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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.

Lists: Intellectual property lawyers

Total no. of intellectual property lawyers: 48 Re-ranked by firms with the most lawyers: 1. Hinckley Allen & Snyder LLP | No. of lawyers: 60 2. Adler...

Lawrence receives UMass Civic Leadership Award

THE REV. ROBERT P. LAWRENCE, who had previously served churches in Little Compton, Fall River and the Federal Bureau of Prisons, was recently presented...

Who’s on the Board?

The Providence Foundation Mission: To create an environment that is conducive to growth and sustained investment, making Providence the premier midsized city in the country....
Beyond the average
A piece of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law required for the first time that companies disclose the ratio of their CEO’s pay to the median salary of its employees, although the employers were allowed to exclude some workers from the calculation. / Sources: Company filings (Some companies excluded non-U.S. employees and others.)

Pay ratio disclosures show wide gaps between CEOs, employees

Out of the 19 public companies that are based in or have significant ­operations within Rhode Island and have filed proxy statements recently, 14...

All in the family

Would you ever consider owning or operating a business with a family member? Yes: 60% No: 40% Maybe: 0% What is the likelihood that the next CEO of...

Lists: Health care educators

Total no. of health care students enrolled: 12,957 Want to join? For more information about participating in PBN’s Top Lists, or to make additions or...
LOCAL IMPACT: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio will discuss a variety of issues impacting the state at the "Eggs & Issues" breakfast hosted by the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce at Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln on June 4. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Editor’s Choice: Discuss state issues with Ruggerio

EDITOR’S CHOICE Discuss state issues with Ruggerio THE NORTHERN RHODE ISLAND Chamber of Commerce will host an “Eggs & Issues” breakfast event with Senate President Dominick...
ST. MARY ACADEMY - BAY VIEW recently hired DeSisto Law LLC to perform an independent review of the school's current policies and determine if, and investigate, any other misconduct occured at the school involving students.

St. Mary Academy – Bay View hires law firm to review...

EAST PROVIDENCE — St. Mary Academy – Bay View recently hired Providence-based law firm DeSisto LLC to perform an independent review and analysis of...
TWENTY-ONE RHODE ISLAND BUSINESSES received more than $210,000 in grants from the R.I. DEM's Local Agriculture & Seafood Act program to help new and existing small businesses and initiatives thrive in Rhode Island.

Local food businesses awarded $210K from DEM

PROVIDENCE — The R.I. Department of Environmental Management and its partners awarded more than $210,000 in grants from the Local Agriculture & Seafood Act...
NAVIGANT CREDIT UNION reported $2 billion in total assets and $5 million in net income after the first quarter of the new fiscal year./COURTESY NAVIGANT CREDIT UNION

Almost half of Rhode Island-based credit unions reported 1Q gains in...

PROVIDENCE – Nearly half of Rhode Island-based credit unions saw gains both in total assets and in net income through the first quarter on...

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