Number of Hispanic-owned businesses increases in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Census data reveals the number of Hispanic-owned businesses in Rhode Island is growing.

A recent report finds the number of Hispanic-owned companies in Rhode Island increased by nearly 69 percent between 2002 and 2007. Government officials and business leaders gathered in South Providence on Thursday to highlight the findings.

Secretary of State Ralph Mollis predicts a growing role for Hispanic-owned businesses here. Rhode Island Senators Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed, as well as Congressman James Langevin also praised the success of the Hispanic business community.

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