Entrepreneurship

MassChallenge Rhode Island announces 2020 cohort

PROVIDENCE – A new cohort of startup businesses in MassChallenge Rhode Island’s 2020 program was announced Tuesday. The group consists of 30 early-stage startups selected...

Globe: Upserve faces criticism from restaurant customers for new fees

BOSTON – A Providence-based restaurant management software company has come under fire for increasing fees to customers without their knowledge, The Boston Globe reported. The...

Get Started Rhode Island pitch contest goes virtual for first time

PROVIDENCE – Cox Business is holding its eighth annual Get Started Rhode Island pitch competition online this year due to the novel coronavirus. This is...
NEW DESIGN: 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 National Guard. From left, Scott Noh, product design; Jeanette Numbers, co-founder; Nari Shin, designer/textile specialist. In the background is David Baker, director of engineering. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Startup shake-up: Entrepreneurs scramble to revamp business plans

Like many college seniors, biomedical student Abbie Kohler and engineering student Greg Fine were disheartened to have their final semester suddenly cut short and...

Embrace pandemic challenges

We’ve all heard the proverb, “Necessity is the mother of invention.” In business rarely does it ring truer than in a financial crisis. The COVID-19...
NO STING: Beeline Loans Inc. co-owners Nicholas Liuzza, CEO, and Jessica Kennedy, general counselor, aim to simplify the home mortgage process by allowing people to complete it online. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Beeline Loans trying to make mortgages process simpler

Getting a home mortgage shouldn’t be painful. That’s the premise of a new mortgage company, Beeline Loans Inc., which recently opened in Providence. Launched in February...
DIVERSIFIED: Kevin Sheahan, left, and David Sheahan are the owners of Sheahan Printing in Woonsocket, a multigenerational, family-owned printing company that has transitioned to making face shields. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Woonsocket printer displays new COVID-19-inspired skill

For three generations, Sheahan Printing Corp. has ­focused on the commercial printing needs of its business and nonprofit customers, everything from rack cards and...

Stepping Up: Upserve offers free online ordering software for restaurants

PROVIDENCE – Sheryl Hoskins has spent the last two decades in software IT, including her current role as CEO of Providence-based restaurant management software...
RESILIENT ­LEADER: Christopher Sanford, a U.S. Navy veteran and owner of a PuroClean Disaster Restoration Services LLC franchise in Warwick, works on the site of a moisture and mold mitigation job in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Veteran business owners put to test by COVID-19

In many ways, it’s been business as usual for Christopher Sanford. Solving front-line problems at work and in the military is second nature for the...
SLATER TECHNOLOGY FUND has closed on a special purpose vehicle for the company HappyNest Inc., bringing private investment to the company.

Slater fund closes on private investment vehicle for HappyNest

PROVIDENCE – Slater Technology Fund on Monday said it closed on a special-purpose vehicle for HappyNest Inc., a technology-enabled laundry pickup and delivery service. The...

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