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SUCCESS STORY: Lisa J. Raiola is the founder of Hope & Main, a Warren-based food-startup incubator that has worked with more than 350 businesses. Three of the 51 initial PBN Something New small businesses are either graduates or current members of Hope & Main.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

From ‘Something New,’ the strong survive

“To some people, small sounds like a limitation,” said Travis Webster-Booth, owner of TWB Creative, a copywriting and business-services firm launched in October 2014...
ACCELERATOR PITCH: ­Jayanthi Narasimhan, CEO of WatchRx Inc., which began as a wearable-device startup selling watches designed to help aging parents live independently and to better manage medications and health conditions remotely, speaks during the 2017 Health and Wellness Accelerator Pitch Event at Social Enterprise Greenhouse in Providence.
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SEG sees increased demand for Health and Wellness Accelerator program

Since founding SimplaFYI in North Kingstown in July 2016, Kathleen Repoli has seen her integrative care company grow from a provincial health care network...

National Small Business Innovation Road Tour coming to Warwick

WARWICK – The National Small Business Innovation Road Tour will be in Rhode Island on Aug. 22 at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick, the R.I....
THE SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION is hosting a free seminar on July 17, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., on tax changes in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that will affect small businesses and individuals.

SBA hosting seminar on tax changes for small businesses

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration is holding a free training session on the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on July 17,...
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Soomi Ro, chief of the field procurement service for the United Nations’ Procurement Division, will be the keynote speaker at the procurement seminar at Bryant University July 17.
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Editor’s Choice: Doing business with United Nations

EDITOR’S CHOICE Doing business with United Nations BRYANT UNIVERSITY, in conjunction with R.I. Commerce Corp., will host a United Nations procurement seminar, titled “Doing Business...
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Five Questions With Wendell G. Davis

Wendell G. Davis | U.S. Small Business Administration New England regional administrator1. You’ve held the position for four months now, what are your responsibilities?...
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Bristol Community College President Laura L. Douglas will discuss education and its importance to the business community as part of the SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce’s “Good Morning SouthCoast!” breakfast series June 19 at the Waypoint Event Center in New Bedford.
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Editor’s Choice: Focusing on education

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Focusing on educationTHE SOUTHCOAST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE will hold a discussion on education and how it’s important for the business community. Bristol...

SBA partners with BBB for free educational opportunities

PROVIDENCE - The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Rhode Island District Office has revealed its plans to partner with the Better Business Bureau to provide...
THE SOUTH EASTERN Economic Development Corp. loaned $132,800 to P&A African Market, which allowed the store providing African foods and goods to relocate to a building at 855 Newport Ave. in Pawtucket. / COURTESY SEED

Economic-development group loans $132,800 to P&A African Market

PAWTUCKET – A nonprofit community lender has made a small-business loan of $132,800 to a 12-year-old market in Pawtucket that serves shoppers looking for...
SUBMARINE TECH: MIKEL Inc. President Kelly Mendell speaks with Dave Lambert, engineer and program manager, about the company’s Surface Ship component of its SANS Beacon underwater navigation aid system. The company supports the submarine community with technical and logistic expertise. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Risk-taking propels Mikel’s can-do CEO

WHEN IT COMES TO RUNNING A BUSINESS, failure is not an option for Kelly Mendell, president of MIKEL Inc. in Middletown.That’s according to Mark...
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