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Denise Barge

Denise Barge

Denise provides credit analysis and underwriting of a variety of commercial loan requests made to the Small Business Loan Fund, Rhode Island Industrial Facilities Corp., Industrial Recreational Building Authority, and other designated programs of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. Additionally, she is responsible for the management, marketing and collection activity on the assigned portfolio of over $40m, as well as providing technical assistance to businesses statewide through external partnerships and resources of the corporation.

Professional Background

Denise has more than 25 years of experience in the financial services industry in retail and commercial lending operations. She was previously the executive director for the Minority Investment Development Corp., a CDFI organization, and the Rhode Island Coalition for Minority Investment, a micro lender for the state. She was a co-founder of the Emerging Women in Business annual conference held in Rhode Island. During her career, she has actively participated on 15 diverse community boards in a variety of roles, resulting in an extensive and influential network of valued partnerships both locally and nationally.


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