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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.
ATTENDEES AND EXHIBITORS interact at a past Northeastern Retail Lumber Association expo hall at the R.I. Convention Center in Providence. Gov. Daniel J. McKee announced Thursday that the convention center, which has been closed since March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is slated to reopen in August. / COURTESY NORTHEASTERN RETAIL LUMBER ASSOCIATION

Adamo: August Convention Center reopening will give state a boost

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Daniel J. McKee on Thursday announced that the R.I. Convention Center can reopen for business in August, about 17 months after it...
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS announced its honorees for the 2021 Business Women Awards program.

Seagrave-Whittle heads PBN 2021 Business Women honorees

PROVIDENCE – Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island Chief Marketing Officer Brenda Seagrave-Whittle has been selected by Providence Business News as this year's Career...
GIVING BACK: Cristian Dersidan left a nearly 10-year career in the food service industry to operate a couple of Home Instead Inc. franchises, which provide one-on-one in-home care for senior residents, because he wanted to give something back and help people in the community. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Franchisee: Cristian Dersidan

Cristian Dersidan | Home Instead Inc. | Warwick and North Kingstown The pitch: Home Instead Inc. specializes in direct, one-on-one in-home care for senior residents....
COURTESY AGOSTINI BACON CONSTRUCTION COS.

New Construction April 2021

Westport Middle School and High School | 400 Old County Road, Westport School is close to being in session at the town’s new combined middle...
ANSWERING QUESTIONS: Sen. Edward Markey, D-Mass., will be the keynote speaker at One SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce’s April 21 virtual town hall. 
COURTESY ONE SOUTHCOAST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Editor’s Choice: Markey will be keynote speaker at virtual town hall...

EDITOR’S CHOICE Markey will be keynote speaker at virtual town hall ONE SOUTHCOAST CHAMBER of Commerce will hold a virtual town hall discussion featuring...

Most-read stories on PBN.com, March 2021

1. Do promised benefits from a proposed medical-waste treatment plant in West Warwick outweigh potential negatives? PUBLISHED ONLINE: MARCH 19. MedRecycler-RI wants to build...

Back to the workplace?

Is your company planning to have most or all of its employees return to the workplace this year? Yes: 60% No: 20% Unsure: 20% How much of your...

List: Rhode Island Independent Insurance Agencies

Total number of employees: 782 The complete list is available for purchase online. For information about participating in PBN’s Top Lists, or to make additions or...

List: Software Development Companies

Total number of employees: 1,397 The complete list is available for purchase online. For information about participating in PBN’s Top Lists, or to make additions or...

List: Web Development Firms

Total number of web developers: 110 Re-ranked by number of employees: 1. Envision Technology Advisors LLC | No. of employees: 54 2. Vertikal6  | No. of employees:...

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