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WHAT’S IN STORE? Jo Lee, founder of PopUp Rhody, at a Botanic Providence pop-up retail site organized by her company at Stock Culinary Goods on Hope Street in Providence. 
PBN PHOTO/­ELIZABETH GRAHAM

She’s building a venture in pop-up matchmaking

During the early part of her career in the technology sector, Jo Lee’s perspective was global. The industry’s momentum swept her up into jobs...
RHODY PUZZLES: Sam White, left, lead designer, and Jerauld Adams, owner, make puzzles with unique, Rhode Island-inspired designs at their Pawtucket manufacturing company Hope Puzzles LLC.
PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Adams turns family pastime into next business venture

Jerauld Adams spent a lot of time poring over puzzles during the early days of the pandemic. Soon after, he decided to turn his newfound...
SKATE CREW: Francisco Ramirez, left, is the owner of Junk Wheels, an in-line skate wheel company in Cranston. At right are Kaylyn Fells, who handles the company’s social media, and Edgar Meneses, who works in shipping.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

In-line wheel company aims to get more people rolling

Francisco Ramirez has taken the economic slide in stride. Despite his Cranston-based in-line skating company being slowed by the pandemic, supply chain bottlenecks and inflation,...
METALHEAD: P. Thomas Kenny Jr. pours melted zinc into the casting machines at Miniature Casting Corp. in Cranston. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

MEET THE MAKERS: A growth story that contains millions of die-cast...

(Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a monthly series highlighting some of the region’s unsung manufacturers that make products essential to the...
POTENTIAL PAVILION: Roger Williams Park Zoo Executive Director Stacey Johnson shows the area where a new, $12 million educational facility and events pavilion will be built if Rhode Island voters approve a $50 million “green economy” bond measure.
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

MONEY MATTERS: $400M in bond issues on R.I. ballot as borrowing...

Matt Dunn and Rainer Lohmann are among the top researchers at the University of Rhode Island’s Graduate School of Oceanography, but it’s tough to...
GHOST GUIDE: Courtney Edge-Matos indulged her interest in the paranormal and supernatural by launching Providence Ghost Tour, a guided journey through the East Side’s haunted history either by foot or by riverboat in partnership with the Providence River Boat Co.
PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Learn about the East Side’s haunted history on foot or by...

Courtney Edge-Matos has been acquainted with the supernatural from a young age. As a child, she and her family lived in a haunted house...
REFILLING STATION: Debra Cowdin, owner of The ReFill LLC in Newport, started the business to help people cut down on single-use plastic waste by finding ways to reuse and refill those containers.
PBN PHOTO/DAVID HANSEN

New shop in Newport aims to help people reduce, reuse and...

Less than 6% of plastic waste is recycled, with a majority ending up in landfills, according to a report released in May by environmental...
ELEVEN SMALL businesses and nonprofits are getting nearly a combined $50,000 under Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s new Microgrant Fund. 

SEG awards $50K to 11 businesses, nonprofits

PROVIDENCE – Eleven small businesses and nonprofits have been awarded nearly a combined $50,000 under Social Enterprise Greenhouse’s new Microgrant Fund. The funds of up to...

Entrepreneurship Center launches at Knight Memorial Library

PROVIDENCE – Entrepreneurs, artists and local businesses in the city’s West End and South Side have a new dedicated resource at the Knight Memorial...
HOUSE SPEAKER K. Joseph Shekarchi, left, speaks on Wednesday at the Rhode Island Foundation about ways to boost the state's biotech and life sciences sector. Seated next to Shekarchi are, from left, Bob Coughlin and Travis McCready of JLL, Inc. PBN PHOTO/CHRIS ALLEN

Shekarchi backs new agency to boost biotech and life sciences

PROVIDENCE – On the heels of a newly released report looking at creating a more-thriving life sciences and biotechnology sector in the state, House...
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