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BREAKING BARRIERS: College Unbound provides access to college for busy adults, offering babysitting service and dinner to save time so they can go direct to class. Charlene Howie, of Providence, eats dinner while studying before class. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

College Unbound clears hurdles blocking adult learning

Innovative Companies | NonprofitsCollege Unbound’s story began in 2009 as an initiative of Big Picture Learning, a nonprofit with more than 20 years of...

J&B Communications riding expansion of telecommunications services market

Fastest Growing Companies | $250,000-$5M | 3rd place CEO (or equivalent): Robert O’Connor, president 2017 Revenue: $579,103 2015 Revenue: $352,412 Revenue growth: 64.3%Incorporated in 1990 as a provider...
CONSULT RESULTS: Dell Sala, left, lead developer, and Rich Grundy, president, demonstrate AVTECH’s Monitor360 software sensors operation in the company’s Warren office.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

AVTECH Software safeguards critical infrastructure

Innovative Companies | ManufacturingWhen AVTECH Software Inc. opened its doors 30 years ago, the company’s focus was on providing monitoring services for local software...
FITNESS SERVED: IGT has a robust healthy-activity culture, including company groups that play basketball and volleyball at lunchtime Thursdays at the company’s West Greenwich campus. From far left: Manish Verma, director of technology; Yanna Tow, systems administrator; Frank Staskiewicz, senior printed circuit board designer; Lucas Halkidis, electrical engineering intern; Tom Quaranta, mechanical engineer; Jim Lyons, principal business systems analyst; and Bruce Parkes, consulting hardware engineer. 
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

IGT’s got game on healthy lifestyle choices

Healthiest Employees: 5,000+ Employees | #1. International Game Technology PLC CEO (or equivalent): Renato Ascoli, CEO, North America Number of employees: 7,000When it comes to promoting...
CELEBRATION TIME: Stephanie Frazier Grimm is the founder of The Confetti Foundation, which provides ready-made birthday party kits so children in the hospital on their birthdays can easily celebrate the day with decorations. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Frazier Grimm packs celebrations for hospital-bound birthdays

Women to Watch, Nonprofit | Stephanie Frazier Grimm, The Confetti FoundationBack in 2010, Stephanie Frazier Grimm enjoyed the incredible high of becoming a godparent,...
HOUSING AROUND: Barbara Fields, executive director at R.I. Housing and Mortgage Finance Corp., has earned a reputation as a passionate proponent of affordable housing. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Fields improves how R.I. Housing fosters community, opportunity

Industry Leader, Social Services | Barbara Fields, R.I. HousingWhile Barbara Fields may not remember the exact moment she decided what she wanted to...
GREEN TEAM: National Marker CEO Michael Black, left, and General Manager Patrick Madigan show off the company’s solar array outside its North Smithfield facility. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

National Marker Co. focuses quality ethic toward energy efficiency

National Marker Co. | Green ManufacturingMany things have changed in the nearly 100 years since National Marker Co. opened its doors, but not the...
LEAN SCENE: Town Dock President and CEO Ryan Clark oversees the inspection process of the day’s squid landing. Town Dock is Rhode Island’s largest calamari processor and the nation’s largest supplier to the domestic market. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

The Town Dock thrives using lean management, team work in calamari...

The Town Dock | Lean ManagementCall it squid or calamari, but when it’s on your menu, family-owned The Town Dock is likely to be...
PROSPEROUS HISTORY: William A. “Bill” White, Coastway president and CEO, speaks with Katie MacDonald, left, marketing manager, and Jeanette Fitz, chief financial officer, at the bank’s Providence office.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELY

Coastway Community Bank positions customers to prosper

Excellence at a Midsize Company | Coastway Community BankCoastway Community Bank’s team has been serving Rhode Islanders’ financial needs nearly 100 years, growing to...
HUMAN INVESTMENT: Embrace Home Loans leaders help people finance “homes where memories are made.” A key to that effort is in-house training. Engaged in conversatiom are Nicholas DeLuca, middle, Al Dussinger, right, and attendee Lillia Wild. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Embracing change, investing in itself and new business channels

FASTEST GROWING COMPANIES | $75M AND ABOVE  |  1ST PLACEKurt Noyce has been with Embrace Home Loans for 27 years, 18 as president. In...
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