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Mary MacDonald joined the Providence Business News as a staff writer covering Government, Development, Real Estate and Manufacturing in December 2014. She previously was a correspondent for The Boston Globe and Telegram & Gazette, an editor at Patch/AOL, and a staff writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in secondary English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
KEEPING TABS: Victor Nunes, founder and principal owner of QMed Innovations Inc. in Middletown, showcases the company’s Quest tracking product, which uses internet-connected technology to provide location data so manufacturers can keep track of their surgical kits that are used in orthopedic procedures. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

QMed tech device allows manufacturers to keep track of surgical kits

Real-time analytics and tracking of surgical kits used in orthopedic procedures is what QMed Innovations Inc. has become known for. The business, based in...
PAYING ATTENTION: Zahan Akbar, owner of Atwood Pharmacy Inc. in Johnston, says he will compete with corporate retail pharmacies by offering personalized service. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pharmacy offers customers personalized service, free same-day delivery

Zahan Akbar opened a full-service pharmacy this year, Atwood Pharmacy Inc., knowing that personalized service for people taking medication would set him apart from...
Michael Baker / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Michael Baker

Michael Baker | Owner, Rumford Pet Express 1. What impact has the pandemic had on the independent pet supply business? The American Pet Products...
Frank Picozzi, / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Frank Picozzi

5Q: Frank Picozzi | Mayor, city of Warwick 1. How has being a small-business owner prepared you for the role of mayor? Being a...
A NICE PAIRING: The Diamond Bar LLC, a custom design and retail jewelry store that sells engagement diamonds and has an in-store bar, is owned and run by Steve and Zhabrina Maniscalco. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Maniscalcos shine with new jewelry store

Buying a diamond doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. The Diamond Bar LLC, a newly opened retail jeweler in Providence, is adding cheer...
LINGUISTS: Be Moore Interpreting LLC co-founders and owners Zoila Bernal, left, and Shirley Moore stand outside of their office in Pawtucket. Moore, who often accompanied her parents and other adults on their visits to doctors, insurance companies and government offices to act as an interpreter, said the business was started to provide adult interpreters and translators so children wouldn’t have to take on that responsibility. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Helping people be understood

Shirley Moore opened her language interpretation and translation business in 2016, with a friend, Zoila Bernal. But Moore really started that work in childhood,...

Westport Point home sells for $3.65M, $1M over list price

WESTPORT – A single-family home in Westport Point has sold for $3.65 million, the fourth-highest single-family home sale in more than 20 years for...
JOYFUL ENDEAVOR: Providence College President the Rev. Kenneth R. Sicard remembers being impressed with the Dominican friars when he was a PC student. It drew him to their community.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

PC president looks to market Friars’ brand on national level

(Editor’s note: This is the first installment in an occasional series of interviews with the state’s new wave of higher education leaders.) The Rev. Kenneth...
TECH SUPPORT: Dr. Subhashini Ayloo sits with the da Vinci surgery system that helps her perform complex liver surgery. Ayloo joined Brown Surgical Associates in February. / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP./BILL MURPHY

Robot-assisted surgeon performs a first in R.I.

With the precision of slender robotic tools, Dr. Subhashini Ayloo can look inside someone’s abdomen with three-dimensional accuracy. A small incision can be all she...
DIGGING IT: Workers for the contractor CB3A start working on the main shaft of the combined sewer overflow tunnel that will run more than 100 feet below the city of Pawtucket. The shaft, located on School Street in Pawtucket, will be 60 feet in diameter and will allow a boring machine to be lowered in. / COURTESY NARRAGANSETT BAY COMMISSION/PETER GOLDBERG

After decades of work, light at end of CSO tunnel

What happens beneath the streets of Providence and surrounding cities is unseen by residents, but after heavy rainfall, the result always ends up in...

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