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Navigant, R.I. Hispanic Chamber offer low-interest loans for Latinx small businesses

PROVIDENCE – The state’s largest credit union has partnered with a Hispanic business services group to try to help Latinx small-business owners secure bank...
PROMOTING CHANGE: Local nonprofit Hope and Change for Haiti will hold its third annual Engage for Change Gala on Aug. 25 at Rhodes on the Pawtuxet in Cranston. 
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Editor’s Choice: Hope and Change for Haiti to hold annual gala...

EDITOR’S CHOICE Hope and Change for Haitito hold annual gala Aug. 25 HOPE AND CHANGE FOR HAITI, a local nonprofit organization that advocates for women and...

Coalition launches to support minority- and women-owned businesses in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Business leaders on Wednesday announced the launch of the Rhode Island Business Empowerment Network, a coalition of nearly 80 professionals dedicated to...
FOUND HIS GROOVE: Jonathan F. Gramajo acknowledges that opening his own business was rough at the beginning, but now his flooring company is profitable and he’s booked two months in advance. /PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: Gramajo faced his fears and forged ahead

(Editor’s note: This is the 19th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
SMALL-BUSINESS STARTER: Providence-based Maternova Inc. was the first medtech venture to complete an accelerator program at Social Enterprise Greenhouse. The company’s founder, Meg Wirth, foreground, is now SEG’s director of health and wellness. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Lending some help to little guys

SMALL BUSINESS Ask any Rhode Island small-business owner if they could use more help – loans, grants, coaching, training programs – and it’s safe to...

Hispanic Chamber increases membership 900% during pandemic

PROVIDENCE – Azriel Arce can vividly remember the moment he learned about the Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s small-business resources and programs. It was...

Everybody’s Business: He adopted strategy of adapting

(Editor’s note: This is the 10th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...
THE UNITED WAY of Rhode Island has awarded $4.5 million in grants to 72 local nonprofits to help stem racial inequality in the state.

United Way of R.I. awards $4.5M in grants to organizations promoting...

PROVIDENCE – As part of the United Way of Rhode Island’s five-year, $100 million plan to create transformative change in the Ocean State, the nonprofit...
LATINO ADVOCATE: Oscar Mejias, CEO of the Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, stands along Westminster Street in the Olneyville section of Providence that features an enclave of Latino-owned businesses.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Latino business leader: Some barriers lowered, but more to go

(Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. View the first installment here.)   Oscar Mejias...

Providence City Council partners with ONE Neighborhood Builders to distribute face...

PROVIDENCE – Members of several community organizations, including the City Council, were on hand last week to pick up face masks gathered by ONE...
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