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Continuity plans seen as crucial

The pitch from business continuity planning experts is simple: Companies need to prepare so they can minimize the amount of lost business in the...
DAWN MARIE LEWIS, emergency preparedness coordinator at the Hospital Association of Rhode Island, explains how the Hospital Capacity System works /

System connects ERs, emergency dispatchers

When The Station nightclub burned down in 2003, leaving hundreds of people injured – many grievously – a handful of hospitals took the majority...

Supply-chain disruption is only one of many worries

As American manufacturers increasingly reach across the country and around the world for component parts, they risk becoming victims of disasters many time zones...

Businesses find flood insurance costly, crucial

At Hope Global in Cumberland, no one mentions the “f-word”: flood. During the downpours in October 2005, the company’s 300,000-square-foot office was awash...
DR. CHRISTINE MALBOEUF samples different mediums at EpiVax, a Providence biotech firm that is using computerized gene sequencing to help develop vaccines. /

EpiVax is closer to clinical trials for vaccines

Having spent the first part of its history developing a closely guarded technology platform that drives its work, a Providence company is working to...

Lead-paint case heading to state Supreme Court

The state’s years-long legal battle with paint manufacturers over the ravages of lead paint is going to continue in the R.I. Supreme Court, just...

PURVIS wins contract for NUWC systems work

MIDDLETOWN – PURVIS Systems Inc. has been awarded a contract by the Naval Undersea Warfare Centers to provide systems engineering, laboratory...

Immigration laws aren’t perfect,<br> but compliance is key

The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 requires all U.S. employers to verify the employment authorization of every new employee, whether each is...
CHERYL MERCHANT is president and CEO of Hope Global and board chair for the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce. /

Hope Global CEO finds strength in Chamber ties

Cheryl Merchant is no novice to manufacturing or its woes. She’s been in the business for more than 20 years, and now she is...
BETA GROUP INC., a 25-year-old engineering, technology and science firm best known for its public-sector work, has been employee-owned since 1999. Above, from left, vice presidents Donna Lantagne and Jim Coppola and president Frank Romeo.  /

Engineering firm sees big picture

Michael Grilli started BETA Group Inc. in 1982 with a staff of three in a small office in Pawtucket. At the time, the firm...
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