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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/

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...
The U.S. Small Business Administration supported loans worth $89.9 million to local businesses in the fiscal year ended Sept. 30.

SBA reports FY2017 loan decline in R.I., as Citizens leads lenders

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration supported loans totaling $89.9 million to Rhode Island businesses in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30,...
SUMMER RETREAT: Families have been traveling to Block Island as a summer retreat for generations, helping ensure steady business at the island’s 35 hotels and its beaches. Revenue from the state’s hotel tax is a major source of income for the island, generating $2.97 million between fiscal years 2007 and 2017.  / PBN PHOTO/K. CURTIS

Will business on Block Island always be seasonal?

Sven Risom and his wife, Laura, became enamored with the beauty of Block Island long ago. After summering there for many years, they became...
TAKE A NUMBER: When Peter Kane started his Vintage Barber Shop in 2013 in Warwick, he had very few customers. Today he is about to hire a fourth barber to accommodate customers such as Chris Martin, of West Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Veterans getting more help learning how to start, run a business

When Peter Kane opened Vintage Barber Shop in 2013, it wasn’t unusual for him to go two or three days without a single customer....
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