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R.I. man sentenced to 5 years for COVID-relief fraud scheme

PROVIDENCE – A Rhode Island man was sentenced to five years in federal prison for using stolen personal identification to defraud banks while fraudulently...

U.S. Small Business Administration names 2022 R.I. Small Business Week award...

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced the 2022 Rhode Island Small Business Week Award winners Wednesday. This year’s honorees include two regional award winners...
FINDING PURPOSE: Lexus Fernandez, right, launched her vegan skincare products company Soulita in Providence with co-founder Evan Delpeche in 2019 after seeking a solution for her sensitive skin as a result of treatment for a ruptured brain aneurysm. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Everybody’s Business: Fernandez overcomes obstacles on journey to finding Soulita

(Editor’s note: This is the 20th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each are asked their views on...

Report calls for increased compensation, training support for small-business owners

PROVIDENCE – For small businesses to overcome pandemic-related challenges, policymakers must prioritize programs that facilitate competitive pay and benefits, training opportunities and provide clear...

Coalition launches to support minority- and women-owned businesses in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – Business leaders on Wednesday announced the launch of the Rhode Island Business Empowerment Network, a coalition of nearly 80 professionals dedicated to...
SUSAN MOCARSKI, owner and principal designer of Providence-based Cleverhood LLC, is eager to make trips overseas again so the company can better connect with distributors and large retailers in markets where Cleverhood's outerwear is already popular. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

For R.I. business community, in-person trade missions making a comeback

As more countries ease COVID-19 travel restrictions, in-person trade missions are making a return, and some in the Rhode Island business community already have...

BankNewport named top R.I. lender for SBA 504 program

NEWPORT – BankNewport was recently recognized as the top Rhode Island lender for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 504 loan program for fiscal 2021,...
UNIQUE OFFERING: Harmony Oschefski is co-owner of The Bodhi Spa LLC, with locations in Newport and Providence, where she and her sister Cedar Hwang offer clients what they call the Water Journey, a sauna session followed by a plunge in cold water. / PBN PHOTO/­ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Oschefski’s spa venture picking up a lot of steam

The Bodhi Spa LLC co-owner Harmony Oschefski has built her business around family memories full of free-spirited living and simple, sustainable habits with hydrotherapy...

Webster Bank named top SBA lender in New England

PROVIDENCE – Webster Bank was recently recognized for financing the most money in U.S. Small Business Administration small-business loans in New England in fiscal...

Rockland Trust named top Massachusetts minority-business lender

PROVIDENCE – Rockland Trust. Co., based in Rockland, Mass., was recently recognized as the top lender to minority entrepreneurs in the Bay State, according...

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