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SITE VISITS: Geraldine Barclay King, owner of Geri’s Bluffing Boutique in Woonsocket, says she wants to see business resources meet business owners where they are working to learn about their challenges and needs. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: ‘I knew … the odds would be against me’

(Editor’s note: This is the 11th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each is asked their views on...

Most-read stories on, June 2021

1. SBA to release names, funding amounts for second round PPP POSTED ONLINE: JUNE 10. Recipients who received their share of the $1 billion...

Five Questions With: Gregory Gould

Gregory Gould serves as senior vice president and manager of government guaranteed lending at Webster Bank. He joined the bank in 2015 after serving...

SBA to release names, funding amounts for second round PPP

PROVIDENCE– Who in Rhode Island got a chunk of the $1 billion in Paycheck Protection Program loans doled out in 2021 will soon be...
MATCHMAKER: As assistant director of SupplyRI at the R.I. Commerce Corp., Doris Blanchard connects Rhode Island suppliers with large institutions in the state that agree to purchase goods and services from those suppliers, allowing the suppliers to grow and scale up. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Blanchard connects small businesses with needed funds to help them grow

PBN 2021 Business Women Awards Industry Leader Government/Quasi-Government: Doris Blanchard, SupplyRI With diverse skills in banking, finance, economic development and networking, Doris Blanchard, assistant director of...
PRODUCT OF THE PANDEMIC: Megan McCutcheon displays some of the items she produces for Newport Needlepoint LLC, a company she started when the state went into a lockdown last spring at the height of the pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

For many, COVID-19 sparks desire to start a venture

After Michelle Politano was laid off when the COVID-19 pandemic arrived last year, she made the decision to pursue her lifelong dream of opening...

SBA: $976M in PPP loans for 16K R.I. recipients as program...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island secured about half the forgivable payroll loan funds in this year compared to the 2020 program, but the number of...

SBA: $966.5M in PPP loans approved for 15,700 RI recipients

PROVIDENCE – Demand for forgivable payroll loans among Rhode Island small businesses ticked up in the last week, with nearly 1,300 recipients approved for...
FEARLESS: Ted Peffer, owner of I/O Labs Inc. in East Providence, says his custom print, fabrication and framing business is not afraid to take risks when it comes to printing material, providing rarely used options such as wood veneers and backlit film paper. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Developing ‘creative solutions’ for the work of artists, photographers and museums

Ted Peffer quickly dismisses his own creative talents – by no means does he identify as an artist or photographer. Peffer instead describes himself as...

SBA to open applications for Restaurant Revitalization Fund May 3

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Restaurant Revitalization Fund will begin accepting applications on May 3 at noon, the SBA said Tuesday. Applicants will...

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