Friday, September 30, 2022


BARBARA S. COTTAM will step down on Oct. 6 from her role as chairperson of the R.I. Board of Education to take on a new role with the U.S. Department of Commerce. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

R.I. education board chairperson to step down, takes new role with U.S. Commerce

PROVIDENCE – The state’s education board chairperson will soon be heading to the nation’s capital to work with Rhode Island’s former governor. In a Sept....
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS Editor Michael Mello, right, addresses the crowd Thursday during PBN's Fastest Growing & Innovative Companies Awards ceremony at the Graduate Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Organizations honored for growth, innovation at PBN’s Fastest Growing & Innovative Companies ceremony

PROVIDENCE – A financial institution, a construction management company, an addiction recovery organization and an insurance agency were recognized Thursday as the top earners...

Parlange inaugurated as URI president

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – After more than a year into his new role in the Ocean State, Marc B. Parlange on Sept. 22 was officially...

Five Questions With: Mary-Kate O’Leary

Mary-Kate O’Leary | Executive director, A Wish Come True Inc. 1. What makes A Wish Come True stand out to potential donors and the people the organization...
PIVOTAL PLAYER: David Podsnap, owner of Galactic Theatre LLC on Main Street in Warren, a performance venue offering live music and stand-up comedy and a micro-movie theater, says it’s been rewarding to see a livelier downtown district along Main Street and to know that Galactic played a role in this shift.

Galactic Theater keeping Warren ‘weird’

It has a bar, but it isn’t a bar. It began as a vintage store and became the Galactic Theatre LLC “by accident and...
PUT TO THE TEST: Dr. Jonathan Martin, center, co-founder of PureVita Labs LLC, talks during a panel discussion at Providence Business News’ 2022 Business of Cannabis Summit on Sept. 15. PureVita offers regulatory testing for marijuana cultivators. Also on the panel are, from left, Seth Bock, founder and CEO of Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center Inc.; and Michael Budziszek, a professor of biological sciences at Johnson & Wales University.

Brace for abrupt shifts in legalized cannabis market

In the cannabis market, nothing is simple, says Seth Bock, founder and CEO of Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center Inc. in Portsmouth. The legalization of...
LAYING DOWN THE LAW: State Sen. Joshua Miller, D-Cranston, second from right, discusses a new Rhode Island law legalizing recreational marijuana use and its retail sales. Also on one of two panels at Providence Business News’ 2022 Business of Cannabis summit on Sept. 15 are, from left, Matthew Santacroce, R.I. Department of Business Regulation interim director; and Benjamin L. Rackliffe, a partner at Pannone Lopes Devereaux and O’Gara LLC.

How to control cannabis in workplace remains tricky

The newly legalized status of recreational cannabis is causing a stir among some Rhode Island employers that are wrestling with developing workplace policies and...
A SOUND MIND: Brown University research assistant Nina Lee demonstrates one of the noise monitors she installed at 140 locations around Rhode Island, from bustling cities to quiet rural communities. The ultimate goal is to establish a relationship between noise pollution and children’s health. 

Are R.I.’s noises hurting health of our children?

Since moving to Rhode Island a little over a year ago, Nina Lee has gotten to know the state in a way few others...
Bruce Newbury

Hope & Main food incubator is a recipe for success

The boating and sailing world returned to the City by the Sea in September for the Newport International Boat Show. Food and beverage is a...
Ming Shao

Shao receives $499K CAREER award from National Science Foundation

MING SHAO, assistant professor of computer and information science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, recently received a $498,970 National Science Foundation CAREER award...
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