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WORLD BUILDING: Maureen Cronin, Worldways Social Marketing CEO and co-founder, works with her husband, company President Mark Marosits. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Involving others is in Cronin’s DNA

As a top executive at a social-benefit corporation, Maureen Cronin gets hired to solve problems and create change. She takes on that role as co-founder...
GOOD SERVICE: Village Haven restaurant owner Rachel C. Narodowy, standing, speaks with patrons, from left: Jack Polacek, Rebecca O'Bar and Mike O'Bar. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Food, values served up daily

Rachel C. Narodowy knows restaurant customers can be finicky, so she's built a family-style eatery over the last 38 years that lures locals with...
ADVISING THE ADVISERS: Ryan Tiernan, owner of Access Point HSA LLC, is seen in his Smithfield office. Access Point HSA is a startup that advises financial advisers and asset managers on how to best help workers save for health care costs in retirement. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Getting most out of HSAs

Access Point HSA advises financial advisers and asset managers on how to best help workers save for health care costs in retirement. HSAs, or health...
GOOD FIT: Thomas Parsons Kellogg III and his wife, Leslie, look at one of Parsons-Kellogg LLC's embroidered hats. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

5Q: Thomas Parsons Kellogg III

1 You are Rhode Island's Small Business Person of the Year and in the running for the national honor. Why do you think you...
SELLING SUCCESS: Soren Ryherd, center, founder of The Retail Project RI LLC, an initiative launched through the Innovation Fellowship program at the Rhode Island Foundation, looks over products with Lindsay Stickel, brand development manager, left, and Paige Snyder, project manager, at their Wayland Square office in March. / PBN PHOTO/FRANK MULLIN

No longer concerned about offending, Rhode Island Foundation has become a...

On a fall Saturday four years ago, 330 people mingled and brainstormed at the R.I. Convention Center, floating ideas to boost a sluggish Rhode...
A GREAT START: Lorena Rodriguez, 17, of Providence, a student at William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School, was part of a team that won the Rhode Island ProStart competition in March. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND HOSPITALITY ASSOCIATION

Students get head start on culinary careers

Three students who created a pizza-parlor business model that mimics the Subway sandwich shop assembly-line approach to making food won a Rhode Island ProStart...
HANDS ON: Christopher Hubbard, owner of Emergency Production Inc., is seen in a 12,500-square-foot warehouse working on the custom audio, video and lighting equipment his company provides for events. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Video that connects

In early March, Emergency Production Inc. planned a "massive" video display for up to 5,000 guests at an annual sports-analytics conference hosted by the...
TOASTING SUCCESS: Armando DeDona is president and director of Long Live Beerworks on West Fountain Street in Providence. / PBN PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO

Brewing passion lives on

An “uphill adventure” is the way Armando DeDona, president and director of Long Live Beerworks, describes pursuing his dream of owning his own brewery. DeDona,...
J. Christopher Philips has been both founder and president of the Community 2000 Education Foundation.

Five Questions With: J. Christopher Philips

Since 2000, J. Christopher Philips has been both founder and president of the Community 2000 Education Foundation. The foundation provides need-based scholarship support to...
RISK VS. REWARD: Gustavo Gonzalez, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, arrives home from work after driving without a Rhode Island driver's license. / PBN PHOTO/ MICHAEL SALERNO

Licenses proposed for undocumented workers

Though he has no license, 45-year-old Gustavo Gonzalez routinely drives from Central Falls to his job as a custodial worker in Franklin, Mass. The...
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