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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 RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION has awarded $660,000 in grants to 11 local minority-led nonprofits in order to help build the nonprofits' capacities. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

R.I. Foundation awards $660K to 11 minority-led nonprofits

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Foundation announced Tuesday that it has awarded $660,000 in grants to 11 local minority-led nonprofits color in order to...
THE RHODE ISLAND COMMUNITY Food Bank released Monday its annual Status Report on Hunger in Rhode Island, which notes that racial inequities and food insecurity remain high. Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff, pictured, feels the COVID-19 pandemic made things worse for communities of color. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. food bank: Food insecurity, racial inequities still problematic

PROVIDENCE – As Rhode Island’s economy gradually recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity remains high, affording adequate food is still a challenge for...
NICHOLAS A. MATTIELLO, a former R.I. House Speaker, is serving as a lobbyist for Westminster Consulting Ltd., the lobby firm for Lifespan Corp. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Lifespan Corp.’s lobbying firm taps former House Speaker Mattiello

PROVIDENCE – Nicholas A. Mattiello, who a year ago was one of Rhode Island's most powerful lawmakers, has been brought on by a lobbying...
ROGER C. BERGENHEIM, far right, president and publisher of Providence Business News, delivers a speech Thursday to multiple business professionals in attendance at the news publication's 35th Anniversary Gala at Aldrich Mansion in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

PBN celebrates 35th anniversary with business community

WARWICK – Providence Business News on Thursday celebrated three and a half decades of providing business journalism to Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts at...

List: Stock Brokerage Firms

Total number of stock brokers: 147 The complete list is available for purchase online. For information about participating in PBN’s Top Lists, or to make additions...
NEIL D. STEINBERG, CEO and president of the Rhode Island Foundation, and Jayne Hayward, CEO and president of the Rhode Island Health Center Association, discuss the 40 recommendations the foundation has put forth regarding the proposed merger of Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System. / PBN PHOTO/JAMES BESSETTE

R.I. Foundation unveils recommendations on proposed Lifespan-CNE merger

PROVIDENCE – When Lifespan Corp. and Care New England Health System in April submitted plans to merge as a single integrated academic health system...

Five Questions with: Phillip Kydd

Phillip Kydd is the principal of Warwick-based business services company Gemini Group and was recently elected to the Festival Ballet Providence’s board of trustees....
Tracy Karasinski

CCRI receives $7.4M in federal TRIO grants

TRACY KARASINSKI is dean of the Office of Opportunity and Outreach at the Community College of Rhode Island, which was recently awarded a pair...
COURTESY THE FOUNDRY

Most-read stories on PBN.com, October 2021

1. Promenade Apartments sold in $105M deal POSTED ONLINE: OCT. 4. The Promenade Apartments at the Foundry complex have sold for a combined $77.8...
CURRENT AFFAIRS: Wendy J. Schiller, a professor of political science at Brown University, will speak at the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs & Issues event at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln on Nov. 16. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Editor’s Choice: Schiller to discuss current affairs with NRI Chamber

EDITOR’S CHOICE Schiller to discuss currentaffairs with NRI Chamber THE NORTHERN RHODE ISLAND Chamber of Commerce will hold an Eggs & Issues event featuring Wendy...

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