Entrepreneurship

NEW MODEL: After working remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Delin Designs CEO Eric Delin, left, and Digital Marketing Director Matt Smith decided not to return to in-office work and to perform all work remotely going forward. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Thriving in a virtual mode

Matthew Smith’s head is always in the world of the web. From website design, development, creative campaigns, landing pages and digital advertisements, Smith is constantly...
POWERFUL PRODUCT: Allyson Cote, CEO and president of Ocean State Shields, and Todd Thomas, chief innovation officer, with their product, sd90, a coating that stops micro-organism growth for up to a year on surfaces. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Startup aiming to ensure microbes stay away

Without making claims specific to the new coronavirus, Ocean State Shields LP says its product – a nontoxic spray-on liquid that disinfects surfaces, including...
DOGGY DAY CARE: Dogtopia co-owners David Giardino, left, and Jennifer Giardino, right, say hello to U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Gretchen Evans and her hearing-service dog, Rusty. The business offers dog day care and boarding services with an emphasis on education, exercise and socialization. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Jennifer and David Giardino

Jennifer and David Giardino Dogtopia | 30 Jefferson Blvd., Warwick The pitch: A day care for dogs that prides itself on cleanliness and safety, offering boarding,...
TACTILE TRAINER: Kevin Davis spent 15 years working as a personal trainer in various gyms before setting out on his own and launching Anchor Fitness LLC in Middletown in September. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Bad injury sparks a passion for trainer

A broken back ended Kevin Davis’ skateboarding career. But the injury also forced the Portsmouth native into a gym, igniting a new passion and the...
RESPONSIBLE CHANGE: The staff at Loft LLC, an industrial design company, has recently pivoted its work to designing and building contactless COVID-19 testing trailers for use by the R.I. National Guard. From left, Jeanette Numbers, co-founder; Nari Shin, designer/textile expert; and Scott Noh, product design. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Loft is designed for innovation

Jeanette Numbers was the rare kind of teenager who knew exactly what she wanted to do professionally. Realizing her interest in industrial design – originally...

A women’s summit to remember

Bryant University’s 2020 Women’s Summit will be remembered as much for persevering in the midst of a pandemic, as for the inspirational speakers and...

Providence launches loan program for micro-business reopening costs

PROVIDENCE – The city has launched a new, low-interest loan program to help small businesses in select parts of Providence with reopening costs, Providence...
WELL-­CONNECTED: Kelley McShane, partner-owner of The Granny Squibb Co. LLC, enjoys the small-state connectivity of doing business in Rhode Island, which makes key players and leaders accessible. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Running an iced tea company is pretty sweet for McShane

Kelley McShane experienced the small-state connectivity of doing business in Rhode Island in the midst of becoming a partner-owner of Providence-based The Granny Squibb...
ONE-MAN GAME: David Rothenberg, owner of A Plus Handyman Services LLC, power-washes a house. The one-man operation offers a range of services, including painting, siding, excavating and sheet-rock installations. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A fast restart for handyman service

David Rothenberg put his 3-month-old business on hold in March when COVID-19 appeared in Rhode Island. Gradually, he began feeling more confident about accepting...
GROWING SALES: David Urban, owner of the Secret Garden, a small floral shop with a garden center in Jamestown, says he tripled sales since he purchased the business by expanding the list of local suppliers and stocking more. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Hardy variety of retailer

In 2008, David Urban, who’d just earned a degree in horticulture from the University of Rhode Island, had one specific desire while in the...

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