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CAPITAL IDEAS: 
Jennifer Ventriglia, seated, director of accounting for The Capital Good Fund, speaks with Chadria Major-Thomas, senior human resources manager, at the fund’s headquarters in Providence. 
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

14,000 loans later, Capital Good Fund still aiming to do good

Sherlie Martinez had just given birth to her daughter, but the single mother was struggling to keep up with her bills and was racking...
Bruce Newbury

Dining out: Much more than fun, games

“Eatertainment” is a term made up by restaurant industry writers to describe venues that combine pub-type food for grown-ups with arena and arcade games,...
THE NAVIGATORS: Marc B. Parlange, second from right, president of the University of Rhode Island, speaks during a discussion about the blue economy during Providence Business News’ 2024 Emerging Industries Summit on March 13. Also on the panel are, from left, Anthony Baro, managing principal of E2SOL LLC; Jeanine Boyle, CEO of Inspire Environmental Inc.; Jim Owens, principal at Nautilus Defense LLC; Nishita Roy-Pope, founder and CEO of Tribe Academy LLC; and Stephen Piper, lead client partner at the state of Rhode Island and IBM Consulting.   
PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

On blue economy, R.I. needs to stay the course

When offshore wind giant Orsted A/S established its Providence hub in 2020, it sent a clear signal to the broader ocean economy, says Jeanine...
CREDIT ­ISSUES: Spencer Blier, left, CEO and founder of Mammoth Inc., one of Rhode Island’s licensed cannabis cultivators, in his facility with one of the Mammoth technicians. Because the federal government has not legalized cannabis, banking services and credit card processing are difficult to come by for businesses in the industry. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Credit card restrictions curbing cannabis sector

People’s Credit Union CEO and President Sean Daly says major credit card companies and financial institutions remain cautious about entering the legal cannabis industry,...
ALL ABOUT FUN: Allie Readyhough Shore, broker associate at Mott & Chace Sotheby’s International Realty, stands in a fully stocked game room in the basement of a home in South Kingstown. These types of amenities and much more are a big trend in high-end homes these days. 
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Hotel amenities in high-end homes are reaching new heights

The residential real estate market has a case of “amenity creep,” a term historically used to describe the hotel and resort industry’s desire to...
Bruce Newbury

Hot wieners have a long history in Olneyville

Hot wieners from the New York System shop in the Olneyville section of Providence are their own food group. Greg Stevens, who co-owns the iconic...
SPREADING HER WINGS: Lindsay Kuhn launched her online career platform Wingspans Inc. after realizing there was a career opportunity gap for students in Providence while teaching at Nathan Bishop Middle School. 
COURTESY ­LINDSAY KUHN

Connecting students and job seekers to careers through storytelling

From the time she was a teenager in Coral Springs, Fla., Lindsay Kuhn recognized the power of storytelling. Throughout her career, that power has...
TEST RUN: Jorge Reyes of Providence displays pastries called pastelitos at the Culinary Hub of Providence – CHOP – a workforce training restaurant that’s due to open this spring in the Providence Public Library. Reyes is in the early stages of culinary ­training.
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Building restaurant in Providence library is far from by the book

These days, it’s not so silent in the Providence Public Library. And PPL isn’t unique in that regard – while libraries haven’t completely abandoned quiet...
SPREAD THIN: Robert Andreozzi, co-owner and chef of Pizza Marvin, prepares dough for a pizza at the restaurant on Wickenden Street in Providence. In December 2022, a rave review on social media from Barstool Sports owner Dave Portnoy spurred so many orders, it disrupted the business for a time.
PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Local pizza joints feel the power of just ‘one bite’

When Jeff Merlino, owner of Merlino’s Pizzeria in Cranston, heard that Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy was returning to Rhode Island in January to...
ANOTHER WORLD: Thomas ­Walters IV gives a virtual headset a try while his father, Thomas Walters III, looks on at the Youth Innovation STEAM Hub  event launched by the nonprofit Winner’s Circle XR Academy Inc. in Providence on Jan. 20. 
PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Why hasn’t VR become a key tool in classroom?

One day, students will start a class by jumping into an avatar and strolling into a digital replica of their classroom. But we are...
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