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STEADY GROWTH: Nancy Parker Wilson, owner of Greenvale Vineyard in Portsmouth, with her son Bill Wilson, the operations manager. Parker Wilson says the vineyard has seen steady growth in its seasonal tasting and events business, a function of increasing interest in agritourism and the “eat local” movement. / PBN PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

PBN survey: In election year, more R.I. companies say no to...

Rhode Island businesspeople have revived their optimism about the future of the state economy, but they appear reluctant to back up their improved outlook...
ADJUSTMENTS: Donna Murray, left, assistant director of labor market information at the R.I. Department of Labor and Training, goes over changes to Rhode Island’s unemployment and temporary disability insurance tax laws with Margaux Fontaine. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

R.I. makes changes to unemployment, TDI taxes

Many Rhode Island employers could see a reduction in the amount of unemployment insurance tax they pay, while employees are on the hook for...

It’s time to take actions to improve career path

The beginning of a new year is always a great time to pause and look for career advice, no matter your age or stage...

Age discrimination is bad for bottom line

Of all the kinds of employment discrimination, hiring younger workers in preference to older ones earns the least public condemnation. That’s a growing problem,...
THE RHODE ISLAND unemployment rate in December was 3.5%. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/TIM BOYLE

R.I. unemployment rate holds at 3.5% in Dec.

PROVIDENCE – The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate in Rhode Island was 3.5% in December, a 0.5 percentage point decline year over year, the R.I....
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Five Questions with Maribeth Calabro, Providence Teachers Union president

Maribeth Calabro | President, Providence Teachers Union 1. The Providence public schools are now under R.I. Department of Elementary and Secondary Education control. What...
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What senior executives can do to attract a better quality workforce

Given the competitive and intense environment of attracting and retaining high-quality talent, the onus is on business leaders to improve. Usually, when we talk “talent”...
UP CLOSE AND PERSONNEL: Alex Hughes, founder and president of Reigning Love Staffing Agency, says the agency is trying to meet the needs of the Woonsocket area. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Woonsocket-based staffing agency’s focus is hyperlocal

By the end of its third day in business in mid-October, more than 20 people had come into Reigning Love Staffing Agency to ask...
DIVERSE DISCUSSION: Panelists discuss the evolution of diversity and inclusion initiatives in the workplace at Providence Business News’ Diversity & Inclusion Summit & Awards Program at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick in Warwick on Dec. 5. From left: moderator PBN Editor Michael Mello, Guillaume Bagal, Marianne Monte, Kim Lee and Nirva LaFortune. / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

PBN panelists: Companies need top-level commitment to break diversity, inclusion barriers

As the workforce in contemporary America changes rapidly, diversity and inclusion initiatives have taken on new dimensions, and more significance. Now they mean more than...

This is the skill employers desire most

The job world is changing so rapidly it’s next to impossible to know what to do even in the short term to get ahead,...
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