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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.

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.

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...
Bruce Newbury

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.

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.

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...
WHAT’S OLD IS NEW AGAIN: Newport Collaborative Architects principals, from left, J. Michael Abbott, John K. Grosvenor and Glenn R. Gardiner go over plans to renovate the Surf Hotel on Block Island into a new complex that will be known as the Block Island Beach House.

Newport architects manage the revitalization of a Block Island institution

The Surf Hotel, one of the last of the grand dames on Block Island, is having its first significant renovation in a century.Unlike some...

Work with employees caring for seniors

According to the MetLife Caregiver study, businesses across the United States lose between $17.1 billion and $34.2 billion every year due to absenteeism, lack...
Rep. Joseph Shekarchi, the House Majority Leader, is the chief sponsor of legislation that would allow small businesses in Rhode Island to reduce their federal tax liability.  / Courtesy Rhode Island General Assembly.

Biz owners gain from tax-shift bill

A Warwick accountant, conducting research for a client’s business tax return, found a new Connecticut law that helps business taxpayers avoid a personal $10,000...
NEW OWNER: Kayla Thompson is the owner of Melissa Ashley Brides in Westerly. Thompson bought her wedding dress at the bridal shop seven years ago and befriended the former owner, Denise Pellegrino, who later hired Thompson. The pair came to a “personal finance agreement” that transitioned ownership to Thompson when Pellegrino was ready to sell.

Financing biggest hurdle to employees becoming boss

When Kayla Thompson walked into Melissa Ashley Brides in Westerly in search of a wedding dress about seven years ago, she had no idea...
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