SBA Issues Direct Final Rule that Will Allow Governors to Seek HUBZone Designation for Certain Rural Areas

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration today issued a direct final rule that will allow governors to petition the SBA’s Administrator to designate HUBZone status to certain covered areas.  A covered area is an area in a state that is located outside of an urbanized area, as determined by the Census Bureau, with a population of not more than 50,000, and for which the average unemployment rate is at least 120 percent of the average unemployment rate.  The rule is published in the Federal Register and effective January 1, 2020, unless significant adverse comment is received by December 15, 2019.

Skills for Rhode Island’s Future and Southside Community Land Trust Each Receive $200,000 Grants from Bank of America to Address Issues Critical to Communities

Funding will help reduce joblessness and increase access to nutritious food

PROVIDENCE – Skills for Rhode Island’s Future and Southside Community Land Trust have been selected as the 2019 Bank of America Neighborhood Builders awardees for Rhode Island. The nonprofits were selected for their work in the state to address issues fundamental to the health and vitality of our communities.

As an awardee, each organization receives a $200,000 grant, a year of leadership training for the Executive Director and an Emerging Leader at the organization, access to a network of peer organizations across the U.S., and the opportunity to access capital to expand their impact. This year marks the 16th anniversary of the Neighborhood Builders program nationwide. Since 2004, Bank of America has invested more than $220 million in 49 communities through Neighborhood Builders, partnering with more than 1,000 nonprofits and helping more than 2,000 nonprofit leaders strengthen their leadership skills. The program is one of the nation’s largest philanthropic investments in nonprofit leadership.

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara Named a 2020 “Best Law Firm” by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®

Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) announced today that it has been named to the 2020 “Best Law Firms” in America list by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® for 14 practice areas in Rhode Island and Boston, Massachusetts. This marks the 10th consecutive year PLDO has received the designation in Rhode Island for its professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.


Children of all ages can meet Santa Claus on Saturday, November 30, Shamrock Home Loans, 75 Newman Ave., Rumford, from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM.

This free event is co-sponsored by Debbie Parziale of Shamrock Home Loans in conjunction with North Smithfield-based Total Asset Solutions and Finest Real Estate and Property Management.

In addition to meeting Santa and receiving a free photo with him, there will be light refreshments and other activities planned. Financial and in-kind donations are also being accepted at this event.

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