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RHODE ISLAND MICRO-BUSINESSES posted the highest growth rate in the nation, according to a review of invoice totals in recent years. / COURTESY INVOICE2EGO

Report: Rhode Island tops nation in growth rate for ‘micro-businesses’

PROVIDENCE – Looks like the smallest state is a good place for the smallest businesses.A new research report found that Rhode Island has led...
OUTSOURCED: Kenny Rounds is the owner and CEO of Braver Technology Solutions, a business that provides information technology tech and solutions to businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Braver a tech problem-solver

When business owners need help understanding technology, and seeing the potential pitfalls of a system, they need a trusted consultant. For many small businesses,...
MEETING DEMAND: Kate Simpson is the owner of Shades of Vintage, a former monthly marketplace she operated within her artisan shop Cerulean in Warren that is now its own business.
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Vintage pop-up gets own space

Handmade items, vintage pieces and repurposed furniture are what sells at Shades of Vintage, a new shop in Warren.The store owned by Kate Simpson...
MAKING THINGS HAPPEN: Gov. Gina M. Raimondo, providing welcoming remarks at Thursday's Economic Outlook Breakfast, said her job in her second term will be to help sustain the economic momentum Rhode Island has been experiencing. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Economic Outlook Breakfast portends economic renaissance – and another Super Bowl...

PROVIDENCE – Those at Thursday’s Economic Outlook Breakfast by Santander Bank and the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce may have come away thinking that...
RHODE ISLAND ranked No. 23 on the 2019 Bloomberg Innovation Index. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

R.I. ranks in middle of the pack in Bloomberg Innovation Index

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island ranked No. 23 on the Bloomberg 2019 U.S. Innovation Index released this week. The organization said that Rhode Island had...
CONSISTENT GROWTH: Steere Engineering is a civil and structural engineering firm started nine years ago by founder ­Patricia Steere. It’s grown to employ 30, with $4 million in annual revenue. From left, Alison Steere, project manager; Patricia Steere, president; and Thomas Steere, 3D CAD specialist.
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Risk rewards Steere founder

In the business world, good things often happen to deserving people when they work hard and, perhaps most importantly, take a risk.For Patricia Steere,...
SWEET OPERATION: Kevin and Danielle Anderson opened Seacoast Sweets, a small chocolates-manufacturing and sales operation in Pawtucket, in September after purchasing the company and moving it from Newburyport, Mass.
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Seacoast sweets just the ticket

Seacoast Sweets is not Willie Wonka’s chocolate factory – it belongs to Danielle and Kevin Anderson.The couple opened their small chocolates-manufacturing and sales operation...

Small Business Saturday Shop RI returns Nov. 30

WARWICK – For the third consecutive year, Rhode Island merchants will be able to showcase their wares during Small Business Saturday Shop RI, set...

EforAll pitch contest applications due April 11

NEW BEDFORD – Entrepreneurship for All, or EforAll, is seeking applications for its next pitch contest, which must be submitted by Thursday.The event is...
THE RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS COMPETITION has announced its 12 2019 semifinalists.

R.I. Business Competition announces 2019 semifinalists

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Business Competition announced 12 semifinalists for the organization’s 2019 competition Tuesday.The 12 selections were made from 68 applicants. The...
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