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ONE BIG TOY: After operating her own toy store for seven years, Stella Downie doesn’t see much difference as the owner of several Sky Zone trampoline park franchises in Rhode Island and Massachusetts that also promote fun and play.
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Franchisee: Stella Downie

Stella Downie | Sky Zone LLC | 70 Pawtucket Ave., East ProvidenceThe pitch: Sky Zone is a trampoline park that offers traditional jumping, as...
PEACE OF MIND: Susan Greenhalgh began Mind Your Money, a financial-coaching business based in Providence, in November to help people achieve “financial peace of mind.”
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Never too late to learn how to manage money

Has anyone ever told you, “Mind your own business”? Well, it’s Susan Greenhalgh’s business to “Mind Your Money.”That’s the name of her new financial-coaching...
EXECUTIVE RECRUITMENT: Management Search employs a dozen people and is hired by companies to recruit executives. From left, Kelly Bowen, vice president of client development; Carol Judge, partner; Stephen E. Judge, president; and Michael Schlaker, partner.
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Matchmaker finds corporate leaders

When a company wants to hire an executive, sometimes it needs a hired gun to reach out and find the right people. That’s where...
JUAN CARLOS PAYERO has been named Newport program director for Social Greenhouse Enterprise. / COURTESY SOCIAL GREENHOUSE ENTERPRISE

Payero named Newport program director for SEG

NEWPORT – Juan Carlos Payero has been named Social Greenhouse Enterprise Newport program director, the organization announced Wednesday.Payero most recently served as the student...
MESSY PLAY: Michelle Sweet opened Make a Mess, a messy play space for young kids, six months ago in North Kingstown. She has a number of fun stations featuring water beads, kinetic sand and homemade play dough.
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Where making messes is part of the fun

Michelle Sweet knows that play dough, paint, sand, mud and lots of other squishy, wet, grainy and colorful things are irresistible for most kids.The...
THE DEADLINE to apply for the 2019 Get Started Rhode Is;and pitch competition is June 15.

Deadline to apply for Get Started Rhode Island approaches

PROVIDENCE – The deadline to apply for the 2019 Get Started Rhode Island pitch competition sponsored by Cox Business is June 15, the Rhode...
ROOM TO GROW: The Egis Group recently relocated from Providence to its own building in Warwick, and is expanding. From left, Corey Finkelman, director of marketing; Alex Finkelman, vice president; and Roy Finkelman, president.
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New home for niche insurer The Egis Group

A decade of growth inspired a bold move this year for Finkelman Insurance Inc. The family-owned insurance agency, doing business as The Egis Group,...
SPEAKING OUT: Connie Donnelly, an organizer of Concerned Citizens of Capital Center, wants all citizens to be heard on Providence mass-transit plans.
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A voice for all on city traffic

Concerned Citizens of Capital Center LLC was created in the past year for a specific purpose: making sure the interests of tenants and owners...

Free coffee for data smart business

New Haven, Conn., where I work, is angrily abuzz over the opening of a new café that serves only those with a college ID....
EXPANDED OPERATION: Newport Vineyards co-owner John Nunes, right, works on a batch of Vineyard Pilsner with Kevin Beachem of Taproot Brewing. The brewery was added to the vineyard as part of a $4 million renovation and expansion.
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Vineyard renovation, expansion results in rapid growth

Aquidneck Island isn’t exactly wine country, but don’t tell the Nunes brothers.The way their vineyard business has grown, they’ve re-created a piece of California’s...
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