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FAMILY MEETING: Andrew Torrado, left, and Luis C. Torrado, second from left, speak with their father, Luis A. Torrado, president of L. A. Torrado Architects Inc. in Providence. Torrado’s sons are project managers at the company.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

An architect with designs on boosting minority firms

(Editor’s note: This is the 30th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
BUSINESS AND NONPROFIT leaders meet and talk with one another Thursday during Providence Business News' 2023 Book of Lists Premier Event at the Graduate Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN debuts 2023 Book of Lists at Graduate Providence

PROVIDENCE – Nearly 250 local business and nonprofit representatives gathered Thursday at the Graduate Providence to network with one another during Providence Business News’...

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.
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

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...

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. 
COURTESY RHODES ON THE PAWTUXET

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...
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