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OFFICIALS WHO OVERSEE the R.I. Department of Children, Youth and Families say severe labor shortages have resulted in children waiting a long time for some services. / PBN FILE PHOTO/CASSIUS SHUMAN

At DCYF, labor shortages creating big headaches

The state is struggling to hire and retain public employees, but the labor problems are particularly troubling at the R.I. Department of Children Youth...

List: Telecommunications Dealers

Total full-time employees: 2,660 The complete list is available for purchase online. For information about participating in PBN’s Top Lists, or to make additions or corrections, call...

List: Computer Training Centers

Number of students enrolled in 2022: 1,597 The complete list is available for purchase online. For information about participating in PBN’s Top Lists, or to make additions or...
TABLE TALK: Anika Kimble-Huntley, second from left, chief marketing officer at R.I. Commerce Corp., confers with her staff at the R.I. Commerce headquarters in Providence. The staff includes, from left, Mark Brodeur, director of international and domestic group sales; Lindsay Russell, deputy director of communications and stakeholder engagement; and Robin Erickson, domestic tourism and marketing operations director.

ATTRACTION STRATEGY: R.I.’s chief tourism marketer setting plan to entice visitors...

With the start of the peak tourism season approaching, Anika Kimble-Huntley is eyeing the billions of ­dollars that potential visitors to Rhode Island could...
TIGHTKNIT OPERATION: Employee Maria Monteiro works on a rug at Rhody Rug Inc.’s manufacturing facility in Lincoln. The company produces 1,500 braided rugs per week and supplies hundreds of rug dealers nationwide, says President Scott Weldon.

Where braided rugs are rolling out the door by thousands

Before Scott Weldon became CEO and president of Rhody Rug Inc., he wasn’t particularly interested in the rug business. He was simply searching for...
HONING IN: Dr. Abbas El-Sayed Abbas, chief of thoracic surgery at Lifespan Corp., uses the Ion machine, a robotic-assisted navigational bronchoscopy system at Rhode Island Hospital that allows doctors to perform biopsies on small lung nodules.

Faster tumor diagnosis with robotic assistance

Dr. Andrew Foderaro has performed countless bronchoscopies over his career, but even he can find it tricky. The procedure requires a doctor to maneuver a...
Gregg M. Amore began serving as Rhode Island’s 30th secretary of state on Jan. 3. He previously represented East Providence in the R.I. House from 2013 to 2023, and taught history and civics for more than 25 years.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Incentivize poll workers

Gregg M. Amore | R.I. Secretary of State As a member of the General Assembly, I saw firsthand how the policies made at the state and municipal...

Five Questions With: Rachel Miller

Rachel Miller | President, Providence City Council 1. You identify as a queer woman and are the first LGBTQ council president in city history. What...
COMPANY COACH: Davis ­McClarren launched Inspire Coaching and Consulting in Cranston in November to aid small and midsized businesses. 

Committed to helping businesses grow and thrive

Growing up in a military family constantly on the move, Davis McClarren struggled to establish roots and grow meaningful relationships. That yearning for connections continued...

Is R.I.’s rate of new business starts a problem?

At first glance, the Rhode Island business community’s growth during the COVID-19 pandemic looks impressive: since 2019, new business applications have shot up by...
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