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GLOBAL VIEW: Susan Mocarski, founder and owner of Cleverhood LLC, prepares some of the apparel her company manufactures for her store in Providence. With slumping sales in the U.S. because of the pandemic, she’s put more of her focus on boosting sales abroad. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Changes brought on by COVID-19 easing foreign trade efforts for R.I....

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March, Susan Mocarski had to act fast before the crisis unraveled the hard work she had invested in...
SOME BREATHING ROOM: Collection specialist Dosha Bogosian works in a sparsely populated office at XRA Medical Imaging in Cranston. While XRA’s diagnostic services have remained open for months, more of the administrative workers have returned but are keeping their distance from one another.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Many offices are sparsely filled, and it’s having negative effects

When Michael Giuttari returned in late June to his office at MG Commercial Real Estate Services Inc. in the Jewelry District of Providence, he...
LATINO ADVOCATE: Oscar Mejias, CEO of the Rhode Island Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, stands along Westminster Street in the Olneyville section of Providence that features an enclave of Latino-owned businesses.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Latino business leader: Some barriers lowered, but more to go

(Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a monthly series speaking with minority business owners and leaders. View the first installment here.)   Oscar Mejias...

PBN survey: Most R.I. businesses foresee recovery from pandemic within a...

Despite the economic devastation inflicted by COVID-19, Rhode Island businesspeople remain optimistic that the worst is over and their businesses can only improve in...
UNDER PRESSURE: Dr. Raymond Powrie, Care New England’s chief of medicine, acknowledges that financially “hard decisions have been made” during the pandemic.  / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Lifespan, CNE move toward merger, leaving many to wonder about side...

For decades, Rhode Island’s two largest hospital systems have been rivals, each enduring similar financial pressures on their own in a small but competitive...
SIGN OF THE TIMES: Members of Keep Metacomet Green! attempt to drum up support recently outside the entrance to the Metacomet Golf Club, the site of a proposed residential and commercial development. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Waterfront Revival: East Providence advances redevelopment, but some plans spark opposition

Nearly 20 years after East Providence started to reclaim 300 acres of its defunct industrial waterfront, new construction is changing the city’s landscape. Although the...

A WORK IN PROGRESS: Can a $45M state job-training program meet...

Scott R. Jensen watched helplessly as the number of out-of-work Rhode Islanders soared when COVID-19 hit in March. For months, unemployment claims climbed higher. And...
BITTER SITUATION: Providence Brewing Co. owner Efren Hidalgo has received an eviction notice from his landlord for his North Providence brewery. Without enough money to move his equipment to a new location, Hidalgo is worried that if he is forced from his North Providence location immediately, he will default on his sales contracts. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Innovative R.I. court program to protect pandemic-crippled businesses goes untapped

Government lifelines are disappearing for businesses gutted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Struggling small-business owners who received an infusion of cash from the Paycheck Protection Program...
TOUGH BALANCE: Elizabeth Bentley, a single mother who lives in a rented house in Jamestown with two of her children, says it’s been difficult balancing jobs as a server at two different restaurants and paying her rent on time. She normally has a third job in home health care but was told by her manager not to return due to a high risk of exposure to COVID-19 while working in restaurants. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

EVICTION DILEMMA: Both tenants, small landlords vulnerable as crisis...

Ilanna Ball isn’t exactly a real estate tycoon – she owns two triple-deckers, a few other multifamily houses and manages another 45 rental properties...
FEELING A LULL: Yoleni’s Providence co-owner John Philippides, left, and marketing manager Danny Willis say lunchtime business at the Greek restaurant and marketplace has suffered because fewer workers have been in downtown Providence offices during the pandemic.  / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Downtown doldrums: Providence’s economic, cultural engine stuck in neutral

Adam Buck opened The Small Point Cafe Inc. nine years ago when a gathering place such as his, where people could chat or work...

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