City Partners With R.I. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce For Small Business Support Tour Of Pawtucket Small Businesses


Small Business Support Tour to be held during Hispanic Heritage Month.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The City of Pawtucket is partnering with the Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (RIHCC) to conduct tours of the city’s small businesses along several commercial corridors including Smithfield Ave, Central Ave, Newport Ave, and Main Street in Downtown Pawtucket.


Pawtucket Economic Development Director Sandra Cano will join RIHCC CEO Oscar Alexis Mejias on the tours, designed to provide Pawtucket’s small businesses with the resources they need, and to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of Pawtucket’s Hispanic owned businesses during Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15).


“From our restaurants and bakeries, to yoga studios, to breweries and distilleries, small businesses are flourishing across Pawtucket,” said Mayor Donald Grebien.


“We’re excited to partner with RIHCC for Small Business Support Tours to get out into the community, meet with small business owners, and connect them with important resources. And doing these tours during Hispanic Heritage Month, we’re also celebrating the success of Pawtucket’s many Hispanic owned small businesses.


We want all of our small businesses to thrive, and that’s what our new partnership with RIHCC is all about.”  


“Pawtucket has an amazing diversity of small businesses that form the backbone of our neighborhoods and our city’s economy,” said Sandra Cano, Economic Development Director for the City of Pawtucket. 


“Our Small Business Support Tour with RIHCC is a great way to celebrate their success and provide these entrepreneurs with the tools they need to grow and thrive.”


“The number of new small businesses in Pawtucket and across Rhode Island continues to climb at a record rate, an indication that many people who are quitting their jobs have begun to work for themselves,” said RIHCC CEO Oscar Alexis Mejias.


“Partnering with the City on these Small Business Support Tours is a great way to network with these business owners and connect them with city and state economic development programs, banking, and other resources.”


The Small Business Support Tour will have two sessions (10:00 AM 12:00 PM and 2:30-4:00 PM) per tour day.


Tours are scheduled for:


Wednesday, September 21st at Smithfield Ave.


Wednesday, September 28th at Central Ave.


Wednesday, October 5th at Newport Ave.


Wednesday, October 12th at Main St (downtown)