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THE SOUTHCOAST and Bristol County chambers of commerce have voted to merge into a yet-to-be-named nonprofit entity. Above, members of the integration task force. From left: Bill Perkins; Catherine Dillon; Douglas Rodrigues; Rick Kidder, CEO of the SouthCoast Chamber; Kim Perry; Brian LeComte; Michael O'Sullivan, CEO of the Bristol County Chamber; Curt Nelson; Carl Sawejko; Rose Lopes; and Ron Ellis. / COURTESY SOUTHCOAST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND BRISTOL COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

SouthCoast and Bristol County chambers of commerce vote to merge

PROVIDENCE – The boards of directors of the SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce in New Bedford and the Bristol County Chamber of Commerce in Fall...
PRECISE CUTS: Bert Lima, shop supervisor at The Beck Cos., operates the robotic saw jet from BACA Systems. It allows precise cuts and details in the stone countertops and pieces that Beck manufactures.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Robots seen complementing, not replacing, workers

Manufacturers in Rhode Island who are looking for greater efficiency and productivity are turning to automated machines and programmable robots, but the technology creates...

Families need plan to protect, grow wealth

The biggest threat to a family losing its wealth over generations may be internal. Fights over succession planning or individual investment decisions can pull...
IN THE SPIRIT: Members of the Carey, Richmond & Viking staff mark the holidays with a visit from Santa.
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Carey, Richmond & Viking Insurance Agency

Best Places to Work 2019 | SMALL COMPANIES (15-49 employees): 12. Carey, Richmond & Viking Insurance AgencyWhat are your requirements for employees to update...

Keeping data off darknet

(Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series on business-related cybersecurity issues. See part one here.)When it comes to cybersecurity, few topics...

Let businesses tap virtual net metering

For years, Rhode Island’s business community has been raising alarms over rising electricity costs and their impact on our ability to hire more workers...
LUKE EBERSOLD has been named blumshapiro's Rhode Island office managing partner. / COURTESY BLUMSHAPIRO

Ebersold named managing partner at blumshapiro R.I. office

PROVIDENCE – Luke Ebersold has been named Rhode Island managing partner at Blum, Shapiro & Co., effective immediately, the company announced this week.Ebersold will...
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PBN on WJAR-TV, June 3, 2019

An impressive collection of books is just the beginning of the story of PPL’s rise as a community leader.Every week, PBN Editor Mark S....

Phyllis J. Cannava founded Office Direct in 1989 after working for other companies in the industry for a decade and a half. The Warwick company offers design and outfitting services for commercial spaces. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Fear is a most motivating factor

Phyllis J. Cannava | Office Direct owner and presidentThere are situations that have defined my success and helped me learn as a business owner...
ROOM TO GROW: The Egis Group recently relocated from Providence to its own building in Warwick, and is expanding. From left, Corey Finkelman, director of marketing; Alex Finkelman, vice president; and Roy Finkelman, president.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

New home for niche insurer The Egis Group

A decade of growth inspired a bold move this year for Finkelman Insurance Inc. The family-owned insurance agency, doing business as The Egis Group,...
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