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GRACIE’S TEAM: Gracie’s Ventures owner Ellen Slattery, second from right, with, from left, Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef; Matt Varga, executive chef; Brian O’Connell; Griffin Vosbeck; Jordan Fleischer; Johnathan Maccini; Andres Rodriguez; and Josh Berman. Slattery said the biggest challenge has been hiring but the restaurant has had the same team for a year. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Gracie’s founder Ellen Slattery looks to bridge the divide between special-occasion...

Gracie’s Ventures Inc. will have plenty to celebrate on New Year’s Eve, including a milestone not many restaurants can tout – a 20th anniversary.At...
BRAINSTORMING: Carlos Toro and his team at Steer LLC in Providence brainstorm in their studio space. Foreground from left, Ryan Sherwood, project manager; Ed Eacueo, team lead; and Carlos Toro, founder and team lead. Background from left, Xander Monge, videographer/editor; and Povilas Mecys, front-end developer and designer. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Steering a digital vision

Carlos Toro, director and owner of digital media company Steer LLC, prides himself on the fact that he hasn’t had an “office job” since...
FRESH START: Anne Wolfe is the owner of Bear Wallow Books in Providence. The company had been owned by her parents in Indiana but after the death of her father, Wolfe bought her mother out of the company and moved it to Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New chapter for book publisher

After 40 years in Nashville, Ind., Bear Wallow Books LLC has a new home.The independent wholesale and publishing company, which has 40 cookbooks in...
NEW PATH: Co-owners Kris Waugh, left, and Tamara McKenney worked in technical recruiting before opening Apponaug Brewing at the Pontiac Mills in Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Apponaug celebrates beer community

Tamara McKenney and Kris Waugh ran a business in technical recruiting before they embarked in another direction.Their new brew pub, Apponaug Brewing Co., opened...
Thomas V. Ward
Breeze Publications Inc. founder and publisher
More than two decades ago, Thomas V. Ward founded The Valley Breeze for $15,000 from his Cumberland living room. Today Breeze Publications publishes five editions across Rhode Island’s northern tier and provides proof that news organizations can be successful in attracting readers and revenue. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Success comes when you ‘stick to your knitting’

While businesspersons I meet marvel at the staying power of a free community newspaper such as The Valley Breeze in this day and age,...
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GREENHOUSE has received a $257,321 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to expand the organization’s footprint in Newport and Pawtucket/Central Falls.

SEG awarded $257K grant to expand into Newport, Pawtucket/Central Falls

PROVIDENCE – Social Enterprise Greenhouse has received a $257,321 grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to expand the organization’s footprint in Newport and...
JOEY ASBEL was named winner of the Elevator Pitch Contest held by the Rhode Island Business Competition on Dec. 5.

R.I. Business Competition announces winners of Elevator Pitch Contest

PROVIDENCE – Joey Asbell won the 2018 Elevator Pitch Contest held by the Rhode Island Business Competition, the organization announced Thursday.Asbel’s pitch, Zap Technologies,...
CONTINUING CARE: Modern Eyes owners and optometrists Vincenzo Gianfrancesco and Kellie McMahon worked on the staff of an optometry firm in Bristol County, Mass., before going into business for themselves in Pawtucket and East Providence.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A vision for healthy eye care

What happens when two young optometrists go into business for themselves? They just might succeed.Vincenzo Gianfrancesco, 28, and Kellie McMahon, 30, are doing exactly...
CUSTOMER-FOCUSED: Adam Rizzo, left, franchise owner of 1-800 Water Damage, with Aaron Belanger, restoration tech. ­Rizzo said the company is customer-service oriented, geared toward meeting customers’ ­expectations.  
 / PBN PHOTO/Michael Salerno

Franchisee: Adam Rizzo

Franchisee: Adam Rizzo | 1-800 Water Damage | 140 Comstock Parkway, No. 9, CranstonThe Pitch: 1-800 Water Damage offers carpet cleaning, fire/smoke restoration, mold...

Workers trapped by noncompetes

Why have wages been so slow to rise at a time when demand for workers has pushed the U.S. unemployment rate to its lowest...
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