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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.
THE R.I. STATE Council on the Arts announced Tuesday it launched the Artist Relief Fund to support artists impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

RISCA launches fund to support artists impacted by pandemic

PROVIDENCE – Artists who are in financial dire straits due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic could receive some financial support in the form of...
RHODE ISLAND KIDS COUNT'S latest Factbook, released Tuesday, stated that about 18% of children ages 18 and younger lived in poverty, which increased by a little more than 1% from 2017.

R.I. KIDS COUNT: Annual Factbook shows slight increase in child poverty,...

PROVIDENCE – After back-to-back years of decreases in the amount of children living in poverty, Rhode Island saw a slight increase in 2018, Rhode...
AN ADDITIONAL $2.4 MILLION in grants were awarded to 49 nonprofits from the COVID-19 Response Fund established by the United Way of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Foundation.

Nonprofits receive additional $2.4M in grants from COVID-19 Response Fund

PROVIDENCE – An additional $2.4 million in grants were awarded April 3 to 49 local nonprofits by the United Way of Rhode Island and...
DR. RYAN WELTER, CEO of Tristan Medical North Attleboro Care Center, holds a new blood tests that can held determine signs of COVID-19 in 15 minutes. The facility is offering drive-thru testing for individuals. / COURTESY TRISTAN MEDICAL NORTH ATTLEBORO CARE CENTER

Stepping Up: Tristan Medical offers new drive-thru blood test to help...

NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH – As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to infect thousands of people between Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Tristan Medical North Attleboro Care Center...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS has announced eight winners for its 2020 C-Suite Awards program.

BCBSRI’s Collins named Career Achiever among winners for PBN’s C-Suite Awards

PROVIDENCE – Providence Business News announced Friday its winners for the 2020 C-Suite Awards, honoring top C-level executives in the public, private and nonprofit...

Five Questions With: Kobi Dennis

Kobi Dennis was recently hired as the new diversity and inclusion manager for the YMCA of Greater Providence. Dennis has worked on various initiatives...
UNITED WAY OF Rhode Island's inaugural 401Gives Day raised $1.2 million for 365 nonprofits, exceeding the organization's initial $1 million fundraising goal for the event.

United Way’s 401Gives Day collects $1.2M for nonprofits

PROVIDENCE – Close to $1.2 million was raised Wednesday for 365 Rhode Island-based nonprofit organizations in the United Way of Rhode Island’s inaugural 401Gives...
CHEF ROSA Muñoz, who works for Hope & Main member entity Savory Fare, prepares a meal in one of Hope & Main's kitchens. Hope & Main is launching next week its new Nourishing Our Neighbors program to provide free meals to seniors and needy families on the East Bay during the COVID-19 pandemic. / COURTESY RUPERT WHITELEY

Stepping Up: Hope & Main starting new program to help feed...

WARREN – When schools in the Bristol-Warren School District closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Hope & Main Founder and President Lisa Raiola knew...

Amgen Foundation donates $500K to R.I. COVID-19 Response Fund

WEST GREENWICH – Amgen Inc. and the Amgen Foundation contributed $500,000 to the Rhode Island COVID-19 Response Fund, created in early March by the...

R.I. Community Food Bank receives $100K from MetLife Foundation

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Community Food Bank recently was the beneficiary of a $100,000 donation from the MetLife Foundation to help handle increased...

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