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James Bessette joined the Providence Business News as the Researcher in February 2018. Prior to joining PBN, he worked as a reporter for The Independent and as a copy editor for The Newport Daily News. He also worked as a sports reporter for Southern Rhode Island Newspapers and as news editor for The East Greenwich Pendulum. He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from Rhode Island College.
EDWIN R. PACHECO, who four months ago began pursuing a run for U.S. Congress, has been named the new CEO and president of Special Olympics Rhode Island. / COURTESY SPECIAL OLYMPICS RHODE ISLAND

Pacheco, former congressional candidate, now Special Olympics R.I.’s new CEO, president

SMITHFIELD – Four months ago, Edwin R. Pacheco set his sights on wanting to be the newest member of U.S. Congress from Rhode Island....

Crossroads R.I. names Textron’s Duffy new board chair

PROVIDENCE – Julie Duffy, executive vice president at Textron Inc., was appointed the new chairperson of homeless support nonprofit Crossroads Rhode Island’s board of...
Julie Duffy

Duffy appointed new board chair of Crossroads Rhode Island

JULIE DUFFY, executive vice president of human resources for Providence-based manufacturing conglomerate Textron Inc., was recently appointed as the new chairperson for Crossroads Rhode...

List: Intellectual Property Lawyers

Ranked by total lawyers: 1. Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP | Total lawyers: 55 2. Adler Pollock & Sheehan PC | Total lawyers: 54 3. Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP | Total lawyers: 31 The...

List: Veteran Employers

Ranked by number of local employees: 1. Lifespan Corp. | No. of local employees: 16,651 2. CVS Health Corp. | No. of local employees: 8,600 3. Amgen Inc. | No. of local employees:...

Who’s on the Board?

PROGRESO LATINO Top executive: Mario Bueno, executive director Year founded: 1977 Mission statement: Progreso Latino’s mission is to help Rhode Island’s Latino and immigrant communities to achieve...
FROM CAPITOL HILL: The Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2022 Congressional Breakfast on June 13 at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick, featuring, pictured clockwise from top left, Reps. James R. Langevin, D-R.I., and David N. Cicilline, D-R.I., and Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and Jack Reed, D-R.I. 
COURTESY JAMES R. LANGEVIN, DAVID N. CICILLINE, SHELDON WHITEHOUSE AND JACK REED

Editor’s Choice: Greater Providence Chamber to host Congressional Breakfast

EDITOR’S CHOICE Greater Providence Chamber to host Congressional Breakfast THE GREATER PROVIDENCE Chamber of Commerce will hold its 2022 Congressional Breakfast, hosted by the Crowne Plaza...

Entrenched in the community

Do you reside in the same state as your company? Yes: 86% No: 14% Are you actively involved in the community you work in? Yes: 100% No: 0% Is it...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Education, along with Gov. Daniel J. McKee and R.I. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green, has launched a $5 million Art Reengages Talent in All Students program to support arts education in local schools.

State launches $5M arts support initiative for local schools

LINCOLN – State elected and education officials announced Thursday a new multimillion-dollar initiative to strengthen arts education in Rhode Island’s public schools. Gov. Daniel J....
CHERYL MERCHANT, CEO of Taco Comfort Solutions, delivers her acceptance speech after receiving the 2022 Career Achiever award in the Providence Business News' 2022 Business Women Awards program. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Merchant, Hughes among 30 top businesswomen honored by PBN

PROVIDENCE – Taco Comfort Solutions CEO Cheryl Merchant, the Career Achievement winner in Providence Business News’ 2022 Business Women Awards program, said Wednesday she...

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