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SUSAN CHASE, general manager of United Skates of America in East Providence, says she plans to extend the facility's hours of operation to offset a loss of customers due to capacity restrictions that will be in place once she reopens following the state's economic "pause." / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Business owners grapple with Raimondo’s ‘pause’ extension

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's decision on Thursday to extend Rhode Island’s economic “pause” through Dec. 20 means some local businesses will have...

Commerce: $13M in Restore RI small-business grants still available

PROVIDENCE – About one-quarter, or $13 million, in new state grants for small businesses was still up for grabs Tuesday morning, just hours before...
GOING IT ALONE: Katie Murano, a sole proprietor with a wedding photography business, has lost all of her 2020 jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has struggled to qualify for relief programs because of the structure of her business. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Getting aid a struggle for many sole proprietors

A sole proprietorship seemed like the best option when Katie Murano started her wedding photography business in January. Having previously owned an event-planning business as...

30% of Restore RI recipients seek additional funding under higher grant...

PROVIDENCE – Roughly 30% of the small businesses that received state grant funds to offset COVID-19 losses have applied for more money under recently...

Restore RI small-business grant program hits 1,000 mark

PROVIDENCE – Over 1,000 small businesses have received grants through the state’s Restore Rhode Island program, R.I. Commerce Corp. announced on Tuesday. In total, the...

Expanded Restore RI grant program sees 400 new applications in 4...

PROVIDENCE – The number of small businesses seeking grants through the Restore RI program has increased by nearly 50% in the last four days...
RI COMMERCE CORP's Restore RI grant program expansion begin Tuesday, allowing sole proprietors to apply as well as businesses with up to 50 full time employees. Eligible businesses will have to prove that they experienced at least a 30% year-over-year revenue loss in a month from March to July.

Restore Rhode Island grant program expansion begins Tuesday

PROVIDENCE – The expansion of the Restore Rhode Island grant program will begin on Tuesday, according to the state. R.I. Commerce Corp. said the program...

Restore RI grant program to expand to sole proprietors, larger companies

PROVIDENCE – The state’s grant program for small businesses that have lost revenue during the pandemic will be expanded to help both smaller and...

Raimondo ‘not satisfied’ with small-business relief

PROVIDENCE – Seven weeks after Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced a plan for small- business relief, she said she is "not satisfied" with the...
BUSINESS RECOVERY: Attorney John A. Dorsey, an administrator for the R.I. Judiciary’s Business Recovery Plan, says participation in the program won’t hurt a business’s credit. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. court program offers struggling businesses a lifeline

Have there been too many state and federal support programs competing for the attention of local businesses during the pandemic? That may sound crazy in...

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