Friday, May 17, 2024


Home Economy Entrepreneurship


A HEALTHY PLACE: Dr. Pablo Rodriguez has created what he calls a social venture, Nuestra Salud Productions LLC, to provide health information to the Latino community in Rhode Island. 

The doctor’s dishing out doses of health facts to Latinos

(Editor’s note: This is the 44th installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. Each will be asked their views...
CAREER COACH: Charise Wilson opened Workforce Ready Solutions, an employment coaching business, in Lincoln in 2019.

Wilson uses her experience carving her own path to help others...

Charise Wilson knows firsthand how valuable mentors are, especially for a job hunter who’s determined to move up but doesn’t know how to get...
NEW CARETAKER: Susan Quattrocchi has purchased the closed Summit General Store in Coventry and plans to alter the longtime business model. 

Something new in store for this rural R.I. landmark

When the Summit General Store announced its permanent closure last fall, the Coventry establishment may have seemed like another casualty among a dying breed...
AFFORDABLE ALTERNATIVE: Torsten Mayer-Rothbarth and his wife, Megan, opened Inhabit, a furniture, home goods and art store in Warren, after finding it too expensive to travel to regional art shows. 

You don’t have to look far for quality art, handmade goods

After a couple years traveling to art shows throughout the Northeast, Torsten and Megan Mayer-Rothbarth had two major takeaways: lots of connections with other...
STRONG SKILLS: Carley Ferrara is the owner of Iron Mountain Forge & Furniture, a metal fabrication and design company in Providence specializing in furniture and decor that also offers “Sip & Smash” blacksmithing classes and beer tastings. Welding in the background is Devon Jalette.

It’s all within her hands

Carley Ferrara, owner of Iron Mountain Forge & Furniture, knew from a young age that she wanted to work with her hands. Finding her...

Bryant, SEG to support five ‘social impact’ internships

SMITHFIELD – A new partnership between Social Enterprise Greenhouse and Bryant University will create five new internship opportunities in the "social impact" sector. The 13-week...

Study: Providence 21st among top U.S. life sciences metros

PROVIDENCE – As Ocean State leaders push to establish Rhode Island as a hub for the life sciences, a nationwide real estate listings and...
CLOSE TO HOME: Brother and sister Kiffin and Kelly Ward launched Ward’s Manufacturing LLC in Warren in January to provide a domestic option for metal fabrication services. 

Brother-sister duo answers call for domestic metal fabrication

From basketball hoops to picture frames and all kinds of boats, custom metal parts are part of nearly every industry. Yet in the past few...
OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Peter Evangelista spent his summers assembling trophies with his brothers in their father’s World Trophies Co. shop but never envisioned himself taking over the business until his father was eyeing retirement in 1987 and he realized he could own his own business, so he bought it. 

Trophy maker has helped people celebrate moments, honor loved ones for...

Stepping into World Trophies Co.’s shop on Silver Spring Street in Providence, you’ll likely be greeted by a 6-foot-tall bronze figure proudly perched atop...

Just Breathe wins 2024 Rhode Island Business Competition

PROVIDENCE – Greg Calderiso, founder of Just Breathe, was named the first-place winner of the 2024 Rhode Island Business Competition. Just Breathe, which netted the...
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