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DOMENIC SCHIAVONE, RIGHT, Warwick Mall general manager, says more shoppers have hit the stores earlier in the holiday shopping season this year because of question marks surrounding the supply chain and the new variant of COVID-19. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Will new COVID-19 variant, supply-chain worries alter holiday shopping season?

Fears that retailers might not be able to restock shelves and that a new COVID-19 variant will curtail public gatherings and activities have apparently...
KEVIN MATTA, center of the stage, head of diversity and inclusion for Thielsch Engineering Inc., leads the discussion among panelists at Providence Business News' 2021 Diversity & Inclusion Summit and Award program at Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Thursday. The other panel members are, from left, Dorca M. Paulino, diversity director for the R.I. Judiciary; Peter Rodriquez, executive director/plant manager for Amgen Rhode Island in West Greenwich; Neil D. Steinberg, CEO and president of the Rhode Island Foundation; and Lawrence E. Wilson, managing director at The Wilson Organization. PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN summit: ‘Every conversation is crucial’ in diversity efforts

WARWICK – Top-down leadership, organizational involvement, empathy and persistent efforts are essential to increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace, according to business...

Study finds R.I. manufacturing disproportionately affected by COVID-19 clusters

PROVIDENCE – Manufacturing had the highest rate of COVID-19 workplace clusters in Rhode Island outside of health, congregate care and education settings, according to...

Businesses report smaller-than-usual weekend crowds, but strong sales

PROVIDENCE - After a difficult holiday season in 2020, small businesses are hoping to see sales begin to bounce back or exceed pre-pandemic norms...

RIHub seeing increased demand from startups

PROVIDENCE – When RIHub recently decided to offer monthly office hours for entrepreneurs, the nonprofit was responding to a surge in interest from startups. “We’re...
WATER FEATURE: Something Fishy Inc. CEO Kurt Harrington has more emphasis in getting aquariums into health care settings because of the potential health benefits. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MACDONALD

Something Fishy Aquarium Service

(published Jan. 22, 2001) YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1993 TYPE OF BUSINESS: Aquarium design, installation and maintenance THEN: OWNER/CEO: Kurt Harrington LOCATION: Charlestown EMPLOYEES: 5 ANNUAL SALES: WND NOW: OWNER/CEO: Kurt Harrington LOCATION: Warwick EMPLOYEES:...
FASHION ON DISPLAY: Leather bags and suitcases surround former Lotuff Leather executives Lindy McDonough, left, and Ellen McNulty-Brown in this photo taken in 2016. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Lotuff Leather

(published Dec. 16, 2016) YEAR ESTABLISHED: 2011 TYPE OF BUSINESS: Leather goods THEN: OWNERS: Joe and Rick Lotuff LOCATION: 1 Sims Ave., Providence EMPLOYEES: 18 ANNUAL SALES: WND NOW: OWNERS: Joe...
SERIOUS WORK: For Michael Mancini, owner of American Muscle Car Restorations in North Kingstown, pictured here in 2018, restoring cars began as a family hobby that has turned into a full-time career.
/ PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

American Muscle Car Restorations Inc.

(published July 20, 2018) YEAR ESTABLISHED: 2010 TYPE OF BUSINESS: Vintage car restoration THEN: OWNER: Michael Mancini LOCATION: 65 Foliage Drive, North Kingstown EMPLOYEES: 17 ANNUAL SALES: $2 million NOW: OWNER:...
SNAPPED UP: Warehouse space is hard to come by lately, and that was illustrated by this recently completed flex building at the Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown. The space has already been leased by two businesses that will use the building for warehousing and other purposes. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Companies on desperate search for warehouses

Businesses looking for a warehouse in Rhode Island might be searching for a long time because the exploding growth of online retail has spurred...
MODEL EMPLOYEE: Kelly Knee, who started
at Applied Science Associates as an intern in
2004, is now executive director of RPS Group’s
Ocean Science Division, the organization that
was once Applied Science Associates. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Applied Science Associates

(published Aug. 1, 1988) YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1979 TYPE OF BUSINESS: Computer modeler of marine and freshwater environments THEN: OWNER: Malcolm L. Spaulding, founder LOCATION: Narragansett EMPLOYEES: 16 ANNUAL SALES: WND NOW:...
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