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LETTER OF THE LAW: Noah Kilroy turned his life around after he was prosecuted on drug charges and spent 18 months in federal prison two decades ago. Now he’s a lawyer and uses his life experiences in his practice as a criminal defense attorney. 
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Lessons of his past prove useful in his legal career

There is a misconception prevalent outside of legal circles that criminal defense attorneys are seen as a sanctuary of trust for those accused of...
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION has awarded $120,000 in grants to 24 nonprofits that support the state's Black community. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation awards $120K to 24 nonprofits supporting Black community

PROVIDENCE – Twenty-four local nonprofits serving the state’s Black community received more than $120,000 in grants from the Rhode Island Foundation’s Black Philanthropy Bannister...
COMPANY CRED: Bacary Diatta says his food company Kassumay LLC is going well, but it could be doing better if it was easier to obtain a business loan. 
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Fear grows about reduced ability to access capital

When Bacary Diatta moved from Senegal to the United States in 2018, he knew he wanted to start a business that would add value...

R.I. business leaders launch coalition to support underserved entrepreneurs

EAST PROVIDENCE – When Sterling Spellman and her husband, Russell, launched Incred-A-Bowl Food Co. in 2013, they started with a $25,000 loan from R.I....
ALL SMILES: Dr. Joke Alesh, right, owner of Marigold Dental Studio in Pawtucket, speaks with Toni Tamba, scheduling lead.
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Everybody’s Business: She provides dental care, mentorship to underserved populations

(Editor’s note: This is the 39th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
NINE BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS across Rhode Island have formed the Rhode Island Businesses for Better Education coalition to support better education outcomes and address major issues, including student achievement gaps.

R.I. business groups form alliance to support education

PROVIDENCE – A collection of prominent groups representing hundreds of businesses across Rhode Island on Thursday formed a new alliance to support better education...
WHAT’S IN STORE: Toyin Omisore, owner of Roam Loud, an activewear and athleisure brand, stands with the company’s products on display at REI in Cranston. Omisore has also sold her products through Kohl’s Corp. and 70 CorePower Yoga studios throughout the U.S.
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Everybody’s Business: Fashioning an enterprise that’s a perfect fit

When Toyin Omisore was ramping up her workouts around 2017, she didn’t give much thought to what she was wearing. “But I knew that I...

R.I. Black Business Association, legal firm say state’s inaction violates federal...

PROVIDENCE – Two years after a report found significant disparities between opportunities awarded to women- and minority-owned businesses, the Rhode Island Black Business Association...
HOMEGROWN: Amelia Lopez, left, Southside Community Land Trust food access associate, and Appoline Alphonsine, a college intern, sort through vegetables harvested by the Providence nonprofit. SCLT recently received an $80,000 grant from the city that was not part of the $10 million racial reparation initiative. Some have complained that the city is moving too slow on deploying the $10 million equities program.
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What happened to Providence’s reparations initiative?

Jim Vincent threw himself into the work when he was appointed to the Providence Municipal Reparations Commission in early 2022 because he saw an...

R.I. Black Business Association accepting applications for emerging leaders program

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Black Business Association is now accepting applications for its 2023-24 Emerging Leaders Development Program. The association says the program, which...
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