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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.

Benjamin to chair Women’s Resource Center board

NICOLE J. BENJAMIN, an attorney with Providence-based firm Adler ­Pollock & Sheehan PC, was recently named board president for the Women’s Resource Center. Benjamin...

Web of information

Does your company’s website get updated frequently? Yes: 92.3% No: 7.7%Who manages your website? In-house IT personnel: 42.8% Marketing department: 28.6% Outside website-development firm: 28.6% Our company does not have...

Who’s on the Board?

Mission: Providence Preservation Society’s goal is to improve the city by advocating for historic preservation and the enhancement of its unique character through thoughtful...
BRAIN FAIRS: John Stein, left, a senior lecturer in neuroscience at Brown University, shows the intricacies of how a brain works during Nerd Nite in 2018 at AS220, as part of the Brain Week Rhode Island festivities. Brain fairs during Brain Week Rhode Island will be held at the University of Rhode Island on March 16 and at Brown University on March 17.
 / COURTESY VICTORIA HEIMER-MCGINN

Editor’s Choice: URI, Brown University to host Brain Week events

EDITOR’S CHOICE URI, Brown University to host Brain Week events BRAIN WEEK RHODE ISLAND, sponsored by Brown University’s Institute for Brain Science and the...

Lists: General contractors

Total regional employees listed, including in just-missed list: 3,049Just missed the list: 1 (tie). Caldwell & Johnson Custom Builders & Remodelers | No. of regional...

Five Questions With: Mary O’Rourke

Children’s Wishes, a Warwick-based nonprofit that provides wish experiences and support to families of children dealing with chronic illnesses, recently partnered with Boston-based wellness-product...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Public Utilities and Carriers has opened an investigative docket into Interstate Navigation's plans to build a 500-passenger high-speed ferry. / COURTESY BLOCK ISLAND TOURISM COUNCIL

DPUC to investigate Interstate Navigation’s new ferry plans

WARWICK – The R.I. Division of Public Utilities and Carriers on Friday opened an investigative docket to look into the “needs and appropriateness” of...
RAPID RESPONSE: Sejal Patel, foreground, co-owns the new Firehouse Subs franchise in Cranston. She’s pictured with Alicia Martinelli, shift leader, and Sovannara Keo, crew member, in the background. The business collects donations for grants awarded to police and fire departments.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Sejal and Harsh Patel

Sejal and Harsh Patel | Firehouse Subs | 1000 Chapel View Blvd., Suite 108, CranstonThe pitch: Firehouse Subs makes and sells sub sandwiches and...

Kidder to chair College Unbound board of trustees

PATRICIA KIDDER, an attorney and owner of Newport-based Credit’s Cool, was recently named the new chair of College Unbound’s board of trustees. Prior to...
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RUPERT WHITELEY

Most-read stories on PBN.com, February 2019

1. Two R.I. chefs named James Beard Award semifinalists POSTED ONLINE: FEB. 27. Ben Sukle, chef and co-proprietor of Oberlin restaurant, and James Mark,...
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