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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.

Five Questions With: Michael P. Heroux

Rhode Island Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class and Food Program Manager Michael P. Heroux has served in the military for three decades. He...
CRANSTON MAYOR Allan W. Fung, left, meets with Vincent DiPippo of Cranston after delivering food as part of Meals on Wheels of Rhode Island's March for Meals initiative. / COURTESY MEALS ON WHEELS OF RHODE ISLAND

Elected officials, business leaders deliver food for Meals on Wheels

PROVIDENCE – Multiple Rhode Island elected officials and Webster Bank representatives spent time throughout the month delivering meals to local senior citizens in need.The...
SPINNERS: Claire Hayes, left, and her mother, Sheila Hayes, are the franchise owners of Cyclebar in Smithfield. They opened the franchise after Claire began spinning classes while living in Massachusetts and spoke to her mom about opening a location in Rhode Island.
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Franchisee: Sheila and Claire Hayes

The pitch: Cyclebar is a premium, indoor-cycling studio that has 41 spinning cycles – each with monitors showing health statistics. An instructor leads the...

New Construction March 2019

Roger Williams University School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management Labs | 1 Old Ferry Road, BristolRoger Williams University officials recently held a steel...

Selle named HR Icon of the Year by OnConferences

BOB SELLE, chief human resources officer for Ocean State Job Lot, was recently named HR Icon of the Year by online business-resource organization OnConferences....

Business Best-sellers March 29, 2019

Circle of Greed: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of the Lawyer Who Brought Corporate America to Its Knees By Patrick Dillon and Carl M....
STOPPING ABUSE: Rep. Teresa Tanzi, D-South Kingstown, and the Rev. ­David L. Helfer, of the Womxn Project Collaborative, will be among the panelists participating in a forum on sexual harassment and violence. It will be held by the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island on April 3, at the New England Institute of Technology. / COURTESY REP. TERESA TANZI AND THE REV. DAVID L. HELFER

Editor’s Choice: Ending sexual harassment

EDITOR’S CHOICE Ending sexual harassment WOMEN’S FUND of Rhode Island will hold a panel discussion on sexual harassment and violence, and what can be done...

Lists: Rhode Island Distilleries, Breweries and Vineyards

Re-ranked by newest: 1. Rhode Island Spirits Distillery & Tasting Room | Year founded: 2019 2 (tie). Beer on Earth | Year founded: 2018 2 (tie). LineSider...

Lists: Providence Restaurants

Number of Providence restaurants reviewed on Yelp: 1,198Re-ranked by number of reviews: 1. Hemenway’s Seafood Grill & Oyster Bar | No. of reviews: 624 2. Gracie’s...

Negative into positive

How frequently does your company receive negative feedback? Sometimes: 100% Often: 0% Never: 0%How quickly do you address the situation? Immediately with the customer directly: 54.5% Immediately after speaking...
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