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Paul, a business owner, writes in response to my article on children who stay on their parents’ insurance. He describes something I’ve never heard before: more
Diversified Resources, a Warwick financial advisory firm, changed its cleaning company a couple of months ago to Green Pro Services, a new venture with a mission to be a completely green business. more
Middletown-based Rite Solutions has an issue with companies that are no longer small being “grandfathered” in when it comes to competing for U.S. Department of Defense contracts. The 14-year-old company has 125 employees and specializes in submarine-combat-systems software development and does work mainly for the U.S. Navy. more
From the boom years of the 1990s to the Great Recession, Bristol’s TJ Russell Supply has relied on customer service to help it stand out from competitors. “That’s sort of our niche – that personal service,” said owner Erik Warner, pictured above. “[We] take pride in finding the best, most economical solutions for [customers’] supply needs and we like to do it on a personal level.” The wholesale cleaning-supply business, now in its 43rd year, offers approximately 5,000 different products. And most of its business is still done by what some would consider old-fashioned methods – through email, phone and fax. more
In fiscal 2013, the U.S. government entered into contracts to be performed in Rhode Island with a value of more than $766 million. These contracts were for goods and services as diverse as construction services, underwater sound equipment and clambakes. more
My company, Mereco Technologies, a manufacturer of custom-formulated materials for electronics applications, has been a fixture in the Rhode Island small-business landscape since 1960. Over those 54 years, the company has always provided generous health care benefits for its employees. more
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. more
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. more
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. more
Crouched by the curb with grease-stained hands and furrowed brows, cyclists know all too well the frustration of a slipped chain or malfunctioning derailer. more
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