One Last Thing

Daniel A. Baudouin has served as executive director of The Providence Foundation for 23 years, surprising even himself by having stayed so long. The foundation is a nonprofit supported by 140 companies and institutions. Its core purpose is to create an environment that is conducive to growth and sustained investment in Providence, particularly downtown. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Don’t stagnate

A vibrant and growing downtown is so important for the state to be able to compete nationally for jobs and to attract new companies;...
DEBORAH DEBARE will leave her position of executive director of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence to become senior deputy director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence after over 20 years with RICADV. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Connect with common goal

It seems fairly straightforward to galvanize organizations that share a similar mission – in our case, ending domestic violence in Rhode Island. However, in...
Lukas Scheurer turned a habit of dropping his smartphone into a business making a harness to keep the devices connected and protected. A Kickstarter campaign raised $206,000 on a $35,000 goal. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Fail productively

After graduating from Rhode Island School of Design, I had to make a decision – get a job or create my own. I began...
Pat Sabatino is the founder and CEO of Datarista, a Providence-based cloud computing startup. After attending Providence College in the early 1980s, he returned after an 18-year hiatus to be both a resident and an entrepreneur. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. ready for prime time

I spent the first 17 years of my career working in the New York area. In 2003 my wife and I quit our jobs...
Five years the president and CEO of Warren-based WaterRower Inc. (part of a 23-year overall tenure), Australian-born Peter King understands just how international the business world is. But it is the company's local roots that support its global ambitions. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Global market, locally important

Soon after its founding in 1988, WaterRower was drawn by the allure of inexpensive mill space in Warren. But staying true to its local...
Dan Sullivan Jr. is the president and CEO of Collette, the Pawtucket-based business considered the oldest tour operator in North America, with more than 160 program options and 600-plus employees across the globe. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Changing product, constant values

Collette has been around since 1918, started as a motor-coach operator on the East Coast. My father, Dan, took ownership in 1962, focusing on...
Frank Galleshaw III's parents purchased Wright's Farm Restaurant in 1972, and it's been a true family business ever since, including its signature family-style service. They say it's more than a job, it's a way of life. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Longing for the ‘good old days’

I know that Wright's Farm Restaurant is not everyone's cup of tea. But our menu is very simple; we offer freshly baked rolls, salad,...
Before taking the reins of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council in 2008, John C. Simmons was the chief of administration for Providence, a job preceeded by a career in public service. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Embrace workforce mobility

It may appear counterintuitive for employers to invest in employees that may not remain at an organization long term. In today's economy, however, employees...
Katje Afonseca is the youngest executive director in Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State's 50-year history, which has been marked with creating supportive mentoring relationships with hundreds of Rhode Island children each year. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Finding path through tragedy

When I was 12 years old, my 16-year-old sister died in a car accident. Losing my sister was unequivocally devastating. The tragedy's full impact...
Pranzi Catering and Events founder Lisa Mattiello has grown her business from a small Seekonk storefront into a full-service catering, event planning and rental company by focusing on quality ingredients and never saying no to customers. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Set high standards and deliver

When I started my business in 1997, I knew I had to follow simple business mottos: Buy good, quality ingredients, make a desirable product,...
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