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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...
HELP WANTED: A community job fair will be held on Aug. 10 at the Rhode Island College Workforce Development Hub in Central Falls. 
PBN PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

Editor’s Choice: Local chambers, RIC to host community job fair Aug....

THE NORTHERN RHODE ISLAND Chamber of Commerce, along with the Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the city of Central Falls and Rhode Island...

Not everyone is sold on McKee’s plan to boost MBE program

AFTER THE STATE last year exceeded the minimum requirements for awarding government contracts to minority- and women-owned businesses, Gov. Daniel J. McKee wants to...

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...

Berkshire Bank donates $764K to 155 nonprofits, including 3 in R.I.

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Berkshire Bank recently highlighted the $2.8 million in philanthropic investments made in 2022, including $764,000 to 155 community organizations in the...
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...
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