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SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GREENHOUSE is accepting applications for its first ever accelerator program in Spanish.

SEG to launch virtual accelerator program in Spanish

PROVIDENCE – Social Enterprise Greenhouse is launching its first accelerator program in Spanish, the organization announced on Tuesday. The 12-week program will be held virtually,...
SALES BOOST: Lori Lyons, owner of Beauty and the Bath in North Kingstown, says after boosting the online presence of her gift store as a result of participating in the R.I. Commerce Corp.’s Small Business Technical Support program, she’s expanded the reach of her business and increased her sales by 25%. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Tech volunteers save the day for small retailers

Lori Lyons spent the first 48 hours after the state issued stay-at-home orders in a sleepless haze of research into how to transform her...
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...

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