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DESIGNxRI and Innovate Newport are hosting a five-workshop series in Newport for designers funded by Real Jobs Rhode Island.

Business development workshops for designers begin this week in Newport

NEWPORT – A series of workshops aimed at designers and innovators is set to kick off this week in Newport.Organized by DESIGNxRI and Innovate...

PBN names 2019 Fastest Growing & Innovative Companies

PROVIDENCE – Twenty local companies have earned a spot on Providence Business News’  2019 list of Fastest Growing Private Companies, and 14 organizations were...
CARRYING A COMPANY: RISD graduate Michael Harris has founded Grayman Studios, a consulting company for producers of luggage and other soft goods.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

After school, he made travel his new career path

After graduating in 1997 from the Rhode Island School of Design, Michael Harris pursued a career that took him to luggage manufacturer and retailer...
NAMEPLATES FOR INDUSTRY was the highest ranked company on the 2019 Inc. 5000 in the Providence-Warwick-Fall River metropolitan area at No. 2442. Above, Renaud Megard, the company's president and CEO. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Several local companies named to 2019 Inc. 5000 list

PROVIDENCE – Five Rhode Island-headquartered businesses and three Bristol County, Mass., businesses were named to the 2019 Inc. 5000 list.The program measures revenue growth...
FRESH VARIETY: Stu Meltzer, owner of Fearless Fish Market in Providence, shows off Watch Hill oysters, quahogs, a scup and a bluefish. 
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How to buy, cook fish fearlessly

Laden with local seafood, the cases at Fearless Fish Market offer a peek at what’s swimming in the waters off Rhode Island’s coast. Wild...
RHODE ISLAND ranked No. 41 in the nation with a letter grade of D+ in the 2019 Thumbtack Small Business Friendliness survey. / COURTESY THUMBTACK

R.I. receives D+ for business friendliness from small-business owners

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island received a business friendliness letter score of D+ in a recent survey of small-business owners conducted by Thumbtack released Tuesday.The...
VIRTUAL ­COMPANY: Leonora Valvo, founder and director of Warren-based Swoogo, coordinates a videoconference staff meeting from her ­computer.
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An education steeped in real-world challenges

“Often we fall in love with our own ideas,” noted Swoogo founder Leonora Valvo. “We need to spend the time to make others fall...
LOCAL HERBS: Sisters Christina Dedora, right, owner, and Cheryl Pynn run Sanctuary Herbs, a small business that makes herbal teas. Sanctuary buys fresh herbs from local farmers and dries them in its facility in Pawtucket.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Rhody-grown herbal teas

After 13 years of farming – growing flowers, herbs and vegetables on state-owned, cooperative land – Christina Dedora was ready to simplify her work...
GLASSWORK: Ben Kurose, owner of Greenwich Bay Glass, pulls a gather, or hot ball of glass, to stretch it into a stringer, or thin rod of glass, which is used to apply small detail work.
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Handmade pendants top seller at Greenwich Bay Glass

The small glass diffusers are designed for essential oils. They carry just enough so the person wearing a pendant necklace can smell the fragrance,...
PHIL ADAMS is now director of the Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship at the UMass Dartmouth in Fall River. “I'm grateful and excited for the opportunity to help take the CIE and entrepreneurship in the region to the next level. And that means thinking of the CIE as much more than building. It is really about ideas and attitude,” he told PBN. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS DARTMOUTH

Five Questions With: Phil Adams

Phil Adams is no longer interim director at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship, he has the permanent post, with a...
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