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HOPE HOPKINS has been appointed program director of MassChallenge Rhode Island. The organization is now accepting applications for its 2019 accelerator program. / COURTESY MASSCHALLENGE

Hopkins named program director of MassChallenge Rhode Island, program accepting 2019...

PROVIDENCE – Hope Hopkins has been named program director of MassChallenge Rhode Island, the organization announced last week. Hopkins joins MassChallenge having most recently served...
REWARDING WORK: Joe Lomastro, center, franchise owner of Signarama on Post Road in North Kingstown, with Tom Iacobucci, owner of Sears Hometown Store, and Lauren DeAquair, graphic designer.
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Franchisee: Joe Lomastro

Joe Lomastro | Signarama | 6855 Post Road, North Kingstown The pitch: Signarama is a full-service sign company, where custom signs, such as banners or...
SURVEILLANCE TECH: Joe Janson, founder, owner and CEO of NVTS Night Vision Technology Solutions in Jamestown, in his design and integration testing lab with components to be integrated into a large camera system.
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NVTS has vision for problem-solving

Specialized cameras that integrate seamlessly with technology and provide secure services for the military and commercial customers are the business of NVTS Night Vision...
GROWING DISTILLERY: White Dog Distilling, incorporated as CAVE LLC, was founded in 2016 by Carlo Catucci, center, and his wife, Alecia, right, who partnered with longtime friends Eric Sylvestre, left, and Vin Greene, not pictured. Their micro-distillery and tasting room opened last April in a historic mill space in Pawtucket and will be moving to a larger retail location within the mill.
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White Dog Distilling expands in former mill

Opening a micro-distillery wasn’t the plan when Carlo Catucci and his wife went on a Rhode Island brewery tour two years ago. But after...
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PBN on WJAR-TV, Jan. 21, 2019

Can a new business incubator keep a bigger slice of Navy spending in Newport? Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on WJAR-TV NBC...
TECH INCUBATOR: Innovate Newport Director of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Tuni Schartner gives a tour of the former Sheffield School on Broadway in Newport, which will serve as the location of Innovate Newport. The business incubator will house small companies, startups and entrepreneurs in the fields of marine and environmental technology, cybersecurity and renewable energy.
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Can a new business incubator keep a bigger slice of Navy...

For years, community leaders in Newport have watched as the nearby Naval ­Undersea Warfare Center has farmed out billions of dollars in contracts to...
PSYCHIC READING: Roxanne Jasparro, left, owner of Bewitched of Scituate, a psychic reading and merchandise shop, does a reading for Trisha Wagner of Scituate.
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Bewitched in Scituate

Just for the record, there is such a thing as witchcraft in Rhode Island, says Roxanne Jasparro. Not to worry, though. She says she’s a...

Innovation comes to Newport

A century-old school in Newport is being repurposed into Innovate Newport, an incubator for companies looking to join the region’s tech economy. While the idea...
THE SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GREENHOUSE has announced the 2019 Food Accelerator cohort.

SEG announces 2019 Food Accelerator cohort

PROVIDENCE – Social Enterprise Greenhouse announced the 2019 Food Accelerator cohort Tuesday. The program will feature 17 food businesses, which started the program last week. The...
THE SHUTDOWN of the Small Business Administration has paused approval of roughly $200 million in SBA-guaranteed loans per day since the agency was furloughed on Dec. 22, according to the Washington Post.

WaPo: Furlough of SBA affects over $200M in loans for small...

PROVIDENCE – The partial federal shutdown has paused approvals of new U.S. Small Business Administration-backed loans, the Washington Post reported Friday. The Post said that...
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