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NOT CONVINCED: Joshua Riazi, left, manager at Genesis Center, leads a culinary class in February. Riazi isn’t sold on the idea of forming an association to serve as a “chamber of commerce” for the Rhode Island nonprofit sector. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Strength in numbers? Some struggling nonprofits eye an alliance

While many nonprofits are fighting for survival amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Steamship Historical Society of America knows better than most what it is...
DIVERSE WORKFORCE: C.C. Business Corp. Vice President Ron Brewer, left, and President Marcellus Sharpe stand outside of Thundermist Health Center in Woonsocket, one of the private-security company’s clients. Brewer estimates that 70% of the company’s 39 employees are minorities. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A question of equity: Can R.I. level the field for minority...

As small-business owners clambered to get in on the federal payroll relief program launched in the wake of COVID-19, Anna Mangeni held back. Her business,...
NEW DIRECTION: Jo Lee, owner of PopUp Rhody, in her home office in Providence. She is revamping her online marketplace designed to connect artisans with property owners with space to rent. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Business incubator born in response to COVID-19

Jo Lee’s new business was on the fast track to success. In a single year, she’d transformed PopUp Rhody LLC from an idea into a...

ONE Neighborhood Builders awards $125K to health equity zone partners

PROVIDENCE – Six organizations that partner with the Central Providence Health Equity Zone have been awarded a total of $125,300 in grants from ONE...
NEW DESIGN: The staff at Loft LLC, an industrial design company, has recently pivoted its work to designing and building contactless COVID-19 testing trailers for use by the National Guard. From left, Scott Noh, product design; Jeanette Numbers, co-founder; Nari Shin, designer/textile specialist. In the background is David Baker, director of engineering. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Startup shake-up: Entrepreneurs scramble to revamp business plans

Like many college seniors, biomedical student Abbie Kohler and engineering student Greg Fine were disheartened to have their final semester suddenly cut short and...

Embrace pandemic challenges

We’ve all heard the proverb, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” In business rarely does it ring truer than in a financial crisis. The COVID-19...
DEBRIS CLEANUP: Volunteers for Clean Ocean Access pick up debris at Pheasant Drive Beach in Portsmouth. The environmental group will hold its annual meeting as a virtual event on May 19. / COURTESY CLEAN OCEAN ACCESS/CATE BROWN

Editor’s Choice: Clean Ocean Access to hold annual meeting virtually

EDITOR’S CHOICE Clean Ocean Access to hold annual meeting virtually CLEAN OCEAN ACCESS will be holding its annual meeting as a virtual event, in which...

Stepping Up: Weekly series highlighting entrepreneurs’ work against COVID-19 to debut...

PROVIDENCE – District Hall Providence and Social Enterprise Greenhouse are going virtual every Wednesday, offering stories on how entrepreneurs are aiding in the fight...

Five Questions With: Laurie Gunter Mantz

Laurie Gunter Mantz is the founder and CEO of Dementia Training for Life, a Providence-based nonprofit that trains a range of health care providers...
THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GREENHOUSE has announced a 11 venture cohort for its 2020 Impact Accelerator program.

SEG announces Impact Accelerator cohort

PROVIDENCE – Social Enterprise Greenhouse on Thursday announced a cohort of 11 ventures for its 2020 Impact Accelerator. The program is designed to help create...

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