ONE-ON-ONE: Rebecca Johnson, franchise owner of Sylvan Learning Center in Coventry, meets one-on-one with Caden Reis, 8, of Coventry. Johnson began working under previous franchise owner Gail Tuominen before taking over two franchise locations, in Coventry and Cumberland.

Franchisee: Rebecca Johnson

Rebecca Johnson | Sylvan Learning Centers | Coventry and CumberlandThe pitch: Sylvan Learning Centers, as a company, has operated for 40 years providing supplemental...
MANAGING PARTNERS: Cameron & Mittleman attorneys and managing partners, from left, Robert A. Migliaccio, Lynn E. ­Riley and Scott F. Bielecki converse at the Providence law firm. The firm has expanded practice areas as it added attorneys.  

Firm’s expertise grows with practice

Cameron & Mittleman LLP is one of Providence’s long-established, midsized law firms.Its areas of focus have grown with the practice. They include: corporate and...
FOOD CO-OP: From left, Erb Reinert, bulk and wellness buyer; Jacqueline Sophia, finance manager; Leah Costa, customer service manager; and Jesse Cardarelli, produce manager, are pictured at the newly opened Urban Greens Co-op Market in Providence.

Invested in market’s success

The new Urban Greens Co-op Market in Providence’s West End is bringing a democratic approach to food shopping.After several years of “grassroots” planning, the...
THE SBA and the Newport County Chamber of Commerce announced a partnership to hold monthly business workshops at Innovate Newport.

SBA and Newport Chamber sign agreement to host business workshops

NEWPORT – The U.S. Small Business Administration and the Newport County Chamber of Commerce have signed a co-sponsorship deal to hold monthly workshops for...
DOG TRAINING: Cassandra Birocco, owner of K9 Connection in Warwick,, which serves about 150 people with their dogs per week and at least 30 dogs per night. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

K9 connects pups, owners

Perhaps it’s to be expected that a dog-training business would prioritize loyalty.Along with the closer relationships that K9 Connections has helped forge between people...
STUFFED QUAHOGS: Cheryl Ursillo, founder and CEO of Grace’s Stuffies, makes gourmet stuffed quahogs using her mother’s recipe.

Stuffies like mom made them

When Cheryl Ursillo began trying to market her gourmet stuffed quahogs, she didn’t encounter much difficulty convincing retailers to carry them.The hard part was...
NONDAIRY: Jacob Conway, left, and Kevin Eve are co-founders and owners of Uproot, which provides dispensers for plant-based milks, now available at the Brown University cafeteria, Johnson & Wales University and other locations.

Milk for all tastes, diets

The inspiration for Uproot Inc., a plant-based milk company founded by Brown University graduates, started with disappointment at the choice in the school’s cafeteria.Kevin...
LABOR OF LOVE: Jordan Ford, left, and Darin Wildenstein are co-owners of Jordan’s Jungle, a plant store and nursery occupying 4,000 square feet in a former jewelry plant in Pawtucket. 

Jordan’s Jungle where the hard-to-find grow

A business of 5,000 plants, aptly named Jordan’s Jungle, began with a single orchid.Located in a Pawtucket mill, the business is popular with clients...

SBA accepting applications to train service-disabled veteran entrepreneurs

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration is accepting applications from nonprofits, state and local agencies, and higher learning institutions to compete for up...

Trump funds pilot program for military veteran small-business owners

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration is partnering with the Veteran Entrepreneurial Training and Resource Network to establish a pilot training program for...
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