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R.I. ATTORNEY GENERAL Peter F. Neronha announced Tuesday that 19 contractors are facing charges for not complying with a final order from the R.I. Contractors' Registration and Licensing Board involving poor construction work. / COURTESY OFFICE OF THE R.I. ATTORNEY GENERAL

19 contractors charged for failing to comply with CRLB order involving...

PROVIDENCE – Nineteen total contractors are facing charges for failing to comply with a final order from the R.I. Contractors’ Registration and Licensing Board...
Don Nokes is a 40-year veteran of the information technology industry. He founded NetCenergy in 2003 with Dan Charland. In 2016, with their team of 35 employees, they reengineered their business model, catering to professional services and medical providers. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Letting go

Don Nokes | NetCenergy LLC co-founder and president As business leaders or managers, many of us have experienced positive business growth and refinement of our...
LEADERSHIP CHANGE: Joseph D’Alesio, left, president and chief operating officer, and Frank Romeo, CEO, recently took on new roles at BETA Group in Lincoln. The planning firm has lent engineering, construction, design and other services to numerous infrastructure projects throughout Rhode Island and New England. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

BETA Group has engineered a change

One year after moving into a more spacious building, BETA Group Inc. is absorbing another change that became official at the start of 2020. The...
THE OCEAN HOUSE and its restaurant, COAST, were each given the 2020 AAA Five Diamond designation for lodging and dining, respectively, AAA Northeast announced Wednesday. / COURTESY THE OCEAN HOUSE

Ocean House, COAST restaurant receive AAA’s Five Diamond designation

PROVIDENCE – The Ocean House and COAST restaurant each received the 2020 AAA Five Diamond Rating, AAA Northeast announced Wednesday. The 72-room hotel, which first received...
STEADY GROWTH: Nancy Parker Wilson, owner of Greenvale Vineyard in Portsmouth, with her son Bill Wilson, the operations manager. Parker Wilson says the vineyard has seen steady growth in its seasonal tasting and events business, a function of increasing interest in agritourism and the “eat local” movement. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

PBN survey: In election year, more R.I. companies say no to...

Rhode Island businesspeople have revived their optimism about the future of the state economy, but they appear reluctant to back up their improved outlook...
Thorne Sparkman joined Slater in 2000 as executive director of what was then known as the Slater Center for Interactive Technologies. He focuses on the earliest stage of company creation, including working with university-based teams commercializing research. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Support the founders

Thorne Sparkman | Slater Technology Fund managing director As a seed-stage investor, I spend countless hours discovering and courting entrepreneurs, because the founders of today’s...
ACCOUNTABLE: Dolly Towne is the owner of Bookkeeping Towne LLC, in East Providence, which specializes in accounting and bookkeeping for food services. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

She’s crunching numbers on a smaller scale

After more than 15 years in corporate bookkeeping, Dolly Towne decided to bow out when she had her first child. But she soon missed...
SWEEPING CHANGE: Shawn Lynch, right, owner of second-generation family business Lynch’s Cleaning & Restoration Service, with Miguel Lopez, left, and Carlos Pereira cleaning smoke damage at a house on Maplewood Drive in East Greenwich. / PBN PHOTOMIKE SKORSKI

Carpet-cleaning business has taken it from dirt to disaster

Small-business savvy runs in Shawn Lynch’s blood. He grew up entrenched in his father’s carpet-cleaning company, which was a part-time complement to his full-time job...
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Tracy elected chair of Northern R.I. Chamber of Commerce

KEVIN TRACY is the newly elected chairman of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce. Tracy, who is a graduate of Brown University and...
SOME RHODE ISLAND companies have put a ban on business travel to and from China as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/YIFAN DING

R.I. businesses respond to coronavirus outbreak

PROVIDENCE – As the coronavirus outbreak soars to more than 24,000 cases in China, Rhode Island businesses with ties to the country are orchestrating...
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