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GUIDING STARTUPS: Venture Mentoring Service of Rhode Island provides free mentoring services to entrepreneurs in the Ocean State. From left, Dan Horne, mentor; Paul Olean, executive director; and Jarrid Hall, foreground, of GAB-on, a parent-engagement tool for students.
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At Venture Mentoring, the best advice is free

When Paul Olean retired and returned to his home state of Rhode Island, he was dismayed by the then-high unemployment rate. He wanted to...
VERSATILE SEAT: Thomas E. Derecktor, founder and CEO of Derecktor Marine Technology LLC, sits on The Fehn, a chair he developed that uses movement to limit workday back pain and fatigue.
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This chair keeps you moving

Thomas E. Derecktor needed a better chair.Sitting all day took a toll on his back. Moving to a stand-up desk created other issues.An engineer...
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Five Questions With Jeffrey Grybowski

5Q: Jeffrey Grybowski | Co-CEO, Orsted US Offshore Wind1. When will construction start on the Revolution Wind project? Depending on how long it...
OUTSOURCED: Kenny Rounds is the owner and CEO of Braver Technology Solutions, a business that provides information technology tech and solutions to businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
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Braver a tech problem-solver

When business owners need help understanding technology, and seeing the potential pitfalls of a system, they need a trusted consultant. For many small businesses,...

Crack the prospect code

Why do so many meetings with prospects fizzle out and go nowhere? Is it just the way it is, so we should just accept...
E-SCOOTERS: A couple of Bird electronic scooters are photographed on a sidewalk in Providence. Bird is one of two companies operating the scooters in the capital city, which requires the scooter companies to cover the city with a general-liability insurance policy of at least $1 million in value.
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Is city protected if scooters crash?

The electric scooters flitting around Providence are fast, efficient, fairly inexpensive and easy to use. But they’re an accident waiting to happen, and when...
SHOWING UP: Rhode Island Black Business Association President Lisa Ranglin meets with members at the office. From left: Retired R.I. State Police Lt. John P. A’Vant; Ranglin; Clarence R. Sneed Jr., CEO of S&S Trucking; and Donna M. Sams, Community College of Rhode Island campus coordinator, Providence and Lincoln.
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Banker battles disparity in wages, opportunity

For Lisa Ranglin – risk and compliance manager for Providence-based Citizens Bank – it’s been a busy professional track.Her executive experience includes more than...
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All dining out, even via delivery, is local

It is referred to in the trade as “third-party delivery” – the utilization by a restaurant of an online food-delivery app. At first glance...
CARDS AND CAUSES: Swipe for a Cause, a company in North Kingstown that provides payment systems for debit and credit cards for other companies to use, takes a portion of the proceeds and donates them to charities. From left, Alan Kerr, vice president of strategic alliances; Kim Kennedy, account relationship manager; Jonathan Sayles, vice president of sales; and Brad Robinson, operations manager.
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Swipe for profit-sharing

Andrew and Margaret Kinnecom freely admit the payment-processing business doesn’t have the best reputation. The industry provides merchants with point-of-service devices, so their customers...
GREEN ENERGY: Tomasz Sadowski and Ana Morgan are partners at GETS (Green Energy Tower System), a startup to build solar- and wind-power towers in Rhode Island.
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Towers for clean-energy power

GETS LLC is bringing a new twist to Rhode Island’s clean-energy business.Based in downtown Providence, the fledgling Green Energy Tower System company is being...
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