Very small businesses playing big part in R.I. economy

GROWTH GUIDANCE: Brothers Sennen Conte, left, and Galen Conte are the co-owners of Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods in Johnston. Sennen Conte says the R.I. Small Business Development Center and the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce were invaluable as the Contes grew their company. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
GROWTH GUIDANCE: Brothers Sennen Conte, left, and Galen Conte are the co-owners of Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods in Johnston. Sennen Conte says the R.I. Small Business Development Center and the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce were invaluable as the Contes grew their company. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
Brothers Galen and Sennen Conte found no shortage of support as they built their Johnston food company from $150,000 in sales in 2006 to a projected $5 million this year. Sennen Conte praises the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce and the R.I. Small Business Development Center for the assistance they offered the businessmen as…

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