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Most of us are far more likely to be swayed by a friend’s recommendation than an ad. A recent Nielsen report found that 92 percent of consumers trust recommendations from friends and family above all ads. And they are four times more likely to buy something recommended by a friend. more
Providence is getting back in the startup game. more
Parents, grandparents and young adults know the problem only too well: Heavy student-debt loads, persistent employment troubles stemming from the recession – plus newly toughened mortgage underwriting standards – are all standing in the way of vast numbers of potential first-time homebuyers in their 20s and 30s. more
The nation has watched Rhode Island’s long struggle to repair its public pension system as a possible prologue to retirement overhaul efforts across the country. more
For biomedical researcher Niall G. Howlett, getting $500,000 in startup funding to set up a laboratory seven years ago was critical to establishing roots to pursue research here in Rhode Island. more
One of the economic issues Rhode Island policymakers would like to understand empirically is if the state’s personal income tax is driving high-wage earners out of state. more
PROVIDENCE – Federal safety officials have fined a Rhode Island wood-pellet company $43,000 for alleged violations related to a 2013 explosion and fire, The Associated Press reported last week. more
PROVIDENCE – The R.I. Office of Revenue Analysis announced last week that it has proposed a schedule for analyzing the costs and benefits of state tax-incentive programs in 2015, 2016 and 2017. more
BOSTON – Shell Oil Co. will pay $4 million to resolve allegations that it received reimbursement payments from a Massachusetts state fund for environmental-cleanup projects despite receiving payments from its insurers for the same gas station sites, announced Attorney General Martha Coakley. more
The University of Rhode Island’s Coastal Resources Center is using a $75,000 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation to coordinate shared use of maps and data across state agencies as it helps the public prepare for the next major storm. more
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