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MIXED SIGNALS: Gov. Daniel J. McKee has earned a reputation as an advocate for small businesses but has angered many of them with a budget proposal to tax Paycheck Protection Program loans over $150,000. The plan would generate about $67.7 million in general revenue over two fiscal years. / AP PHOTO/STEVEN SENNE

Proposed PPP tax ignores ongoing pandemic threat

Rhode Island’s leading small-business advocate as lieutenant governor has sent mixed signals to that constituency since taking over as governor last month. On April 12,...

NFIB survey shows increasing optimism among small businesses

PROVIDENCE – A new survey from the National Federation of Independent Business found that 13% of small-business owners said they will have to close...

New leaders

Are you happy with the changes in leadership among R.I. elected officials this year, including Daniel J. McKee as governor? Yes: 75% No: 25% Unsure: 0% Are you...

Santander: Consumers, small-business owners optimistic for better finances in 2021

PROVIDENCE – While the pandemic has depleted savings accounts, consumers and small businesses in Providence and across the country are optimistic their financial situations...

Do you expect to spend more, less or about the same...

Some retailers are expecting a strong holiday shopping season in spite of the pandemic. The National Federation of Retailers has predicted a 3.6% to 5.2%...
LIKE FATHER, LIKE DAUGHTER: Kaitlyn Szczupak had planned to take over her father’s business someday, but when Scott Szczupak died suddenly in 2016, Kaitlyn stepped in much sooner than expected. She was recently named Rhode Island Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

She was forced to take over father’s business long before her...

Even as a kid, Kaitlyn Szczupak loved cars and learning about what made them go. She was 20 when she and her father, Scott,...
BACK ON THE JOB: Laurina Esposito, co-owner of Espo Restoration, inspects a car frame at her Los Angeles shop. Esposito and her business partner were diagnosed with coronavirus in early September. / AP PHOTO/
MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ

For business owners, getting COVID-19 is a wakeup call

NEW YORK – When Chris Hyland caught the coronavirus, his ordeal went beyond being sick and exhausted – he couldn’t help his business partners...
SAVINGS EATEN AWAY: Chicago Alderman Tom Tunney, inside the main Ann Sather restaurant in Chicago, estimates he’s put $250,000 of his own money into running his three restaurants. / AP PHOTO/CHARLES REX ARBOGAST

Owners tap into savings to withstand pandemic

NEW YORK – When the coronavirus outbreak forced cruise lines to cancel trips to Alaska, it wiped out Midgi Moore’s tour business, leaving her...
Dylan Conley

Small business neglected in recovery plans

Congress has failed Rhode Island business. When the Great Recession hit in 2008, despite the lessons that could have been learned from the dotcom...

Be resilient before recovery is needed

Even if all you had to worry about were the quality of your company’s products or services and continued growth of the customer base,...

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