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FINE PRINT: Karen Martins, left, franchise owner of FastSigns in Seekonk, inspects some placards with production/project installation manager Eric Dallaire. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Franchisee: Karen Martins

FastSigns | 128 Highland Ave., SeekonkTHE PITCH: FastSigns offers custom signage, including vehicle graphics, trade show displays, digital kiosks, vinyl lettering and other graphics....
Rebecca Webber is the Executive director of CIC Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five questions with Rebecca Webber

Rebecca Webber | Executive Director, CIC Providence1. What does CIC Providence offer to business beyond shared workspaces? CIC Providence offers access and flexibility. CIC clients...
LEGAL EAGLE: James A. Ruggieri, managing partner at Higgins, Cavanaugh & Cooney, speaks with assistant Lisa ­Hennessey at the law firm’s Providence office.
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Courting clients beyond R.I.

IN THE PAST THREE YEARS, Higgins, Cavanagh & Cooney LLP has broadened its base from Rhode Island to two adjoining states.The firm, which is...

Crockett & Jones smart choice in footwear

Crockett & Jones, an extraordinary British shoe company, has cemented its name in the luxury market as one of the finest footwear companies in...
CAREER CHANGE: Sandra Cutting, right, franchise owner of H&R Block in South Kingstown, speaks with her daughter and client Caroline Walker. Cutting made a career change after having a child at age 30, got a master’s degree in accounting and started working at H&R Block. When the location came up for sale, she purchased it.
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Franchisee: Sandra Cutting

Franchisee: Sandra Cutting H&R Block | 24 Salt Pond Road, Unit D5, South KingstownThe pitch: H&R Block offers professional help to individuals and business owners...
ENERGY EFFICIENCY: Rhode Island ranked third in the nation this year in energy efficiency. That included efforts like the more than 2,100 Rhode Island homeowners who have taken advantage of National Grid's Heat Loan Program, which offers zero-interest loans to residential property owners for qualifying energy-efficiency improvements. Above, insulation is blown into the walls of a house. / COURTESY NATIONAL GRID

Rhode Island ranks third in 2019 energy efficiency report

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island was tied with Vermont, ranking third in the nation this year in energy efficiency, a new report shows.Overall, the New...
WINNERS OF THE PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS Business Excellence Awards will be celebrated during a dinner at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick on Nov. 7.

White, Machtley lead honorees in 2019 PBN Business Excellence Awards

PROVIDENCE – Laurie White, longtime president of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, is being honored for Business Leadership in Providence Business News’ 19th...
SUPPORTING STARTUPS: Many business leaders are either looking for more support from state government or less regulatory hassles, according to the results of a PBN survey asking what would most help the state produce and keep more successful startups.
 / SOURCE: PBN RESEARCH/JAMES BESSETTE

Get more invested in growing, keeping successful startups

Rhode Island has a lot to offer startups, including great quality-of-life amenities and top-tier educational and support services.But the perception has always been that...
DEVELOPING LEADERS: Co-owners Lisa Bergeron, right, founder, managing partner and chief visionary officer, and Tejal Tarro, left, managing partner and chief services officer, converse with Kevin Matta, director of client engagement and inclusion, at Advancing Workplace Excellence in Providence. The firm provides targeted talent-development programs, coaching options and more.
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How to invest in human capital

Advancing Workplace Excellence is a small Providence firm in a field that’s been gaining recognition in recent years called human-capital consulting.Human capital and human...

Pitfalls to closing the deal

The many highs and “woes” inherent in a successful acquisition were the focus of a panel discussion of business owners who shared their personal...
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