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The 2013 edition of the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition announced its winners Tuesday afternoon at The Garage, the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce’s exposition dedicated to identifying and inspiring high-growth companies in the Ocean State. more
It was business as usual in Westerly this year until pop star Taylor Swift came to town. The singer’s purchase of a $17 million mansion on the beach in exclusive Watch Hill added celebrity sightings and trespassing dramas to sandcastles, fudge and the usual seaside entertainment. At screenprinting company J. Mack Studios, owner Kevin Adams occasionally uses T-shirts as a creative outlet and decided to design and produce a Swift-inspired shirt in honor of his hometown’s new most famous resident. While Adams never found out what Swift thought of his shirt, he did hear from corporate protectors of the Taylor Swift brand who asked him to stop, setting off a David-versus-Goliath gossip-column sensation. more
Jewelry designer Alex and Ani LLC will be the official title sponsor of the Patriots Cheerleaders for the next three years, Patriots owners and Alex and Ani CEO Giovanni Feroce announced Friday. more
Hasbro Inc. and Electronic Arts Inc. have entered into a four year agreement under which the digital entertainment company will develop mobile platforms for various Hasbro games. more
Rainy weekends made June a difficult month for hotels in Newport and Middletown, with a 7.3 percent decline in occupancy compared with last June, according to figures supplied by Discover Newport. more
The International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum has become the first sports hall of fame to achieve accreditation status by the American Alliance of Museums. more
The Providence metropolitan area ranked No. 22 on the annual American Fitness Index, a list that ranks the country’s 50 largest metro areas using indicators such as access to health care, smoking and obesity rates. more
Narragansett Beer will be available this month in retro cans, like the one famously crushed by Captain Quint in the movie “Jaws,” the Boston Business Journal reported. more
Twin River Casino will officially open table games to the public on June 19, 12 days ahead of the original July 1 opening date, the casino confirmed Thursday. more
The story of a silent-film studio founded nearly 100 years ago in Providence might have been lost to time if not for the efforts of a recent Rhode Island College graduate. more
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