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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.
EVOLVING BUSINESS: Wayne R. Blatchley, owner of Pawtucket-based Fuzion Design, speaks with Esther Tseng, associate
creative director. The company was launched 10 years ago and focuses on brand-driven design, digital services and packaging. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Crafting looks that sell

After working in product design for large companies for several years, Wayne R. Blatchley 10 years ago decided to head out on his own...
JOHN BAHNKEN, president of the wealth-management division at Citizens Bank, says adding digital investment-advisory service SpeciFi to its offerings "is another way we are delivering on this commitment to integrate market-leading digital solutions into the bank’s overall suite of financial products." / COURTESY CITIZENS FINANCIAL GROUP

Citizens praised for SpeciFi digital investment platform

PROVIDENCE – Citizens Bank has received praise for its digital investment-advisory service called SpeciFi. The Providence-based bank last week announced it won the Celent Model...
EDWARD O. "NED" HANDY III is chairman and CEO of Washington Trust Bancorp Inc., parent of The Washington Trust Co. / COURTESY WASHINGTON TRUST

Five Questions With: Edward O. Handy III

Edward O. “Ned” Handy III is chairman and CEO of Washington Trust Bancorp Inc., parent of The Washington Trust Co. The Westerly based bank...
TD BANK AND the Arbor Day Foundation awarded a $20,000 TD Green Streets grant to the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation to plan, prepare and plant trees and shrubs along Huntington Avenue.

TD Bank awards $20K to tree-planting project in Providence

PROVIDENCE – TD Bank and the Arbor Day Foundation awarded $20,000 to support an urban greening and tree-planting project in Providence. The “TD Green Streets”...
THE WASHINGTON TRUST CO. set a record for quarterly earnings in the April-June period, with net income of $17.7 million, a 33.9 percent increase year over year.

Washington Trust to open new branch in North Providence

NORTH PROVIDENCE – The Washington Trust Co. expects to open a new branch in North Providence sometime around the start of 2019. Edward O. “Ned”...
THE IRS IS warning of a new twist to an old scam, as criminals are mimicking the the IRS Taxpayer Assistance Centers to trick taxpayers into paying nonexistent tax bills.

IRS warns of a new twist to an old scam

PROVIDENCE – The IRS is warning of a new twist to an old scam, as criminals are tricking taxpayers into paying nonexistent tax bills. The...
BURRILLVILLE attorney Michael McElroy speaking to the R.I. Energy Facility Siting Board in 2017 with a group opposing the proposed power plant in the background. PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Final hearings begin for proposed Burrillville power plant

BURRILLVILLE – After years of controversial regulatory proceedings and lawsuits, the R.I. Energy Facility Siting Board this week started final hearings on a proposal...

Technology investments at banks could be hurting customer satisfaction

PROVIDENCE – J.D. Power this week released a report showing technology investments are helping to grow digital-only bank customers but potentially hurting overall customer...
PERFECT FIT: William A. White, president and CEO of Coastway Community Bank, meets with Katie MacDonald, left, marketing manager, and Jeanette Fitz, chief financial officer. Coastway will partner with HarborOne, which has agreed to acquire Coastway in a deal expected to close this year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Five Questions With William A. White

William A. White | President and CEO, Coastway Community Bank 1. HarborOne has agreed to acquire Coastway, a deal expected to close this year. How...

Elorza proposes $745M fiscal 2019 budget for Providence

PROVIDENCE – Holding the line on taxes, Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza on Tuesday proposed increasing the city and school budget 1.1 percent to...

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