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READY TO AID: Gary Friedmann, left, vice president and portfolio manager for Rockland Trust Co., and Larry Wagner, Rockland Trust vice president and financial consultant, advise 401(k) participants to try to limit emotional decision-making when it comes to retirement savings. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Market volatility pushes average R.I. 401(k) slightly lower in Q3

At 36, Gianni Del Signore still has more than a few decades before he retires. But that doesn’t mean the chief financial officer for Newport-based...

Secret to good customer service: Keep employees motivated

A man entered a shoe repair shop and said to the owner, “I just found this claim ticket for a pair of shoes I...

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How quickly do you respond to most emails? Within 24 hours: 64.3% One to two business days: 28.6% More than two business days: 7.1% Do you organize emails...

PBN Diversity & Inclusion Awards 2019 special section

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SIX ORGANIZATIONS and one individual were honored at the PBN Diversity & Inclusion Summit & Awards Program in Warwick on Thursday. The program included a panel discussion on diversity and inclusion in the workplace. / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

PBN summit: Diversity, inclusion go far beyond hiring practices

WARWICK – In the business world, diversity and inclusion mean more than simply hiring more people of color and women. It’s about creating pathways...

Line between work, life blurs in digital age

Green. Green. Green. Red! Red! Red! If you remember the days of the Blackberry smartphone, you remember its blinking green and red light. Green meant...
CRAFTY FELLOW: Jeffrey Greene, owner of Peter Pots Pottery, displays some of the pottery products he and his craftspeople have made by hand at a converted old mill in South Kingstown. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

At scenic mill, much-desired pottery has been the product for seven...

The tale of Peter Pots Stoneware Inc. in South Kingstown feels like it should be encased in a snow globe or tucked into a...

Finding a deal

Do you regularly shop on Black Friday? No: 66.7% Yes: 33.3% Where do you do most of your holiday shopping? Online: 55.6% Brick-and-mortar stores: 44.4% Malls: 0% Other: 0% From whom do...
GROWTH GUIDANCE: Brothers Sennen Conte, left, and Galen Conte are the co-owners of Gerbs Allergy Friendly Foods in Johnston. Sennen Conte says the R.I. Small Business Development Center and the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce were invaluable as the Contes grew their company. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Very small businesses playing big part in R.I. economy

Brothers Galen and Sennen Conte found no shortage of support as they built their Johnston food company from $150,000 in sales in 2006 to...

Install safety protocols to protect against violent acts

It’s been more than two years since the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. The shooter killed 58 and...
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