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Eli Sherman is an award-winning journalist. He joined Providence Business News in November 2014 having previously worked as a metro reporter at the Waltham News Tribune. Sherman writes about economics, energy and the environment, entrepreneurship and finance. He's received top awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, The Alliance of Area Business Publishers, the New England Newspaper & Press Association and The Rhode Island Press Association.

DiSandro to named commercial banking marketing manager at Santander

East Providence resident Michael DiSandro last month was named Santander Bank’s commercial banking marketing manager in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. DiSandro will be...
FIFTEEN R.I. COMMUNITIES received grants totaling $3.85 million to conserve open space and farmland Monday. The 18 grants will help preserve 1,193 acres of inland and waterfront properties. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

$3.9M in grants given by state to preserve 1,200 acres

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee awarded $3.85 million to 15 Rhode Island communities, land trusts and conservation organizations Monday to protect more than...
NEW BALL GAME: Elmwood Sports owner Steve Moracco used a $150,000 SBA loan to expand the business he has owned for 23 years. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fee waiver helps boost SBA-backed R.I. loans

Elmwood Sports owner Steve Moracco expanded his cramped screen-printing operation at his Cranston business with the help of a $150,000 loan through Bank Rhode...

Feroce eyeing score on hardwood with Sky Chiefs

Executives of Rhode Island’s newest professional sports team, the Providence Sky Chiefs LLC, are dreaming big. They envision an organization that one day can...
THINKING SMALL: Liv Jasmine, left, and her mother, Josephine Curry of Cranston, shop at Frog & Toad on Hope Street in Providence on Small Business Saturday in 2016. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Signs of hope among city retailers

Despite a sluggish start to holiday-season spending, some local business owners have seen solid increases in sales, giving weight to a recent survey placing...
NATIONAL GRID announced that it is planning on making $1.3 billion in infrastructure upgrades in Rhode Island for natural gas and electricity delivery through 2019.

National Grid seeing $1.3B in R.I. infrastructure spending by 2019

PROVIDENCE – National Grid says it’s planning to pump $1.3 billion into Rhode Island gas and electric infrastructure projects through March 2019. The company says...
THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION has agreed to partner with the R.I. Commerce Corporation to help small businesses in the state learn how to compete more effectively for government procurement contracts.

SBA, Commerce RI agree to help small businesses gain more gov’t...

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration announced a partnership with the R.I. Commerce Corporation and its Procurement Techincial Assistance Center to offer Rhode...
A ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY student was recognized in the first event of the 2015 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition, its Elevator Pitch Contest.

RWU student takes R.I. Biz Plan elevator pitch prize

PROVIDENCE – A Roger Williams University student was named top presenter at the 2015 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition’s Elevator Pitch Contest Thursday. Willem Delventhal,...
THANKS TO A $900,000 federal grant from a Department of Energy initiative, and $900,000 of its own funds, Cranston-based Technic is engaged in a project to help drive the cost of solar-generated electricity to 6 cents per kilowatt-hour. / COURTESY TECHNIC

Technic garners $900K federal grant for solar energy project

CRANSTON – A chemical manufacturing and research company received $900,000 Thursday through a federal initiative trying to make U.S. solar energy resources more affordable...
A REPORT BY THE ENVIRONMENT AMERICA RESEARCH & POLICY CENTER said Rhode Island could generate enough electricity from wind to power nearly 300,000 homes in 2030. / COURTESY ENVIRONMENT AMERICA RESEARCH & POLICY CENTER

Report: Wind energy could displace 2M metric tons of carbon dioxide...

PROVIDENCE - An energy report on Thursday predicted Rhode Island could generate enough electricity from wind to power nearly 300,000 homes in 2030. Environmental...

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