One Last Thing

John M. Kelly has had a busy career, with significant volunteer commitments to go with a busy professional schedule. But his nearly two decades at Meeting Street have taught him more than he could learn in his other roles. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Inspire, share and lead

As the oldest of six, I'm used to being in charge. As an attorney you're trained to critically think, analyze, decide and then do...
Having seen juvenile malnutrition in her father's native Tanzania, Navyn Salem started making ready-to-use food in Rhode Island. Edesia's success has led the nonprofit to expand this spring, growing jobs here and expanding where it can combat childhood hunger globally. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

No experience required

I had a grant application due last week. It posed the simple question: "What experience has prepared you to carry out your mission?" I...
Since taking the helm of the family business in 1980, 64-year-old Daniel "Dan" Shedd has guided it through the collapse of the local jewelry industry and established a strong foundation for future generations. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Trust is a powerful force

I joined TBC directly out of URI in 1974 and five years later took over stewardship of the company when my father retired. For...
Ellen Ford is a homegrown Rhode Island success story. A Newport native, she graduated from the University of Rhode Island and advanced from teller to the top job at Middletown-based People's Credit Union. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

A foundation of trust

People do business with people – not with companies. That is why relationships built on a foundation of trust are so important. Everything starts...
ELIZABETH BURKE Bryant has served as the head of Rhode Island Kids Count since its founding. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Find your niche and do it well

Rhode Island Kids Count started in 1994 with the central goal of informing public policy with the best data on the well-being of Rhode...
H. John Keimig has 30 years of health care experience leading hospital and consultancy organizations. Nonprofit Healthcentric Advisors recently received a $57 million federal contract to provide health care quality-improvement services to all six New England states. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Want change? Empower people

In 1994 Healthcentric Advisors was founded with a mission of improving the quality and patient safety of health care provided to Rhode Island's elderly....
Lawrence V. Dressler has more than a quarter-century of experience with fats and oils, and his latest venture, an algae farm, received a $50,000 innovation voucher from the state to support its development. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Learn to make ideas reality

In 2001, I started my first company and created the tag line "Making Ideas a Reality." I've always liked the expression, "A good idea...

Is zero (injuries) possible?

For many years, construction has been a dangerous business. We all have seen historic photos of daring risks taken by craftsman at heights, surviving...

Giving back is the best legacy

Every business owner who regards his company passionately – and what owner doesn't feel that way about his enterprise? – wants to make his...

Listen to be successful

Listen vi. 1 to pay attention to sound 2 to hear something with thoughtful attention, give consideration 3 to be alert to catch an...
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