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Mary MacDonald joined the Providence Business News as a staff writer covering Government, Development, Real Estate and Manufacturing in December 2014. She previously was a correspondent for The Boston Globe and Telegram & Gazette, an editor at Patch/AOL, and a staff writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University, and a master’s degree in secondary English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Hundreds more nonessential R.I. businesses ordered closed beginning March 30

PROVIDENCE — Gov. Gina M. Raimondo's order on Saturday for the closure of all noncritical retail establishments in the state effective Monday, March 30,...
EAST PROVIDENCE has created two small-business loan programs to help small and micro-businesses hurt by the COVID-19 pandemic.

East Providence starts 2 emergency loan programs for small businesses impacted...

EAST PROVIDENCE – The city has jump-started its own emergency loan fund programs for the smallest of small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,...
BOOKS TO GO: Jennifer Kandarian, manager of Books on the Square in Providence, has opened a drive-up book drop at the back door for elderly patrons and others too nervous to walk inside the store during the COVID-19 pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Coronavirus pandemic deals sudden, crushing blow to R.I. businesses

Like many small businesses, Books on the Square has a manager who keeps a close eye on numbers and trends. More than three weeks...
FACE TIME: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo at one of the daily briefings she has given during the crisis. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Raimondo’s leadership, transparency earn praise

State governors are ­typically not front and center during a national crisis. But the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the U.S. has pushed governors to...
TAILORED CARE: Physical therapists Karl Busch, left, and Peter Dionisopoulos, owners of Dynamic Performance & Rehab in Johnston, opened their own practice so they can treat clients with more time and individual care. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

They’re the dynamic duo of physical therapy

A strong desire to work for themselves and treat clients with more time and individual care prompted Peter Dionisopoulos and Karl Busch to open...
RUNNING THE TABLE: East Greenwich Cove Builders recently won the 2019 “Best in American Living” community of the year award from the National Association of Home Builders for their “pocket neighborhood” called Castle Street Cottages. From left, Chris Santilli, managing partner, and Jerry Zarrella Jr., president. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Creating a ‘pocket’ in the housing market

For many buyers, the American dream is no longer a single-family house with a yard. Instead, they want to own a smaller but well-designed home...
EMPTY FEELING: Kristen Adamo, CEO and president of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, stands in a barren lobby at the Crown Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick. Cancellations due to the coronavirus pandemic have dealt the hospitality sector a severe blow. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many R.I. hotels have checked out for now

It’s early spring, a time when people normally are planning their summer vacations. But 2020 isn’t normal, for reasons that have become distressingly obvious to...

Federal, state governments move quickly to stabilize housing through COVID-19 crisis

PROVIDENCE – Even before the historic $2 trillion stimulus package was announced by federal lawmakers Wednesday, many Rhode Island families and businesses who have...

RE/MAX Professionals launches new luxury division

EAST GREENWICH – RE/MAX Professionals, a real estate brokerage in East Greenwich, has launched a new division with a focus on luxury properties. The new...

State leaders approve up to $300M in borrowing related to COVID-19

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island state leaders have authorized the borrowing of up to $300 million through a line of credit with a commercial bank...

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