Entrepreneurship

CAREER CHANGE: Sandra Cutting, right, franchise owner of H&R Block in South Kingstown, speaks with her daughter and client Caroline Walker. Cutting made a career change after having a child at age 30, got a master’s degree in accounting and started working at H&R Block. When the location came up for sale, she purchased it.
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Franchisee: Sandra Cutting

Franchisee: Sandra Cutting H&R Block | 24 Salt Pond Road, Unit D5, South KingstownThe pitch: H&R Block offers professional help to individuals and business owners...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO took the lead Thursday in announcing a second round of Innovation Campus funding aimed at commercializing academic research./PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Raimondo, URI announce new round of Innovation Campus funding

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and University of Rhode Island President David M. Dooley on Thursday announced a second round “RI Innovation Campus”...
RETAIL MARKETPOINT was selected as the winner of Cox Business' Get Started Rhode Island bsuiness pitch competition. Above, from left: Ross Nelson, vice president, Cox Business; Mike Ritz, moderator, and executive director of Leadership Rhode Island; John Rafferty, founder of Retail MarketPoint; Shannon Shallcross, co-founder and CEO, BetaXAnalytics; Arnell Milhouse, co-founder and CEO, CareerDevs Computer Science University; Patrice M. Milos, co-founder, CEO and president, Medley Genomics; and Karl Wadensten, CEO and president, VIBCO Vibrators. / COURTESY COX BUSINESS

Retail MarketPoint takes top prize at Get Started Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE – Retail MarketPoint Inc. was voted the winner of Cox Business’ seventh annual Get Started Rhode Island business pitch contest held Wednesday night...

G-Form Pro-X2 Knee Pad

THE STORY: G-Form’s innovation is its RPT padding, which stays soft and flexible until it experiences a sharp impact, at which point it hardens....

Clarke Shutter Valve

THE STORY: Company founder Kyle Daniels worked in the aerospace industry for General Electric, Pratt & Whitney and Embraer Aircraft. He has several patents...

Officials to relaunch grant program for small design firms

PROVIDENCE – Small businesses in Providence’s design sector are eligible for grants between $10,000 and $20,000 each under a program that city and state...
THE U.S. SMALL BUSINESS Administration is now accepting applications for the 2020 National Small Business Week Awards.

SBA accepting applications for National Small Business Week Awards

PROVIDENCE – The Small Business Administration is now accepting applications for the 2020 National Small Business Awards, the SBA announced Monday.Honorees will be recognized...
SUPPORTING STARTUPS: Many business leaders are either looking for more support from state government or less regulatory hassles, according to the results of a PBN survey asking what would most help the state produce and keep more successful startups.
 / SOURCE: PBN RESEARCH/JAMES BESSETTE

Get more invested in growing, keeping successful startups

Rhode Island has a lot to offer startups, including great quality-of-life amenities and top-tier educational and support services.But the perception has always been that...
DEVELOPING LEADERS: Co-owners Lisa Bergeron, right, founder, managing partner and chief visionary officer, and Tejal Tarro, left, managing partner and chief services officer, converse with Kevin Matta, director of client engagement and inclusion, at Advancing Workplace Excellence in Providence. The firm provides targeted talent-development programs, coaching options and more.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

How to invest in human capital

Advancing Workplace Excellence is a small Providence firm in a field that’s been gaining recognition in recent years called human-capital consulting.Human capital and human...
DETAILED DESIGN: Michelle Scotti is the owner of website design company SyntacticRus Designs, which she runs from her home. Scotti has a background in information technology and cybersecurity.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Web design you can bank on

Michelle Scotti is involved in some very technical computer stuff – so you don’t have to be.“I am security and fraud risk and...
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