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THE OCTOBER CCI was measured at 42, in Leonard Lardaro's most recent report. A value below 50 indicates contraction. / COURTESY LEONARD LARDARO

CCI value falls to lowest value in more than 2 years

SOUTH KINGSTON – Falling to its lowest point in 28 months, the October Current Conditions Index declined to a value of 42, shedding 25...
OPEN MINDS: Ramona Royal, left, human resources officer, and Jill Andy, senior vice president, human resources, at Amica Mutual Insurance Co., work to stay ahead of diversity issues and promote a diverse culture at the company. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Amica weaves diversity into corporate culture

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Amica Mutual Insurance Co. Diversity efforts at Amica Mutual Insurance Co. are long-term, multifaceted and evident in every level of the company. But the...
RHODE ISLAND'S seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued to fall in October to 3.8 percent. October 2018 marks the sixth month of declines for the measure, declining 0.7 percentage points year over year. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

Steady unemployment declines continue into Oct.

PROVIDENCE – In its sixth month of either 0.2 or 0.1 percentage point dips, the Rhode Island seasonally adjusted unemployment rate continued its decline...
team culture: Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage CEO Larry Keefe speaks to sales staff during a morning meeting at the company’s East Providence office. 
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Starkweather & Shepley growing fast, looking out for clients’ best interests

Business Excellence Awards 2018 Excellence at a large company: Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc.In January, Starkweather & Shepley Insurance Brokerage Inc. will celebrate...
FOCUSED ON CUSTOMER SUCCESS: From left, Daniel Mercado, digital printing tech, and Renaud Megard, CEO, consult on a printing job in the design studio at Namplates For Industry Corp. in New Bedford.
 / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Megard weaves three companies into NFI to achieve growing success

Business Excellence Awards 2018 Excellence in entrepreneurship: Renaud Megard president & CEO, Nampelates for Industry Corp.Renaud Megard is skilled at recognizing opportunity and making...
MARK S. HAYWARD, the Rhode Island district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration, said the SBA is celebrating National Veterans Small Business Week with a series of free seminars around the state this week. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

SBA hosts free small-business seminars all week

PROVIDENCE – The U.S. Small Business Administration is hosting a series of small-business seminars around Rhode Island this week to celebrate National Veterans Small...
INNOVATE NEWPORT - the project seeking to repurpose the former Sheffield School into a professional coworking space - announced it had partnered with Boston-based coworking space company WorkBar. Pictured is a rendering of the completed Innovate Newport project. / COURTESY NORTHEAST COLLABORATIVE ARCHITECTS AND STUDIO TROIKA

Innovate Newport joins regional coworking company collaboration

NEWPORT - Innovate Newport, the project which seeks to turn the former Sheffield School into a coworking space, joined forces with the Boston-based WorkBar...
BUSY DEVELOPER: Arnold “Buff” Chace is the managing partner for Cornish Associates LP, which has several ongoing projects in downtown Providence, including three historical buildings on Westminster Street that are being renovated into apartments/retail. Chace stands in front of one of the properties, The Peerless Building at 150 Union St.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Despite some permitting improvements, developers often ‘going nowhere fast’ in Providence

The developer of a riverfront hotel proposed for Providence gained initial approval from the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission a year ago, giving him clearance...

What you need to know about the new Mass. noncompete law

(Editor’s Note: This is the second of a two-part column. See part 1 here.)Certain types of noncompetition agreements are now invalid under the new...
PLAN AHEAD: PBN 2018 Cybersecurity Summit panelists Cindy Lepore, client executive, business insurance, for Marsh & McClennan Agency, and Larry Selnick, director of treasury and payment solutions at Webster Bank, talk about the importance of having a plan in place to handle data breaches, especially when it comes to loss of finances.
 / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Develop a ‘playbook’ to curb data breaches

Some of your business’s sensitive data is already compromised and more of it likely will be, as the demand for information gleaned from illicit...
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