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Federally backed lending to small businesses up in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island has seen double-digit increases this year in small business loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration, the agency reported...
ON THE RADAR: From left, Ronald Olf, quality manager; Chris Burch, vice president; and Donald J. Boyle, owner, look at some grounding posts at Jade Manufacturing in Warwick.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Jade’s military parts can’t fail

Founded by Donald J. Boyle’s father after years in the textile and military-manufacturing industries, Jade Manufacturing has survived ups and downs in the state’s...
THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS Administration is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Small Business Week Awards.

SBA accepting 2019 Small Business Week Awards nominations

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting nominations for the 2019 National Small Business Week Awards, the SBA announced Monday.Nominations are due...
ON TUESDAY, the R.I. Small Business Development Center and Rhode Island Foundation announced a partnership to launch the Small Business Growth Hub focused on businesses operating outside the tech indudstry. / COURTESY R.I. SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

RISBDC, R.I. Foundation launch non-tech-related Growth Hub

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – A new funding outlet for non-technology-related small businesses is now available to Rhode Island companies looking to grow, thanks to a...
THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION is hosting a free seminar on July 17, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., on tax changes in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that will affect small businesses and individuals.

SBA hosting seminar on tax changes for small businesses

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration is holding a free training session on the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on July 17,...
THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION is taking its small business funding show on the road this summer, coming to four New England cities in August.

SBA road tour to bring information about funding for tech projects

PROVIDENCE – Four New England cities, including Providence, will host visits this summer by the SBIR Road Tour, a national outreach to publicize opportunities...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Wendell G. Davis

Wendell G. Davis | U.S. Small Business Administration New England regional administrator1. You’ve held the position for four months now, what are your responsibilities?...
A SIGNIFICANT BOOST: Small businesses such as MIKEL, headed by President Kelly Mendell, right (with Dave Lambert, engineer and program manager), who was named Rhode Island’s Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, employ more than half of all private-sector workers in the state.  / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Healthy small businesses mean a healthy R.I. economy

We are near the end of National Small Business Week, a celebration of those businesses that form an important, one might say essential, backbone...

SBA-backed loans in R.I. decline in first half of fiscal 2018

PROVIDENCE — Halfway through the current fiscal year, the U.S. Small Business Administration has guaranteed 7.5 percent less in loans to local businesses, even...
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...
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