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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...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Wendell G. Davis

Wendell G. Davis | U.S. Small Business Administration New England regional administrator 1. 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...
A SIGNIFICANT BOOST: Small businesses such as MIKEL, headed by President Kelly Mendell, right (with Dave Lambert, engineer and program manager), who was named Rhode Island’s Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, employ more than half of all private-sector workers in the state.  / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Healthy small businesses mean a healthy R.I. economy

We are near the end of National Small Business Week, a celebration of those businesses that form an important, one might say essential, backbone...
THE SMALL BUSINESS Administration has released its latest state profiles. / COURTESY SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

More small-business firms, employees reported by latest SBA R.I. profile

PROVIDENCE - More than half, 52.7 percent, or 224,254 individuals, of the state's workforce was employed at 99,821 small businesses operating in the state...
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Five Questions With Linda McMahon

Linda McMahon | Administrator, U.S. Small Business Administration 1. Why were you recently in Rhode Island? I what is called the “ignite tour.” It...

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