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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

Pranzi tent grows with new venture

After 21 years in the local catering industry, Lisa Mattiello, owner of Pranzi Inc., launched a new business – Pranzi Tents and Events in...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO announced Wednesday a plan to help Rhode Islanders in recovery land jobs and skills training opportunities through a $4 million, federally-funded initiative. Rhode Island College President Frank D. Sanchez, left, will co-chair an ad-hoc committee to generate guidelines which local businesses can follow to be known as "recovery friendly." / COURTESY

New initiative to match Rhode Islanders in recovery with jobs

PROVIDENCE - In an effort to reach Rhode Islanders in recovery and match them with open jobs and skills training opportunities, on Wednesday, Gov....
THE PRINCETON REVIEW released its 27th annual Top 20 list on Monday. Two Bristol Count Massachusetts-based schools and four Rhode Island schools were featured on multiple lists. / COURTESY PRINCETON REVIEW

Local colleges and universities featured in 2019 Princeton Review top 20...

PROVIDENCE - Students across the nation had a lot to say about their college experience and The Princeton Review was listening.The college ranking organization...
ON WEDNESDAY, LendEDU released its third Student Loan Debt by School & State report. For the second time in three years, Rhode Island was ranked second-worst in the nation for average student loan debt. / COURTESY LENDEDU

LendEDU: Twice in 3 years, R.I. student debt second-worst in nation

PROVIDENCE – In one year, average student debt among Rhode Islanders has jumped 15.78 percent for an average $35,371 per Class of 2017 borrower...

RIDE adds Serve Rhode Island to portfolio, awards $1.8M in AmeriCorps...

PROVIDENCE - The distribution of AmeriCorps grants will now be the responsibility of the R.I. Department of Education, per a Tuesday RIDE announcement, after...
A FEAST & FETTLE employee prepares a meal for delivery to clients stretching all across Rhode Island. PHOTO BY STACEY DOYLE / COURTESY FEAST & FETTLE

Local meal prep, delivery service launches online call for equity

PROVIDENCE - Identifying and securing capital is a well-known challenge for Rhode Island businesses, which is why Feast & Fettle Inc. looked to a...
RESTORATION OF THE Rosecliff rose garden has been completed, per an announcement by the Preservation Society of Newport County Friday. The project was commenced in October. / COURTESY OF PSONC

Rosecliff rose garden restored thanks to donors

NEWPORT - With the help of two donations from the V.J. Palmieri Charitable Trust, totaling $95,000, the Preservation Society of Newport County has been able...

JWU students win 2018 SHRM Student Case Competition

PROVIDENCE – Five Johnson & Wales University undergraduates and two graduate human resources students won the 2018 Society for Human Resource Management Student Case...

Five Questions With: Tyler Young

Tyler Young is co-owner of Young Family Farm, a 300-acre property on West Main Road in Little Compton. He manages the farm's wholesale operation...

Kaugars named URI’s new chief information officer

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Effective July 23, Karlis Kaugars has begun work as University of Rhode Island’s next chief information officer.Kaugars, who previously served as...
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