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Growing lavender on Garman Organic Farm in Middletown beginning this spring is one more step in the expansion of Farmaesthetics that founder Brenda Brock delights in, as her line of green, sustainable skin care products continues to blossom. more
Jeff Gardner is the co-founder and CEO of Carousel Industries, a provider of technology and convergent communication services for more than 6,000 organizations nationwide. After working alongside the Community College of Rhode Island for several years to help align students with relevant skills for the workforce, Carousel was recognized with the school’s Business Champion Award. The company was also honored at CCRI’s “Changing Lives Celebration.” Aside from forming Carousel Industries, Gardner has more than 25 years of technology-related experience and is a certified public accountant. He holds a B.S. in accounting from Bryant University. more
Two years ago, the Tile Craft Design Center got outbid on a job to tile a kitchen countertop in a Narragansett home. more
Assistant Manager Susan Wilson and Richard Guglielmo, owner of Tile Craft Design Center in South Kingstown, in the showroom. Guglielmo is holding a sample of Cambria natural stone. The company, founded in 1960, sells and installs tile, countertops and flooring. “We handle jobs from start to finish,” Guglielmo said. “Customers deal with one person and that’s me.” 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
The R.I. Commerce Corporation released an action report earlier this week outlining specific economic development initiatives designed to improve Rhode Island’s business climate, create jobs and lower unemployment. The report, “Actions for Economic Development in Rhode Island,” advocated building on Rhode Island’s native economic advantages. more
Maria Gooch-Smith, executive director of the South Eastern Economic Development Corporation, has been named the 2014 Financial Services Champion for Massachusetts and New England by the U.S. Small Business Administration. more
Bristol’s Dynamic Bicycles Inc. sees opportunity in the growing popularity of public and private bike-share networks. The company makes shaft drive systems that propel bicycles without a chain, potentially a major advantage for riders, such as tourists, not dressed in clothes designed for cycling. “It is an exploding market and one that benefits the most from chainless technology,” said company founder Patrick Perugini. Above, from left, Dynamic employees Justin Plamondon and Jaime Raposa, with owners Devin Kelly and Perugini. more
A business that serves commercial fishermen has built-in challenges, among them weather, changing fish populations and federal regulations that substantially impact planning and development. To survive and thrive, a marine design and supply business has to be nimble, innovative and just plain determined. more
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