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OFFERING PROTECTION: Bank of America Corp. market executive Kevin Tracy and his seven-person team provided more than $160 million in loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration Paycheck Protection Program to businesses within Rhode Island during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
COURTESY BANK OF AMERICA CORP.

Kevin Tracy, market executive, Bank of America Corp.

PBN 2020 Leaders & Achievers Awards Kevin Tracy | Market executive, Bank of America Corp. MANAGING THE PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM process, designed by the U.S....

SBA releases final PPP numbers, $134B still unused

PROVIDENCE – A five-week extension did little to grow the number of small businesses, nationally and in Rhode Island, receiving payroll relief loans under...

Most-read stories on PBN.com, July 2020

1. PBN announces 2020 25 Leaders & Achievers honorees POSTED ONLINE: JULY 17 The Providence Business News announced winners of its second annual 25...
COMING BACK: Wendy L. Hansen, an attorney with Foley & Foley P.C., will be hosting a webinar to discuss reopening a business during the pandemic. / COURTESY WENDY L. HANSEN

Editor’s Choice: Marketing tactics for event promotion

Editor’s choice Reopening businessesduring COVID-19 THE MASSACHUSETTS SMALL BUSINESS Development Center Network Southeast Regional Office is hosting a webinar to provide information about reopening a...
PROMO TIPS: Julie Loffredi will host a webinar to explain marketing tactics for event promotion on July 30. /COURTESY JULIE LOFFREDI

Editor’s Choice: Marketing tactics for event promotion

EDITOR’S CHOICE Marketing tactics for event promotion THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND’S Small Business Development Center is hosting a webinar aimed at providing participants with...

Citizens Bank tops list of PPP lenders in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – Citizens Bank dominated the Paycheck Protection Program in Rhode Island, serving as the lender for more than 2.5 times as many payroll...
DIVERSE WORKFORCE: C.C. Business Corp. Vice President Ron Brewer, left, and President Marcellus Sharpe stand outside of Thundermist Health Center in Woonsocket, one of the private-security company’s clients. Brewer estimates that 70% of the company’s 39 employees are minorities. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A question of equity: Can R.I. level the field for minority...

As small-business owners clambered to get in on the federal payroll relief program launched in the wake of COVID-19, Anna Mangeni held back. Her business,...

SBA identifies companies approved for largest PPP loans

PROVIDENCE – Roughly 2,400 Rhode Island businesses received at least $150,000 in forgivable payroll loans, with 14 companies approved for upwards of $5 million,...
STEEP DROP: Robert Toth, owner of bowling centers Old Mountain Lanes in South Kingstown and Walnut Hill Bowl in Woonsocket, says he saw a $968,720 decline in revenue for March, April and May at the centers as a result of being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

STARTING BLOCKED: Indoor rec businesses argue they should have opened a...

ROBERT TOTH STARTED to see the world reopen around him and, in some ways, without him. Many businesses in Rhode Island, such as restaurants, salons,...
TAKING A LEAP: John H. Chafee Center for International Business Director Mark S. ­Murphy says local companies become healthier and more competitive when they move into international markets. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Chafee Center navigates local businesses through challenging international waters

PBN MANUFACTURING AWARDS 2020 | Manufacturing Champion: John H. Chafee Center for International Business ACROSS FIVE CENTURIES, Rhode Island has been a diligent maker of...

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