer screens and empty desk chairs weren’t what the executives at Denmark-based wind-energy firm Orsted had in mind when they...

Most-read stories on PBN.com, July 2020

1. PBN announces 2020 25 Leaders & Achievers honorees POSTED ONLINE: JULY 17 The Providence Business News announced winners of its second annual 25...

Restore RI small-business grant program opens to ‘comfortable pace’

PROVIDENCE – More than 600 small businesses have submitted applications for the state’s newly opened grant program as of Tuesday morning, according to Matt...

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