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OPEN-­ENDED: Kristen Regine, right, a real estate agent and professor of marketing at Johnson & Wales University, holds an open house for a client in Richmond. Regine says changes to the broker commission system will have ripple effects on the real estate industry, but just what effects remains to be seen. 
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Settled lawsuits may have impact on house sales

It’s long been the case that when a homeowner in Rhode Island is ready to sell and hires a Realtor, it’s taken for granted...
GONE TOO FAR? Matthew H. Parker, a partner at Whelan Corrente & Flanders LLP in Providence, says while noncompete agreements have been overused, the Federal Trade Commission’s decision to ban most noncompetes was an administrative “overreach.”
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Noncompete pacts banned by FTC, but for how long?

The Federal Trade Commission may have banned most forms of noncompete agreements between employers and employees, but it’s unclear whether the ruling will survive...
GETTING A BRIEFING: Dana Evans, left, lab director at Gannon & Scott Inc. in Cranston, discusses business with Chris Jones, the company president. Gannon & Scott is one of the Rhode Island firms that have been honored by the federal government for its hiring of military veterans. Jones also served in the R.I. Army National Guard.
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These R.I. employers rallying the ex-troops

Gannon & Scott Inc. is a longtime Cranston-based company that specializes in recovering valuable metals from torpedo batteries, coatings used for stealth technology, and...
NO QUIT: Veteran Raymond Sienko makes Christmas ornaments in his Newport home in hopes of making it into a side venture with the help of the Veterans Affairs Providence Health Care Employment Resource Center. Only a small number of veterans who get assistance from the center seek to start a small business. 
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For some veterans, venturing out is what they want to do

Three years ago, a woman selling ornaments at a kiosk in the Providence VA Medical Center caught Raymond Sienko’s attention while he was waiting...
GROWTH OPPORTUNITY: Anthony Ramon, owner of Sopha’s Café in Cranston, says a $120,000 loan through the State Small Business Credit Initiative allowed him to purchase the space to open his new culinary venture.
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$61.7M credit initiative slow to deploy money

In today’s economy, Anthony Ramon would have had a tough time securing a mortgage to buy a commercial building on Cranston’s Park Avenue, if...
NEW CARETAKER: Susan Quattrocchi has purchased the closed Summit General Store in Coventry and plans to alter the longtime business model. 
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Something new in store for this rural R.I. landmark

When the Summit General Store announced its permanent closure last fall, the Coventry establishment may have seemed like another casualty among a dying breed...
CONCERNED PARENT: Public school teacher Maddalena Cirignotta, center, pushed back against her children being required to wear masks in school during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cirignotta has been closely monitoring the drafting of a new policy by the R.I. Department of Health. Pictured with Cirignotta are her children, Paul Daley, left, 10, and Anwen Daley, 11. 
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State poised to release new school masking policy

When Maddalena Cirignotta’s youngest son looks back on his experience as a kindergartener during the COVID-19 pandemic, he can share one particular experience that...

At RIC, Hope Scholarship is bringing about change

Ariel Polanco didn’t see many opportunities beyond high school as he was growing up, but his aspirations extended far beyond the Providence neighborhoods he...
ONE OF A KIND: This overdose prevention center on Willard Avenue in Providence will be the first state-regulated facility of its kind in the country when it opens later this year. 
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Providence to host nation’s first state-regulated overdose prevention center

The first-ever state-regulated overdose prevention center in the country is on track to open later this year at 45 Willard Ave. in Providence. An overdose...
TECH TALK: Lina Bravo, right, digital equity and learning coordinator at the Providence Public Library, assists Wathira Nganga, who is visiting Providence from New Jersey, at one of the library’s computer stations.
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Groups poised to start R.I.’s Digital Equity Plan

While the internet may seem unavoidable – even crucial – in day-to-day life, just 80% of Rhode Island residents have a laptop or desktop...
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