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SMOOTHING THE WAY: Jason and Justyne Johnson, pictured with their son Tristan, started Statewide Paving and Patching in Warwick in October.  
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Pavers smooth over lots, driveways following winter wear and tear

In some ways, New England is a paver’s paradise. Frost heaves, potholes and the usual wear and tear of winter are hard on asphalt...

Majewski’s Nexus spurring a ‘cosmic shift’

Business Women Awards 2019 | WOMEN TO WATCH, PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Carrie Majewski, Women in Leadership NexusA NEW YORKER WHO moved to Rhode Island a...
SPIRITED CULTURE: Jennifer Brinton, co-owner of Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island, strives to maintain a family atmosphere and culture at the brewery.
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Family approach includes staff for Grey Sail’s Brinton

Business Women Awards 2019 | HONOREE Jennifer Brinton, Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island“You can’t teach work ethic, but you can model it,” said Jennifer...
VALUABLE EXPERIENCE: Katie Schibler Conn left a marketing position with PlayStation because she wanted to take time off and travel abroad. She says the experience helped her to successfully launch her own marketing firm, KSA Marketing + Partnerships.
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Travel abroad taught Conn to be targeted, intentional when starting a...

Business Women Awards 2019 | HONOREE  Katie Schibler Conn, KSA Marketing + PartnershipsKSA Marketing + Partnerships is, in many ways, all about contrasts.The marketing...
WINNING CONFECTIONS: Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef at Gracie’s restaurant in Providence, was recognized as one of the 50 best new pastry chefs in the nation in 2012 by Food & Wine magazine.
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Pastry chef evolves, with sweet success

Business Women Awards 2019 | HONOREE  Melissa Denmark, Gracie’sBeing a professional chef in Rhode Island is unlike anywhere else, says Melissa Denmark, executive pastry...
ON A MISSION: Minnie Luong, head of kimchi producer Chi Kitchen in Pawtucket, said it’s her mission to educate people about the unique Korean dish made from salted and seasoned fermented vegetables.
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Food entrepreneur finds future by connecting with the past

Business Women Awards 2019 | HONOREE Minnie Luong, Chi KitchenMinnie Luong, head of Chi Kitchen in Pawtucket, came to the United States as a small...
DECISIONS, DECISIONS: Mary Jean Keany, owner of Anamika Design in Newport, looks through swatches for an interior design project. 
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Keany’s put her design firm on growth pattern

Business Women Awards 2019 | INDUSTRY LEADER, CREATIVE SERVICES Mary Jean Keany, Anamika Design LLCFOR INTERIOR DESIGNER Mary Jean Keany, the key to her business...
THE R..I. COMMERCE Corp. approved three Innovation Vouchers Tuesday evening with a combined value of $131,403.

Commerce RI approves three Innovation Vouchers

PROVIDENCE - The R.I. Commerce Corp. board of directors approved three Innovation Vouchers Tuesday evening. The recipients were Rite-Solutions Inc., Tank Vision Inc. and...

Students win $12K in scholarships in Lt. Gov. pitch competition

PROVIDENCE – Nine Rhode Island high school students were awarded $12,000 in postsecondary scholarships in the Lt. Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge pitch competition on Saturday,...
NEW LOOK: The Howes family, owners of R B Howes & Co., which has made treatments for both diesel and gasoline for almost 100 years, with some of their rebranded merchandise. Ownership of the company is being transferred from parents Robert B. Howes, right, and Deborah L. Howes, second from right, to their children Robert B. Howes II, left, and Erika B. Howes.
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Howes about more than diesel

After nearly a century in business, a North Kingstown company that makes and sells lubricants and fuel additives is making changes for the road...
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