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One Last Thing

Breathe, adapt and overcome

Adam Batchelder Owner and executive chef, Smoke & Squeal BBQ The pandemic has tested all facets of business, from large to small, Wall Street to Main...
Mark Preble in July was named acting chancellor and chief operating officer of 
the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. He previously served as the university’s vice chancellor for human resources. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Help employees engage, grow

Mark Preble | Acting chancellor and chief operating officer, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth I recently attended a meeting where a team was discussing a very...
Patrick T. Conley is a former Providence College professor and 1995 inductee into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame, for which he serves as president. He’s also the state’s first-ever historian laureate, an attorney and the author of 32 books. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

R.I. history lesson in perseverance

Patrick T. Conley  | R.I. historian laureate; Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame president; Heritage Harbor Foundation president; attorney and author Roger Williams and the...
David Dadekian in 2010 founded Eat Drink RI LLC, a Coventry-based media, marketing and event-production company for all things culinary in the region. / Courtesy David Dadekian

Communicate with customers

David Dadekian | Eat Drink RI LLC founder and owner The COVID-19 crisis has laid bare the financial difficulties and inequities that are part of...
Shannon BussRhode Island Associationof Realtors president;Randall Realtors brokerassociateShannon Buss is the 2020 president of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors. The association is one of the largest trade organizations in Rhode Island, with more than 6,000 members. / PBN FILE PHOTO PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Positivity leads to productivity

As Realtors, we plan for the future, but we train for the unexpected. I believe we should be sharpening our saw no matter what...
Psychotherapist Jennifer Weaver-Breitenbecher opened Polaris Counseling & Consulting in 2015. 
The mental health practice and wellness-consulting firm has 
offices in North Providence 
and East Greenwich. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Maintain focus on wellness

Jennifer Weaver-Breitenbecher | Polaris Counseling & Consulting LLC owner When first offered, working from home seemed like an ideal situation for many employees. Countless memes...
Shannon Razsadin 
Military Family Advisory Network Inc. 
executive director 
Shannon Razsadin in 2013 was named executive director of the Military Family Advisory Network Inc. The nonprofit, which has a Newport office, seeks to connect military families to resources, including flexible and remote employment for spouses. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Invest in flexibility

Right now, we are all – military and civilian alike – navigating uncharted territory. We all face challenges with what work might look like...
Beth Carter last September became executive director of the Rhode Island Business Competition, a nonprofit that provides resources to entrepreneurs. She’s also founder of Carter Consultants Ltd., and Beth Carter Enterprises. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Get in the trenches

Beth Carter | Rhode Island Business Competition executive director When I started my first company, in 1991, our nation was facing a major economic downturn....
Lisa A. Ranglin is vice president – program manager at Providence-based Citizens Bank. She’s also the founder, CEO and president of the nonprofit Rhode Island Black Business Association and its charitable arm, the Institute for Economic Empowerment and Development.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Commit to real workforce diversity

Lisa A. Ranglin | Rhode Island Black Business Association CEO and president Historically, diversity and inclusion efforts have failed to produce significant changes and companies...
Dino Passaretta is the owner of Vanda Cucina, in Warwick. He’s also partner and operator at Centro Restaurant and Lounge, Public Kitchen and Bar, and The Vig, all in Providence, and Locanda in South Kingstown. And stay tuned for a new venue coming soon in Narragansett. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

‘It’s all about relationships’

Dino Passaretta| Vanda Cucina owner; Centro Restaurant and Lounge, Locanda, Public Kitchen and Bar, and The Vig partner and operator As a teenager working in...

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