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FRESH FRIENDSHIP: Fresh Mode Screen Printing co-owners Jake Fahrenholz, left, and Ethan Colby work on hoodies for a client. The pair became friends at the age of 15, attended college together and opened Fresh Mode in 2006.
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Fresh Mode’s custom prints make a mark

Going into business with a high school friend might seem like a mistake. But the partnership behind Fresh Mode Screen Printing Inc. includes a...
PERSONAL TRAINING: From left, Kathy Lyons, Amy Cham, Jaime Hayes and Tracy Lombard opened On the Ropes Boxing and Fitness in January in a former garage building at Pontiac Mills in Warwick, where they offer drop-in classes, regular classes and personalized fitness.
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Fitness that packs a punch

The boxing gym has come a long way, and a new one in Warwick seeks to broaden the sport beyond its traditional base.On the...
THE 10,000 SMALL BUSINESSES Rhode Island program is accepting applications for its tenth cohort. The program has had 227 Rhode Island small businesses participate in the program over its three years of operation.

10,000 Small Businesses R.I. program accepting 10th cohort applications

WARWICK – The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Rhode Island program is accepting applications for its fall cohort.Applications are due by June 1, but...
CHILD CARE: Clay and Gina Johnson are the owners of The Goddard School in South Kingstown. The school offers all-day child care preschool programs for infants through prekindergarten. There are 120 students enrolled this semester.
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Franchisee: Clay and Gina Johnson

Clay and Gina Johnson | The Goddard School | 20 Preservation Way, South KingstownThe pitch: The Goddard School offers all-day child care preschool programs...
CARDS AND CAUSES: Swipe for a Cause, a company in North Kingstown that provides payment systems for debit and credit cards for other companies to use, takes a portion of the proceeds and donates them to charities. From left, Alan Kerr, vice president of strategic alliances; Kim Kennedy, account relationship manager; Jonathan Sayles, vice president of sales; and Brad Robinson, operations manager.
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Swipe for profit-sharing

Andrew and Margaret Kinnecom freely admit the payment-processing business doesn’t have the best reputation. The industry provides merchants with point-of-service devices, so their customers...
GREEN ENERGY: Tomasz Sadowski and Ana Morgan are partners at GETS (Green Energy Tower System), a startup to build solar- and wind-power towers in Rhode Island.
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Towers for clean-energy power

GETS LLC is bringing a new twist to Rhode Island’s clean-energy business.Based in downtown Providence, the fledgling Green Energy Tower System company is being...

2019 Brown Venture Founders award winners named

PROVIDENCE – The Slater Technology Fund and the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University named Kevin Eve and Rishabh Singh as the 2019...
JUSTIN OAKLEY, left, and Michael Vieira, owners of Oakley Home Access LLC, have been awarded the 2019 Rhode Island Small Business Person of the Year award from the U.S. Small Business Administration. / COURTESY OAKLEY HOME ACCESS LLC

SBA announces 2019 Rhode Island Small Business Week Award winners

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island District of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced the 2019 Rhode Island Small Business Week Award winners Wednesday.This year,...
THE NONPROFIT Edesia has been selected to participate in the Spring 2019 Chobani Incubator cohort. Above, a nut butter product from the nonprofit's recently launched U.S. commercial segment, the MeWe brand. / COURTESY EDESIA

Edesia selected to participate in Chobani Incubator

PROVIDENCE – Edesia Inc. was selected to participate in the Chobani Incubator, the organizations announced this week.Edesia was chosen to participate to grow and...
THE DEADLINE to apply for the 2019 Rhode Island Business Competition is April 1.

Deadline to apply for R.I. Business Competition approaches

PROVIDENCE – The deadline to apply for the 2019 Rhode Island Business Competition is 5 p.m. on April 1, the competition organization announced Monday.This...
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