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TAKING A LEAP: John H. Chafee Center for International Business Director Mark S. ­Murphy says local companies become healthier and more competitive when they move into international markets. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Chafee Center navigates local businesses through challenging international waters

PBN MANUFACTURING AWARDS 2020 | Manufacturing Champion: John H. Chafee Center for International Business ACROSS FIVE CENTURIES, Rhode Island has been a diligent maker of...
FEELING HEALTHY: Joann Stevens, left, and Angela Uricai help operate a machine at Pure Haven LLC. The Johnston-based company creates beauty products using toxin-free ingredients. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Creating toxin-free beauty is part of Pure Haven’s mission

PBN MANUFACTURING AWARDS 2020 | Overall Excellence, fewer than 50 employees: Pure Haven LLC PURE HAVEN LLC’s owners and managers work under the banner of...
SIGNING UP: National Marker Co. shipping associate Luisa Cepeda arranges signs at the company’s North Smithfield facility. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Efficiency is the name of the game at National Marker Co.

PBN MANUFACTURING AWARDS 2020 | Supply Chain Excellence: National Marker Co. THE DAYS THAT Andrew Ellison, director of operations at National Marker Co., wears a...
WIND SPEED: North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kristin Urbach has been working closely with Quonset Business Park, R.I. Commerce Corp. and Chamber board members to increase training and preparation for the wind-power industry. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

NK chamber’s Urbach summoning the power of wind to Rhode Island

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 WOMAN TO WATCH, SOCIAL SERVICES/NONPROFIT: Kristin Urbach | North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce WIND FARMERS FROM AROUND the nation and...
PANELISTS participating in Providence Business News’ virtual summit on June 4 address the complications of returning to the workplace as the COVID-19 quarantine eases.

Panelists: Takes right steps for a smooth reopening

Most of us figured that reopening workplaces as the ­COVID-19 quarantine eases would require a lot more planning than just turning the lights back...
PANELISTS participating in Providence Business News' virtual summit on getting back to business address the issues that employees and employers face in their return to the workplace as COVID-19 dissipates.

PBN summit: Communication, transparency, goodwill key to reopening workplaces

Reopening workplaces as states allow it and as COVID-19 fades will be a delicate process heavily dependent on expert guidance, excellent communications and transparency...
ONLINE GET-TOGETHER: Providence Business News’ Business Continuity Summit took place online on April 30. The panelists communicated through web conferencing.

PBN summit panel: Use crisis as chance to retool

FORMER CHICAGO MAYOR Rahm Emanuel once counseled, “Never let a crisis go to waste” – a point of view that was picked up and...
FAR-FLUNG PANELISTS: Providence Business News’ Coronavirus Stimulus Program Summit took place online on April 16. The panelists were at separate locations during the event.

PBN coronavirus summit panel: Many do’s and don’ts in using stimulus...

Planning is crucial in business, and it has never been as difficult as it is now that the coronavirus pandemic has hammered the national...
PRICES FOR ALL: Boscov’s, a family-owned department store, opened just a few months ago in Providence Place mall. Denise and Walter Budz, of Providence, check out with Islene DeOleo, sales associate. “There are prices for everyone here,” said Walter Budz, who spent 46 years in retail at Ann & Hope, Ames and Walmart. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. malls finding new ways to get people in the door

In one area of Providence Place mall, a couple of small children are working intently in a toddler-size veterinary clinic, treating a gray stuffed...
NEEDED TREATMENT: Susan Benzuly, owner of Evolve Apothecary and Spa in Providence, says selling spa time to customers who are giving the treatments as gifts has become a key part of her business during the holidays. “Self-care is not a luxury; it is a necessity,” she said. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘Intangible’ holiday gifts are big business for spas, hotels

“Give the gift of time.” It’s a sales pitch for a watch, right? Not always. Sometimes the gift of time is actual time – quiet time,...

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