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A 16-POINT INCREASE was measured in the November 2018 CCI compared to the October 2018 figure. However, the latest data still represents a 34-point decrease year over year when compared to November 2017. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

CCI increases in Nov., but signs point to “weakening” economy

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Characterizing November’s performance as a “reprieve” from October's results, University of Rhode Island Economist Leonard Lardaro announced the November Rhode Island...
CREATIVE MIND: Alison Van Hemelrijck, owner of Rijck Leather, in her studio at Shady Lea Mill in North Kingstown. Van Hemelrijck previously worked in fashion design in California before switching gears to become a leather-goods manufacturer. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Rijck Leather easy to identify with

A 2007 University of Rhode Island graduate, Alison Van Hemelrijck escaped the cold of New England for a career in fashion in Los Angeles....
STEEL STRAWS: Brooke Finocchiaro is seated at The Nitro Bar in Providence that is owned and operated by her sister Audrey Finocchiaro. After working there for three months and being fed up with how much plastic gets used and then becomes litter, Brooke Finocchiaro started Stop Sucking RI, which sells stainless steel straws. / COURTESY STOP SUCKING RI/ALEX BRENNAN

The last straw in fight vs. plastic litter

After nearly three months working at her older sister’s coffee shop, The Nitro Bar in Providence’s West End, Brooke Finocchiaro was fed up with...

Newport business incubator lands marine-tech firm

NEWPORT – Inspire Environmental, which specializes in environmental assessments and seafloor mapping, will relocate to a new business incubator expected to open this winter...

RIBBA offering loans, technical services to minority entrepreneurs

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Black Business Association is calling upon all “young minority entrepreneurs” to make a pitch for a $3,000 business loan...

Newport business incubator lands marine-tech firm

NEWPORT – Inspire Environmental, a Middletown firm specializing in environmental assessments and seafloor mapping, will relocate to a new business incubator expected to open...
PROVIDENCE RANKED No. 44 on Inc.'s Surge Cities report, calling the Creative Capital one of the best cities in the United States to start a business. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ARTISTIC IMAGES

Providence ranks among top cities to start a business by Inc.

PROVIDENCE – The Creative Capital ranked the No. 44 best city in the United States to start a business, according to a new ranking...
Prior to founding Biograph Venture Development roughly a year ago, Richard G. Horan led the publicly funded, nonprofit venture capital Slater Technology Fund. Now he looks to concentrate on Rhode Island’s life sciences and biotechnology sectors with Biograph.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

If innovation is desired, then sustained commitment is needed

Richard G. Horan | Biograph Venture Development LLC founder and principal The critical inputs to building an innovation economy are said to include talent, technology...
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Food trucks find niche

“To me, food trucks are the old town square!” said Eric Weiner. He can tell you how many trucks serve food in virtually any...
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Touch of honey in the tub

If life gets so busy and scheduled that you only get 20 minutes a day to yourself, make them count. Bubble Bee Soapery, a new...
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