Photo by Carmen Diaz, Biz Bodega

By Ann Clanton, “Speak-Up” contributing writer

Innovation Studio Inc. and One Neighborhood Builders gathered to launch BIZ BODEGA, a business center promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and fostering new businesses within the Central Providence community.

On Tuesday, April 5, BIZ BODEGA opened at 222 Manton Avenue  in Providence.   Sixty Hispanic and Black small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs gathered to hear welcome remarks from City of Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza,  Elizabeth Tanner, Director of Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation. new and aspiring entrepreneurs and existing small business owners throughout the Central Providence community.

Moderated by Martha Perez-Barton, Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce  an intimate with Innovation Studio President, Dan Vidana, Jennifer Hawkins, Executive Director ONE Neighborhood Builders and Lexus Fernandez, Co-Founder Soulita.

“Our vision for the central Providence community’s aspiring entrepreneurs is for BIZ BODEGA to effectively direct resources to your dreams as a business owner and to improve quality of life for the small business owners of Central Providence.” said Jennifer Hawkins, Executive Director of One Neighborhood Builders.