Entrepreneurship

SEG announces new Health & Wellness Accelerator cohort

PROVIDENCE – Social Enterprise Greenhouse named a new cohort of 12 social ventures from Rhode Island and Massachusetts in the organization’s Health and Wellness...
SKIN CARE: Aesthetician Pamela Auger is the founder of Myskincaregirl LLC. The company markets a tool Auger created that simultaneously exfoliates, cleanses and massages skin.
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Brush away skin blemishes

As an aesthetician, Pamela Auger spent years working on skin issues with burn victims, plastic-surgery patients and spa clients.As a nurse, she gained an...
HEMP FARMER: Mike Simpson is a co-founder and the CEO of Lovewell Farms, one of Rhode Island’s first industrial hemp farms, with about 4,000 hemp plants growing on slightly less than 2 acres split between fields in Exeter and Richmond.
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Lovewell eyes hemp harvest

(Updates fourth paragraph to add co-founder group and that Angel is no longer with the company.)With Lovewell Farms’ first hemp harvest this fall, the...
FLOOR PLANS: INSPIRE Environmental CEO Drew Carey, left, talks with Ben Taylor, a geographic information system specialist, at their Newport office. The company gathers imagery and data about the seafloor. Taylor creates visual representations of that information.
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Painting a detailed picture of the sea floor

2019 PBN Innovative Companies: Environment INSPIRE EnvironmentalFEW PEOPLE EVER SEE the ocean bottom, but plenty of businesses and government agencies need to know what’s going...
PLANNING AHEAD: Nate Fiske, right, Case Snow Management Inc. regional director of operations, and shop foreman Ken Maynard equip one of the company’s trucks with a tablet loaded with Case’s management software.
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Case taking industry by storm

2019 PBN Fastest Growing Companies: $25m - $75M 1. Case Snow Management Inc.CEO (or equivalent): Jason Case 2018 Revenue: $42,241,933 2016 Revenue: $19,955,219 Revenue growth: 111.7%WHEN WINTER...

A business built on solid foundation

2019 PBN Fastest Growing Companies: $250,000 to $5M 5. Building Enclosure Science LLCCEO (or equivalent): Michael E. Kenney, co-founder, co-owner and president; Charles Antone, co-founder...
THE FINALISTS of Cox Business' Get Started Rhode Island pitch competition have been announced. / COURTESY COX BUSINESS/PAMELA BHATIA

Get Started RI finalists named

PROVIDENCE – The finalists for Cox Business’ Get Started Rhode Island pitch competition were announced this week.Six startups will pitch their idea at a...
ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT: Sean Sullivan, franchisee owner of Jersey Mike’s Subs, says he always had an “entrepreneurial spirit” and wanted to go into business for himself. In 2006, he purchased the North Providence franchise, and subsequently bought franchises in Warwick and Raynham.
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Franchisee: Sean Sullivan

Sean Sullivan | Jersey Mike’s Subs | North Providence, Raynham and two locations in WarwickThe pitch: Jersey Mike’s Subs offers sliced and grilled sub...
RAISING AND SECURING SEED MONEY currently is the primary goal of Providence-based Octane Venture Labs, a new "pre-seed" venture capital fund. /BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/SCOTT ELLS

Providence venture capital startup targets Boston-to-New York corridor

PROVIDENCE – The small but growing community of local firms and organizations devoted to supporting promising entrepreneurs has a new member: Octane Venture Labs.The...
E. ELIZABETH CARTER has been appointed executive director of the Rhode Island Business Competition. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS COMPETITION

Carter succeeds Lowy at Rhode Island Business Competition

PROVIDENCE – E. Elizabeth Carter has been named the executive director of Rhode Island Business Competition, the organization announced Wednesday.Carter succeeds Peter Lowy, who...
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