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Mary MacDonald

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.
TAKING NO CHANCES: In November 2020, Elizabeth “Libby” Sarro, right, administrator at Bethany Home of Rhode Island, helps office manager Linda Wilson, center, and David Bragga, director of therapy, don protective equipment at the entrance of the Providence nursing home. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A time of upheaval and recovery

HEALTH CARE The health care system in Rhode Island, transformed by expanded health care insurance access, is preparing for further change as 2021 draws to...
COMMITTED TO COLLABORATION: Mary Johnson, left, program manager for Polaris MEP and the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network, speaks with Michael Woody, president of Trans-Tex LLC and RITIN, in 2018. In the background is Tanya Dumrongmanee, Polaris program ­consultant. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Making the sector more resilient

MANUFACTURING The trends in manufacturing over the past decade, including lean processes and increased efficiency, took a back seat in the last two years. Innovation...
EVOLVING DISTRICT: The $20 million Providence River Pedestrian Bridge completed in 2019 is part of the changing landscape in the I-195 Redevelopment District. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

Sky has been limit for R.I. developers

REAL ESTATE Real estate has taken center stage in Rhode Island as a form of economic development. After a slow start, the long-vacant I-195 Redevelopment District...
DESIGN DUO: Fashion curator Sandee Saunders, left, is the founder of FABuleuse in Newport, a boutique offering designer clothing and artwork that she opened with Alecta Rose, co-founder, stylist and model. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Newport boutique features art, fashion ‘living harmoniously in one space’

The boutique FABuleuse in Newport has a simple goal: providing access to one-of-a-kind fashions and artwork. Opened in May by Sandee Saunders and Alecta Rose,...
KEEPING TABS: Victor Nunes, founder and principal owner of QMed Innovations Inc. in Middletown, showcases the company’s Quest tracking product, which uses internet-connected technology to provide location data so manufacturers can keep track of their surgical kits that are used in orthopedic procedures. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

QMed tech device allows manufacturers to keep track of surgical kits

Real-time analytics and tracking of surgical kits used in orthopedic procedures is what QMed Innovations Inc. has become known for. The business, based in...
PAYING ATTENTION: Zahan Akbar, owner of Atwood Pharmacy Inc. in Johnston, says he will compete with corporate retail pharmacies by offering personalized service. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pharmacy offers customers personalized service, free same-day delivery

Zahan Akbar opened a full-service pharmacy this year, Atwood Pharmacy Inc., knowing that personalized service for people taking medication would set him apart from...

Five Questions With: Michael Baker

Michael Baker | Owner, Rumford Pet Express 1. What impact has the pandemic had on the independent pet supply business? The American Pet Products...

Five Questions With: Frank Picozzi

5Q: Frank Picozzi | Mayor, city of Warwick 1. How has being a small-business owner prepared you for the role of mayor? Being a...
A NICE PAIRING: The Diamond Bar LLC, a custom design and retail jewelry store that sells engagement diamonds and has an in-store bar, is owned and run by Steve and Zhabrina Maniscalco. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Maniscalcos shine with new jewelry store

Buying a diamond doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. The Diamond Bar LLC, a newly opened retail jeweler in Providence, is adding cheer...
LINGUISTS: Be Moore Interpreting LLC co-founders and owners Zoila Bernal, left, and Shirley Moore stand outside of their office in Pawtucket. Moore, who often accompanied her parents and other adults on their visits to doctors, insurance companies and government offices to act as an interpreter, said the business was started to provide adult interpreters and translators so children wouldn’t have to take on that responsibility. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Helping people be understood

Shirley Moore opened her language interpretation and translation business in 2016, with a friend, Zoila Bernal. But Moore really started that work in childhood,...
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