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City Council approves tax deal for Providence hotel

PROVIDENCE – The City Council on Thursday approved a $2.7 million tax break for a developer planning to turn two vacant downtown buildings into...
Dan Gertrudes founded GrowthLab five years ago with Steven Byler, now president, managing partner and chief operating officer. The Providence-based company works with startups on growth plans and this year hired several new staffers. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Create culture of risk-taking

Dan Gertrudes | GrowthLab Financial Services Inc.CEO and managing partner As business leaders, our goal is to generate growth and to continuously innovate. As business...
STITCHING SUCCESS: Heather Fortes, center, and her two business partners, Nicole Almeida, and Fortes’ son, Nathan, have moved an online business in specialty clothing and accessories into a retail store in East Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Clothing business built on duo’s common threads

Heather Fortes initially was looking for a distraction when she started sewing. Forlorn and directionless after her only son left for college at the...
MAKING WAVES: Debbie A. Wood, president and co-owner of Wood Boat & Motor Inc. in Warwick, decided with her husband, Russell, to take over running the Providence Boat Show, which has been rebranded the Rhode Island Boat Show, after the previous organizers stepped down after three decades at the helm. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Debbie Wood is an entrepreneur unafraid to enter uncharted waters

The boats sold at Debbie A. Wood’s business, Warwick-based Wood Boat and Motor Inc., only go in one direction at a time. But that...
BALANCED GROWTH: From left, Carl Coutu, Jo Anne Samborsky, Joseph Dias and Jennifer Bove, franchise owners of Keller Williams Central Rhode Island in Cranston. Coutu, who purchased the location in 2011 and is stepping down as operating principal, will be succeeded by Bove. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisees: Carl Coutu, Joseph Dias and Jo Anne Samborsky

Carl Coutu, Joseph Dias and Jo Anne Samborsky Keller Williams Realty Central Rhode Island | 1170 Pontiac Ave., Cranston The pitch: Keller Williams Realty, according to...
BEN-GURION University of the Negev President Daniel Chamovitz and Gov. Gina M. Raimondo sign a memorandum of understanding in Beer-Sheva, Israel, on Tuesday. / COURTESY A.L. COMMUNICATIONS

Raimondo inks business collaboration agreement with Israeli university

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo opened potential channels for international business collaboration this week by signing a memorandum of understanding with Ben-Gurion University...
GROWTH GUIDANCE: Brothers Sennen Conte, left, and Galen Conte are the co-owners of Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods in Johnston. Sennen Conte says the R.I. Small Business Development Center and the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce were invaluable as the Contes grew their company. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Very small businesses playing big part in R.I. economy

Brothers Galen and Sennen Conte found no shortage of support as they built their Johnston food company from $150,000 in sales in 2006 to...
SHOP SMALL: Susan Babin, co-chair of the Small Business Saturday Shop RI event, says the goal of the pop-up marketplace was to set up a central location to provide exposure to small businesses owned by people with developmental disabilities, women and other ­minorities. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Small Business Saturday Shop RI pop-up sees steady growth

When business owner Jason Wood finished transactions with customers during the Small Business Saturday Shop RI event over the past two years, he told...
PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza has announced the return of the #ThinkPVD campaign for 2019. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Elorza announces return of #ThinkPVD campaign

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza on Tuesday announced the launch of the city’s fifth annual #ThinkPVD campaign, which will offer free two-hour parking...
HE’S GAME: Chris Menta’s Richmond Farms Fresh Market offers the typical and not-so-typical staples, such as elk and buffalo meat. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

This market is a second option in rural Richmond

Where can you find packaged venison, fresh vegetables and imported Italian pastas, among other staples? In Richmond, a small town where, until recently, a...
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