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MEAT THE OWNER: Patrick Beck, co-owner of New England Grass Fed, got his start in the protein business by selling rabbits he grazed locally. His company expects to sell $100,000 worth of animal products in 2012. / PBN PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE

From pasture to local restaurant plates

It all started with rabbits. When Patrick Beck, a grass-fed-beef salesman for a local farm, decided he wanted a personal stake in the local...
FARM HANDS: Anthony and Donna Pelloni started their business in 2007 after purchasing the 96-acre Hopkinton property in 1983. At right is their son, Tom Pelloni. / PBN PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE

Sweet attraction down on the farm

It’s not every day that an international movie star is eager to track down a farmer. But Australian actor Hugh Jackman (Wolverine in the...
GROWING UP: American Partners Inc. saw its revenue grow by 156 percent from 2008 to 2009 and 154 percent from 2009 to 2010. / PBN PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Strong relationships are helping API soar

Finding work as an independent consultant isn’t always easy, but Rochelle Hamilton had such a bad experience with a staffing company that she was...
COURTESY PROVIDENCE PUBLIC SCHOOLSOPEN HOUSE: Susan Lusi, interim superintendent of the Providence Public School District, said her top priority is “opening schools in a way that instills confidence.”

Focusing on many factors to benefit each child

Susan Lusi’s career has given her nearly every possible perspective on Rhode Island public education – on top of working in academia, the state...
"THERE IS a huge appetite for technology startups globally," said Brickhouse Managing Director David Paolo. / COURTESY GOGOCAST

Five Questions With: David Paolo

Tech startups, get ready – Brickhouse LLC will start accepting applications for its incubator program this fall. In addition to receiving between $250,000 and...
JENNIFER CONTI, senior at Brown University, are working at the University of California, San Francisco, for the summer through the Amgen Scholars program. / COURTESY JENNIFER CONTI

Five Questions With: Amgen Scholars

(Updated, Aug. 19 with Jennifer Conti's reponses) Four Rhode Island students are among the 258 U.S. undergraduates conducting scientific research at 10 universities this summer...

Simulia used in military design competition

PROVIDENCE – Software business Simulia’s parent company Dassault Systèmes provided Simulia and other software for a competition held by the Defense Advanced Research Projects...

Boston sees fewer tech openings this month

URBANDALE, Iowa – Technology job openings in the Boston metro area are down from last month but up 42 percent compared to this time...

R.I. has highest-speed Internet in nation

NEW YORK – With an average download rate of 894 kilobits per second, Rhode Island has the fastest average Internet speed in the country,...
STARTING IN OCTOBER, NEIT students in their third quarter of game development and simulation programming can specialize in game design or game development.  / COURTESY NEIT

NEIT helps R.I. video game industry grow

EAST GREENWICH – In the latest step to establish a video gaming industry hub in the Ocean State, the New England Technology Institute will...
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