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SKILLS BUILDER: Suzannah MacDonald, left, a fine gardener at Wild & Scenic in South Kingstown, jumped at the chance to participate in the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s apprenticeship program to hone her skills. MacDonald is working with Wild & Scenic owner Meg Gallagher.  / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Still recovering from recession, R.I.’s ‘green-collar’ sector sees hope in an...

When offered a spot in the Rhode Island Nursery and Landscape Association’s apprenticeship program, Suzannah MacDonald was so excited she blurted out “yes, done”...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With Narya Marcille

Narya Marcille | Owner, Blooming Anchor Designs1. You were approached by Newsweek to design a cover illustration marking the first anniversary of the...
SUSTAINED GROWTH: Automated Business Solutions owners Alan Albergaria, center, president, and Robert Maceroni, right, vice president, speak with Tom Laport, vice president of sales. Albergaria and Maceroni started the company in 1992 without a customer and have since grown the business to more than 4,000 clients. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Not giving up on paper yet

The evolution of the office printer, and business machines in general, has taken Automated Business Machines Inc. in new directions over its 26-year history.Begun...

For more than a century, Goodwin-Bradley has taken the road less traveled, says President Robert Goodwin, the third generation of 
the family-owned business to be in charge of the Providence manufacturer. And it has 
yielded positive results. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

People – the greatest challenge and reward

Robert Goodwin | Goodwin-Bradley Pattern Co. presidentAs the current steward of this 106-year-old family business, I am often asked what has been the most...
SOAP SAVVY: Elizabeth Sylvia started Rhode Island Natural Soap in November, converting a spare bedroom in her Lincoln home into a “soap lab,” and sells her product through a website, as well as at shows and the Providence Flea. / COURTESY ELIZABETH SYLVIA

Pastime now fills ‘soap lab’

The journey from a pastime to a home-based business has been swift for Rhode Island Natural Soap Co.Entrepreneur Elizabeth Sylvia started her business in...
STATE ISSUES: House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello will talk about issues being debated at the Statehouse, at the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce’s Eggs & Issues breakfast on May 16 at the Kirkbrae Country Club in Lincoln.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Editor’s Choice: Breakfast Q&A with House speaker

EDITOR’S CHOICE: Breakfast Q&A with House speaker THE NORTHERN RHODE ISLAND Chamber of Commerce will hold an Eggs & Issues breakfast event featuring House Speaker...
THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GREENHOUSE has launched a crowdfunding campaign of $30,000 to expand its SEG Hub to the entire first floor of its 10 Davol Square, Providence location. Above, SEG CEO Kelly Ramirez at the SEG Hub. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELY

SEG launches crowdfunding campaign to expand Hub office space

PROVIDENCE – The Social Enterprise Greenhouse has announced a campaign to raise $30,000 to expand and better equip its work space at 10 Davol...
CENTRAL LOCATION: David Dadekian, owner and founder of Eat Drink RI, stands in front of the site of the former Shooters nightclub at 25 India St. in Providence, where he has proposed to create Central Market, a retail center where the public can gather and experience the best of the state’s small food-production businesses.  / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Local food businesses excited for Eat Drink RI’s Central Market

After being named Whiskey Magazine’s 2017 American Craft Producer of the Year, Sons of Liberty Spirits Co. wants to expand its footprint from South...
SUBMARINE TECH: MIKEL Inc. President Kelly Mendell speaks with Dave Lambert, engineer and program manager, about the company’s Surface Ship component of its SANS Beacon underwater navigation aid system. The company supports the submarine community with technical and logistic expertise. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Risk-taking propels Mikel’s can-do CEO

WHEN IT COMES TO RUNNING A BUSINESS, failure is not an option for Kelly Mendell, president of MIKEL Inc. in Middletown.That’s according to Mark...
LOCAL LEADER: Richard G. Horan founded Biograph Venture Development to give aspiring business owners greater access to early-stage capital and encourage more private-sector investment in the local startup scene. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Biograph Venture early-stage funding boost for startups

Richard G. Horan, a leader in the local entrepreneurship community, has founded Biograph Venture Development LLC to give aspiring business owners greater access to...
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