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One Last Thing

Starting with the creation of Astle Engineering as a college sophomore, Richard Astle took on bigger challenges as he progressed through corporate ranks, culminating in his founding NeQter Labs LLC in February 2018. 
It supplies cybersecurity services, among other things, to local small businesses in the defense industry. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Establishing a strong culture makes success more likely

Richard Astle | NeQter Labs LLC founder and CEOCompany culture, especially in a startup, can be more important than pure experience. It helps ensure...
Pam Hyland has been the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England since late 2015 and before that headed a Girl Scout organization in upstate New York and rural Pennsylvania. She lives the Girl Scout mission, promise and law every day. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Making decisions for the long run yields the best results today

Pam Hyland | Girl Scouts of Southeastern New England president and CEOI am a lifetime professional Girl Scout. I have worked in seven states,...
A childhood as one of nine children in a poor family taught Margaret Brooks the value of financial literacy early on. Now she is dedicated to helping young people in the region learn how to manage their financial lives.  / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Partnerships’ greater numbers create strength in message delivery

Margaret Brooks | Rhode Island Jump$tart Coalition and Rhode Island Council for Economic Education president, Center for Economic Education at Bridgewater State University directorCollaboration...

Phyllis J. Cannava founded Office Direct in 1989 after working for other companies in the industry for a decade and a half. The Warwick company offers design and outfitting services for commercial spaces. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Fear is a most motivating factor

Phyllis J. Cannava | Office Direct owner and presidentThere are situations that have defined my success and helped me learn as a business owner...
After years working with, among others, nuns and becoming an expert in demolition for a contractor, Anne-Marie Rosario Flores decided to become a plumber. After a two-year course at New England Institute of Technology and working for other plumbers, she founded Anne the Plumber in 2013. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

By keeping customer in mind, business will succeed

Anne-Marie Rosario Flores | Anne the Plumber ownerFrom the start, I noticed there was a need for female plumbers and a lack of them....
Lisa Carnevale has been an integral part of the Providence art scene for years. Her latest project, DesignxRI, was built to support and connect designers to each other and to work. And with its yearly Design Week RI, the group accomplishes just that. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Listening helps to translate ideas into actions

Lisa Carnevale | DesignxRI co-founder, executive directorA friend recently reminded me about the difference between “hearing” and “listening.” It’s an important distinction and something...
In 1994, David R. Marquis, a Bryant University graduate with an MBA in business, started at ChemArt Co. as the operations manager. Since then, he worked his way up to becoming president of the organization in 1999. 
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Change is inevitable, so embrace it, learn from it and grow...

David R. Marquis | ChemArt Co. presidentThe world is full of disruptive business technologies. Some people may see them as a threat to our...
Before co-founding Isle Brewers Guild, Duffy was a partner and business-development officer for marketing and communications agency Duffy & Shanley Inc., working during that time with Narragansett Beer, Strela Beer and BrewGene. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Partnership can be the key to success

Jeremy Duffy | Isle Brewers Guild co-founder/managing partnerIt has been a long journey to get to brewing operations at Isle Brewers Guild. It was...
Brenda Brock has taken the possibilities born of the land and created Farmaesthetics, a skin care line that has earned her many honors, including being named the 2013 Small Business Person of the Year in Rhode Island. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Knowing where you come from helps define where you’re going

Brenda Brock | Farmaesthetics founder/formulator/CEOTwenty years ago this spring, I opened a farm stand in Rhode Island with a group of close friends. My...
Megan Fisher has resided in Rhode Island for 17 years, leading the Roger Williams Park Conservancy since January 2018. She has a master’s degree in museum studies from Brown University and a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from Tufts University. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Being mission-focused but adaptable in execution creates best outcomes

Megan Fischer | Roger Williams Park Conservancy executive directorAn influential mentor early in my nonprofit career instilled in her team the importance of holding...
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