Entrepreneurship

Aidan Petrie, left, and Stephen Lane, co-founders of Item Group, have grown the  company so much that a new financial structure is now needed. /

BDCRI provides loan to Item to prepare for growth

Item Group’s revenue has grown by more than 50 percent annually for the last two years, and company executives expect the growth to continue...
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Newport’s lessons for the Bahamas

A 15-person Bahamian group visited Rhode Island from Aug. 7 to Aug. 12 as part of the U.S. National Guard State Partnership Program. As Keith...

12 do’s and don’ts with cold calls

Dear Dan: Cold calling has been a valuable part of the sales mix for our young company, but lately we’ve had less success. Can...

Island trust looks to preserve farms

The line of five wooden Holstein cows facing north and five wooden Belted Galloway beef cattle facing south on North Main Street in Jamestown...
April Williams McCrory started North Star Marketing as a more flexible alternative to a corporate job. She has grown it into a successful business by constantly innovating and by promoting teamwork. /

Small firm’s best ideas have started<br> as ways to reach its...

April Williams McCrory started North Star Marketing Inc. with a computer, a phone and a few credit cards, which she maxed out to finance...
JOHN OLIVER, left, vice president of R&D at NABsys, has been awarded a federal grant for his genome sequencing work. At right is NABsys President and CEO Barrett Bready. /

NIH money to support better gene sequencing

Two researchers affiliated with a Providence-based life sciences startup were recently awarded prestigious grants for their work to develop a widely affordable method of...
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Wineries make themselves destinations

When Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth started producing wine under its own label in the 1990s, owner Nancy Parker Wilson made an unsettling discovery. It wasn’t...
BILL HANNEY, the new owner of the Theatre By The Sea in Matunuck, has decided to turn it into a nonprofit so it can better raise funds to secure its future. The 500-seat theater had been closed for four years before reopening this month. /

Local institutions find it’s too hard<br> to try to make it...

Rhode Island audiences have many choices when it comes to small professional theaters: There are at least 10 scattered across the state, from Providence...

BankFive joins SBA program for military personnel

FALL RIVER - BankFive has been designated an authorized lender for the U.S. Small Business Administration's Patriot Express Loan program, designed to help veterans...

FarSounder scores yacht security system contract

WARWICK - FarSounder Inc., a sonar technology company, is teaming with Los Angeles-based Strategically Armored and Fortified Environments to provide advanced underwater sonar technology...
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