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Five Questions With: Gregory Derderian

Gregory Derderian serves as executive vice president, chief financial officer and director of strategic analysis for BankNewport. He was recently elected president of the...
STEADY GROWTH: Nancy Parker Wilson, owner of Greenvale Vineyard in Portsmouth, with her son Bill Wilson, the operations manager. Parker Wilson says the vineyard has seen steady growth in its seasonal tasting and events business, a function of increasing interest in agritourism and the “eat local” movement. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

PBN survey: In election year, more R.I. companies say no to...

Rhode Island businesspeople have revived their optimism about the future of the state economy, but they appear reluctant to back up their improved outlook...
TUITION-FREE: Community College of Rhode Island student Davila Jackley, left, meets with classmate William Rider. Jackley is taking advantage of the Rhode Island Promise program.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Raimondo pushes to make tuition-free program a permanent Promise

When Davila Jackley graduates from the Community College of Rhode Island this spring, she’ll do so without having paid any tuition. Jackley, 19, is among...
SWEEPING CHANGE: Shawn Lynch, right, owner of second-generation family business Lynch’s Cleaning & Restoration Service, with Miguel Lopez, left, and Carlos Pereira cleaning smoke damage at a house on Maplewood Drive in East Greenwich. / PBN PHOTOMIKE SKORSKI

Carpet-cleaning business has taken it from dirt to disaster

Small-business savvy runs in Shawn Lynch’s blood. He grew up entrenched in his father’s carpet-cleaning company, which was a part-time complement to his full-time job...
CITIZENS FINANCIAL GROUP has entered into an agreement to acquire LA-based financial advisory firm Trinity Capital.

Citizens to acquire LA financial advisory company

PROVIDENCE – Citizens Financial Group Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Trinity Capital, the company announced on Thursday. Trinity Capital, a Los Angeles-based...
DENNIS DEZIEL, left, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator, praises Newport Biodiesel Inc. for its environmental best-practices during a visit to the company Wednesday to announce the results of the EPA's latest Toxic Release Inventory. At right is Newport Biodiesel President Blake Blanky. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Newport Biodiesel earns EPA recognition for recycling toxic waste

NEWPORT – Even clean energy has some dirty byproducts. For Newport Biodiesel Inc., a company that converts used cooking oil into biofuel, that byproduct is...

Bill reignites controversy over payday lending reform

PROVIDENCE – A state senator wants payday lenders out of Rhode Island. Sen. Harold Metts, D-Providence, submitted legislation earlier this month that would eliminate provisions...

Webster, Citizens named to Forbes’ 2020 Best Banks list

PROVIDENCE – Two local banks earned spots on Forbes’ 2020 America’s Best Banks list. Connecticut-based Webster Bank and Citizens Bank, in Rhode Island, both were...

Bristol County Savings Bank awards $353,600 to 44 nonprofits

TAUNTON – Bristol County Savings Bank through its charitable foundation recently awarded $353,600 in grants to 44 nonprofits in the Taunton-Attleboro, New Bedford-Fall River...

BankRI awards $10,000 to homebuyer education classes

PROVIDENCE – Bank Rhode Island recently awarded two $5,000 grants to programs aimed at helping homebuyers with resources and financial education, according to a...
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