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What do David Brancaccio (journalist, documentary filmmaker and host of American Public Media’s Marketplace), Martin Keen (the creative genius behind Keen Footwear and now Focal Upright Furniture), and Saul Kaplan (author and chief catalyst of the Business Innovation Factory) all have in common? more
The first quarter of 2012 was a record-breaking one for the financial markets. The S&P 500 gained more in one quarter than it has since 1998 and the NASDAQ had the best quarter in its history, though still below its all-time high of 5,000. more
We frequently hear about the U.S. unemployment rate, particularly when the monthly jobs report comes out. Yet another frequently cited statistic says that there are nearly 4 million jobs currently unfilled due to a lack of qualified applicants. As our young people contemplate various job opportunities and choose career paths that align with their interests and aspirations, many may not be considering careers in fields that offer them significant opportunity. more
Rhode Island remains behind other states in New England when looking at major economic indicators such as growth of the gross state product and the unemployment rate. However, the state economy is slowly regaining momentum. more
Electric Boat, Alex and Ani, Toray Plastics, Raytheon, Amgen – these are some of the best-known companies in Rhode Island. They are some of our most successful businesses, and they are some of our largest employers, as well. But they are also bound by another common thread – they are all manufacturers. more
As the 2013 legislative session heads toward its closing date, Rhode Island has a great economic opportunity within its grasp. Passage of a carefully constructed historic-tax-credit program would kick-start jobs, revitalize neighborhood economies and help get us back in business. more
Here’s an odd thing I’ve found as a foreigner living in Washington, D.C.: The longer I’m here the more alien I feel. more
Rhode Island is competing with 49 other states to both attract and retain business. Without a vibrant business culture, it is difficult to envision how Rhode Island can sustain its fragile economy. I am reminded of the ending of the movie “Thelma and Louise” as our leaders appear to be aimlessly driving our state off the fiscal cliff. more
Rhode Island School of Design has a long and rich history of commitment to the state’s progress and economic development. In 1877, a group of 34 forward-thinking women – members of the Rhode Island Women’s Centennial Commission – envisioned the importance of art and design as vital to the state’s manufacturing economy when they founded Rhode Island School of Design. Part of RISD’s original mission was “to teach artisans in drawing, painting, modeling and designing, that they may successfully apply the principles of art to the requirements of trade and manufacture.” more
It’s no secret that Rhode Island’s economy has been struggling for years and that much of our woes are self-inflicted: High taxes and too much regulation have put a burden on businesses that have driven them to either initially open or eventually relocate across one of our borders. more
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