Social Enterprise Greenhouse Partnering with Diverse Network of Business Support Associations to Host Candidate Forum focused on Economic Development, Entrepreneurship, and Small Businesses

August 3, 2023

Forum sponsored by Social Enterprise Greenhouse, Rhode Island Black Business Association, Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hope & Main, and Center for Southeast Asians

PROVIDENCE, RI – Social Enterprise Greenhouse, one of the state’s leading voices for inclusive entrepreneurship, will co-host a forum to allow voters to hear from a number of the candidates running for the Democratic nomination in the special Congressional Election. The forum, which will be held on Tuesday, August 8 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at SEG’s Hub in the Jewelry District – is also hosted by the Rhode Island Black Business Association, Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Hope & Main, and the Center for Southeast Asians.

The forum will focus on economic development, entrepreneurship, and issues impacting small businesses and social impact ventures – especially those led by women, people of color and other individuals who often face barriers to start or grow a business.

As of this morning, the following candidates (listed alphabetically) had accepted an invitation to participate in the forum, which will be moderated by SEG’s CEO Julie Owens and Lisa Ranglin, executive director the the Rhode Island Black Business Association:

  • Gabe Amo
  • Stephanie Beauté
  • Walter Berbrick
  • Sandra Cano
  • Don Carlson
  • Stephen Casey
  • John Goncalves
  • Sabina Matos
  • Ana Quezada
  • Aaron Regunberg

The public is invited to attend and media coverage of the forum is welcome. Social Enterprise Greenhouse will live-stream the forum on its Facebook page beginning at 7pm. Doors will open at 6:30pm for networking. Event registration available here.


Congressional Candidate Forum


Tuesday, August 8 at 6:30pm

Forum begins at 7pm


The Hub at Social Enterprise Greenhouse

10 Davol Square, Providence


Media Contact:

Kevin Chenard, Half Street