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WORKING TOGETHER: Panelists discuss the ways government and businesses in Rhode Island can work hand in hand to increase access to funds and develop a larger talent pool for various industries during a virtual conversation moderated by PBN Editor Michael Mello, center, and Mark S. Murphy, top left. Clockwise from the top middle are: Eric M. Shorr, Michael E. McKelvy, Edward O. “Ned” Handy III, Marcela Betancur, Chris Parisi and Betty Robson.

Call to arms for government, businesses

On the occasion of Providence Business News’ 35th anniversary, six business and community leaders joined in a virtual discussion on Rhode Island’s economy –...
Gov. Daniel J. McKee

McKee: Find the opportunities in economic challenges

(Editor’s note: This essay is part of PBN’s 35th anniversary publication, which can be viewed here.) As a small-business owner, former mayor and lieutenant governor...
Bruce Van Saun

Bruce Van Saun

INVESTMENT AND GROWTH are two major elements if a banking institution is to be successful. Bruce Van Saun has seen plenty of that over...
SMALL-BUSINESS STARTER: Providence-based Maternova Inc. was the first medtech venture to complete an accelerator program at Social Enterprise Greenhouse. The company’s founder, Meg Wirth, foreground, is now SEG’s director of health and wellness. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Lending some help to little guys

SMALL BUSINESS Ask any Rhode Island small-business owner if they could use more help – loans, grants, coaching, training programs – and it’s safe to...
CLEAN ENVIRONMENT: An Amgen employee works inside the next-generation biomanufacturing plant built in West Greenwich in 2020. / COURTESY AMGEN RHODE ISLAND/AL WEEMS

Building on the promise of biotech

TECHNOLOGY With help from companies ranging from global corporations to local startups, Rhode Island has had its share of victories in the biotech sector in...
EMPTY FEELING: Kristen Adamo, CEO and president of the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, stands in the barren lobby at the Crown Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick in March 2020, after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a massive amount of canceled trips. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. branding has been hit or miss

TOURISM When R.I. Commerce Corp. decided to hire a chief marketing officer in late 2015, it made sense – bring in a person to guide...
FUTURE WORKFORCE? Rhode Island high school students participating in a career pathway program for offshore wind jobs ride in a boat circling a Block Island Wind Farm turbine. /  COURTESY LUCKY DAWG PHOTOGRAPHY/DOUG LEARNED

A reversal of fortune on jobs front

WORKFORCE After working for years to create new jobs in Rhode Island, state labor officials have been faced with an unusual problem recently. In some...
WATER FEATURE: Something Fishy Inc. CEO Kurt Harrington has more emphasis in getting aquariums into health care settings because of the potential health benefits. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MACDONALD

Something Fishy Aquarium Service

(published Jan. 22, 2001) YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1993 TYPE OF BUSINESS: Aquarium design, installation and maintenance THEN: OWNER/CEO: Kurt Harrington LOCATION: Charlestown EMPLOYEES: 5 ANNUAL SALES: WND NOW: OWNER/CEO: Kurt Harrington LOCATION: Warwick EMPLOYEES:...
Dale Venturini

Dale Venturini

Amidst all the changes and challenges in Rhode Island’s hospitality industry over the past three decades, the leadership of Rhode Island Hospitality Association CEO...
Sylvia Maxfield

An opportunity for business, higher ed to collaborate

“Workforce development” is arguably the most important social challenge facing Rhode Island and our country today. It has become only more pressing as the COVID-19...

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