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EVOLVING BUSINESS: Wayne R. Blatchley, owner of Pawtucket-based Fuzion Design, speaks with Esther Tseng, associate
creative director. The company was launched 10 years ago and focuses on brand-driven design, digital services and packaging. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Crafting looks that sell

After working in product design for large companies for several years, Wayne R. Blatchley 10 years ago decided to head out on his own...
A SIGNIFICANT BOOST: Small businesses such as MIKEL, headed by President Kelly Mendell, right (with Dave Lambert, engineer and program manager), who was named Rhode Island’s Small Business Person of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration, employ more than half of all private-sector workers in the state.  / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Healthy small businesses mean a healthy R.I. economy

We are near the end of National Small Business Week, a celebration of those businesses that form an important, one might say essential, backbone...
THE GRANNY SQUIBB Company LLC has has two new partner owners, Nick Carr and Kelley McShane. / COURTESY GRANNY SQUIB COMPANY

Granny Squibb Co. announces new partnership

PROVIDENCE — Eleven years after founding The Granny Squibb Co. LLC, owner Robin Squibb announced Tuesday the company is adding as ownership partners Nick...
THE SMALL BUSINESS Administration has released its latest state profiles. / COURTESY SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

More small-business firms, employees reported by latest SBA R.I. profile

PROVIDENCE - More than half, 52.7 percent, or 224,254 individuals, of the state's workforce was employed at 99,821 small businesses operating in the state...
NAAN AMERICANS placed first in its pitch contest held last week, earning the company a $1,000 award. / COURTESY EFORALL SOUTH COAST

EforAll South Coast announces most recent pitch contest winners

FALL RIVER – EforAll South Coast announced the three winners of its most recent pitch contest Monday, the second such contest this year.The event...
HUSBAND AND WIFE TEAM Daniel Kamil and Emily Steffian, co-owners of the Cable Car Cinema and Café in Providence, announced the business close on May 27. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Cable Car Cinema to close May 27

PROVIDENCE – Owners of the Cable Car Cinema, a Providence-based independent movie theater, announced the business will close on May 27 on a Facebook...
THE SOUTHCOAST CHAMBER has announced twelve finalists for its four 2018 Apex Awards.

SouthCoast Chamber announces 2018 Apex Awards finalists

NEW BEDFORD – The SouthCoast Chamber announced its 2018 Apex Business of the Year Awards finalists Thursday.The awards will honor organizations in four categories:...
ARTISTIC TOUCH: Rhode Island School of Design alumna Julia Sullivan is the owner of Providence-based RA HA Jewelry. She describes her earrings, below, as “art for your ears.” / PBN PHOTOS/MICHAEL SALERNO

RA HA earrings make you look

Julia Sullivan, owner of Providence-based design and production company RA HA Jewelry, calls her earrings “art for your ears.”Citing artistic influences from Picasso to...
AWARD-WINNING DESIGNERS: Gordon and Laura Moss are the married co-owners of Functional Aesthetic Design±Build, a design and build company in Providence that was recently awarded a DESIGNxRI Providence Design Catalyst award. / PBN PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Building on their passion

Long before they’d met, Laura and Gordon Moss both had a passion for architecture.The married co-owners of Providence-based Functional Aesthetic Design±Build LLC pursued their...
SIX FINALISTS have been named in the 2018 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition.

2018 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition announces 6 finalists

PROVIDENCE – Six finalists for the Rhode Island Business Plan Competition were announced Thursday. The finalists were chosen from 14 semi-finalists, which had been chosen from...
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