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The Providence-New Bedford-Fall River metropolitan area ranked 34th out of 40 metropolitan areas for startup activity, an improvement of four spots from last year, according to the 2015 Kauffman Index.
With a background in finance, Salma Elboulaaidi knows the importance of a diverse portfolio, which plays into her business approach at Empire Market LLC in Providence.
"We want to offer a little bit of everything," Elboulaaidi said.
Rhode Island ranked last among the states and the District of Columbia for employment growth among women-owned businesses between 1997 and 2015, and also ranked second to last for combined economic clout, according to a report from American Express OPEN.
Shane Hauck has been selling his own versions of apple butter and sweet and spicy jalapeno ketchup through his startup, Clean Cuisine & Classy Creation Foods, for the past year.
Hauck, 21, of Providence, started the business as a …