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Schools offer different paths to entrepreneurship

Two downtown Providence colleges are offering students different paths to exploring entrepreneurship. On Oct. 5-7, Johnson & Wales University hosted a “Startup Weekend,” a global...
WASHINGTON TRUST Providence Branch. / COURTESY GREATER CITY PROVIDENCE/JEF NICKERSON

WashTrust reports record lending in third quarter

Washington Trust Bancorp Inc. reported record lending of $2.26 billion in the third quarter due mostly to favorable interest rates and increased commercial lending,...

Catering to customers has TD Bank in growth position

Mark Crandall has been regional president for Massachusetts and Rhode Island at The Toronto-Dominion Bank and TD Banknorth Inc., since Dec. 31, 2006. He...
DRIVER’S SEAT: Michael A. Tartaglione founded Corporate Transportation in Providence with one vehicle and one driver – himself. Above, Valerie Viens, assistant general manager of Corporate Transportation, dispatches vehicles. / PBN PHOTO/DAVID LEVESQUE

Driven to succeed old-fashioned way

Michael A. Tartaglione has lived a familiar version of the American dream, working long, hard hours in Rhode Island’s taxi industry while starting at...
SIREN CALLING: Siren Marine President Dan Harper, center, shows off watercraft-monitoring technology, with Director of Marketing Michael Moran, left, and Vice President John McGarr. / PBN PHOTO/NATALJA KENT

Biz plan contest gives top startups jump-start

(Corrected, Oct. 22, 9 a.m.) If you ask Parker Wells, the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition played a major role in the success of his...
INNOVATIVE APPROACH: Brendan McNally, associate director, Business Entrepreneurship & Organizations program at Brown University, said that as time went on, Brown began to take over more of the responsibility for the funding of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, creating a less than “ideal” situation. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Studying new products helps students develop their own

Having established a career as a consultant for Fleet Bank, Brendan McNally was hired in 2009 for his knowledge and contacts in the business...
NEW LIFE: The 6.4-acre Worsted Mill property sat abandoned for six years before The Plastics Group of America purchased it in July. / PHOTO COURTESY CZ MARKETING &  ADVERTISNG/GREGORY CZARNOWKSI

Worsted prepares for new chapter

For The Plastics Group of America President Robert A. Lebeaux, the mill project he’s been absorbed in is more than an expansion of his...
DRIVING FACTOR: The JWU parking
garage on Richmond Street will fit into the historic nature of its surroundings. / COURTESY VISION 3 ARCHITECTS

Downcity garage won’t look like one

When Johnson & Wales University completes construction of a new parking garage at 35 Richmond St. next year, the new building will conform to...
IN THE FAMILY: Cooper-Lewis Inc. has survived for 65 years, most of them in the same Providence location. Owner Mark H. Freedman, pictured above, began his career at the company in 1966 when his father was owner. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Conditioned to meet customer needs

In an old, industrial neighborhood in Providence, Cooper-Lewis Inc. has withstood the tests of time and change. A distributor of products for the automotive,...
PORT OF DAVISVILLE in North Kingstown. / COURTESY QUONSET DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION

Port tenants question QDC choice to run terminal

The choice of Rhode Island Port Services as the new terminal operator for the port of Davisville in North Kingstown has two of the...
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