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GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO announced plans to allocate $45 million of COVID-19 relief funds to workforce development programs for those left jobless due to the pandemic. PBN FILE PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Raimondo announces $45M in workforce development for the unemployed

PROVIDENCE – In an effort to break down traditional barriers to hiring, Gov. Gina M. Raimondo announced on Tuesday an investment of $45 million...
DOING HIS DUTY: Bill Burton, extruder team lead and U.S. Army veteran, operates an extrusion line on the Cooley manufacturing floor using a recently installed proprietary touch-screen technology. / COURTESY COOLEY GROUP

Pandemic Diary: Remedy for stress? Optimism

(Editor’s note: This is the 13th installment in a series on how Cooley Group is managing the COVID-19 pandemic, from the perspective of its...

Enforcing safety protocols

Is your company finding it challenging to enforce state-mandated COVID-19 safety protocols at your office/plant? No: 83% Yes: 17% What challenges are you facing regarding office safety...
NEW LIFE: Joseph Garlick, executive director of NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley, outside one of the downtown Woonsocket mill buildings that the organization is converting into live-work space for artists and businesses. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Vacant Woonsocket mills getting $22M makeover

The R.I. Commerce Corp. set up a streamlined review for historical rehabilitation projects this year, intended to reach more economic-development projects that needed $1...
Peter George

Storytelling can work like magic in presentations

It was obvious Anthony was frustrated. He said to me, “Peter, I know my job. I know the numbers. I know what we need...

Staying supplied

From which source is your company finding it easier to receive supplies amid the COVID-19 pandemic? Domestic suppliers: 50% There is no difference: 50% Foreign suppliers: 0% What...

PBN 40 Under Forty Awards 2020 special section

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CVS HEALTH and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island earned top scores in the 2020 Disability Equality Index.

BCBSRI and CVS earn top marks in disability equality index

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and CVS Health Corp. have earned top scores on the 2020 Disability Equality Index...
DIVERSE WORKFORCE: C.C. Business Corp. Vice President Ron Brewer, left, and President Marcellus Sharpe stand outside of Thundermist Health Center in Woonsocket, one of the private-security company’s clients. Brewer estimates that 70% of the company’s 39 employees are minorities. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

A question of equity: Can R.I. level the field for minority...

As small-business owners clambered to get in on the federal payroll relief program launched in the wake of COVID-19, Anna Mangeni held back. Her business,...
SMOOTH OPERATOR: Cooley extruder lead Marie Knight inspects Cooley products during production to ensure the quality meets the customer’s specifications. COURTESY COOLEY GROUP

Pandemic Diary: Making sure everyone’s included

(Editor’s note: This is the 12th installment in a weekly series on how Cooley Group is managing the COVID-19 pandemic, from the perspective of...

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