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Monday, September 21, 2020

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Alex and Ani LLC's Carolyn Rafaelian's approach to business and life has yielded dramatic results. Revenue in 2008 was $1.1 million; last year it was more than $200 million. This is how she got there. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Stay true to ?your core

We all have one shot at living life the way we see it, and we really can create the path we want by being...
Cheryl W. Snead is the founder, CEO and president of Banneker Industries Inc., a North Smithfield-based, integrated logistics and supply-chain management company, and co-founder of the Supply Chain Management Summit at Bryant University. / COURTESY BANNEKER INDUSTRIES

Think and act F.A.S.T.

To succeed in business today you have to be FAST … not only in terms of speed of thought and execution, but in terms...
After nearly 20 years with Toray, Michael Brandmeier took the reins at its North Kingstown facility last summer. Its leading position in the market is the result of technological innovation, but as Brandmeier notes, a healthy dose of optimism helped. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Attitude is everything

It's my belief that to succeed in life you need to have a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and optimism. Optimism, however, is...
Ronald K. Machtley has led Bryant University through unprecedented growth in his nearly 20 years as president. Providence Business News honored him for Business Leadership in the 2008 Business Excellence Awards, recognizing his embrace of innovation as a key to an enterprise's health. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Embed innovation for success

Innovation is a powerful economic engine. It is a change of product, service or process which allows an organization to meet the challenges of...

Learning breeds success

We are fortunate to have world-class businesses here in Rhode Island, and their quality gives us tremendous opportunities to learn. Study your competitors and understand...
Residential Properties Ltd. co-founder, President and CEO Sally E Lapides is a pioneer in her industry, in no small measure because her company evolves with the times, a theme Lapides expands on below. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Adapt for success

When Liz Chace and I opened Residential Properties Ltd. in November 1981, everyone thought we were crazy. Interest rates were 17 percent and real...
As CEO of the Providence-based energy-optimization software company Utilidata, and with more than 20 years experience in the energy and technology industries, Scott DePasquale shares some advice for startups looking to get to that next level. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Locate for place, people and partners

We brought Utilidata to Rhode Island because it offered the right space, talent and partners. Here's how we approached a few key decisions. »...
Todd Blount, leader of Blount Fine Foods since 2000, is on a roll. He was just named the 2015 PBN Manufacturing Awards program honoree for Leadership and Strategy. The company's nearly 60 percent growth since 2011 is the result of a methodical approach to innovation and investment, keyed on the three steps he outlines below. / v

Building for ?the long term

Can your company succeed over the long term? DuPont was founded in July 1802 as a gunpowder mill before it became the massive chemical company...
For two years running Providence-based Swipely has been named one of PBN's Best Places to Work. In 2013 Forbes Magazine named the firm, founded in 2009 by Angus Davis, one of "America's Most Promising Companies." Davis, PBN's 2010 Innovator of the Year, shares some insights on how to make smart decisions. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Committing to decisions

Success depends on smart decisions. Yet often, we avoid decisions that challenge the status quo. Over my business career, I've learned several lessons on...
Atrion's Tim Hebert has had quite a run: winner in PBN's 2012 Business Excellence Awards program for leadership; No. 1 Best Place To Work and No. 3 spot on the Fastest-Growing Companies list for big companies in 2014. He shares some of what he has learned along the way. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Set big goals to make big gains

When I was 4 years old, I found a ginormous rock in the woods. It became my superhero headquarters, the place I dreamt of...

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