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NEXT GEN: M&G Plumbing Supply Co. owner Richard Correia, left, speaks with stock clerk Alex Knowles. Correia is of Portuguese descent but sees no need to participate in the state Minority Business Enterprise program. His father, John, emigrated from the Azores and started in the business in the 1960s. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

WHO IS A MINORITY? Some argue R.I. needs to reexamine groups...

John Correia’s thick Azorean accent made him an easy target when he immigrated to Rhode Island in 1963. He was called a “greenhorn” and accused...
GETTING ­CERTIFIED: ­Dominican immigrant Pedro Mendez, right, has applied for his business, AmeriSigns, to be part of the state’s Minority Business Enterprise program. Also pictured are workers Luiyi Moreno, left, and Obdalis Csisa.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

R.I. needs to get with the times on minority contracting

The state historically has failed miserably in ensuring minority-owned businesses get their fair share of tens of millions of dollars in state contracts. That looked...

New strategy to ease bike backlash is limited

Hoping to curb some of the resistance to bike lanes, street safety and cycling advocates are trying a different approach by offering a preview...
HOT PROPERTY: Michael Giuttari, left, president of Providence-based MG Commercial Real Estate Services Inc., and MG Vice President Julie Freshman outside Phillipsdale Landing in East Providence, which was listed for sale in August at $9 million.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Big property deal is indicator of interest in E.P. waterfront

Sprawling expanses of land along the East Providence waterfront that were once used for heavy industrial purposes are now presenting new opportunities for commercial...

Don’t allow state workers a money grab

On the surface, a tentative contract agreement allowing unionized state workers up to $3,000 if they’ve been vaccinated against COVID-19 appears to be a...
Gov. Daniel J. McKee

McKee: Find the opportunities in economic challenges

(Editor’s note: This essay is part of PBN’s 35th anniversary publication, which can be viewed here.) As a small-business owner, former mayor and lieutenant governor...
Elizabeth “Betty” Robson
J.F. Moran Co. CEO and president
Betty Robson was named CEO and president of J.F. Moran Co. in 2015. She has more than 40 years of experience in international trade working in the family-owned and operated Smithfield business. / PBN FILE PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Relationships key to supply chains

Before the pandemic, most consumers and many businesses were blissfully unaware of the steps involved in getting toilet paper into the supermarket. Today, everyone...
WATER FEATURE: Something Fishy Inc. CEO Kurt Harrington has more emphasis in getting aquariums into health care settings because of the potential health benefits. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MACDONALD

Something Fishy Aquarium Service

(published Jan. 22, 2001) YEAR ESTABLISHED: 1993 TYPE OF BUSINESS: Aquarium design, installation and maintenance THEN: OWNER/CEO: Kurt Harrington LOCATION: Charlestown EMPLOYEES: 5 ANNUAL SALES: WND NOW: OWNER/CEO: Kurt Harrington LOCATION: Warwick EMPLOYEES:...
CRUCIAL CHECKUP: Margaret Vargas, right, a dental hygienist with nonprofit CareLink Inc.’s mobile dental clinic, conducts an examination of Sister Anne Kelly at The Villa at Saint Antoine in North Smithfield. The clinic serves 3,000 patients at 53 Rhode Island nursing homes.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Demand for dental care program growing, but funding isn’t

For more than 13 years, CareLink Inc. has traversed Rhode Island with a mobile dentistry practice, serving elderly, low-income patients in nursing homes who...
Brian Britson

Brian Britson

Brian Britson not only took over the lead position at Amgen Rhode Island in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic in August 2020, but...

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