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MBE program sees record-high participation, but advocates still skeptical

PROVIDENCE – After again falling short of mandated minimums for contracts and purchases with women and minority-owned businesses in fiscal 2021, the state rebounded...
STATE OFFICIALS ANNOUNCED Thursday that about $30 million in funds for the second round of the state School Building Authority’s Facility Equity Initiative is now available for underserved school districts across Rhode Island to help with school construction and rehabilitation costs

Additional $30M from Facility Equity Initiative available for school construction efforts

CENTRAL FALLS – About $30 million in funds for the second round of the state School Building Authority’s Facility Equity Initiative is now available...

Progress on MBE contracting limited without enforcement

This year’s General Assembly session ended without changes to the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program, despite a $500,000 study that identified a host of...
TOMÁS ÁVILA TOOK OVER as associate director for the R.I. Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity last August. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Is help on the way for R.I.’s Minority Business Enterprise program?

THE STATE IS STILL STRUGGLING to overcome decades of dysfunction around tracking and enforcing its laws for contracting with minority-owned businesses, even after a...
Tomás Ávila  / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Five Questions With: Tomás Ávila

Tomás Ávila | Associate director, R.I. Office of Diversity, Equity and Opportunity 1. How does your experience in small-business advocacy and connections to the...

Latino advocate to head R.I. office in charge of minority business...

PROVIDENCE – A longtime leader and advocate for the Rhode Island Latino community will head the state department responsible for minority business contracting. Gov. Daniel...
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