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ONLINE ORDERS: Philip Viveiros, owner of Phil’s Propane in Tiverton, closed the company’s showroom and created an online-friendly ordering format prior to the coronavirus pandemic. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Fueled by family ethics

Not only do they have the same name – the younger named after the older – but Philip Viveiros also took over the third-generation...

Five Questions With Annette Tonti

Annette Tonti | Managing director, RIHub 1. What is RIHub? RIHub is Rhode Island’s first “Innovation Campus.” Founded in 2019. … RIHub is a...
RHODE ISLAND Business Competition announced the winners of its Elevator Pitch Contest held Thursday evening.

R.I. Business Competition announces winners of elevator pitch contest

PROVIDENCE – Ceresonic won the Rhode Island Business Competition’s Elevator Pitch Contest held Thursday. Ceresonic’s Sam Hornstein, a Brown University student, proposed a technology to...
GOING IT ALONE: Katie Murano, a sole proprietor with a wedding photography business, has lost all of her 2020 jobs because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She has struggled to qualify for relief programs because of the structure of her business. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Getting aid a struggle for many sole proprietors

A sole proprietorship seemed like the best option when Katie Murano started her wedding photography business in January. Having previously owned an event-planning business as...
ON THE MOVE: Christine Crum, owner of Gentry Moving and Storage, makes her way around the company storage facility. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Crum turns hurdle to advantage, stands out as woman-owned moving company

More than 15 years ago, Christine Crum felt like receiving her business license from the R.I. Division of Public Utilities and Carriers to own...
BACK ON THE JOB: Laurina Esposito, co-owner of Espo Restoration, inspects a car frame at her Los Angeles shop. Esposito and her business partner were diagnosed with coronavirus in early September. / AP PHOTO/

For business owners, getting COVID-19 is a wakeup call

NEW YORK – When Chris Hyland caught the coronavirus, his ordeal went beyond being sick and exhausted – he couldn’t help his business partners...
BREATHING EASIER: Jo’s American Bistro Chef Brian Ruffner stands next to an in-take for the new air “scrubbers” at the Newport restaurant. / COURTESY JO’S AMERICAN BISTRO

Dining Out: With winter approaching, a focus on clearing the air

With this year going the way it is, the idea of restaurant superlatives is having a bit of a difficult time. One might actually...
REST ASSURED: Jake Murray, left owner of RI Home Security LLC, with lead technician Hunter Murray. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

RI Home Security invested in protecting families, U.S. military veterans

Jake Murray’s bottom line isn’t just about dollars and cents. His background in the security alarm system industry spans over almost two decades, including serving...
Designer Susan Mocarski founded Providence-based Cleverhood LLC in 2010. The outerwear company designs and sells high-performance rain capes internationally. / COURTESY CLEVERHOOD LLC

Develop a business network

Susan Mocarski | Cleverhood LLC founder and owner During COVID-19, cities have adapted, people are biking and walking more. From Providence to Paris, cities have...
NICHE MARKET: Kerlyne Jean-Baptiste is the owner of KerlyGirl LLC, a natural hair care product line for people with curly, coiled hair that uses a fig oil as its secret ingredient. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Hair care business grows from side gig to full-time operation

The irony of products formulated for natural hair care is that they’re often unnatural. Kerlyne Jean-Baptiste, owner and CEO of KerlyGirl LLC, identified that unmet...

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