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RICHARD R. SPIES, became chairman of the Providence Plan in 2006, and continues to oversee the growth of the nonprofit and implementation of demonstration projects that have helped fulfill its mission. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Education, workforce investments need patience to grow

Richard R. Spies became chairman of the Providence Plan in 2006, and continues to oversee the growth of the nonprofit and implementation of demonstration...
FEVER PITCH: Peg Lamere, Senior Recruiter with Toray Plastics (America) Inc., a tenant at Quonset Business Park, discusses job opportunities with Diane Miceli of North Kingstown. / COURTESY QUONSET DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Monthly Quonset job fair has firms big and small

When Daniel Martineau, the line supervisor who screens job applicants for Trico Specialty Films, LLC, learned about the new monthly job fairs at the...

Hasbro a player in digital gaming

By the end of this year, toymaker Hasbro Inc. will have launched a console gaming channel featuring two versions of “Monopoly” to start, plus...
SOUND IDEAS: David Beauchesne, executive director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra Music School, and Annette Mozzoni, music school director, examine a boiler that needs replacing. / PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Arts groups target donor matches

This year, most of the 2nd Story Theater’s year-end fundraiser, which usually nets about $30,000, will be put toward a match to access more...
TACTICAL APPROACH: Newport-based Wild Things LLC is currently expanding its military product line for year-round use and is making strides in the consumer market. Above, CEO Edward Schmults, left, and Chief Operating Officer Frank Tarrantino research fabrics for new fire-retardant combat pants. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Military supplier eyes year-round clothing markets

Wild Things LLC, a provider of outerwear and tactical clothing for the military, is thriving today, but a year ago, the automatic budget cuts...
BEYOND LAWN SIGNS: Real estate agents have turned to SEO techniques to boost their image online. Julie Boyle, pictured above, of Re/Max Central in Coventry uses a video blog to boost her online visibility. / PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

SEO leading some agents to sales

In today’s competitive online real estate market, Rhode Island agents and brokers say it’s a challenge to find buyers and sellers for their listings...
COOKED TO ORDER: Lisa J. Raiola, founder and president of Hope & Main, tours a shared-use kitchen at the Warren culinary incubator, which opened last month. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Beating illness put her on path to entrepreneurship

Beating a life-threatening illness led Lisa J. Raiola to launch a culinary incubator on Oct. 3 that is breathing new life into not only...

Libraries are places visitors should experience

H. Jack Martin returned to the Providence Public Library more than a decade after he first worked there as an art and music clerk,...
A USEFUL TOOL: The reverse mortgage can make a real difference in the quality of life for an elderly person, says attorney Kevin Hackman, speaking with associate Elizabeth Phillips at Elder Law RI LLC, but it must be understood so that there are no surprises. / PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Recession put clamps on reverse mortgages

Kevin Hackman, an elder law attorney in Warwick, says he has about a dozen clients a year interested in reverse mortgages, only half of...

Firm has designs on filling host of client needs

Ed Forer’s company, Blue Sky Group, is a rags-to-riches story, though Forer will be the first to tell you serendipity, however opportune, cannot be...
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