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The R.I. Department of Education has announced a partnership with the R.I. Office of Digital Excellence to teach the Broadband Rhode Island digital literacy training curriculum in adult education programs statewide. more
Rhode Island’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate inched downward in January to 9.2 percent, the lowest rate since November 2008, according to the latest monthly report from the R.I. Department of Labor and Training. The state’s civilian labor force totaled 550,300 in January, up 200 from December 2013 but down 9,700 from January 2013. more
As the March 31 deadline to apply to the 2014 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition approaches, the organizers announced Tuesday that they will award prizes valued at more than $200,000 – including up to $50,000 in cash to the top competitor – when the winners are named in May. more
New England Institute of Technology has received a $2.5 million federal grant to support training programs on shipbuilding, marine trades, advanced manufacturing and manufacturing industries. more
Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc., has launched a health care platform designed to help business owners choose benefits plans, support record keeping and provide data integration, the company said in a release Oct. 27. more
Rhode Island saw 1,468 foreclosures for single-family and multifamily homes in 2013, a 10.2 percent decline from 1,634 foreclosures the previous year, affordable homes coalition HousingWorks RI reported Friday. Overall, 22 Rhode Island cities and towns saw foreclosures decline last year, while 12 municipalities and Providence’s East Side saw foreclosures increase and five saw no change. more
Alex and Ani LLC’s lawsuit in U.S. District Court alleging that eight defendants conspired to secure discounted Alex and Ani jewelry on behalf of retail distributors, and then later fraudulently resold the jewelry to BJ’s Wholesale Club Inc., has been allowed to proceed. more
(Updated, 4:45 p.m.) CVS Caremark Corp. halted sales of tobacco products almost a month ahead of schedule, started a smoking-cessation campaign, and changed its name to position itself as an advocate of better health. more
Manufacturing is making a comeback throughout the region, with Rhode Island in 2013 posting its first year-over-year increase in employment in the industry in 13 years, according to a report released March 17 by the Rhode Island Manufacturers Register. more
About 90 percent of Rhode Island business leaders think the U.S. economy will improve in the next 12 months, based on a survey taken by about 350 attendees at the Santander Bank and Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce Economic Outlook Breakfast at the Omni Hotel on Thursday. more
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