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Entrepreneurship

Freelancing’s fitful rise in the jobs landscape

I recently checked into a hotel on the outskirts of Lexington, Ky. I wanted to have dinner downtown but I had already driven for...
DILIGENT DUO: From left, sisters Gail Almeida Parella and Lisa Almeida Sienkiewicz in their store, Gil’s Appliances in Bristol. The two have worked to modernize the store and make it an integral part of the community. 
 / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Sister team works Gil’s Appliances into a modern community niche

Business Excellence Awards 2018 Excellence at a women-owned business: Gil’s AppliancesSisters Gail Almeida Parella and Lisa Almeida Sienkiewicz take pride in the fact that...
FOCUSED ON CUSTOMER SUCCESS: From left, Daniel Mercado, digital printing tech, and Renaud Megard, CEO, consult on a printing job in the design studio at Namplates For Industry Corp. in New Bedford.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Megard weaves three companies into NFI to achieve growing success

Business Excellence Awards 2018 Excellence in entrepreneurship: Renaud Megard president & CEO, Nampelates for Industry Corp.Renaud Megard is skilled at recognizing opportunity and making...
FAMILY MEETING: Marc Perlman, left, speaks during a recent Ocean State Job Lot owners meeting at the company’s North Kingstown headquarters. Also attending are, from left, John Conforti, Richard Portno, Alan Perlman and Steve Aronow.
 / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Ocean State Job Lot families foster workforce community culture

Business Excellence Awards 2018 Excellence at a family-owned business: Ocean State Job LotWith an office in China and 133 stores in New England, it may...

Publisher’s Letter

Leaders in today’s business world are required to master skills across many disciplines. But perhaps none is so important as the ability to build...
MARK S. HAYWARD, the Rhode Island district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, said the SBA is celebrating National Veterans Small Business Week with a series of free seminars around the state this week. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

SBA hosts free small-business seminars all week

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting a series of small-business seminars around Rhode Island this week to celebrate National Veterans Small...
FOCUSED SERVICE: Maria and Ed Passarelli, franchise owners of Sport Clips Haircuts, a hair-cutting business for men, with locations in Warwick and Lincoln. In the background are, from left, Charly Rose Stanton and Vanessa Glaude, stylists, and Sarah Cloutier, manager, at the Warwick location.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Ed and Maria Passarelli

Ed and Maria Passarelli Sport Clips Haircuts 618 George Washington Highway, Lincoln; 1500 Bald Hill Road, Unit 1C, WarwickThe pitch: Sport Clips Haircuts offers haircuts for...
WINNING CONFECTIONS: Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef at Gracie’s restaurant in Providence, was recognized as one of the 50 best new pastry chefs in the nation in 2012 by Food & Wine magazine. / PBN PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

Pastry chef evolves, with sweet success

Being a professional chef in Rhode Island, says Melissa Denmark, executive pastry chef at Gracie’s restaurant in Providence, is unlike anywhere else. It’s mutually...
CAPTIVE AUDIENCE: Kevin Breene, owner of Breene Hollow Farm in West Greenwich, is the winner of the 2018 Outstanding Rhode Island Dairy Farm award, presented by the R.I. Department of Environmental Management. Breene has Jersey cows (brown), Holsteins (black and white) and Ayrshire cows (reddish brown). / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Breene dairy farm ‘way of life‘

Since he bought his first calf at the age of 7, Kevin Breene knew he wanted to be a dairy farmer.Now 62, Breene is...

Support for startups is the surest way to build R.I.’s future

At times, the sheer volume of startup accelerator graduates can overwhelm the senses. What’s one more among this sea of startups? Yet that is...
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