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VICTOR CURET (right), owner of Gentleman's Quarters Barbershop, is offering free haircuts to people experiencing financial hardship. / COURTESY VICTOR CURET

Stepping Up: Newport barber offers free haircuts for families in need

NEWPORT – Victor Curet has experienced hardships, but shaggy hair was never one of them. The New York native spent much of his childhood in...
TAKING A LEAP: John H. Chafee Center for International Business Director Mark S. ­Murphy says local companies become healthier and more competitive when they move into international markets. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Chafee Center navigates local businesses through challenging international waters

PBN MANUFACTURING AWARDS 2020 | Manufacturing Champion: John H. Chafee Center for International Business ACROSS FIVE CENTURIES, Rhode Island has been a diligent maker of...
CULTURE CONSULTANT: PINCH LLC Chief Talent Officer Stephanie Chamberlin specializes in talent recruitment, retention and workplace-culture issues for smaller- to medium-sized companies that don’t have their own human resources ­department. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Stephanie Chamberlin helps ease clients’ HR pain with PINCH LLC

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE: Stephanie Chamberlin | PINCH LLC STEPHANIE CHAMBERLIN’S STRENGTHS lie in recruiting and keeping talent, along with building cultures...
CREATIVE CAPITAL: Margaret Hartigan, co-founder and CEO of Marstone Inc., a digital financial platform with offices in Providence, says she chose to base her company in Providence because of the “incredible level of creativity and diversity here.” / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Hartigan fully invested in her fintech firm Marstone Inc.

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE: Margaret Hartigan | Marstone Inc. MARGARET HARTIGAN found a lot to like about Providence. The co-founder and CEO of...
BATTLE AGAINST AIDS: Upward Health National LLC Vice President of Clinical Services Michele Kratz worked at Hahnemann University Hospital in her native Philadelphia at the tail end of the AIDS p andemic when she was 18. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Nursing just the start for Upward Health’s Kratz

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE: Michele Kratz | Upward Health National LLC MICHELE KRATZ is a registered nurse at heart, but she’s done...
FINDING A WAY FORWARD: Victoria Malchar, owner of Malchar Wellness Center, treats Brandon Maced at her Warwick offices, where she and her staff offer a number of coaching and therapy options. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Malchar Wellness Center owner a rebel with a cause

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE: Victoria Malchar | Malchar Wellness Center VICTORIA MALCHAR of Warwick’s Malchar Wellness Center is a chiropractor, sure. But...
A DIFFERENT PATH: Katie McDonald, a self-care strategist who founded and owns bnourished LLC, says her clients are so busy, they don’t take time for self-care and improvement. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Bnourished’s McDonald helps clients be nourished in a crisis

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE: Katie McDonald | bnourished LLC KATIE MCDONALD’S EXECUTIVE CLIENTS span numerous industries, but all have something in common:...
AVID ADVISER: Mary T. O’Sullivan offers coaching services through Encore Executive and Corporate Coaching in North Kingstown, an entity she founded after extensive experience in the corporate world. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

O’Sullivan is well-practiced in corporate coaching

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE: Mary T. O’Sullivan | Encore Executive and Corporate Coaching ALL BUSINESS OWNERS look to stand out from their...
ESSENTIAL SERVICE: Attorney Amy Stratton, who focuses on estate planning and business succession, says clients have sought out the services of her law firm, Moonan, Stratton & Waldman LLP, in these times of uncertainty. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Amy Stratton advising clients through COVID-19 pandemic

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE: Amy Stratton | Moonan, Stratton & Waldman LLP AMY STRATTON, of the Providence law firm Moonan, Stratton &...
VIRTUAL COMPANY: Leonora Valvo, founder and director of Warren-based Swoogo, coordinates a videoconference staff meeting from her computer. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Swoogo’s Valvo learning from real-world challenges

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 ACHIEVEMENT HONOREE: Leonora Valvo | Swoogo SWOOGO FOUNDER LEONORA VALVO believes that we often fall in love with our own...

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