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Cyberattacks too costly to ignore

During any economic crisis a company’s first priority is survival. So, it may be understandable that some businesses started worrying a little less about...
STILL STANDING: Downtowns across the state are hoping to fuel a post-pandemic rebound. Above, Woonsocket Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt and Garrett Mancieri, director of the Downtown Woonsocket Collaborative, in Monument Square. / PBN FILE PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Resilient downtowns eye paths to post-pandemic recovery

Downtowns across the state and nation have been in an almost constant state of reinvention for decades. While not always the recognized center of commerce...
Terri Monjar

ESG should be focal point for all businesses

Increased awareness around climate change, racial and social equity issues and COVID-19 has changed the way that many companies in Rhode Island and elsewhere...

Despite threats, few walk off jobs over vaccines

Are workplace vaccine mandates prompting some employees to quit rather than get a shot? A hospital in Lowville, N.Y., for example, had to shut down...
EXPANSION PLANS: Gerald Carlson, left, owner of Auto Rust Technicians in Cranston, recently spent $500,000 to expand operations and is considering buying more equipment. He’s pictured with manufacturing manager Karr Thang.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

PBN survey: Businesses have adapted, looking beyond pandemic

When the pandemic will end is anyone’s guess, but most Rhode Island business owners believe the worst is behind them, according to results from...

Don’t crowd out pedestrians on sidewalks

Outdoor seating helped save countless restaurants across the state over the past year, including many that didn’t have the space on their properties to...
Bryan Lavin
guest column

R.I.’s business-event tourism needs big boost

While leisure travel has rebounded in 2021, Rhode Island’s business and event tourism continues to struggle. This is troubling since municipalities and the hospitality...

Call to ‘tax the rich’ is a return to U.S. tradition

Demanding tax increases on the rich is back in fashion – both in the corridors of the U.S. House of Representatives and on the...
ODD DECISION: Director Kyra Sedgwick’s film “Space Oddity,” which has been shooting in North Kingstown, has applied for $1.5 million in state tax credits. The state film office recently began asking companies seeking such tax credits not to identify themselves on applications, which are public documents. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FILM & TELEVISION OFFICE

More transparency, accountability needed in state film program

Producers of a feature film being shot in Rhode Island are seeking just over $22 million in state tax credits. But everyone outside of a...

Unlimited PTO good for some, not all

Who wouldn’t love unlimited, paid vacation? Well, certainly some employers would balk at the potential cost or lost production. But as this week’s cover story reports,...

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