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BUILDING SOMETHING: A4 Architecture is a full-service firm whose projects range from renovations to Newport mansions, residential projects and commercial redesigns. Pictured above, from left, are: Managing Director Ross Cann and architectural designers Daniel L’Esperance and Martin Wimberly. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

At home in mansions, office designs

Even if you’ve never heard of A4 Architecture Inc. of Newport, you may be familiar with some of founder Ross Sinclair Cann’s work. Before he...
DIGITAL LITERACY: Alen Yen, president of iFactory Group, seated, with Dante Bellini, executive vice president at RDW Group. / PBN PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE

Colleges fertile ground for digital marketing

Marketing firms are going back to college. Not for classes or to brush up on a foreign language, but to capitalize on the growing higher...
SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT: Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee points to the Rocky Point Park deal as one of the hallmarks of his final year in office. / PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Chafee set to exit ‘twilight zone’

As a candidate, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee’s opposition to the pending $75 million 38 Studios deal was both a pillar of his platform and...
TED HOWELL, a lawyer that specializes in helping tech startups, thinks most existing investors would not utilize crowdfunding.

Crowdfunding potential unrealized where needed most

Before crowdfunding changed the world of startup investing, the federal government was supposed to change the rules of crowdfunding. With the Jumpstart Our Business Startups...
MAKING SPACE: Tood Thomas, founder of Tinker Bristol, says that Bristol has the potential to host a great incubator space because of features such as IYRS School of Technology & Trades and a strong arts program in the town. / COURTESY TODD THOMAS

Manufacturing ‘maker’ space designed to spur innovation

As the Maker Movement spread across the country, Todd Thomas became one of its leading supporters in Rhode Island. An architect, Thomas sees the...
WELL CONNECTED: Ray Leung is president of CRMS Inc., which owns 12 Wireless Zone stores, including four in Rhode Island. At right is Leung, at the Taunton Ave. Wireless Zone store in East Providence, with store manager Brad Lavoie. / PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Leung makes good call on Wireless Zone partnership

Selling pagers from a small store in Randolph, Mass., 21 years ago, Ray Leung couldn’t have imagined the iPhone 6. Back then, phones had...
MEET AND GREET: Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza shakes hands with Zita Bolton at LaSalle Bakery the day after winning his race against Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci Jr. / PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

New leaders coming to gov’s office, City Hall

Alec Beckett, creative partner at Nail Communications Inc., had a nervous election night on Nov. 4. His Providence advertising agency, which usually stays out of...
BORN AGAIN: A proposed federal cleanup and cap of the former J.M. Mills landfill, as depicted in a rendering. / RENDERING COURTESY POTENTIALLY RESPONSIBLE PARTIES GROUP

At what cost toxic-waste cleanup?

It’s not surprising that businesses facing the bill for a $40 million Blackstone River toxic-waste cleanup consider the federal Superfund project overkill. They’re not the...
GROWING MARKET: Alex and Ani currently has more than 40 retail stores across America. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Rafaelian keeps ‘dream job’ as Alex and Ani chief

It has been a tumultuous year for Cranston-based jewelry maker Alex and Ani and its founder, Carolyn Rafaelian. A March ouster of CEO Giovanni Feroce...
DR. DANIEL HARROP, who ran as the Republican candidate for Mayor of Providence in 2014, against Democrat Jorge O. Elorza and former mayor, Vincent A. "Buddy" Cianci. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

At odds over waterfront development

Is Providence better off than it was 20 years ago? At times, the 2014 mayoral race has felt like a referendum on that unusual local...
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