Sunday, February 28, 2021



Stay focused on business success

Business owners can be excused for being too busy surviving to spend the time needed to fully understand differences between myriad state and federal...
EYEING SPRING: Warwick’s ­Apponaug Brewing Co. is hoping spring will bring crowds back to a large outdoor patio. Above, foreground, is co-owner Kris Waugh. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Businesses see more reasons for hope than in 2008

When PBN started its biannual business survey during the depths of the Great Recession in 2008, the local economy was experiencing the most sustained...

State can help fill PPP gaps

The latest round of Paycheck Protection Program funding has not generated the same frenzy and confusion for local banks or borrowers as occurred last...
LINING UP: People ages 65 to 74 could begin to receive their first doses of COVID-19 vaccine this month, but state health officials say they also want to prioritize people in several hard-hit c­ommunities. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE VIA AP

Gray areas in vaccine distribution lead others to fill in blanks

Rhode Island’s plan to prioritize COVID-19 vaccine distribution by age, underlying health conditions and geography makes sense conceptually. For it to be effective, however,...
RADIO SILENCE: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo speaks in Delaware on Jan. 8 to accept her nomination as United States secretary of commerce. She’s spoken publicly in Rhode Island once since Dec. 22 and has not taken questions from the media since then. / SCREENSHOT OF BIDEN CABINET NOMINATONS ANNOUNCEMENT

Gov. Raimondo falling short of her own leadership standards

Since the earliest days of the pandemic, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has shown consistent leadership in tackling the twin public health and economic crises...

Employers have role in testing

Most local employers have already greatly contributed to controlling the spread of COVID-19 by following – and in many cases exceeding – state workplace...

Block Island tourism surprises

Amid the widespread economic carnage wrought by the pandemic in 2020, somehow tiny Block Island and its tourist-dependent businesses emerged to fight another day. “No...
NEW LEADERSHIP: House Speaker K. Joseph Shekarchi, D-Warwick, faces a host of challenging issues this year, including a pandemic-induced deficit estimated at up to $500 million. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pandemic’s effects will dominate 2021 General Assembly session

The landscape has changed dramatically, literally and figuratively, for state lawmakers for what is shaping up to be among the most consequential General Assembly...

Vaccines bring hope for recovery in 2021

The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines in the Ocean State has brought a glimmer of light to the end of the very long, dark tunnel...
JOBS COMING: Amgen Rhode Island’s new biomanufacturing plant in West Greenwich is expected to add 150 high-paying jobs there. Pictured is Rohan Persaud, Amgen’s plant manager and executive director. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

New Amgen plant shows potential of targeted tax incentives

It’s hard to find economic success stories in a pandemic that aren’t somehow a result of the crisis, but there’s one standing on Amgen...

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