Dan Aziz always knew he wanted to be an entrepreneur, but he didn’t know what type of company he’d start until he spent a little time in a Providence supermarket. Interviewing customers for a Brown University class in the nutritional-supplements aisle of a local Whole Foods, Aziz heard persistent complaints about the size and taste of vitamin pills for pregnant women, sparking an idea. Aziz created Premama, a drinkable, prenatal supplement that’s now on the shelves of the same Whole Foods where he was interviewing customers, as well as in Target and infant chain Buy Buy Baby. In September, Aziz’s Luna Pharmaceuticals Inc. closed on the first half of a $1 million funding round led by Cherrystone Angel Group, which allowed the Providence company to hire its second full-time employee and move to expand. more
Kevin Duggan has advised businesses on several management philosophies, including lean enterprise and his own leadership method, operational excellence. He’s president of Duggan Associates and the Institute for Operational Excellence, both located in North Kingstown.more
Dennis M. Hanno has been working in his new capacity as president of Wheaton College in Norton for nearly three months, and will be inaugurated Oct. 17. He will then begin charting the school’s future under his tenure. Profiled in his college’s quarterly as devoted to hard work and leadership, he has inherited the school’s liberal arts approach to higher education and some common challenges.more
For an institution as steeped in tradition as the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport, 2014 has seen radical change. In May, the 60-year-old hall broke ground on a $15.7 million renovation and expansion project that will see the Victorian complex add three new courts, additional stadium seats, new interpretive exhibits and a new building on Memorial Boulevard. more
Harriet Powell was walking the trails near her North Kingstown home one day when she came across signs urging people not to swim or fish in a pond not far from a town well. When she enquired about the problem, she learned pesticides had been dumped there but because local regulations didn’t require it, no one had notified the town water department of the problem.more
Deborah L. Sheely is a biologist whose Ph.D. research studying trees in the Micronesian islands in the mid-1990s eventually led to a 16-year stint working for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Much of that time was spent working through the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (formerly the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service). more
Lincoln-based A.T. Cross Co. is in some ways a brand new 175-year-old company. Founded in 1839, the high-end pen maker was sold to private equity firm Clarion Capital Partners in July 2013, while its former eyeglass division was renamed and eventually sold as well. more
Performing in concert halls in Vienna, Prague and Budapest in July, Andrew Howell and the Chorus of Westerly showcased the talent and training of the multigenerational Rhode Island group to audiences with limited familiarity of the Ocean State. more
Michael McKelvy joined the Gilbane Building Co. in Providence in June as president and chief operating officer, after spending 26 years in various leadership roles at CH2M HILL, which is based in Englewood, Colo. He discusses work Gilbane will soon begin on the South Street Landing project in Providence, planned improvements to its headquarters in the city and the company’s plans for growth.more
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.
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