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HURDLES AHEAD: Steven J. Hoffman, chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission in Massachusetts and keynote speaker at PBN’s The Business of Cannabis Summit at the Omni Providence Hotel on Feb. 26, says there are formidable obstacles for anyone considering a cannabis enterprise, partly because the federal government still considers it an illegal drug, which has negative implications for banking and taxes. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Mass. cannabis chief offers guidance for Ocean State

When Massachusetts voted to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016, many felt that Rhode Island would shortly follow suit. But that hasn’t happened yet. And the...
BENJAMIN L. RACKLIFFE, second from right, an attorney at Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC, speaks during a panel discussion at Providence Business News' Business of Cannabis Summit on Wednesday in Providence. Also on the panel was, from left, Karyn Rhodes, of Complete HR Solutions; Mitzi Hollenbeck, of Citrin Cooperman; and Kristyn Glennon of BayCoast Bank. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

PBN cannabis summit: Legalized recreational pot is only matter of time...

PROVIDENCE – It’s not a matter of whether recreational marijuana will be legalized in Rhode Island, it's a matter of when. That conclusion emerged from...
ECONOMIC CONCERNS: Panelists, from left, Kristen Urbach, Thomas O. Sweeney, Stefan Pryor, Mark K. W. Gim and Luke Ebersold discuss a variety of concerns at the PBN Economic Trends Summit while moderator Thomas Zitzouris looks on. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN summit: High business costs, education are concerns in R.I.

The Rhode Island economy has come a long way since the dark days of the Great Recession, when the unemployment rate was among the...
SUNNY OUTLOOK: Thomas Tzitzouris, director for Strategas Research Partners in New York, tells attendees at the Providence Business News Economic Trends Summit that although the year has gotten off to a sluggish start, he predicts a 2% growth rate in the gross national product in 2020. / PBN PHOTO/ MIKE SKORSKI

Economist doesn’t believe recession in the forecast

Some businesspeople might feel there’s an economic downturn looming ahead, but Thomas Tzitzouris doesn’t see it that way. “There is no reason to suspect there...
PANELISTS DISCUSS the outlook for 2020 during Providence Business News' Economic Trends Summit at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Thursday morning. The panelists included, from left, Kristin Urbach, North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce executive director; Thomas O. Sweeney, founder of Sweeney Real Estate & Appraisal; R.I. Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor; Mark Gim, The Washington Trust Co. president and chief operating officer; Luke Ebersold, Rhode Island managing partner at blumshapiro; and Thomas Tzitzouris, Strategas Research Partners director. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN economic summit keynote: Recession not in the forecast

WARWICK – “There is no reason to suspect there will be a recession in the U.S. anytime soon,” said Thomas Tzitzouris, a Rhode Island...
DIVERSE DISCUSSION: Panelists discuss the evolution of diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace at Providence Business News’ Diversity & Inclusion Summit & Awards Program at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick on Dec. 5. From left: moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello, Guillaume Bagal, Marianne Monte, Kim Lee and Nirva LaFortune. / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

PBN panelists: Companies need top-level commitment to break diversity, inclusion barriers

As the workforce in contemporary America changes rapidly, diversity and inclusion initiatives have taken on new dimensions, and more significance. Now they mean more than...
SIX ORGANIZATIONS and one individual were honored at the PBN Diversity & Inclusion Summit & Awards Program in Warwick on Thursday. The program included a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

PBN summit: Diversity, inclusion go far beyond hiring practices

WARWICK – In the business world, diversity and inclusion mean more than simply hiring more people of color and women. It’s about creating pathways...
NOT LIABLE: Bryant University Physician Assistant Program founder and Director Robert Jay Amrien, left, a panelist at the PBN Fall Health Care Summit, says a new law declaring that a physician assistant may be considered a primary care provider means a physician would not be considered liable for the actions of a physician assistant. Next to Amrien, from left, are panelists Maria Ducharme, chief nursing officer and senior vice president of patient care services at The Miriam Hospital; Care New England CEO Dr. James E. Fanale; and James Rajotte, chief of the Center for Health Promotion in the Division of Community Health and Equity at the R.I. Department of Health. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Physician assistants, nurse practitioners may play big role in future of...

Rhode Island is facing a shortage of primary care physicians, but increasing the roles of physician assistants and nurse practitioners might ease the problem,...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS EDITOR Mike Mello, left, leads the discussion at PBN's Health Care Summit on Wednesday. Participating on the panel are, from left, Marc Backon, president, commercial division, at Tufts Health Plan; Stephen Farrell, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of New England; Marie L. Ganim, R.I. Health Insurance Commissioner, Kim A. Keck, CEO and president of Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island; Dr. Alan Kurose, CEO and president of Coastal Medical; and Neil D. Steinberg, CEO and president of Rhode Island Foundation. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN Health Care Summit: Price transparency a challenging objective for industry

PROVIDENCE – Health care needs more price transparency, but how to address the issue remains a challenge, panelists at the Providence Business News 2019...
TIME WELL SPENT: Neil D. Steinberg has been the top executive at the Rhode Island Foundation since 2008, after stints in banking and higher education in Rhode Island.
 / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Neil D. Steinberg, 25 Over Fifty-five

25 Over Fifty-Five 2019 Award Winner NEIL D. STEINBERG | CEO and president, Rhode Island Foundation NEIL D. STEINBERG SAYS he’s been fortunate in his...

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