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GREENLEAF COMPASSIONATE CARE CENTER employees voted, 21 to 1, to join United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 328, on April 6. / COURTESY UNITED FOOD AND COMMERCIAL WORKERS UNION LOCAL 328

As R.I. cannabis industry grows, so does unionization

As the cannabis industry is poised to expand in Rhode Island, the move to unionize its workers is gaining momentum. The latest example: Workers at...

Block Island aims to protect shoreline property from development

NEW SHOREHAM – The New Shoreham Town Council and conservancy groups are seeking to purchase about four acres of property near the Great Salt...
BLOCK ISLAND was one of the top 50 most expensive zip codes in New England in 2019. / PBN FILE PHOTO/K. CURTIS

Visa delays jeopardizing seasonal workforce

PROVIDENCE – There could be a shortage of foreign workers in Rhode Island this summer if the U.S. State Department does not expedite the...

McKee standing firm on taxing PPP loans

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee is standing firm on his commitment to taxing Paycheck Protection Program loans greater than $150,000. McKee made his position...

Lardaro: Economy ‘horrific’ in February, but headed in right direction

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island economy was still contracting year over year in February but is headed in the right direction, especially in the...
PRODUCT TEST: Amanda Jamieson, left, assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology at Brown University, holds plaque assays of GC Ink, a graphene ink developed by Graphene Composites USA Inc. that is believed to kill viruses when applied to surfaces. Brown researchers, including Delia Demers, center, and Meredith Crane, are testing the product thanks to a grant GC received from the R.I. Commerce Corp.’s Innovation Voucher Program. / COURTESY GREG SERPA

Where is Commerce headed? McKee may give R.I. agency new direction...

Amid the upheaval of the COVID-19 pandemic last June, Daniel J. McKee appeared frustrated. McKee, then Rhode Island’s lieutenant governor, took the unusual step of...
COMMON THREAT: Normand Duquette, senior vice president at RISCO Insurance Brokerage Inc. in East Providence, says “90% of the companies we see” have been subject to social engineering fraud attempts. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Demand rises for insurance coverage against social engineering fraud

Imagine wiring money to a bank account at the request of an urgent voice message or an email from your company’s CEO, only to...
TOP BANKER: David Emmons, vice president and commercial loan officer at Rockland Trust Co., was named 2020 Banker of the Year by the South Eastern Economic Development Corp. At right is Laurie Driscoll, vice president and commercial loan officer at SEED Corp. / COURTESY SOUTH EASTERN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORP.

Emmons named 2020 Banker of the Year by SEED Corp.

DAVID EMMONS of Rockland Trust Co. on Dec. 10 was named the 2020 Banker of the Year by the South Eastern Economic Development Corp....
FEELING COMFORTABLE: The waiting area of Dr. Amy Falk’s The Eye Doctor in East Greenwich is decorated with plants and features comfortable chairs as part of the small-town, relaxed feel she brings to her eye care practice. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Falk brings small-town approach to her eye care practice

Curiosity led Dr. Amy Falk to visit an eye doctor’s office while attending high school, sparking her interest in pursuing a career in health...
RHODE ISLAND HOUSE DEMOCRATS have Rhode Island House of Representatives have elected a new leadership team. / PBN FILE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD.

PPP taxation proposal draws pushback in Senate hearing

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s business community let their voices be heard in the R.I. Senate on Thursday in opposition to taxation of Paycheck Protection...

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