One Last Thing

Thomas O. Sweeney founded Sweeney Real Estate & Appraisal in 2010. He grew up around his father’s real estate firm and discovered his calling early in life. He has worked in the Rhode Island real estate industry for the last 37 years as an appraiser, broker and consultant. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Connect with staff, community

Thomas O. Sweeney | Sweeney Real Estate & Appraisal owner and principal broker Early in my career I learned that the building and management of...
Elizabeth Catucci last September was named CEO and president of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce. She succeeded longtime Chamber leader John C. Gregory. The former director of marketing and business development for PKF O’Connor Davies LLP, Catucci also served on the Chamber’s board of directors for four years. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Know your ‘why’

Elizabeth Catucci | Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce CEO and president I have had the opportunity to work with many different types of leaders...
After co-owning her medical billing and practice management consulting firm Comprehensive Practice Management Services Inc. for over 15 years, Sylvestre assumed sole ownership in 2018. Under her leadership, the company rebranded as Grey Ledge Medical Management and is now positioned for regional growth. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Find the time to learn

Julie Sylvestre | Grey Ledge Medical Management owner and president Time— no one has enough of it. In business, available time decreases each day. As...
Don Nokes is a 40-year veteran of the information technology industry. He founded NetCenergy in 2003 with Dan Charland. In 2016, with their team of 35 employees, they reengineered their business model, catering to professional services and medical providers. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Letting go

Don Nokes | NetCenergy LLC co-founder and president As business leaders or managers, many of us have experienced positive business growth and refinement of our...
Thorne Sparkman joined Slater in 2000 as executive director of what was then known as the Slater Center for Interactive Technologies. He focuses on the earliest stage of company creation, including working with university-based teams commercializing research. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Support the founders

Thorne Sparkman | Slater Technology Fund managing director As a seed-stage investor, I spend countless hours discovering and courting entrepreneurs, because the founders of today’s...
Peter Bancroft was named CEO and president of WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care in 2003, after serving as chief financial officer for 11 years. The nonprofit provides primary medical care, dental, behavioral health services, substance-use disorder treatment and offers access to discounted medications. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Face uncertainty to spark growth

Peter Bancroft | WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care CEO and president As a senior leader for WellOne Primary Medical and Dental Care for the...
Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea became the first Hispanic elected to statewide office in New England when she was sworn in on Jan. 6, 2015. Reelected for a second term in 2018, she’s worked to modernize the state’s elections infrastructure and make it easier for businesses to navigate state government. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Lead by listening, connecting

Nellie M. Gorbea | Rhode Island secretary of state Successful management can look different across sectors, but there are common ideas to inspire good work....
Denise Chakoian is a 14-year veteran of Rhode Island’s fitness industry and a cancer survivor. Last year she saw her business grow by merging two studios into a 7,000-square-foot space in Providence’s Wayland Square, doing business as CORE Cycle.Fitness.Lagree Studio. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Build a community to grow business

Denise Chakoian | CORE Center of Real Energy LLC owner and president When I began 14 years ago, I focused on building a business, thinking...
THREE OF FIVE Rhode Island counties have received quick approval for businesses to apply for loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, said Mark S. Hayward, SBA Rhode Island district director.

Foster belief in project goals

Mark S. Hayward U.S. Small Business Administration Rhode Island district director • Failure is not an option: I’ve seen unrealistic goals achieved and achievable goals unmet....
Jo-Ann Schofield has been on Mentor Rhode Island’s staff for 22 years, starting as the program assistant to the Warwick Mentor Program. She has led the organization since 2013. The nonprofit is the statewide resource for youth and corporate mentoring and has formed a network of over 60 programs. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Adopt mentoring mindset

Jo-Ann Schofield | Mentor Rhode Island: The RI Mentoring Partnership Inc. CEO and president We are all on this journey together. As social beings, the...

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