Lending to small businesses through U.S. Small Business Administration programs is on the upswing in Rhode Island, thanks in large measure to the efforts of community banks, although a traditional SBA powerhouse is back on course in the Ocean State.
Despite relatively strong growth in the number of women-owned businesses in the state, Rhode Island ranks near the bottom of the nation in the overall strength of that segment of the state’s economy.
By Brendan L. McKenna
Employee theft is one of the most serious problems facing small-business owners in the U.S. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, an employee is 15 times more likely than a nonemployee to steal from an employer, and employees account for an estimated 44 percent of theft losses at stores. The U.S. Department of Commerce reports that nearly one-third of business failures are related to employee theft or fraud.
Four members of the Razee family found their way – one at a time – to jobs that have turned into rewarding careers at FM Global, one of the world’s largest industrial and commercial property insurers.
Turning around a failing institution like the former Framingham Savings Bank in Massachusetts is no small feat, but it’s one that led to Irene A. Schmitt’s latest role as an agent of change in a firm she founded and owns.
A highly capable young woman I hired not long ago recently came to me with a minor dilemma. A social media account she was taking over was linked to a phone number we didn’t recognize – possibly an ex-employee. She was wondering how to contact the person via text.
Estate and Corporate Income Taxes are changing next year, and business owners and executives should know the details. The PBN Summit on November 6th will provide those details and more - including how much Obamacare's Employer Mandate could cost.
PBN's annual Book of Lists has been an essential resource for the local business community for almost 30 years. The Book of Lists features a wealth of company rankings from a variety of fields and industries, including banking, health care, real estate, law, hospitality, education, not-for-profits, technology and many more.