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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...

R.I. ranks 16th-worst in U.S. for minority entrepreneurs, study finds

PROVIDENCE – A recent report looking at state support for minority-owned businesses throughout the U.S. ranked Rhode Island the 16th-worst in the country for...
REPEAT CUSTOMER: Joseph Becton, owner of F.I.N.A.O. Tattoo Ink in North Providence, designs an extension for Donna Ruggieri of West Warwick, who said Becton took very good care of her previous tattoo.  
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Everybody’s Business: Determined to leave his mark on community

(Editor’s note: This is the 32nd installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...

R.I. legislation would extend retirement savings to all workers

PROVIDENCE – More than 4 in 10 Rhode Island workers don’t have access to retirement savings plans through their job. Legislation recently introduced in the...
CONCERNED CITIZEN: Rhode Island Black Business Association CEO and President Lisa Ranglin worries that efforts to improve access to and participation from minority businesses in Providence may go unnoticed with no one currently filling the role of business and development director for the city.
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Providence looks to improve its MBE contracting program

Leroy Belona thought certifying his Providence construction company through the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program would open the door to more ­opportunities. But in the...

Providence accelerator program graduates 100-plus microenterprises

PROVIDENCE – More than 100 microenterprises graduated from the Empower Providence Microenterprise Accelerator Program, a partnership between the city and internet domain registrar GoDaddy. The six-week...
HEALTHY CONVERSATION: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island staff members, from left, Peter Rocha, technology risk manager; Tracy McCaughey, managing director of claims; Nicole Hass-Rodriguez, executive assistant; Amber Dicks, senior corporate board assistant and executive assistant; Doris De Los Santos, supplier diversity program manager; Jordan Martin, assistant compliance officer; and Famsheera Abdulkhader, health data analyst, meet at the health insurer’s Providence office.
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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of R.I. is an invaluable resource...

PBN 2022 Diversity Equity & Inclusion Awards Health Care – Large Company: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island AS PART OF ITS CORE...

R.I. Black Business Association celebrates new HQ, equity business hub

PROVIDENCE – State and local leaders joined Rhode Island Black Business Association founder, CEO and President Lisa Ranglin on Monday to celebrate the acquisition...

R.I. Commerce approves $650K for small-business loan program

PROVIDENCE – R.I. Commerce Corp. on Tuesday announced $650,000 in small-business loans to be distributed via partner lending organizations. The fiscal 2023 funding for the...
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