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FINE PRINT: Karen Martins, left, franchise owner of FastSigns in Seekonk, inspects some placards with production/project installation manager Eric Dallaire. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Karen Martins

FastSigns | 128 Highland Ave., SeekonkTHE PITCH: FastSigns offers custom signage, including vehicle graphics, trade show displays, digital kiosks, vinyl lettering and other graphics....
Rebecca Webber is the Executive director of CIC Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five questions with Rebecca Webber

Rebecca Webber | Executive Director, CIC Providence1. What does CIC Providence offer to business beyond shared workspaces? CIC Providence offers access and flexibility. CIC clients...
GOOD FIT: Denise Chakoian is the owner of CORE Cycle.Fitness.Lagree, a boutique studio in Wayland Square in Providence. The studio opened in July after Chakoian decided to consolidate her fitness business while she was getting treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

She’s shaking up the routine

UP TO FIVE TIMES A DAY, the Lagree studio at CORE in Providence fills with people anticipating serious burn.“You’re shaking the entire time you’re...
BRAINSTORMING: New England Medical Innovation Center founders and managing partners Aidan Petrie, left, and Lydia Shin Schroter, second from left, lead a brainstorming session with staff members Danielle Sturm, second from right, marketing and communications manager, and Maey Petrie, program coordinator, at the organization’s Providence office.

R.I.’s medtech innovators get much-needed support

Fresh ideas are at the core of the medical-technology industry, but as Aidan Petrie saw during his tenure as chief innovation officer at Providence-based...
ATTENTION-GETTER: Nikki Vergakes has launched Cultivated Content, a service that will manage social media accounts on behalf of businesses. 

Postings that build customers

NIKKI VERGAKES KNOWS that managing social media accounts, building an online presence and attracting ideal customers is vital for new businesses. She also knows...

Entrepreneurs to discuss successful pitches at UMass Dartmouth Oct. 10

FALL RIVER – South Coast Entrepreneurs Collaborative will host “Pitches That Worked,” an event highlighting successful entrepreneurs and their business fundraising pitches.The event will...

BayCoast Bank provides $60K to support entrepreneurs

SWANSEA – BayCoast Bank has awarded a $60,000 “challenge grant” to the South Coast Office of Entrepreneurship for All.The money will be paid in...
SIX RHODE ISLAND participants in the MassChallenge startup accelerator program will compete for shares of $100,000 in prizes at the MassChallenge Awards on Oct. 24.

MassChallenge announces R.I. finalists

PROVIDENCE – Six Rhode Island startups have been selected as finalists in the MassChallenge Awards, which will take place later this month, MassChallenge announced...
NEW MARKET: Hassan Namat-Ullah is a co-owner of the new University Mart on Empire Street in Providence. The market features snack foods, bottled soda, milk and some perishables, as well as CBD products and a Bitcoin machine.

Market aims to connect with campus

A FRESH LOOK along with a fresh cup of coffee is what’s in store at University Mart. The independently owned convenience store had a...
LEGAL EAGLE: James A. Ruggieri, managing partner at Higgins, Cavanaugh & Cooney, speaks with assistant Lisa ­Hennessey at the law firm’s Providence office.

Courting clients beyond R.I.

IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney LLP has broadened its base from Rhode Island to two adjoining states.The firm, which is...
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