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Nine companies will receive grants ranging in size from $10,000 to $20,000 in the latest iteration of DESIGNxRI’s Providence Design Catalyst program. Pictured are the recipients of 2019 grants. BACK ROW, L to R: Justin Kerr of Justin Kerr Design, Michael Savoia of Villa Savoia, Willa Van Nostrand of Bitte Artisanal Catering, Benjamin Laudicano of Chasing Brunch, Matthew Larkin of Nine and Two Thirds. FRONT ROW, L to R: Urvi Sharma and Manan Narang of INDO LLC, Erin Kayvedo of Chasing Brunch, Maria Prus of M Designs Studio, Phoebe Neel of Ephemera. Not pictured: Rebecca Atwood and Gabriel Long of Atomic Clock. / COURTESY DESIGNXRI

DESIGNxRI announces 2019 Providence Design Catalyst cohort

PROVIDENCE – Everything from furniture and glass design to photography, craft cocktails and branding were represented among the nine winners of the 2019 Providence...
THE PORT OF DAVISVILLE in 2018 imported 280,387 vehicles, including 241,851 by ship. /PBN FILE PHOTO MICHAEL SALERNO.

Port of Davisville imports record 280,387 vehicles

NORTH KINGSTOWN – The Port of Davisville had a record year last year for auto imports, according to the Quonset Development Corp., receiving 280,387...
INCREASED INTEREST: Carey, Richmond and Viking Insurance, a broker in Middletown, said inquiries and discussions from small to midsized businesses about cyber insurance coverage are up 10 to 20 percent since last year. From left, Jeff Boldt, director of commercial insurance; Irene Leary, marketing manager; and David Andrade, president.
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Read fine print on cyberthreat coverage

Owners of small to midsized businesses are increasingly worried about their exposure to cyber risks, including data breaches, and are turning to insurance protection...
FOR THE FIRST TIME in 11 months, the Rhode Island seasonally adjusted unemployment rate ticked up in December 2018. The measure stood at 3.9 percent: a 0.1 percentage point increase from November but a 0.6 percentage point decrease from December 2017. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. ends 2018 with 3.9% unemployment

PROVIDENCE – The seasonally adjusted Rhode Island unemployment rate ticked up month to month for the first time since January 2018 according to the...
STEEL STRAWS: Brooke Finocchiaro is seated at The Nitro Bar in Providence that is owned and operated by her sister Audrey Finocchiaro. After working there for three months and being fed up with how much plastic gets used and then becomes litter, Brooke Finocchiaro started Stop Sucking RI, which sells stainless steel straws. / COURTESY STOP SUCKING RI/ALEX BRENNAN

The last straw in fight vs. plastic litter

After nearly three months working at her older sister’s coffee shop, The Nitro Bar in Providence’s West End, Brooke Finocchiaro was fed up with...
RIPTA WILL OFFER a free trial bus service starting Jan. 22 from Kennedy Plaza to the Quonset Business Park, making 11 stops in the park. The pilot program will run through mid-April. / COURTESY R.I. PUBLIC TRANSIT AUTHORITY

RIPTA to launch pilot bus service to Quonset Business Park from...

PROVIDENCE – A pilot program to bring bus service to businesses at Quonset Business Park in North Kingstown from Providence will begin Jan. 22,...

RIBBA offering loans, technical services to minority entrepreneurs

PROVIDENCE – The Rhode Island Black Business Association is calling upon all “young minority entrepreneurs” to make a pitch for a $3,000 business loan...
ENERGIZED: Tim Blanchard, right, CEO of Energy Source, a Providence-based company that does energy-efficiency projects for businesses in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and beyond, speaks with Dalton Ling, energy-efficiency ­consultant.
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Energy Source shining light on savings

How do you persuade a business owner to spend thousands of dollars on energy-efficiency upgrades? Show them the money – that is, tell them...
RHODE ISLAND'S SEASONALLY-ADJUSTED unemployment rate and the number of unemployed residents remained unchanged from October to November. Unemployment declined 0.7 percentage points year over year. / COURTESY R.I. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND TRAINING

R.I. Nov. unemployment rate remains level from Oct., down over year

PROVIDENCE – The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for November was 3.8 percent – the same as October – according to the R.I. Department of...
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...
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