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IN ITS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE MONTH OF DECLINE, the Rhode Island seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage points to 3.9 percent in September per the R.I. Dept. of Labor and Training. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

Slow, steady decline in unemployment stretches into September

PROVIDENCE – Continuing its slow and steady decline, the Rhode Island seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell 0.1 percentage points to 3.9 percent in September,...
GET PACKING: Valerie Achorn, owner of Simplified Lives, a professional packing, organization and downsizing consultancy, has grown her business from a startup in Barrington in 2012 to an eight-person operation in Rehoboth now serving Greater Boston, Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Organized and profiting

As a special-events manager, Valerie Achorn needed to maintain a certain amount of organization in her life and career.She’s also moved “a lot” in...
INNOVATIVE STARTUP: Johnson & Wales University graduates Brandon Monti, left, and Patrick Straus co-founded FreshConn, a farmers market delivery service in Providence, to innovate the way produce is sold, increase sales to artisan producers and decrease food insecurity.

It’s farm fresh and delivered

Farmers markets offer locally grown and produced fresh produce and foods. But for those with disabilities, or a lack of transportation or free time,...

Technology not killing board games

Oct. 5-14 marks American Craft Week, a celebration of the artistry of American crafters and the wide array of decorative and functional objects they...

Wall Street titan Goldman Sachs reaches out to R.I. businesses

PROVIDENCE – Goldman Sachs Group Inc. – one of the world’s largest investment banking and financial-services firms with connections from the World Bank to...
MEDLEY GENOMICS won the Get Started Rhode Island Pitch Competition Thursday. Above, from left, Ross Nelson, vice president, Cox Business; Patrice Milos, president and CEO, Medley Genomics; and Ken Kraft, senior vice president of marketing and sales operations, Cox Business. / COURTESY COX BUSINESS

Medley Genomics wins Get Started RI pitch competition

PROVIDENCE - Medley Genomics, a data analytics company focused on tumor cells and creating targeted and personalized cancer treatments, won the Get Started Rhode Island...
CAREER CHANGE: Aurelia Donovan, co-owner of the UPS Store on Mendon Road in Cumberland, at the counter with Thomas Nicholson, associate. Donovan opened the store with members of her family after working in the banking industry for several years. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Aurelia and James Donovan, Irene and Scott Schmitt

Aurelia and James Donovan, Irene and Scott Schmitt UPS Store | 2130 Mendon Road, CumberlandThe pitch: The UPS Store handles packing and shipping of packages,...
NEW FLAVORS: Nagendra Thatavarthy and his wife, Lalitha, are owners of Swagat, an Indian food store and restaurant that opened a few months ago in the Diamond Hill Road area of Woonsocket. The grocery has spices and foods and fresh produce, as well as staples. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Indian eatery adds spice to community

Nagendra and Lalitha Thatavarthy opened Swagat, their Indian restaurant and specialty-food market in Woonsocket, after market research told them they had a built-in audience.More...
NO SURPRISES: Justin Gallant is the owner of J.E. Group Properties in South Kingstown, a real estate company that is selling homes by a flat fee, rather than commission. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Brokerage’s flat fee boosts home sales

The road to a career in real estate started with the end of pizza. After 18 years of owning several pizza restaurants in Rhode...
BARBARA COTTAM, chair of the R.I. Board of Education, spoke at the Computer Science for Rhode Island Summit held on Dec. 13 at the University of Rhode Island. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Two sections of Newport targeted for revitalization grants

PROVIDENCE – Newport may be known for its seaside mansions, but two neighborhoods in the community are being targeted for revitalization efforts.Citizens Bank’s charitable...
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