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PBN on WJAR-TV, March 18, 2019

New players are disrupting a host of traditional services. While bad for some R.I. entrepreneurs, others cash in.Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy...
FILLING A NEED: Joshua Ellison, right, founder of Edge and End, with employee Jason Harritos, oversees an enterprise that helps people with developmental disabilities to have work experiences and hopefully employment through woodworking.
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Edge & End uses woodworking as a tool to help disadvantaged...

Joshua Ellison, the son of Pawtucket-based Lorimer Studios LLC’s founder, cites an “interesting serendipity” as the inspiration behind Edge & End LLC, founded in...
A BETTER WAY: Capital Good Fund founder and CEO Andy Posner, left, discusses strategies to help clients understand and deal with personal finance issues with loan officers Ellie Parada, center, and Roxana ­Mercado. 
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Capital Good Fund finds success helping those who need it most

A decade ago, a Brown University graduate student hatched an idea to help Rhode Islanders with low incomes deal with the difficult financial realities...

Disruption hurts but is good for R.I.

While you may not be familiar with Joseph Schumpeter, we all are familiar with the economic forces he recognized and gave a name to.“Creative...
MIX IT UP: Chi Foods CEO Minnie Luong stirs the ingredients for a fresh batch of kimchi in the company’s kitchen.
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RUPERT WHITELEY

Chi Foods develops recipe for success

Chi Foods LLC  Emerging Manufacturer | 2019 Manufacturing AwardsMinnie Luong was living in a Cambridge, Mass., apartment a few years ago when she decided...
CUTTING-EDGE CLOTHES: Response Technologies President Ed Bard, left, and CEO David Pettey display a garment made using the company’s 3D textile process, which required no cutting or sewing. Produced for the U.S. Navy, the garment could be made to be fire-resistant and embedded with smart features.
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Response Technologies’ innovation is fueled by flexibility

Response Technologies LLC Product Innovation & Design | 2019 Manufacturing AwardsWhen David Pettey and Ed Bard founded Response Technologies LLC four years ago, they had...
FORMALLY PLACED FIRST in the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University's Venture Prize pitch contest. Above, from left to right, pitch team members Benjamin Murphy, Diane Mukato, Amelie Vavrosky and Noah Picard. / COURTESY BROWN UNIVERSITY

Brown Venture Prize awards $50K to top three pitches

PROVIDENCE – The Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University has announced the winners of its second annual Venture Prize pitch contest held Wednesday...
FAMILY TRUCKERS: Commodity Haulers Express is a regional truckload transportation company based at Quonset Business Park. From left, Dan Izzi, James Izzi Jr., their dad, James Izzi, and his brother Robert P. Izzi, the business’s founder and owner.
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Have cargo, will travel

Water, coffee and rolls of newsprint have combined to create a strong business for a Rhode Island trucking family.Commodity Haulers Express Inc., owned by...
SUCCESSION CONSULTANT: Janice DiPietro, CEO of Exceptional Leaders International, is a consultant on succession for family-owned businesses. She recommends ownership changes be planned several years in advance. 
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Communicate intent in succession planning to avoid family rifts

The transition of ownership in a family-owned small business doesn’t have to be stressful and emotional, but it can quickly tip in that direction...
RAPID RESPONSE: Sejal Patel, foreground, co-owns the new Firehouse Subs franchise in Cranston. She’s pictured with Alicia Martinelli, shift leader, and Sovannara Keo, crew member, in the background. The business collects donations for grants awarded to police and fire departments.
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Franchisee: Sejal and Harsh Patel

Sejal and Harsh Patel | Firehouse Subs | 1000 Chapel View Blvd., Suite 108, CranstonThe pitch: Firehouse Subs makes and sells sub sandwiches and...
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