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THE RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS PLAN Competition 2018 is now accepting applications.

R.I. Business Plan Competition accepting applications

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Business Plan Competition 2018 is now accepting applications, the organization announced this week.The organization also announced it will be...
RHODE ISLAND ranked No. 34 for women entrepreneurs and No. 2 in New England. / COURTESY FITSMALLBUSINESS.COM

Report: R.I. ranks No. 34 in nation for women-owned firms, 2nd...

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island ranked No. 34 in the nation and second in New England in a report on the best states for women...
TWO HOPE & MAIN members took home accolades from the 2018 Good Food Awards in San Francisco.

Two Hope & Main members win national 2018 Good Food Awards

WARREN – Two Hope & Main member companies, SanoBe Superfoods and Halvah Heaven, have earned 2018 Good Food Awards, Hope & Main announced Friday.Hope...
FOURTEEN PERCENT of the ownership of Custom Coffee Company in Middletown has been transferred to employees as of Thursday. / COURTESY BOB MASTIN

Middletown coffeehouse sells shares to employees

MIDDLETOWN - After one year, 14 percent of the ownership of Middletown-based Custom Coffee Co. has transitioned to 14 of its 21 part-time and...
ACCLAIMED ARCHITECTURE: Aaron Forrest and Yasmin Vobis are the founders of Ultramoderne LLC, a Providence architectural firm that has recently won acclaim for one of its projects, a kiosk station called Chicago Horizon in Chicago. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Ultramoderne breaking design barriers

Ultramoderne LLC specializes in inventive solutions for public spaces. In three years, the architectural-services company based in Providence has built a name in designing...
BRAND-FOCUSED: From left, friends Patsy Culp, Brittanny Taylor and Olivia Rodrigues launched Providence-based consultant The ­Branding Edit to assist young companies with their branding, with a focus on women-owned companies. / COURTESY THE BRANDING EDIT

Shaping the right message

Entrepreneurs sometimes are so focused on the product, the service, that they neglect the brand. That’s where a consultant, such as The Branding Edit,...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO has proposed 15 new cuts to what she called duplicative and unnecessary fees and procedures for several small business sectors. /PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

Raimondo proposes eliminating certain fees and procedures for small businesses

PROVIDENCE – In addition to the previously announced $500,000 proposed increase to small business loans to double the number of small loans in the...
SOCIAL ENTERPRISE GREENHOUSE has named the 14 social ventures that are taking part in its 2018 SEG Impact Accelerator.

SEG Impact Accelerator announces 2018 cohort

PROVIDENCE – Fourteen social enterprise participants will comprise the 2018 Social Enterprise Greenhouse Impact Accelerator cohort, which begins on Jan. 23, SEG announced this...
GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO's proposed budget included $20.9 million more for economic development initiatives, including specific programs intended to attract employers to the state. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELI SHERMAN

Budget recommends $21M in economic incentives

PROVIDENCE – The budget for state economic development incentives will shift somewhat in the upcoming fiscal year, under the budget introduced this week by...
The Burgundian, a Warren-based specialty waffle company, will launch a Kickstarter campaign on Friday, Jan. 19 to fund the renovation of a double decker bus into a mobile cafe and kitchen./ PHOTO COURTESY THE BURGUNDIAN

Warren-based waffle company launches Kickstarter for bus café

PROVIDENCE – The Burgundian, a specialty waffle company based out Hope & Main’s Warren kitchen, launched a $30,000 Kickstarter campaign Friday to finance the...
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