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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

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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...
FULL CIRCLE: Providence-based Maternova was the first medtech venture to complete an accelerator program at Social Enterprise Greenhouse. The company’s founder, Meg Wirth, is now SEG’s director of health and wellness. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

After years of promise, R.I. medtech sector emerging from Boston’s shadow

After working for a large company for more than a decade, Dom Messerli was on his own for the first time in 2016. He’d just...
Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea became the first Hispanic elected to statewide office in New England when she was sworn in on Jan. 6, 2015. Reelected for a second term in 2018, she’s worked to modernize the state’s elections infrastructure and make it easier for businesses to navigate state government. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Lead by listening, connecting

Nellie M. Gorbea | Rhode Island secretary of state Successful management can look different across sectors, but there are common ideas to inspire good work....
HIGH COST: John Rogue, left, co-owner and chief financial officer, converses with Chris Roy, chief operating officer, at Medici Products and Solutions, a medical marijuana cultivator in Warwick. In 2018, $100,000 worth of product was stolen from their site and their insurance did not cover the loss. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

A lack of insurers hard on cannabis industry

Theft is never a good thing, but most businesses at least have some insurance to cover the loss. Medici Products and Solutions Inc. did not. After...
ELDERLY ELM: Matt Largess, owner of Largess Forestry, stands in front of the giant American elm tree at 100 Garfield St. in Central Falls. With a trunk measuring 16 feet, 6 inches in circumference, 90 feet high and a 120-foot crown spread, it is among the oldest and largest in the state. Largess estimates the tree sprouted prior to the Civil War. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Largess Forestry Inc. stands up for trees

When you have a tree that needs to come down, you call a tree removal service. An arborist may try to persuade you to...
NAME CHANGE? T.F. Green Airport operators say declining passenger traffic is partially due to lack of familiarity with the airport outside the local area. They’d like to see a name change but state lawmakers have been unable to agree on what that should be. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Lawmakers must help T.F. Green operators by renaming airport

The promise of an extended runway at Warwick’s T.F. Green Airport and a 2018 boost in international flights have given way to declining passenger...

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