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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...
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.
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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.
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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...

Quonset port poised for more growth in 2019

Quonset is the leading engine of economic development in Rhode Island and home to more than 200 companies and nearly 12,000 full- and part-time...
The proposed sales tax expansion, as shown in this slide, would add $14.4 million to the state general fund./COURTESY STATE OF RHODE ISLAND

Proposal to expand R.I. sales tax to professional services gets critical...

PROVIDENCE – The expansion of the state’s 7 percent sales tax to a host of professional services used in commercial buildings, including landscaping, design...
Kathleen A. Bartels is a Rhode Island native and co-owner of LLB Architects. The firm’s headquarters is in the Design Exchange, a historic Pawtucket mill complex that LLB transformed into a creative business hub.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

In design as in all business today, collaboration is both means...

Kathleen A. Bartels | LLB Architects president and partnerOver the course of my two-decade-plus career, I have witnessed firsthand the shift from hierarchical, top-down...

Can fishing, offshore wind coexist?

How much do offshore wind-energy operations disrupt commercial fishing and how much is that worth?That’s the central question in not only the current talks...
DECEMBER 2018's Current Conditions Index was measured at 50 - a 17-point decline from November and a 33-point decline year over year. The data was released Monday in the latest report from University of Rhode Island economist Leonard Lardaro. / COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF RHODE ISLAND

A drop from Nov., but CCI closes 2018 in neutral territory

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After a double-digit climb in November, the December 2018 Current Conditions Index fell 17 points to a value of 50, according...
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