Monday, October 2, 2023


Home Economy Entrepreneurship


FINANCIAL AIDE: Phil Auger, a former school superintendent, launched Grants New England in North Kingstown last July to help nonprofits find and apply for funding.

Former school superintendent now focused on helping nonprofits get funding

Countless nonprofits and school organizations rely on grants to fund their work. But applying for these grants often means leaders must take time away...
ON A ROLL: Professional bowlers Jon Van Hees, right, and Alex Aguiar are co-owners of Strike F/X Pro Shops LLC, a specialty bowling sporting goods business, with several locations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. 

From lanes to pro shops, Strike F/X boosting bowling communities

Since before he could walk – much less hold a bowling ball – Jon Van Hees has been spending his spare time at the...

Don’t overlook these job candidates: Entrepreneurs

If you’ve been thinking about starting your own business lately, you’re not alone. Americans began launching ventures in record numbers during the COVID-19 pandemic,...

Providence man sentenced 30 months for robbing 5 banks

PROVIDENCE – A city man was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for robbing five banks across the state over five weeks in...

Third R.I. Startup Week to feature 60 startups, 40-plus events

PROVIDENCE – Around 60 startups plan to take part in the state's third Startup Week, which will this year feature more than 40 events...
BRANCHING OUT: After getting their start at Chad Verdi Sr.’s film production company Verdi Productions in East Greenwich, executive producers Paul Luba, left, and Verdi’s son, Chad Verdi Jr., have launched their own affiliate company, Hyperborea Films, and released their first feature in 2021. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Making movies ‘a family thing’ at Verdi Productions

Chad Verdi Jr. is dedicating his life to the venture started by his father 15 years ago when he secured the rights to make...
FAMILY FUN: Derek Savas, left, and Aryn Hawks are anxious to open their new miniature golf course Lucky Puttz in Middletown. 

Lucky Puttz brings mini golf to Aquidneck Island

Business partners Aryn Hawks and Derek Savas could have opened a certain moneymaker with their purchase of a vacant lot on Valley Road in...

DESIGNxRI’s Design Catalyst Program expands throughout state

PROVIDENCE – DESIGNxRI's Design Catalyst Program has funded the efforts of Providence-based entrepreneurs since its launch in 2016. Now in its eighth year, the...
REACHING OUT: Alison Bologna , center, Shri Studio Inc., Shri Service Corps and Shri Bark founder and WJAR-TV NBC 10 morning news co-anchor, participates in a class in her new yoga studio in Pawtucket. Joining her are Alex Godin, left, of the Life Inc. social service agency in Tiverton, and Michelle Peloquin, of The Arc of Blackstone Valley social service agency in Pawtucket.

After opening yoga studio, she has stretched for more

It’s a late summer morning and the stately brick building that is Shri Studio Inc.’s new home is about to officially open for business. A...
DYNAMIC DUO: Lita and Matt Bondlow are the owners of Bali Bungalow LLC, a furniture store with a focus on Indonesian décor and sustainability. They have two store locations, one in Providence and one in Stonington, Conn.

Furniture, home décor items exclusively crafted by Indonesian artisans

In their annual visits to Indonesia, wife and husband Lita and Matt Bondlow were struck by the craftsmanship of handmade furniture in Lita’s home...
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