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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
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND is offering trainings and one-on-one assistance to help local farmers comply with the regulations set out in the Food Safety and Modernization Act of 2011. / COURTESY URI

URI to help R.I. farmers comply with new food safety regulations

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – In an effort to help local farmers comply with the regulations set out in the Food Safety and Modernization Act of...
The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announced Wednesday the launch of a new MS in finance at the start of the 2018 all term. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH

UMass Dartmouth augments MS portfolio

DARTMOUTH - Approval of a new master's of science degree in finance was announced by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Wednesday.The program targets individuals...
Roger Williams University announced Wednesday an increase in Alan Shawn Feinstein Leadership Scholarships available to prospective freshmen for the 2018-19 academic year. / COURTESY OF ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY

Feinstein, RWU increase aid to Feinstein Junior Scholars

BRISTOL - Twenty-one Alan Shawn Feinstein Leadership Scholarships are available to prospective Roger Williams University freshman for the 2018-2019 academic year, almost twice the 12 scholarships "offered" for the...
The Rhode Island Foundation will honor Delta Dental of Rhode Island, the Care Transformation Collaborative and attorney Renée A.R. Evangelista of Howland Evangelista Kohlenberg Burnett at its 2018 annual meeting this year. Foundation President and CEO Neil D. Steinberg speaks at last year’s event. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation sets meeting date, puts spotlight on community leaders

PROVIDENCE - The Rhode Island Foundation has announced the date of its 2018 annual meeting, May 24, as well as the names of the...
COME JULY Pamela A. Pantos will lead her first season as the executive director of the Newport Music Festival. / COURTESY OF THE NEWPORT MUSIC FESTIVAL

Newport Music Festival celebrates 50 years

NEWPORT - In her inaugural season as executive director of the Newport Music Festival, Pamela A. Pantos will celebrate the organization's 50th anniversary with...
On Friday, Keith Lang announced he plans to retire as executive director of the Champlin Foundation effective June 30. / PHOTO BY MICHAEL SALERNO

Lang to retire from Champlin Foundation

CRANSTON - After 18 years at the helm of the Champlin Foundation, on Friday Executive Director Keith Lang announced his retirement effective June 30.“It’s...
SELLING R.I.: Jesse Saglio, right, the new president and chief operating officer of R.I. Commerce Corp. at a recent public meeting of the agency’s board. He says Commerce will step up its focus on helping local and small businesses this year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New Commerce RI President Jesse Saglio promises ‘more of the same’...

Since October 2015, Jesse Saglio, 46, has been a key behind-the-scenes player at R.I. Commerce Corp., most recently serving as managing director and head...
CRAFT BREWS: Shaidzon Beer Co. co-owners Josh Letourneau, left, and Chip Samson opened the brewing company in South Kingstown in November to provide craft beers with a European influence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Brewing European flavor

Co-owners of Shaidzon Beer Co. – Josh Letourneau and Chip Samson – are no strangers to the craft-brewing business.A Rehoboth native, Letourneau served as...
MARTIN SHORT AND Steven Martin will host this year's Providence Performing Arts Center Annual Gala on Saturday, April 14 at 7 p.m. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Martin Short and Steve Martin to host 2018 PPAC Gala

PROVIDENCE – Billed as “An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life,” Martin Short and Steve Martin will host this year’s...
RICHARD RING is the deputy executive director of collections and interpretation at the Rhode Island Historical Society. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HISTORICAL SOCIETY

Five Questions With: Richard Ring

A graduate of Ohio State University, Richard Ring, Rhode Island Historical Society deputy executive director of collections and interpretation, has had a lifetime love...
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