Entrepreneurship

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT: Mari Anne Snow is the president and founder of Sophaya. The company provides leadership training for executives and companies that have remote employees.  
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Sophaya training remote workers

Any number of companies can help a small or large business with technology needs. But a business that helps them manage the employees working...
DECEMBER 2018's Current Conditions Index was measured at 50 - a 17-point decline from November and a 33-point decline year over year. The data was released Monday in the latest report from University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

A drop from Nov., but CCI closes 2018 in neutral territory

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After a double-digit climb in November, the December 2018 Current Conditions Index fell 17 points to a value of 50, according...
ENTREPRENEUR AT HEART: Matt Rusconi, second from left, franchise owner of Moe’s Southwest Grill in East Providence, with, from left, Remon Gergis, director of operations; Alyssa Hawksley, shift lead; and Gail Brisson, general manager, as the team prepares food.                                                                                     /   PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Matt Rusconi

Matt Rusconi | Moe’s Southwest Grill | East Providence, South Kingstown and WarwickThe Pitch: Moe’s Southwest Grill offers an extensive menu of Mexican food,...
SPEECH PREP: Sree Dasari, a student at La Salle Academy in Providence, has started her own business. She is designing an app that uses virtual reality scenarios to help people work on their public-speaking skills.
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Easing the anxiety of public speaking

For Sree Dasari, 17 isn’t too young to be an entrepreneur.The La Salle Academy student last year founded Vadati VR to eventually produce an...
THE SBA is accepting applications in Rhode Island for its Emerging Leaders program.

SBA calls for Emerging Leaders program applicants in R.I.

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration Rhode Island District office is calling for applicants for its Emerging Leaders program, which provides business leaders...
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PBN on WJAR-TV, Feb. 4, 2019

Even in good times, R.I. gallery owners are anxious. Would better marketing of tax-free exemption help?Every week, PBN Editor Mark S. Murphy appears on...
CHALLENGING WORK: Josef Blazar, co-owner and vice president of sales at YJ Contemporary Fine Art in East Greenwich, said the industry’s general dependence on a strong economy and creating customer awareness are the biggest challenges to increasing sales. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Even in good times, R.I. gallery owners are anxious. Would better...

On a late December afternoon, the 30,000 square feet of wall space at YJ Contemporary Fine Art displayed a spectrum of works by local...
PASSIONATE BREWER: Morgan Snyder Jr., center, is co-owner of Buttonwoods Craft Brewing. Snyder has worked in the brewing industry, including home brewing, since graduating college in 2011. Adam Henderson of East Providence tastes the “30 Is The New 40” double IPA. At left is bartender Jennie Paquin. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Neighborhood born, brewed

In one year, Buttonwoods Craft Brewing LLC has grown from a Kickstarter campaign to an employer of seven.Co-owner Morgan Snyder Jr. opened the Cranston-based...
FILLING A NEED: Vennicia Kingston, owner of Eagle Eye Properties in Providence, said the goal of her business is to purchase abandoned buildings and complete needed construction to return them to code to house families in need. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Eye on property clean up

It was an on-the-job injury that led Vennicia Kingston to entrepreneurship.“I lost the sight in my left eye,” she said of the injury that...
HOPE HOPKINS has been appointed program director of MassChallenge Rhode Island. The organization is now accepting applications for its 2019 accelerator program. / COURTESY MASSCHALLENGE

Hopkins named program director of MassChallenge Rhode Island, program accepting 2019...

PROVIDENCE – Hope Hopkins has been named program director of MassChallenge Rhode Island, the organization announced last week.Hopkins joins MassChallenge having most recently served...
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