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AN INCLUSIVE GROUP: Panelists take part in the virtual Diversity & Inclusion Summit on Dec. 10. Clockwise from top left are Kevin Matta, director of client engagement and inclusion for Advancing Workplace Excellence; Kevin Nerney, executive director of the Rhode Island Developmental Disabilities Council; Lisa Ranglin, founder, CEO and president of the Rhode Island Black Business Association; Neil D. Steinberg, CEO and president of the Rhode Island Foundation; and Steve Sublett, senior vice president of CBIZ Benefits & Insurance Services Inc.

Summit panel: Diversity, inclusion efforts have been lacking

Progress toward more diversity and inclusion in the workplace has been slow in Rhode Island, with more of it confined to plans on paper...
STEPHANIE HUCKEL, senior global program manager of diversity and inclusion for International Game Technology PLC, has been named the Overall Diversity Champion for Providence Business News' 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Summit and Awards program. /PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Huckel, 9 organizations to be honored in PBN’s 2020 Diversity &...

PROVIDENCE – Nine organizations and one individual will be honored by Providence Business News at its third annual Diversity & Inclusion Summit and Awards...
CHANGE AGENT: SCORE Rhode Island host Jeffery Hayzlett will present advice for transforming a business during an online webinar on Dec. 3.  / COURTESY JEFFERY HAYZLETT

Editor’s Choice: How to transform your business

How to transform your business SCORE RHODE ISLAND is hosting a webinar to provide information and resources about transforming a business to improve its operation...
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...
Lisa A. Ranglin is vice president – program manager at Providence-based Citizens Bank. She’s also the founder, CEO and president of the nonprofit Rhode Island Black Business Association and its charitable arm, the Institute for Economic Empowerment and Development.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Commit to real workforce diversity

Lisa A. Ranglin | Rhode Island Black Business Association CEO and president Historically, diversity and inclusion efforts have failed to produce significant changes and companies...
DIVERSE WORKFORCE: C.C. Business Corp. Vice President Ron Brewer, left, and President Marcellus Sharpe stand outside of Thundermist Health Center in Woonsocket, one of the private-security company’s clients. Brewer estimates that 70% of the company’s 39 employees are minorities. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A question of equity: Can R.I. level the field for minority...

As small-business owners clambered to get in on the federal payroll relief program launched in the wake of COVID-19, Anna Mangeni held back. Her business,...
LISA RANGLIN, president of the Rhode Island Black Business Association, criticized the state for its failure to comply with its own policies regarding contracts with minority-owned businesses during a news conference on Thursday. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. Black Business Association: R.I. failing to comply with minority-contracting policy

PROVIDENCE – State policies for contracting with minority-owned businesses have come under scrutiny amid heightened attention on racial justice issues. The Rhode Island Black Business...
DENIED: Elyse Farnsworth, owner of Arrow Salon in Providence, tried to apply through Bank of America for a Paycheck Protection Program loan but was turned down because she did not have a line of credit with the bank. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Certain businesses left behind in dash for stimulus loans?

Elyse Farnsworth was eagerly awaiting the rollout of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. The hair stylist and owner of Arrow Salon LLC...

R.I. lacks key data on minority businesses

People of color are underrepresented as business owners compared with their share of Rhode Island’s population, but getting a clear picture on the depth...

Editor’s Choice: R.I. Black Business Association to hold Awards Gala Oct....

EDITOR’S CHOICE R.I. Black Business Association to hold Awards Gala Oct. 11 THE RHODE ISLAND Black Business Association will hold its eighth annual Awards...
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