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CARETAKER: Jo Ellen Mistarz is the executive director of The Village Common of Rhode Island, which has its office at Hamilton House in Providence and connects seniors with volunteer services. Despite the thousands of elderly people in Rhode Island, Mistarz says only about 200 are members of organizations such as the Providence Village, which is part of the Village Common. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Movement to help elders ‘age in place’ expanding in R.I.

For Anne Connor, a volunteer with the nonprofit Providence Village of Rhode Island since its inception in 2015, giving rides to elderly members isn’t...

Soccer project has support PawSox lacked

Pawtucket’s future looks brighter thanks to a proposed $400 million development that includes a soccer stadium, hotel, mixed-use and commercial space, and an indoor...
HOUND HOSPITALITY: Chris Bicho, president of Landings Real Estate Group, which owns the Newport inn Paws on Pelham, greets Wally, a goldendoodle, in the lobby. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Newport bed and breakfast is all about dogs

An all-dog inn? Christopher Bicho, president of Landings Real Estate Group, wasn’t the one who came up with the idea. But Paws on Pelham, a...
Dan Gertrudes founded GrowthLab five years ago with Steven Byler, now president, managing partner and chief operating officer. The Providence-based company works with startups on growth plans and this year hired several new staffers. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Create culture of risk-taking

Dan Gertrudes | GrowthLab Financial Services Inc.CEO and managing partner As business leaders, our goal is to generate growth and to continuously innovate. As business...
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5 Questions with Nirva LaFortune, Providence City Councilwoman

Nirva LaFortune | City Councilwoman, Providence 1. You’ve been named a winner in the national 2019 New Ideas Challenge of the NewDEAL organization for...
STITCHING SUCCESS: Heather Fortes, center, and her two business partners, Nicole Almeida, and Fortes’ son, Nathan, have moved an online business in specialty clothing and accessories into a retail store in East Providence. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Clothing business built on duo’s common threads

Heather Fortes initially was looking for a distraction when she started sewing. Forlorn and directionless after her only son left for college at the...
MAKING WAVES: Debbie A. Wood, president and co-owner of Wood Boat & Motor Inc. in Warwick, decided with her husband, Russell, to take over running the Providence Boat Show, which has been rebranded the Rhode Island Boat Show, after the previous organizers stepped down after three decades at the helm. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Debbie Wood is an entrepreneur unafraid to enter uncharted waters

The boats sold at Debbie A. Wood’s business, Warwick-based Wood Boat and Motor Inc., only go in one direction at a time. But that...
MORE ­AFFORDABILITY: Rhode Island Association of Realtors President Shannon Buss says three consecutive interest-rate cuts by the Fed haven’t led to new homebuyers entering the market, but they have helped buyers who are already looking to afford more in a house. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Three Fed rate cuts in 2019 spur more home-loan activity

Three interest-rate cuts this year by the Federal Reserve have encouraged homeowners to seek out refinancing of existing mortgages and created a robust market...
A PROPOSED mixed-use building on Parcel 6 in the I-195 Redevelopment District in Providence will include space for apartments over a grocery store. / COURTESY I-195 REDEVELOPMENT DISTRICT COMMISSION

I-195 panel moves to tackle housing dilemma

How much housing in the I-195 Redevelopment District is too much? Three of the four district parcels that have received approval for new development,...
READY TO AID: Gary Friedmann, left, vice president and portfolio manager for Rockland Trust Co., and Larry Wagner, Rockland Trust vice president and financial consultant, advise 401(k) participants to try to limit emotional decision-making when it comes to retirement savings. / PBN PHOTO/MIKE SKORSKI

Market volatility pushes average R.I. 401(k) slightly lower in Q3

At 36, Gianni Del Signore still has more than a few decades before he retires. But that doesn’t mean the chief financial officer for Newport-based...
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