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GETTING READY: R.I. hospitals are preparing for an expected surge of COVID-19 cases. Above, a worker at Kent County Memorial Hospital in Warwick checks a patient to see if they need a ­COVID-19 test. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Businesses that have prepared for the worst will emerge first from...

An uneasy calm has hung over Rhode Island’s nearly empty streets. The specter of an invisible but deadly new coronavirus has left much of...

PBN summit: Businesses can’t stay closed for long

Businesses are mostly supportive of the state’s actions to stop the spread of the new coronavirus, but that’s not likely to last if they...
SPECIAL DELIVERY: Perella’s Ristorante chef-owner Lou Perella not only cooks the food but is now delivering it, here to CJ Audet-Kelly. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Down, but not out: R.I., bizs hurting but also stepping up

The bold headline at the top of Page 1 in PBN’s first digital-only edition in its 34-year history says it all: KNOCKED DOWN, BUT...
STEADFAST: Mark S. Hayward, director of the SBA’s Rhode Island district office, says businesses that persevere will find the help they need to bounce back from the corona­virus crisis. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Perseverance, not panic, the path to surviving coronavirus crisis

None of us has been here before, in a rapidly collapsing economy with industries being shut down virtually overnight. But history is still the...

Strength of ‘blue economy’ won’t fade

When Rhode Island’s economy bounces back – and it will – its strengths before the COVID-19 pandemic will again lead the way. High on...
RIGHT APPROACH? Unlike her predecessor, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo has made heavy use of tax incentives to grow business in the Ocean State. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Commerce RI well-positioned to help state weather a recession

In her more than five years in office, Gov. Gina. M. Raimondo has transformed how the state approaches economic development, largely through a revamped...

Don’t ignore chance to avoid an outbreak in R.I.

The effects on daily life of the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to limit its spread locally will only grow in the coming weeks, but...
GOOD ADVICE: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has guidelines for businesses on responding to COVID-19 at 
www.cdc.gov. / AP FILE PHOTO/CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION

Work with employees to navigate uncharted coronavirus territory

The early presence of COVID-19 in the state and neighboring Massachusetts has many local businesses in uncharted territory in trying to respond to the...

No avoiding discussion of legal pot

Some state political leaders hoped to avoid the challenging task of getting to a balanced budget without the additional $21.8 million in new revenue...
IN DISPUTE: Green Development CEO Mark DePasquale is pictured at a solar array in West Greenwich. His company is involved in at least nine open or unassigned civil cases in state courts over solar arrays. / PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

State renewable energy goals must fit community needs

Want some insights into the challenges in reaching Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s goal to make Rhode Island the first state in the country powered...

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