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FAMILY-OWNED: Pier Ice Plant in Narragansett was founded June 15, 1966, by owner Robert Shumate, above, and his father, Lawrence. Robert Shumate is a member of the Narragansett Indian Tribe. He says he was lucky to grow up in a family that owned its own business. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

For R.I.’s indigenous people, good jobs and prosperity are often out...

For 51 years, Robert Shumate said he has been “keeping South ­County cool.” Owner of Pier Ice Plant in Narragansett and a Narragansett Indian Tribe...
LISA RANGLIN is the president of the Rhode Island Black Business Association, which has launched a statewide microlending program for minority-owned businesses, using a $100,000 award it received from the R.I. Commerce Corp. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND BLACK BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

RIBBA launches $100K statewide microlending program

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Black Business Association has launched a new statewide microlending program for minority-owned businesses. The new program, called the Microlending Initiative,...

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