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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...

Progress on MBE contracting limited without enforcement

This year’s General Assembly session ended without changes to the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program, despite a $500,000 study that identified a host of...
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...
STATUS QUO: RoseMarie Clemente, owner of Baron & Clemente Real Estate LLC, says she opposes any effort to remove Portuguese from the list of qualifying origins for the state’s Minority or Women Enterprise Business program.   / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: ‘We rally to help each other’

RoseMarie Clemente | Baron & Clemente Real Estate LLC (Editor’s note: This is the 14th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners...
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...
CHANGING INDUSTRY: Cheryl Burrell, right, associate director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity in the R.I. Department of Administration, is heading the state’s efforts to further diversify the construction industry. At left are Dorinda Keene, assistant administrator of MBE, or minority business enterprise, and Elvys Ruiz, chief supplier to diversity officer.

Diversity elusive in construction

White men still dominate construction, though some companies are committed to changing that Born to immigrant families struggling to get by in Providence, Edwin A....
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