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CREATIVE COMMUNITY: Manya Rubinstein, CEO of Industrious Spirit Co., a distillery in Providence, says she was drawn to the city and the closeness and collaborative nature among its artisans. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Creative collaborations make her spirits soar

New York City native Manya Rubinstein is CEO of a Rhode Island distillery, leading a like-minded team at Industrious Spirit Co. and creating sustainably...
OPENING THE DOOR: Frederick Reinhardt, CEO and president of Greenwood Credit Union, says the Warwick credit union started providing services to cannabis-related businesses in part because of safety concerns over operating a large all-cash enterprise. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Lack of banking hinders R.I.’s cannabis sector

The cannabis industry may be expanding in Rhode Island, but these types of businesses still struggle to find financial institutions that will provide financing...

Why don’t business schools have more diverse faculties?

Despite the increasing diversity among America’s college students, business school professors remain overwhelmingly white. In U.S. business schools, Black and Hispanic individuals make up 23.2%...
ON DUTY: Server Lauren Withers delivers food to a table at Sardella’s Italian Ristorante in Newport. Owner Richard Sardella believes his 41 years in the restaurant industry has been an advantage in retaining employees because they’ve been with him for so long. / COURTESY SARDELLA’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE

Restaurant recovery is hitting a few obstacles

The restaurant jobs picture, like that in other industries, is proving to be a challenge to business owners as summer and our post-pandemic recovery...
PLANNING AHEAD: While large weddings being planned by Angelic Affairs LLC are still scheduled for this summer and fall in Newport, owner Kelly Teves, pictured in front of the OceanCliff Hotel in the city, says three of her clients that had originally booked dates in 2020 have moved them to 2022 and she’s already getting inquiries about 2023. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

TIED IN KNOTS: They do? They don’t? Struggling wedding industry awaits...

Planning a destination wedding can be stressful, but what Michele Armento has been through for the last year goes far beyond that. The New Jersey...

Facebook, Big Tech no friend of the web

When Facebook disabled Australians’ access to news articles on its platform, and blocked sharing of articles from Australian news organizations, the company moved a...
CRUCIAL CREATION: Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, medical director of community relations at Care New England Health System, says forming an independent committee to plan the state’s vaccine distribution will build trust in the process. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Slow-spending R.I. has two months to disperse $900M in CARES Act...

Rhode Island officials rejoiced when they learned in March that the state would get a $1.25 billion slice of the federal coronavirus relief package....
HUNGRY TO HELP: Heather Hole Strout, left, executive director of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Newport, distributes chowder and chicken vegetable bean soup to the needy recently in a new partnership with McGrath Clambakes Inc. of Newport. Assisting with the distribution are T.R. McGrath, third from left, owner of McGrath Clambakes, and his daughter Aibhlinn. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Challenges for nonprofits reach unimagined heights

It’s times like these that Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island President Kathleen Cloutier feels as though all the nonprofits in Rhode Island are...
5Q: Leslie Taito
Chief of staff, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Leslie Taito

Leslie Taito | Chief of Staff, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island 1. Why did you leave your role as CEO of the manufacturer Hope...

Beacon a lesson for hospital merger

As prospects for a merger between Rhode Island’s two hospital systems appear to grow more promising (“Lifespan, CNE Move Forward With Letter of Intent...

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