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Lists: IT services companies

Total number of local employees listed, including on just missed list: 2,556Just missed the list: 1. (tie) Communications Unlimited Inc. | No. of local employees:...

Lists: Biotechnology and life sciences companies

Total number of local employees: 1,538For more information about participating in PBN’s Top Lists, or to make additions or corrections, call (401) 680-4838 or...
THE INDEPENDENT, a weekly newspaper covering three towns in Washington County, and South County Life magazine, are being acquired by Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers Operations Inc. and the group Southern Rhode Island Newspapers from GateHouse Media Inc., the paper announced Thursday./PBN PHOTO JAMES BESSETTE

The Independent, South County Life magazine sold to RISN Operations Inc.

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — The Independent, a weekly newspaper covering three towns in Washington County, and its accompanying magazine South County Life, are being sold...

Gaige Hall refurbished as part of RIC revitalization initiative

Owner: Rhode Island CollegeArchitect and interior designer: LLB Architects/Lerner Ladds BartelsDeveloper/general contractor: H.V. CollinsOther parties: Keough Construction Management (owner’s representative)Cost: $21,750,000Use: The 64,655-square-foot classroom,...
FUTURE LEADER: University of Massachusetts Dartmouth graduate Charlemya Erasme, pictured with Mass. Gov. Charlie Baker at the Statehouse, was named among the commonwealth’s “29 Who Shine” for her potential as a future state leader.
 / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH

UMass Dartmouth graduate among ‘29 Who Shine’

CHARLEMYA ERASME, a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth graduate, was recently named among the commonwealth’s “29 Who Shine.” Students are nominated for the “29 Who...

Moving on up

Why do you promote employees? To recognize growth and potential: 50% To reward performance: 50% To fill vacancies: 0% To grow the company: 0%How often do you promote...

Lists: Regional banks

Total no. of regional deposits at listed banks: $40.5 billion Total net income from banks listed: $7.9 billionJust missed the list: 1. Dime Bank | Market...

Lists: Rhode Island credit unions

Total no. of members: 400,308FOOTNOTE 1. Reflects first-quarter income or loss from Jan. 1, 2018, through March 31, 2018.For more information about participating in PBN’s...
RESPONDING RESPONSIBLY: 
A.B. Stoddard, associate editor of RealClear Politics, will be the keynote speaker for a June 29 conference at Bryant University’s Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership, offering public officials and policymakers ideas on how to respond responsibly to state rankings. / COURTESY BRYANT UNIVERSITY

Editor’s Choice: Art of the Real Deal

EDITOR’S CHOICE Art of the Real Deal BRYANT UNIVERSITY’S Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership will host a conference offering public officials and policymakers ideas...
GRAND OPENING: DQ Grill and Chill co-owner Will Dailey, left, receives an official certificate from Cranston Mayor Allan Fung celebrating the grand opening of the restaurant. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Will Dailey and Damon Draught

Will Dailey and Damon Draught DQ Grill and Chill | 275 Atwood Ave., CranstonThe pitch: DQ Grill and Chill features hamburgers and sandwiches, as well...
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