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UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP: Agawam Hunt country club in East Providence, pictured, was able to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy in large measure thanks to a conservation easement purchased by The Nature Conservancy, with the funding provided by $2 million in donations.
 / COURTESY AGAWAM HUNT

Is Agawam Hunt’s innovative partnership with The Nature Conservancy to conserve...

Celebrating birdies took on a more expansive meaning this past spring at Agawam Hunt, thanks to an unusual partnership with The Nature ­Conservancy.After emerging...
ACCOMPLISHED: Among Norah Diedrich’s many accomplishments as executive director of the Newport Art Museum are creating a new position of director of community engagement and implementing two successful programs, “Art After Dark” and “Second Saturdays,” since joining the museum in April 2015. / PBN FILE PHOTO/PAUL E. KANDARIAN

A passion for art education

Honoree | Norah Diedrich, Newport Art MuseumWhen Norah Diedrich was 8 or 9 years old, growing up outside Chicago, she would entertain herself...
STANDING OUT: Pictured with Caitlin Kennedy, left, Clinical Pharmacist Managed Care coordinator, and Melissa Feid, Transitions of Care program manager, Dr. Al Kurose, president and CEO of Coastal Medical, says the company is reducing costs by creating jobs and transforming how to deliver health care. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Accountable care creates new roles, rapid growth at Coastal Medical

Coastal Medical is a physician-owned-and-governed, primary care-driven accountable care organization based in Providence. It delivers service to 120,000 patients, with 20 medical offices and...
ROOM TO GROW: Scott Jensen, director of the state Department of Labor and Training, and Miellette ­McFarlane, interim program director, say when it comes to potential areas for job growth, the state’s strength is in defense manufacturing, with cybersecurity also a great opportunity for growth. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

‘[Government] has to move at the speed of business’

Real Jobs RI is a central job-training program created under the state Department of Labor and Training in 2016. It is a demand-driven, workforce...
ACCOMPLISHED: Among Norah Diedrich’s many accomplishments as executive director of the Newport Art Museum are creating a new position of director of community engagement and implementing two successful programs, “Art After Dark” and “Second Saturdays,” since joining the museum in April 2015. / PBN PHOTO/PAUL 
E. KANDARIAN

A passion for art education

When Norah Diedrich was 8 or 9 years old, growing up outside Chicago, she would entertain herself at home by engaging in a favorite...
MAKING CONNECTIONS: In need of a therapist but unable to find one, Brown graduate Yuri Tomikawa founded Zencare, a tech company that refers, recommends and vets clinicians and therapists in an effort to connect them with people seeking their services. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Frustrated by therapist search, she formed a business to help

When Yuri Tomikawa needed a therapist and had trouble finding one, the Brown University graduate eventually founded an innovative business to do just that....
MAKING A DIFFERENCE: While studying at Brown University, Andy Posner founded the Capital Good Fund, which offers small loans and financial coaching to families. He says R.I.'s colleges and universities are great resources to help companies develop innovative products and services. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Tackling poverty through social investing

Andy Posner founded Capital Good Fund, a nonprofit, certified community-development financial institution that offers small loans and personalized financial and health coaching to families...
PROBLEM SOLVER: Saul Kaplan, former executive director of R.I. Commerce Corp.'s predecessor, believes the Ocean State must do a better job of promoting and supporting innovation. / PBN PHOTO/ RUPERT WHITELEY

‘It’s not government getting in the way, it’s us’

Saul Kaplan founded the Business Innovation Factory in 2005 to build a place where partners from across the public and private sector could focus...
SUSTAINING  POTENTIAL: Jr Neville Songwe, executive director of Urban Ventures, a state-funded nonprofit providing entrepreneurship assistance to small businesses, says higher education offers the greatest potential for innovation growth in R.I., but there needs to be a stronger effort to retain these "phenomenal minds." / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Teaching ‘the ABCs of business’

Jr Neville Songwe, principal of Joneso Design, is also executive director of Urban Ventures Inc., a state-funded, nonprofit organization providing entrepreneurship assistance to the...
MARCHING ON: After 37 years at the helm of the nonprofit Barrington Community School, Sandi Tinyk still has no interest in slowing down. / PBN PHOTO/ PAUL E.  KANDARIAN

At this school, having fun is expected

The offerings at the nonprofit Barrington Community School run the gamut from the fundamental, to the fantastic to the foreign. They include learning conversational...
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