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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,...
FAVORABLE CHANGES: Rick Simone, executive director of the Federal Hill Commerce Association, said merchants in the Federal Hill section of Providence are pleased with changes to the city’s licensing and permitting system that have made the process faster and easier, adding the city’s Board of Licenses has been more responsive to merchant concerns.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Providence mayoral candidates vie for pulse on small businesses

It may be hard to think of the many rundown and abandoned houses that have tarnished Providence’s neighborhoods in the context of small business...
MAYOR JORGE O. ELORZA announced the launch of the PVD Self-Employment Program, a two-phase program that will provide entrepenuership training and business mentorship to up to 100 unemployed or underemployed Providence residents. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Elorza and CWE announce the launch of the PVD Self-Employment Program

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza announced the creation of the PVD Self-Employment Program, with the expectation that it will provide up to 100...
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