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STEADY GROWTH: Cole DeSanty, right, director of client development for The Hire LLC, speaks with his colleagues, from left, CEO Tyler Wentworth; Bryan Soderberg, manager of candidate success; and Chief Operating Officer Erin Pavane. The Providence job placement firm has seen steady revenue growth since offering unlimited PTO from its inception in 2017. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

THE ULTIMATE PERK: More companies consider offering unlimited vacation time. Others...

When Erin Pavane landed a job at a tech startup in Massachusetts eight years ago, she was shocked about one of the perks: Pavane...
Kathleen Breen Combes joined Festival Ballet Providence as executive director in 2019, following a long dance career that included serving as principal dancer with Boston Ballet. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Set the highest of standards

Kathleen Breen Combes | Festival Ballet Providence executive director My 19-year career as a professional dancer taught me a lot. Now, as an executive and...
POLICY ­­PERUSAL: Mary Caruso, left, director of business development at Carey, Richmond & Viking Insurance Agency in Middletown, talks with CaraMarie Costa, personal insurance account manager. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

As home repair costs rise, policies may need update

As Tropical Storm Henri approached Rhode Island on Aug. 22, homeowners cleared their porches of furniture and battened down the hatches, fearing the havoc...
SOUNDING THE ALARM: Daniel Egan, president of the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Rhode Island, says local schools need to be “aggressive in managing the decline in the number of high school graduates in the coming years.” / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Enrollment ‘headwinds’ coming for local colleges

Colleges and universities in Rhode Island will need to find creative ways to draw in promising students in the face of a steep enrollment...
ODD DECISION: Director Kyra Sedgwick’s film “Space Oddity,” which has been shooting in North Kingstown, has applied for $1.5 million in state tax credits. The state film office recently began asking companies seeking such tax credits not to identify themselves on applications, which are public documents. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FILM & TELEVISION OFFICE

More transparency, accountability needed in state film program

Producers of a feature film being shot in Rhode Island are seeking just over $22 million in state tax credits. But everyone outside of a...

Unlimited PTO good for some, not all

Who wouldn’t love unlimited, paid vacation? Well, certainly some employers would balk at the potential cost or lost production. But as this week’s cover story reports,...
LEGAL TARGET: FM Global, an international commercial property insurance company based in Johnston, has been sued by numerous companies arguing that the insurer should pay for COVID-19 related-losses. / COURTESY FM GLOBAL

FM Global among insurers facing COVID-19 lawsuits

The lawsuits against Johnston-based FM Global started to pile up shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the U.S., shutting down large sectors...
KEEPING TABS: Victor Nunes, founder and principal owner of QMed Innovations Inc. in Middletown, showcases the company’s Quest tracking product, which uses internet-connected technology to provide location data so manufacturers can keep track of their surgical kits that are used in orthopedic procedures. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

QMed tech device allows manufacturers to keep track of surgical kits

Real-time analytics and tracking of surgical kits used in orthopedic procedures is what QMed Innovations Inc. has become known for. The business, based in...
PAYING ATTENTION: Zahan Akbar, owner of Atwood Pharmacy Inc. in Johnston, says he will compete with corporate retail pharmacies by offering personalized service. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Pharmacy offers customers personalized service, free same-day delivery

Zahan Akbar opened a full-service pharmacy this year, Atwood Pharmacy Inc., knowing that personalized service for people taking medication would set him apart from...

For big R.I. firms, Biden mandate doesn’t change vaccine plans

Many Rhode Island companies that have already committed to COVID-19 vaccine mandates say they’re sticking with their deadlines rather than waiting for President Joe...

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