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Emily Gowdey-Backus

Emily Gowdey-Backus joined Providence Business News as a staff writer in April 2016. She is a native of Connecticut and holds a Master’s Degree in international journalism from Cardiff University. Emily covers the education, workforce development, hospitality and tourism, and nonprofit beats for the newspaper. Photo Credit: Love & Perry Photography
BETTER COMMUNICATION: Karey Bouvier, a fifth grade teacher at Carl Lauro Elementary School in Providence, said she became certified as an English as a second language teacher to better communicate with her students.

RWU looks to expand ESL teacher program statewide following successful pilot

Nearly all the students in Karey Bouvier’s Carl Lauro Elementary School fifth grade classroom in Providence are native Spanish speakers. Bouvier, on the other...
MOBILE BOOKS: Alexa Trembly and Emory Harkins are the co-owners of Twenty Stories, a Los Angeles-born mobile bookselling company that opened a shop in Pawtucket in November.

Getting a read on R.I.

For Twenty Stories LLC co-owners Alexa Trembly and Emory Harkins, the mobile bookselling company they founded in Los Angeles is all about creating community. Both...
HOMEMADE BEGINNINGS: From left, store manager Brandi White with co-owners Steph and Jake Kopper at Shore Soap in Newport. The Koppers opened the shop at the suggestion of friends and family who were impressed with the couple’s homemade 12-bar batches of soap, which began as a hobby.

Shore’s scents of luxury

For Jake and Steph Kopper, the entrepreneurial spark came from a gift of luxury soap. Interested in obtaining more but turned off by the price...

Five Questions With Frank D. Sanchez

Frank D. Sanchez | President, Rhode Island College 1. Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has proposed expanding the Rhode Island Promise program to RIC. How important...
LOOKING ELSEWHERE: Tyler Young, co-owner of the Young Family Farm in Little Compton, said new regulations under the Food Safety and Modernization Act are perceived to be such a hassle by farmers that some are considering changing their crops or leaving the industry.

Farmers concerned about new Food Safety and Modernization Act regulations

When it comes to the Food Safety and Modernization Act, no one denies the importance of safe production, transportation and delivery of food –...
ART ADVOCATE: Josef Blazar, co-owner of YJ Contemporary Fine Art in East Greenwich, launched the gallery to bring art collectors to the town and provide artists a platform for their work.

Fine art on display in E.G.

Hoping to attract more art collectors to East Greenwich – as well as fill a requirement for representing artists at shows – 32-year-old Josef...
FILLING A NEED: Joshua Ellison, right, founder of Edge and End, with employee Jason Harritos, oversees an enterprise that helps people with developmental disabilities to have work experiences and hopefully employment through woodworking.

Edge & End uses woodworking as a tool to help disadvantaged...

Joshua Ellison, the son of Pawtucket-based Lorimer Studios LLC’s founder, cites an “interesting serendipity” as the inspiration behind Edge & End LLC, founded in...
IN DEMAND: In order to keep up with construction-worker demand, Gilbane Building Co. has raised the wage for new hires and hourly pay for summer interns. Pictured on a job site are Danielle Crafford, general superintendent, and Mitchell Sinnott, pipe fitter.

Growing projects, added industries seeking workers leave construction pool thin

Four months after the state’s voting public approved two statewide and eight local bond measures investing hundreds of millions of dollars into Rhode Island...

Five questions with Maling Ebrahimpour

Maling Ebrahimpour | Dean, College of Business, University of Rhode Island 1. The College of Business at URI recently hired 10 faculty. What was the...

Five Questions With: Angela Medeiros

Angela Medeiros has been the project coordinator for the Community Partnerships Center at Roger Williams University for the past three years. Before joining the...
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