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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.
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS has announced that 66 companies will be recognized in its 2020 Best Places to Work program.

PBN announces 2020 Best Places to Work honorees

PROVIDENCE – Providence Business News has announced 66 honorees for its 2020 Best Places to Work program. Each of the companies recognized for this year’s...
NOT CONVINCED: Joshua Riazi, left, manager at Genesis Center, leads a culinary class in February. Riazi isn’t sold on the idea of forming an association to serve as a “chamber of commerce” for the Rhode Island nonprofit sector. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Strength in numbers? Some struggling nonprofits eye an alliance

While many nonprofits are fighting for survival amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Steamship Historical Society of America knows better than most what it is...
R.I. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION received a $10.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support the Ocean State’s efforts to rethink education and improve ways to serve students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

RIDE receives $10.9M federal education grant

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Department of Education has awarded the R.I. Department of Education a $10.9 million grant to support the Ocean State’s efforts...
THE UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND announced Thursday it has launched it's largest fundraising campaign to date, seeking to raise $250 million by 2024. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

URI’s largest-ever campaign seeks to raise $250M by 2024

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The University of Rhode Island announced Thursday that it has launched a $250 million campaign, the largest such campaign in the...
BROWN UNIVERSITY announced Wednesday that is has fully funded a $10 million endowment to help support the Providence Public School District. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown University fully funds $10M endowment for Providence schools

PROVIDENCE – Brown University announced Wednesday that it has fully funded a $10 million endowment commitment to help support public schools in Providence. The university...
PROVIDENCE COLLEGE announced Monday that it is postponing its 2020 commencement until 'sometime' in 2021. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE COLLEGE

Providence College postpones 2020 commencement to 2021

PROVIDENCE – Providence College’s Class of 2020 will have to wait until next year to celebrate their achievements in person. The college announced Monday that...
RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE announced Friday its reopening plan for the fall, which includes most of its classes being held online. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND COLLEGE

RIC’s reopening plan involves most classes being held online

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island College’s reopening plan for the fall will involve most of their classes being held online, the state college announced Friday. The...

Tennis Hall of Fame launches new fundraising campaign to highlight fans

NEWPORT – The International Tennis Hall of Fame Inc. announced July 13 that it is launching a new fundraising campaign to allow fans to...
THE R.I. DEPARTMENT of Business Regulation's COVID-19 transparency portal now publicly shows the compliance notices each of the businesses that were forced closed for not implementing COVID-19 safety measures. The notices show that they have since been permitted to reopen after a subsequent inspection by state officials. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS REGULATION

DBR’s COVID-19 transparency portal now shows if businesses come back into...

PROVIDENCE – The transparency portal on the R.I. Department of Business Regulation’s website listing businesses that received orders to shut down from the R.I....
RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN announced Tuesday that it is launching multiple initiatives to help advance social equality at the arts college.

RISD taking multiple actions to advance social equity at college

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island School of Design announced Tuesday that is it committing a series of actions to advance social equity at the arts...

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