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Raimondo: A ‘partner with business’

You could say Gov. Gina M. Raimondo is a pragmatist. The way she puts it, she’s not trying to change the world so much...
DRUG TESTING: Craig Pickell is the president and CEO of Bullard, which makes custom grinders and abrasives. Manufacturers such as Pickell, who also serves as chairman of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, are concerned about the worker-safety issues and employer rights regarding drug testing if recreational marijuana use is legalized.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

‘We’re not going to stop [legal pot]’

Amid the rolling fields and wooded hills outside Worcester, Mass., people park their cars in a dirt lot then take a shuttle bus to...
Megan Fisher has resided in Rhode Island for 17 years, leading the Roger Williams Park Conservancy since January 2018. She has a master’s degree in museum studies from Brown University and a certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from Tufts University. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Being mission-focused but adaptable in execution creates best outcomes

Megan Fischer | Roger Williams Park Conservancy executive directorAn influential mentor early in my nonprofit career instilled in her team the importance of holding...
OUTSOURCED: Kenny Rounds is the owner and CEO of Braver Technology Solutions, a business that provides information technology tech and solutions to businesses in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Braver a tech problem-solver

When business owners need help understanding technology, and seeing the potential pitfalls of a system, they need a trusted consultant. For many small businesses,...
PERCUSSION SKILLS: Meeting Street teacher’s assistant Ruth Espinal, right, practices percussion skills with Cameron Cuddy at the Early Learning Center.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Meeting Street expanding special-needs school

For more than 70 years, Meeting Street has pushed to be a national leader in development and education of children of all ages and...
MEETING DEMAND: Kate Simpson is the owner of Shades of Vintage, a former monthly marketplace she operated within her artisan shop Cerulean in Warren that is now its own business.
 / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Vintage pop-up gets own space

Handmade items, vintage pieces and repurposed furniture are what sells at Shades of Vintage, a new shop in Warren.The store owned by Kate Simpson...

Ruggerio eyes speedier development

The power of cities and towns to block, or even shape, development they don’t like could be dramatically altered under an economic-development bill introduced...
OPIOID STUDY: Susan Lim, site manager, and Joe Robillard, pharmacy technician, work on prescription orders at a Genoa Healthcare pharmacy inside a Gateway Healthcare clinic in Pawtucket. Genoa is collaborating with Rhode Island Hospital and CODAC Behavioral Healthcare on a study examining the effectiveness of pharmacist-delivered, medication-assisted treatment for opioid-use disorder.
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RUPERT WHITELEY

Study looks at effectiveness of pharmacist-delivered MAT to treat opioid use...

Efforts to curb the opioid epidemic include increasing access to care and reducing stigma, goals officials say a $1.6 million National Institutes of Health-funded,...
GEAR PREP: Advanced Production and Design in Warwick provides audio and visual equipment and other event-production services. From left, Evan Perry, chief operating officer; Patrick Boutwell, production and warehouse technician; and Adam Ramsey, CEO, prep gear for a job.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Resurgence in corporate business meetings keeps event planners, caterers busy

Sometimes overheard around the office water cooler: “Damn it, I have another meeting.”You can bet Issa Jouaneh doesn’t see it that way. He’s the...
GROWING SUCCESS: James ­McCarvill, director of the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority, stands in front of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence in 2016. McCarvill said this year will be better than 2018 for the convention center authority, and he projects 2020 will be even better than previous years.
 / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Sports boosts RICCA coffers

Volleyball players from across the country converged on the R.I. Convention Center last April for a weekendlong tournament that brought in 170 teams and...
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